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Brewed by Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
Style: Cider
Central Saanich, Canada

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Newton Pippin apples give structure to this crisp and aromatic dry sparkling cider. Blended with Island grown apples such as Winter Bananas and Sunsets, the result is an aromatic medley of apricot, marzipan and candied orange peel.

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3.4
Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle. Clear very pale yellow color, still. Light apple skin aroma. Taste is tart apple, dry finish. Decent.

2.8
mcberko (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
Sampled at Dunbar Liquor Boutique, pours a pale golden yellow. Dry apples, apricot and oranges dominate this one with a slight sweetness. Not bad.

3.6
Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
Light yellow. Quite fizzy. Big aroma - lots of apple and lots of nuance. I actually do get the marzipan and apricot, also canteloupe, muscovado and spicy accents. Sweetish flavour, some white sugar and fresh apple. A slight leather and brown sugar accent both softens the finish and adds complexity.

3.8
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle @ Sea Cider. Clear golden pour. Awesome baked apple pie and vanilla nose. Nutmeg, mild cinnamon, and juicy apple. Some peach and orange zest as well. Quite sweet on the nose, but the flavor is well balanced. Nice acidity to go with only mild-moderate sugar. Apple pie, light spices, and baked fruit. Hint of golden raisin. Good.

3.4
Ferris (15265) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle - Apple, apricot and some light honey. Clear gold. Light subtle apple and a light fruity sweetness. Dry finish and I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Bottle. Pours brilliantly clear gold and still. Aroma is honey-like alcohol notes, bruised apples, dried apricots. Flavor is acidic dried apricots, bruised apples, light sweetness underneath, moderate alcohol and a dry finish. Medium body.

3.5
DuffMan (10425) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle, shared with my dad. Pale clear straw yellow, fine, brisk carbonation. Aroma of musty apples. Flavour profile is medium sweet, leaning toward sweet, with heaps of genuine musty apple and some lighter tart notes that make me think of plums for some reason. Crisp, snappy mouthfeel, dry finish. Very nice.

3.2
nimbleprop (8377) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2016
750ml bottle pours a watery gold with no head. Nose has apples, mild honey, green apple skin. Flavor of apple, candlewax, some mild spice. Watery finish.

3.8
radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
From a 750ml bottle at the DC tasting on March 25, 2016. Poured a very clear yellow color, small fizzy white head, then mostly still. Aromas was dry, semi-sweet apples, pears. Light alcohol, apples. Refreshing.

3.8
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
750, capped with a swingtop. Pours a brilliantly crystal clear pale gold with tons of steadily rising carb, even half an hour or more after pouring. No head, lace, or legs. Big rich crisp green apple nose--I don’t know that I wholly buy the "apricot, marzipan, and candied orange peel" that Sea Cider suggests, but on the other hand I don’t know that I can do better. "Green apples" certainly isn’t a description that does justice to what’s going on here. There’s a lot of layering here, within a complex and balanced whole, both aromatically and on the palate. Crisp light dancingly carbonated mid palate. Bright sharp acidic green apple notes on the mid palate, or maybe that’s apricot, marzipan, and candied orange peel--that actually might be a pretty decent anchor descriptor. The finish has acid and crispness to it, but a bit of sugar too. This is a pleasure to drink, with real depth and complexity. First bottle I have had, so it might or might not always be like this, but this one’s worth hitting again and again, and would work really well with food, too. Kind of a sweet spot in terms of ABV--can work well in a variety of settings.


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