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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2008
22 ounce bottle from Winooski Beverage in Winooski, VT (May 2008), served just above fridge temperature from a Chouffe tulip. Very slight fizzy head dies quickly, some bubble action continues in the pale faintly cloudy gold body for a while....nose is nice, very fresh apple juice, hint of tartness, but little complexity or farmhouse character....and body is more or less the same, much sweeter than a traditional English or French-style cider, if more "real" tasting than the typical Woodchuck soda versions....towards the finish there are hints of alcohol and some interesting mineralic notes, but overall this is simple and unsophisticated and only a slight step above those ciders sold in 6-packs that it seems to be trying to distance itself from.


3.7
Ferris (15287) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle - Sweet cooked Apple. Clear gold. Nice cooked Apple, good acidity and light dry finish. Very nice.

3.5
mcberko (17840) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2017
650mL bottle, pours a clear pale golden with a tiny white head. Aroma brings out medium apple sweetness, with a little farmhouse funk, and some light tannins. Flavour is quite sweet for a scrumpy, with very little farmhouse character, with medium sweet apples. Drinks easy like juice. Not very scrumpy-like to me, but it’s very nice for what it is.

2.8
Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2017
Cloudy, light tan. No head, of course. Apple juice aroma with just light tannins. Very sweet, though, on the palate. The tannins aren’t enough to cover the overt sweet nature of this. The apple character is fresh, but it’s too much like juice for me, and not enough like a nice, alcoholic scrumpy.

4.4
tsd08460 (1167) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes Aroma: apples Appearance: clear golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly sour, Palate: light body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Delicious

3.4
drjay44 (3711) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2016
651 ml. bottle. Pours a minimal head, over a cloudy dark yellow (SRM 4) body......nose is apple, mild acid.....taste is moderately honey sweet, with apple, hints of cinnamon spice, mild tart acid which cleans the finish......mouth feel, light almost watery body, no alcohol, light carbonation, with mild acid. This is a moderately more complex cider than many on the market which taste like fermented Red Delicious apples. This seems to have some Granny Smith in it. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6

3.9
Zeswaft (1773) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bomber. Cloudy copper color with small mushy floaters. Aroma of fresh apples, spice, slight funk. Flavor is semi-sweet. Tart apples, light spice, minor earthy funk. Just the right amount of sweetness and funk to keep it interesting yet drinkable.

3.2
Intricate08 (51) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Aroma is mostly apple, hints of spice. Pours golden dark-ish. Hints of cinnamon, spice, but mostly fresh apples. Very juicy taste, very fresh. On the sweeter side of things. Overall a very nice cider without too many bells and whistles-- just a good, solid apple taste.

3.5
kermis (13478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2016
Can shared thanks to RandomStrangerNL. Hazy golden with no head. Aroma of sweet red apple, candied apple, toffee apple and light wood notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and light sour. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation.

3.2
deanso (10136) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - JUN 30, 2016
50cl can shared. No head. Very hazy golden pour. Too sweet. A decent enough cider though

4.1
77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2016
Shared together with Benzai. Cheers! Sampled can @ Tilburgs Bierfestival 2016. Clear golden with no head. Nos is big sweet apple in a pleasant way, sugar, candy sweet, faint cinnamon apple. Taste is very sweet in a pleasant candy fashion, juicy candy apple, sugar, substantial body. Sweet & candy like but in a pleasant fashion.


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