Nine Pin Light Cider Cucumber Lime

Val wanted to try another cider and this was the next in line. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.3%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to brewbound.com, “Nine Pin Ciderworks, New York’s first farm cidery, announced the release of Cucumber Lime Light Cider, the first in the company’s new light cider series that honors New York cider’s colonial roots. In colonial New York, ciderkin, as it was called, was produced by soaking the remaining apple pomace from the apple press in water. The beverage was widely produced during America’s colonial era and was often served with breakfast. Ciderkin was nearly lost to history due to the popularization of beer in the 19th century and Prohibition in the first half of the 20th century. Today, with the cider revolution in full force, Nine Pin continues to lead the cider manufacturing industry with its Cucumber Lime Light Cider, a modern take on the historical New York ciderkin. Nine Pin’s Cucumber Lime Light Cider is made from 100 percent New York apples and contains fresh water, cucumber, and lime. This gluten-free cider has only 110 calories per 12 oz. serving with a low ABV of 4.3 percent.”

Random: We picked this one up during a trip to Half Time Beverage in Mamaroneck.

This cider poured with no head on top of a clear, bright yellow body. There was limited carbonation visible through the body. The nose had some green apples along with cucumber water and lime zest. The flavor was light, which was expected. It had green apple peel and cucumber slices. There was some lime flavor as well. It reminded me of watered down cider. The body was very light and it could have used more carbonation. The finish was instantaneous. This wasn’t great and I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Austin Eastciders Sangria Cider

Tonight’s selection is a change of pace for me. Val wanted to pop open a cider, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Sangría literally means bloodletting in Spanish. The term sangria used for the drink can be traced back to the 18th century. According to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol, sangria’s origins ‘cannot be pinpointed exactly, but early versions were popular in Spain, Greece, and England.’ Sangaree, a predecessor drink to sangria that was served either hot or cold, likely originated in the Caribbean (West Indies), and from there was introduced to mainland America, where it was common beginning in the American colonial era but ‘largely disappeared in the United States’ by the early twentieth century. Sangria as an iced drink was reintroduced to the U.S. by the late 1940s through Hispanic Americans and Spanish restaurants, and enjoyed greater popularity with the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.”

Random: This cider is available in cans and on draft.

This cider poured with no head whatsoever. The body was a bright magenta color that was clear and had a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The nose was rather muted, but had berry notes along with red apples. There was some honey as well. The taste was also a bit muted. I picked up the same berry notes, specifically raspberry and blackberry. There was also a decent punch of cherry. Apple came through next with some sweetness. The cider was a bit under carbonated. The finish was quick with apple. I thought this cider had potential, it just wasn’t my favorite.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Graft Book Of Nomad: Island Of The Lost

It’s been a long time since I had a cider. They’re still all the rage and I was excited to see one with pineapple and coconut. I tend to be attracted to anything tropical flavored.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “After having no choice to eject from their aircraft, Nomad and Dog find themselves tangled in a mess of parachute cords caught on a tree.They are approached by The Divine: a ragtag group of past survivors who control he island. Alongside them is a chained creature…appearing to be half man and half lizard. An offer is made to the duo:challenge this ‘Lisko’ in the Pit of Trials or be sacrificed themselves. With little time to ponder, Nomad reluctantly chooses to battle…”

Random: Graft’s label art is so unique. I really like it.

