J.K. Scrumpy Orchard Gate Gold Hard Cider

Val picked out this cider to try. Since she’s liked a few of their other ciders, she wanted to see how this one was. We normally have a lot of cider in the house because she likes it, which also accounts for the increase in cider reviews that you see. It also helps that ciders are becoming more and more popular and they’re making their way to beer stores. Let’s crack it open.


ABV: 6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: This cider is unfiltered and organic.

Random: For as many beer glasses as I have, I only have a few beer openers. I should look at getting more.

This cider poured with less than a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. It poured a clear, bright orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was pleasant. It had crisp and sweet Golden delicious apples and not much else. The taste was an absolute sugar bomb. It started with sweet apples and then went into a note of golden honey. It was definitely cloying and I had trouble drinking it. I tried to pick up other flavors, but I kept going back to how sweet the cider was. It was like the sweetest apple juice that I’ve ever had, mixed with some alcohol. The body was on the thicker side of cider with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and sweet from the apples and honey notes. This was $6.99 for the bottle, which broke down to $.32 per ounce. I really wanted to like this cider, but I couldn’t get through more than a few sips of this. I won’t be having this one again and neither will Val. She likes sweet things and this cider was too overwhelming for her as well.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0


J.K.’s The Pair Perry Cider

This is a cider that Val picked out. She tends to really like their selections, but was one that she wasn’t a big fan of. I didn’t like it for the same reason…


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At it’s core (ouch!) Cider is a beverage made from apple juice and yeast. It is a beverage that is gaining in popularity with numerous varieties springing up in numerous styles and flavors.”

Random: I haven’t reviewed many pear ciders. I think I may pick up a few more to see if they’re

This cider poured with less than a half a finger of white head that dissipated by the time I put the bottle down to take the picture. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had both sweet apples and light, green pear notes as well. There was a touch of honey as well. The taste was incredibly sweet, to the point of being cloying. There was still the apple note, but pear was there as well with some pear skin too. After I searched for a bit, once I got used to the sweetness, you could make an argument for vanilla as well. But, the dominant flavor was overly sweet pear juice, which I wasn’t a fan of. The body was on the medium side and it had very light carbonation, which made the sweetness a chore to get through. The finish was long and sticky with the same sweetness. This bottle went for $7.49 ($.34 per ounce). This just wasn’t a cider that I could get into. I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

J.K.’s Farmhouse Summer Hard Cider

This is post 2,000. It took a little over five years, but we got to this milestone. I’m not sure how far I am from review 2,000, but we have a little bit. I used to rank my beers of the month and do other random posts early on in the blog, but I later stopped that because I wanted to focus more on getting reviews out almost daily and there are many other, better organized, comprehensive beer websites providing other beer commentary. So, this cider is one that Val picked out and let me have a taste of. Hopefully, it’s a good one.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: There is absolutely no information about this cider on the websites. I guess it’s unloved.

Random: I’m really excited to see the cider scene bursting and glad that Val likes them so I have an excuse to give them a shot.

This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with moderate carbonation. The nose had sweet apples, green raisins and Sprite. The taste was light, but nice. It had lots of apples and sweetness to it along with the same raisin notes and Sprite. Honey came through as well at the end of the sip. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with apple sweetness. This reminded me of the sparkling cider that I used to drink as a kid, which isn’t a knock on this at all. It went down very easily and make for a great summer cider, which is what I believe they set out to do.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

J.K.’s Northern Neighbour Farmhouse Cider Saskatoon Cuvee

Val wanted a cider earlier this week, and this had been sitting in the cooler for awhile. I opened it for her and went outside and she came out and actually told me how much she enjoyed it. That is incredibly rare in my house because she normally doesn’t like most things we open. There have been nights that I’ve opened 3 bottles for her to only be able to tolerate one. Let’s see what I thought about it.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We invite you to celebrate a collaboration of a few passionate American and Canadian farmers. The fruits of their labour are presented in this bottle, a family reunion of sorts. This delightful cider is made from Michigan apples and a unique Canadian prairie apple, the Saskatoon. This natural cider has been carefully fermented at Almar Orchards using our traditional methods.”

Random: We saw the fox again last night. It keeps trying to go after the fawns on our neighbor’s lawn.

This cider poured a clear copper color with absolutely no head and no crown. There was high carbonation visible. The nose was sweet with ripe, red apples and sweet berries. The taste was very sweet, but not in an overwhelming way. It had a caramel apple/apple pie flavor that was really pleasant. Juicy, red apples were in every single sip. It had honey at the end of the sip. The body was medium thickness with medium to high carbonation. It had a long finish with caramel apples. There is no comment on the price because this was another gift from Massachusetts. I really enjoyed this cider, as did Val, who proceeded to buy a bunch of others from the same company at Half Time this weekend.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0