RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Savor this refreshing glass of complexity. Dark & Drys assertive tartness is pleasingly balanced by a hint of molasses and brown sugar. More rounded and intricate than its sister ciders, this potion will appeal to beer aficionados, wine devotees, and cider enthusiasts alike.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Dark red body with a thin thin ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. A bit of fresh apples in the aroma, but also some canned apple juice. Rather sweet, apples of course. A bit dry at the finish. Nice and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (2410) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Dark red colored body. Aroma is apple and molasses. Taste starts with sweet apple, then apple vinegar and cinnamon. Texture is crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
luttonm (5255) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown-molasses, but clear. Small ring. Quite sweet aroma. Musty grape apple juice. Sweet, round. not great.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Klickitat (1) - Winlock, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2016 does not count
So close to being average. First thing that hit me was the taste of a tin can. Seriously, it was if someone opened a can of pie filling, used the tin lid to scraped out the contents and added yeast. Comes on with a cloyingly red delicious apple flavor that turns to a rather nice burnt caramel taste and then again back to the bitter red delicious skin. Very little acid and definitely not bright as some suggest.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1972) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2016
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Flute at 42. Color is a deep amber with carbonation and a thin fizzy head. Aroma is faint with just a hint of apple coming through. Body is light with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor is apple cider with a hint of caramel and a dry finish that gives it a wine like feel. Overall its tasty, but not quite as easy and refreshing as there ciders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1702) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Starts off sweet and tart. Some sweaty sock funk and caramel in the middle. Finishes surprisingly dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (973) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
On tap. Pours a clear dark amber with a small, frothy, short lived, beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of apples, molasses and brown sugar. Sweet flavour of apples, caramel, brown sugar, molasses and cinnamon with a slightly tart finish. Light body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. A nice, dark cider.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bpreo (2645) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Last beer of the sampling. Is it really English? I have no idea. It reminds me of a standard Apple Cider. 5.0% alcohol. Original Rating, 6/22/2016: 3, 2, 3, 2, 10.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sunnygirl500 (1) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2016 does not count
I love this. I have had many friends try it and they all love it. This is my favorite cider. I am interested in more like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9746) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle. Medium brown, golden highlights, medium carbonation. Apple juice, light caramel, more dry than tart. Simple.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
beammeupscotty (2) - - MAR 28, 2016 does not count
This cider stands as a perfect example of why an internet rating system like ratebeer is essentially useless in determining the quality of any given beverage. I have drunk British cider in Britain and here, French cider in France and in the U.S., Spanish cider at the Cider Summit and many examples, mostly poor, of what passes for cider in the U.S. After drinking all of these ciders (more than 50 brands) I can say with total honesty that I have never tasted a cider like Spire Mountain and I have never tasted a cider as utterly horrible as Spire Mountain. This cider has absolutely nothing to recommend it. Its flavor seems to have no connection at all to the apples it was made from, unless those apples were allowed to rot on the ground for weeks before being put in to this cider. The consensus on line regarding Trader Joes Henry Hotspur cider is that it is made by Biersch, but I suspect it is actually made by these Spire Mountain people because the Hotspur cider is the only American cider I have ever tasted that is every bit as bad as this one. Looking at reviews here on ratebeer, I note that a French Cider like Clos Normand, which is a pretty decent example of a commercially made French Cider, has a LOWER overall rating that this Spire Mountain swill. That tells the story of ratebeer right there. Useless. Bottom line, if you think this is a decent cider, then you know nothing at all about what cider is supposed to taste like.

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