Brewed by Merridale Estate Cidery
Style: Cider
Cobble Hill, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
In old England, Scrumpy was made by farm workers who stole or scrumped apples from the orchard. This cider is strong, sharp and rich in the flavours of our strongest cider apples. If youre a Scotch drinker, try this one. Winner of Gold & Silver North American Brewers Awards in Idaho Springs.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Strong cheeses such as Blue or Goats Cheese, strong meats such as rabbit, or steak

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bright orange pour with no head or bubbles, although it feels carbonated in the mouth. Im glad this doesnt taste like Fanta after pouring it out of a plastic bottle. Aroma is of underripe apple skins mingling with notes of hay, star anise, and cat urine. A friend described the aroma here as "mousey". I can see it, but am not particularly sensitive to its negativity as he was. Extremely dry on the palate, seems to be a byproduct of the oak. Tannic to the extreme, providing a mouth-coating sensation unlike anything Ive tasted. Closest thing I can imagine to eating an apple tree whole. Not sure if I love it or hate it, but Ill be damned if its not a unique experience and unforgettable to boot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
On tap @ Alibi Room. Light amber pour. Smoke, Band Aids, and sugary juice. Super strong and boozy. Rather phenolic. A hint of grass and lemon. Thin bodied, phenolic, and bitter. Oof. Some sweet fruit juice but otherwise a lot of smoke and plastic. Really boozy. Why is this 11+%?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (3532) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
341 ml bottle. Pours a copper clear copper color with no head. Aromas of wood and baked apples with a little spice. Flavors of green oak barrels, tart unripe apples, and light resin. Slightly warm but does not give away the 11%. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours a hazy copper with a tiny ring of white head. Aroma of monolithic dry apples - not much else. Flavour of extremely dry apples, dryness and more dryness - sort of leaves a sugar residue feel on the teeth, though Im not sure if this is simply due to the dryness. ABV is concealed very well. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
Plastic bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Golden color; no head persistence. Aroma of apple juice, alcohol, chemicals, light hazelnuts and very light Chinese Market; paint remover too. The mouthfeel is dry, so dry like nothing tasted before, and leading to a very dry and astringent finish; there is some acidity, shades of fruits, but the flavor overall is very difficult to accept, weak flavor and aggressive mechanics. I wasted 6 bucks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DuffMan (10070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
Small plastic bottle. Deep golden colour, brisk carbo, no lasting head. Brown apple mash aroma, hints of spice. Apple mash flavours, highly fermented quality to the flavour, low sweetness, dry astringent finish. Lacks a certain lightness and depth of character. Just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Gold with a thin loose head. Aroma is alcohol, apple syrup, sugar. Taste is dry with alcohol, light apple, dry crisp apple. Pretty hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (7358) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle. Golden with a low initial foam layer. Wooden, spicy, (cardemom,muscat) fermenting apple nose. Fairly dry and lightbodied, peppery spiced notes dominate, some berrylike notes appear, a bit alcohol burn. Almond and old apple aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
341 ml bottle courtesy Capflu. Straw coloured with just a bit of carbonation, mostly still. Tart but dry apple and light cinnamon aroma. Quite tart and acidic up front, tartness fades through the finish but remains dry never sweet with a hint of alcohol. Light bodied, very dry yet refreshing and drinkable. Almost a lambic-like mouthfeel but with less oomph in the body. Very little sign of the 11% alcohol. Overall not offensive but just overly simple to really entice me to come back for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
racerocks (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007 does not count
Best flavour of any cider Ive ever tasted. Have had a moldy bottle more than once though. Quite expensive.

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