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For tonight, we have another one of Val’s cider up from review. She wasn’t a big fan of either of their other ciders and this one ended up being her favorite. She tends to enjoy ciders that are a bit on the sweeter side and I enjoy ones that are more dry. This cider comes from Upstate New York and according to their website, they have some reserve ciders that I haven’t seen on the shelves. Next time that I’m at Half Time, I’ll have to keep my eye out for them.

1911

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A sparkling cider made from a special blend of our family grown apples, 1911 Original Hard Cider combines the crispness of freshly picked apples with a clean refreshing finish. A balanced and perfectly tart cider aged with American oak. Semi-Dry, 5.5% ABV.”

Random: I tend to enjoy cider more in the Fall, much like people enjoy pumpkin flavored things.

This cider poured with less than a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, green-tinged yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a mixture of tart, green apples and sweeter, red apples. There wasn’t any oak apparent on the nose. The taste had very little oak as well with some sweet, red apples and apple skin. It was dry with moderate carbonation and a thin body. It had a quick finish with sweet apples. This cider was $2.39 at Half Time ($.20 per ounce). Although this was my favorite cider that I have tried from them so far, it was only alright.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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The other half wanted a cider and I’ve been giving her some of the ones she picked out in May from Half Time. This one has been sitting at the back of her beer fridge (and yes, she has her own fridge on the left side of the bar with all of the ciders and beers she picks out). For the record, she was even less of a fan of this one than I was.

1911 raspberry

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “1911 Raspberry Hard Cider is a sparkling cider made from our family grown apples. This cider opens with a fruit forward body and a lingering burst of raspberry on the finish. Semi-sweet. 5.5% ABV.”

Random: We also have a bomber fridge and a regular single bottle/can fridge in the bar.

This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a light pink body. There was high carbonation visible as well. The nose reminded me of Cherry 7-Up. After I smelled that, I couldn’t pick up any other scents except for that peculiar, sweet, red fruit note. The taste was odd, to put it mildly. It started very tart with apples and light raspberry and then went into that same Cherry 7-Up note that I couldn’t stand. The body was watery with high carbonation. The finish was quick with sweet, red fruit. There was nothing that I particularly enjoyed about this cider. It was $2.39 for the bottle, which was $.20 per ounce. Even if it were free, I wouldn’t touch this again. What a disappointment.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

As you’ve noticed if you follow this blog at all, my other half likes ciders. So, when we went to Half Time, she picked up this one and a few other variations. She opened it and was nice enough to let me review it. Let’s see how it was.

1911

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “1911 Blueberry Hard Cider is a sparkling cider made from our family grown apples. It is perfect for someone looking for something a little bit sweeter. The flavors of apple and blueberry intertwine smoothy and result in a lasting fruity finish. Semi sweet 5.5%.”

Random: I usually like blueberry and blueberry cider sounds like a great concept.

This cider poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, purple tint with moderate carbonation. The nose was immediately off-putting. It had an odd medicinal note that transitioned in blueberry jam. I was hoping for better with the taste, but it started a bit tart with Granny Smith apples and then went into straight out sweet blueberry jam from the jar. Those were the only notes that I got from it. The body was watery and thin and had moderate carbonation. The finish was long with the same blueberry jam. The bottle was $2.29 at Half Time, which is $.19 per ounce. For that, there are many better offerings out there. I won’t be having this again and the other half didn’t like it either.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0