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RATINGS: 263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Orchard Gate Gold is fermented naturally in small artisanal batches from a proprietary blend of organic apples grown here at our Koan Family Orchards in Michigan. We have produced hard ciders here since the 1860s. This is the same traditional recipe that helped save our farm during the great depression. There will be slight variations from batch to batch, just as nature makes no two apples alike! Enjoy our authentic hand bottled American Farmhouse "Scrumpy" Cider with family, friends & food.

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2.7
Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Virtually no head. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is a note of apple, light note of plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation. Very simple, sweet. For a bottle conditioned "farmhouse" cider I expected a lot more character or at least better flavor balance.

2.5
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2006
The aroma is really sweet with just apples and alcohol. The appearance is hazy gold with minimal carbonation. The flavor is sweet and tart with plenty of alcohol. The palate is thin. I enjoyed the sweet apple taste but this was just not as good as I had hoped for. I found it much better when I cut it with about 20% spring water.

3.1
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Cloudy golden pour, with a slight red tint, and loads of chunky floaties - medium-tart aroma, with loads of fresh, earthy apple aroma (go figure) - the flavor is overly sweet, which is off-putting at first, making one feel like he is drinking carbonated apple juice - the over-ripe, natural apple flavor is quite nice, though, especially for something marketed as "hard cider" - that’s not really enough to make up for the cloying sweetness, though.

3.6
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
There are many, many floaties in the bottom of this bottle - looks mostly like clumpy yeast rather than spices. Otherwise, it is a golden hued body with barely a head at all. the aroma is full, filled with apples and honey. The flavor is similar to this: authentic apple flavor with a nice dose of honey. The only real issue I have is that it is a little bit too sweet - it makes it more like a dessert wine or something, not to have a whole glass of it, but just a few ounces. Anyway, I really like the fact that its organic, and it has a nice flavor overall.

3.8
Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 10, 2006
From bottle at the Durham World Beer Festival. Orangy color, virtually no head. Sweet apple nose, very light spice. Flavor is fresh, sweet apple, a light tartness in an otherwise sweet finish. The freshness in the flavor is really nice. Alcohol is all but invisible. Nice!

2.2
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle... NTB Ernesto Festo ’06... Lightly hazed straw-colored cider with a small, fizzy, white head... gone in a flash. The nose is of sweet apple pie filling. Tastes like sweet, filtered, red delicious apple juice with corn syrup added... way sweet. Light to medium-bodied with just the tiniest bit of fizz. Sweet, apple finish. I have to go against the grain here, although I hate to do it. Not impressed at all... and I do like a good cider.

4.6
ForaThat (10) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Wonderful Cider, The best American cider hands down. Aromas of apples , Amber hue with suspended yeast. Not like the mass produced stuff. will be drinking more of this!

3.8
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 This is some good cider. It pours a cloudy reddish brown color like the natural non-alcoholic apple ciders that I used to get at the hippie grocery store as a kid. Sure enough it smells and tastes like an all natural mosty alcohol free bottle of apple cider. Good with pizza. This is that pimp breakfast shit.

3.9
Aurelius (5570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 I’ve got to agree with my associate, the Right Reverand PorterPounder -- this is one of the better commercial ciders that I’ve ever had. A lot of ciders come off like a crazed Granny Smith with a loaded seltzer bottle. Not this one. The aroma and flavor profiles are fully ripe and cooked. Buttery, apple pie aroma. Sweet, baked apple flavor with a final fruity tartness. Light apple-peel astringency on the lips. Sturdy-bodied. Cloudy orange-gold, good butcher-paper label. Minor appearance ding for the twistoff. I could really see using this as a base for a baked ham marinade, or a pastry recipe.

3.7
PorterPounder (8288) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2006
New Leaf Market, Tallahassee, Fl - 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark, murky orange, very thick looking. Aroma of apple crumb cake and apple sauce. Strong apple flavor with hints of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Very earthy and natural tasting. Bottle says it is all organic - one thing is for sure, organic beer may be a notch below normal non-organic beer - but just the opposite for cider. Best cider I have ever had - could see drinking more of this. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.


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