Applewood Naked Flock Draft Cider

The other half had a really great idea for the blog. She said that I should start keeping my receipts when we buy beer and mention what I think of the beer as related to the price. I’ve seen a few other beer blogs that do this, and I think it’s a great idea. So, this cider was one from the seemingly never-ending Westchester stash that the other half wanted to try and wasn’t a big fan of. Let’s see if I had the same opinion.

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ABV: 6.8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Naked Flock is introducing people to a true Hudson Valley Hard Cider. ‘Our Cider is for people who crave unique flavor and are on the hunt for quality.’ Says Cider maker Jonathan Hull. Naked Flock Ciders are available in 3 varieties, Original, Draft and Pumpkin. Naked Flock Ciders are made from Fresh Hudson Valley Apples. ‘With the demand for gluten free diets and local sustainable products Hard Cider has come into it’s own.’ Says the Cider maker. ‘We don’t add water or grape spirits, flavorings or colorants and that’s why when you open it and you smell it you get a big Apple nose. It gives it a look and feel that sets it apart from the competition.’ Draft is a drier style fermented with Belgian Trappist Ale yeast and smoothed over with organic Maple syrup.”

Random: Ever since we came home from vacation, the meow has been super snuggly.

This cider poured with absolutely no head and a clear, greenish-yellow body with light carbonation visible. The nose was very much like a white wine to me. It had a touch of champagne grape along with granny smith apple. The taste was very much of the same. I got granny smith apple, champagne grape and then slight yeast notes came out. I was disappointed to say that I didn’t get any maple syrup. The cider was very dry with a light body and light carbonation. It had a long finish with some booze warming and apple. This cider was alright, but definitely missing the maple syrup and I would have hoped for more flavor from the maple syrup. Given the price of this at $8.99 a bomber, I don’t think this was worth it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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