Whenever Val wants a beer or a cider, she always tells me to pick something good. Normally, we only have reviewing beers/ciders in the house, so I’ve never had it, and thus I have no idea if it is good. Last week, she asked me this and I ended up opening 3 different bottles to find something she liked. This was the first one that I opened that she picked out at Half Time. I have a feeling she picked it out because the bottle was pretty.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Unfiltered American traditional oak barrel fermented and aged cider with a blend of our tart heirloom cider apples. A sharp and smokey recreation of pure flavors, farm values, and heritage.”
Random: Not surprisingly, we are keeping the bottle because it is indeed, pretty.
This cider poured with no head on top of a very hazy, light yellow body. There was no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was fragrant with green apples, light oak and vanilla. The taste was intensely tart upon first sip. There was a lot of apples and lemon on this cider. There was some light toasted oak and vanilla as well. But the tartness was very strong. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a long finish with tart apples. It was way too tart and was missing depth. This was not a cider that I would have again, especially at $18.49 a bottle ($.84 per ounce). I would be willing to try their other offerings and give them another chance.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0