The cider poured with no head whatsoever. The body was a hazy greenish-yellow color with a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pineapple and coconut. There was a tart smell as well that reminded me of white vinegar. The taste was a bit more balanced. There was a slight tartness with green apples at first, but it quickly transitioned into pineapple segments and coconut water too. The alcohol was muted and the body was on the lighter side, which went very well with the flavor. It had plenty of carbonation to make the cider crisp. It had a shockingly lengthy finish with pineapple and coconut. I really enjoyed this cider and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Peak Highball Ginger Mule

Over the summer, I started trying Moscow Mules and really got into them. I love ginger, so obviously I love Moscow Mules and was interesting in giving a cider version a shot.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “The Highball Cider Cocktails. Crisp & refreshing organic hard cider fused with unique cocktail treatments – heralded by the industry’s most cutting edge bartenders. The series will launch with three varieties, each drawing inspiration from innovations in the craft cocktail world. They will feature the same base cider as the fermentable – using all organic, non-gmo apples. Ginger I Mule is a clear nod to the moscow mule with ginger from our friends at Charlie’s Redhouse Farm as the centerpiece. Herbaceous and flavorful, Ginger I Mule creates the perfect balance of spice and sweetness.”

Random: Moscow Mule mugs are visually pleasing to me.

I tried this one straight out of the can. The nose had a lot of ginger upfront, which I expected. It also had some nice green apple notes and a grassy note as well. The taste was almost exactly like a Moscow Mule. It had a pungent ginger note, but it didn’t veer off to overpower everything. The apple note was pleasant and on the taste, provided a nice sweetness. The alcohol was insanely well-hidden. The body was on the medium side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with ginger. A can of this was $3.62, which came to $.23 per ounce. I thought this was a great change of pace and had nice flavor. This would be good to have at a party for non beer drinkers.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shacksbury Spritz Citrus

Val asked me for a cider last night, so I pulled this one out for her. It was her first cider from Shacksbury, so I was curious as to how it was.

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Far from ordinary, apples are the most diverse food plant on earth. Unfortunately, only a handful of varieties are cultivated at scale in America, and all of those are designed for eating, not cider making. At Shacksbury, we believe cider can, and should, be daring and complex. From gnarled trees on New England farmsteads to Old World orchards in England and Spain, our cider will change the way you think about this amazing fruit.”

Random: Other than beer, I pretty much only drink coffee, seltzer and iced tea at home.

The cider poured with absolutely no head. The body had a slight orange-pink color to it and was slightly hazy. There was some carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of light citrus to it, specifically oranges and orange blossom came through. There was a small amount of apples. The taste was very, very light. It almost reminded me of an apple and orange seltzer. The apple presence was minimal and orange peel came through. The body was watery and there was plenty of carbonation. It had an instantaneous finish with orange. This was also a gift, so no commentary on the price. When Val told me that she didn’t like this one, I was assuming that it was going to be on the tart side, but it was just because it really didn’t have much flavor. I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

Graft Book Of Nomad: High Tower

This review is the last of the ciders for a little bit. We’re headed back to beer. But before that, let’s see how this was.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “The Oracle leads Nomad, Dog and the Light Force rebels to the High Tower: a structure which contains the coding that has kept Daika enslaved for centuries. It has been prophesied that an outsider is the only one capable of destroying this evil. The Bokun sentinels are alerted as Dog rushes to drop the data orb in the destruction chamber while the Light Force hold off the evil forces. As the orb’s lethal code is computed, the top-portion of High Tower implodes. Victorious shouting fills the galaxy as the evil android’s control has been relinquished once and for all.”

Random: I love peaches, but hate peach flavoring.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly, but left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and gold color with some floaties in it as well. There was still a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of peach and apricot notes along with some sweet apple juice. The taste started with some apple sweetness and quickly went into peach and apricot as well. A slight tartness came through next to balance it out. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with sweet apples and peach. A can of this was $4.25, which broke down to $.35 per ounce. This was on the more expensive side, but I appreciated that the peach tasted authentic.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Graft Lost Tropic

Where Val and I live, there are very few good brunch places by us. We have one place that is always crowded, but the food is so hit or miss that I usually spend about 6 months out of the year mad at them for a bad visit and refuse to go back. Then, Val convinces me to go back and the cycle continues. We should just stick to going to Philly for brunch.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Juicy & Tart. Dry hopped cider with Citra & Vic Secret hops, Orange zest, Grapefruit zest. Pairs well with late mornings and early afternoons.”

Random: I’ve never had a cider with brunch. I’m going to have to try it.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very floral with a lot of green apple. It had some grapefruit notes as well. The taste was really bright up front. It started with the same green apple note and had some green apple peel as well. White grape came through next with lots of citrus. I picked up orange and grapefruit zest specifically. The body was on the lighter side, despite the higher ABV. It had a lot of carbonation, which made it go down very easily. The finish was lengthy with citrus. A can was $3, which came to $.25 per ounce. I liked this cider a lot and could see how it would easily pair with brunch.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Graft Cloud City Crimson District

Tonight’s selection is another one from Graft. They also started distributing to New Jersey, so I can get their ciders more regularly. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Nomads travels through the city in the clouds had left him jaded. The duplicity of the religious fanatics, the over the top opulence and sleaze of the party district, to the waste and commercialization of the consumer district. He needed a place to vent to rage against it all and what better outlet then the Crimson District.”

Random: This cider came out in December of 2017.

This cider poured with less than a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright reddish-pink. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was strong with a lot of raspberry and cranberry up front. The spice came through next with ginger and clove. The taste was intense. I picked up the fruit up front and it punched me in the mouth with raspberry, cranberry and some blackberries as well. The spice came through with clove, cinnamon and lots of ginger. Orange zest came through next. The body was heavier than I wanted, but at least had a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with berries. A can of this was $3.75, which came to $.31 per ounce. This cider was just not balanced with the flavors. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Graft Hop Tropic

Tonight’s selection is from a cidery that is getting a lot of press and has super cute labels.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Graft was created by siblings Kyle & Sara Sherrer to develop a new kind of cider company. Their concept was two-fold: paying respect to old-world style of cider making while simultaneously experimenting with modern brewing techniques. All of Graft’s ciders employ century-old European traditions of using wild yeast and bacteria to ferment to dryness. They then harness the flavor profiles created from this style of natural cider and develop unique and innovative styles which take a nod from some of the best craft beer producers in the world. We are a small company with a big dream of bringing sour cider to the masses and have assembled an amazing team of people to help bring it to you!”

Random: I’m not sure if this cider is still being made since the cidery doesn’t have this one on their website.

The cider poured with less than a finger of white head that dissipated by the time I took the photo. The body was cloudy and a greenish-yellow body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some grapefruit and funk up front. Green apples were present as well. The taste was much of the same. It started with tart green apples and transitioned into some funk and hay. The grapefruit note came through as well. It also had a floral note as well. The body was on the light side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with funk and tart green apples. A can was $2.62, which came to $.22 per ounce. I thought this was an interesting cider, but wish the flavors worked a little better together.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Ola Brew Kauai Ginger Cider

I didn’t do much reviewing of beers while on my honeymoon, but this is one that I got in while I was on the Big Island.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “PROUD TO BE COMMUNITY OWNED. At Ola Brew Co. everything we do is made possible by a passionate community of over 400 stakeholders, employees, and friends—most of them living and working right here in Hawai’i County. This year we’re calling out to our community to help make the Ola Brew experience even better without relying on capital from big banks, corporate sponsors, or out-of-state VCs. The plan is to begin serving food from an onsite kitchen, add a deck with outdoor seating, triple our brewing capacity with more fermenters, and to purchase four times more organic fruit and grain from local farmers. Sounds great, right?! With your help we can make it happen and keep Ola Brew Co. community owned!”

Random: I’m really starting to enjoy fresh ginger.

The cider poured with less than a finger of white head. It dissipated by the time I took the picture, but left a small crown on top of the yellow body. The body was cloudy with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fresh apple juice and lots of fresh ginger. The nose was intense for sure. The taste was similar to the nose. The ginger came through first and was very pungent. The apple juice came next with some yeast as well. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with ginger and apples. I enjoyed this cider, but it was a bit one-dimensional.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0