Archive for the ‘Cider’ Category

Val picked this cider out when we were browsing an aisle in the beer store. She popped this one open and let me have a few sips to give it a proper review.

downeastmaple

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A WINTERY MIX WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND: FRESH-PRESSED APPLE CIDER WITH A HINT OF VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP. Like all of our ciders, maple blend is unfiltered, using fresh-pressed apples from tom’s farm in stow. we add pure maple syrup from fournier’s sugar shack in lyndonville, vermont, and the resulting hard cider is light and refreshing with notes of vanilla and maple. just the thing for a day of skiing, shoveling or playoff football.”

Random: The older I get, the less I like maple syrup on pancakes.

This cider poured with almost no head that dissipated instantly and was gone by the time I took my picture. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy lemon yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had red apple skins, apple juice and maple syrup. The taste had some spice to it, specifically ginger and cinnamon. This went along with the maple syrup and transitioned right into a concentrated apple juice note. The body was on the thicker side for a cider with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy, sweet finish with maple syrup. A can of this was $2.37, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. This was a decent cider, it just needed some more balance between the apples and maple syrup.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the things that I enjoy about working in a warehouse is that I don’t have to wear a suit. One of the things I don’t enjoy is that my hands are almost always dirty. I need to start carrying hand sanitizer around with me. This is a cider that I believe Val picked up for me and is a seasonal offering from B. Nektar. Let’s crack it open.

stupidmansuit

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Crisp apple and cherry forward. The sides of the tongue garner the tartness of dry apple and unripened berries while a mild sweetness rounds and balances. Medium body with a dry, refreshing finish.”

Random: This is available April through June.

The cider poured with no head on top of a cloudy, cranberry colored body. I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tart berries. I specifically got cherries and blackberries along with apple skins and Red Delicious apples. The taste had a mouth puckering tartness with red wine vinegar. It then transitioned into cherries, blackberries and barely ripe blueberries. Apple came through as well, but it was more like a Honeycrisp apple. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tart blueberries. This set me back $7.99, which came to $.50 per ounce. This cider was interesting, but it was almost too tart for me. I still had no problem throwing it back and I’m glad I tried it, there are just a few better options out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I think I’m finally a morning person. Even on my days off, if I don’t set an alarm, I’m up by 5 AM at the latest. I always have these grandiose ideas that I’ll get to sleep in, but I never manage to. Since I have a cold, I’ve managed to sleep about 12 hours on and off today. Anyways, let’s get to the cider.

moakiwifruit

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Made from 100% New Zealand grown apples and natural kiwifruit flavor, Moa Kiwifruit Cider has a typical crisp­ apple aroma, with a unique, tropical kiwifruit twist.”

Random: I love when kiwis are in a fruit salad, even though the seeds get stuck in my teeth.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, greenish-yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with kiwi, white grape and oak. Green apples came through next. The taste was dry and crisp. It had a touch of sweetness and acid from the kiwi with oak and vanilla. It had a lot of complexity to it and the oak note gave it some warmness. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with kiwi flesh and green apples. A bottle of this ran me $12.99, which broke down to $.59 per ounce. I really enjoyed this cider. The kiwi tasted authentic and it worked really well with the other flavors. I would highly recommend purchasing this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’ve always wanted to go to Austin. I think part of it is one of the podcasts I listen to is based out of Austin. Since I’ve been traveling a lot for work, part of me hopes that I get sent to Texas, but we don’t have any sites by Austin, just ones by Houston and Dallas. This cider hails from Austin and maybe I’ll give them a visit if I’m ever out there.

ciderkin

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ciderkin delivers a dry apple palate with a tart bite, finishing clean and bright. Unpasteurized and unfiltered, Ciderkin is free of back sweetening and added sugars. Best enjoyed ice cold.”

Random: I just got up to change the laundry and my big cat took my seat!

This cider poured with almost no head on top of a clear, almost green body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had Granny Smith apple skins and white wine grapes. It didn’t have much sweetness and had a vinous quality. The taste on the cider was tart at first with Granny Smith apple skins and flesh as well. It went into the same white wine grape note next. There was also some vanilla, which gave it depth. Golden Delicious apples were at the end of the sip. The cider was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with Golden Delicious apples and vanilla. This cider was pretty expensive at $9 for the bottle, which broke down to $.75 per ounce. I enjoyed this cider, I just wish it had a bit more depth to it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a cider that Val picked out. I didn’t think Val would be a big fan of it since it was oak aged, and needless to say, I was right.

privatereservecherry

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “A touch of Michigan cherries with a hint of Napa all in one satisfying sip. Private Reserve Cherry infuses our small batch hard cider with the juice of Michigan cherries, then aged in the finest Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This premium craft cider delivers a sweet and tart taste that finishes with notes of smooth oak from the Napa Valley barrels. Exhilarate your senses with this truly unique and rare cider.”

Random: “Real Housewives Of Dallas” is my least favorite of the series.

This cider poured with a touch of head that dissipated instantly. By the time I took the picture, all of the head was gone and it didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright red with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with oak and tart cherries. Apple skin was present too. The taste started with some sweetness from the apple flesh and the cherries. It quickly went into an almost vinegar-like cherry note with vanilla and oak. The alcohol was present and was a bit too strong. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vanilla and oak and tart cherry skins. A bottle of this set me back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this cider, but I felt like it was a bit unfinished. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today’s selection is a cider that Val picked up. I don’t remember where we got it, but ever since we picked this one up, I’ve been seeing their products everywhere. Let’s see how this was.

spirepear

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Festive and light, Spire Mountain Pear Cider is alive with delicate flavor. A blend of Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears gives this hard cider a gentle zest. Complemented by a soft sprightly sparkle, the scent of sunny orchard beckons from every glass. Enjoy this genial refreshment at your ease.”

Random: This is available year-round.

This cider poured with no head on top of a bright yellow body that was clear. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of pears and pear skins. It also had a soapy note that I wasn’t a huge fan of, along with apple skins. The taste was much of the same. The pear that came through reminded me of a pear jelly bean (yes, they exist), apple cores and the same soapy quality. White sugar was there as well, and right at the end of the sip, it turned tart. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was quick and soapy with pear skins and apple flesh. This was $4 a bottle, which came to $.33 per ounce. I wasn’t a fan of this cider at all. I was looking for a cider with more fruit flavor without the soapiness. Val wasn’t a fan of this either.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

When I was doing research on this cider, I found that they have a very popular pear cider. Of course, that’s not the one that I picked out. Instead, I went for the one that was much more “unique.”

strawberrylim

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “Like summer in a glass; a splash of fresh strawberries in apple juice, and a squeeze of tangy lime. Drink it over ice and the job’s done. Available in can, bottle and on draught.”

Random: The cidery website asks if you’re legal drinking age in your country, but only gives a “yes” option. Also, the glass they show this cider in on the website is really interesting looking.

The cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, bright, pink body. I could see some carbonation, but not nearly as much as I expected. On the nose, I picked up strawberry syrup and cherry ice pops. What wasn’t there was lime or apples, for that matter. I kept trying to find a yeast note too, but this was just cherry and strawberry soda. The taste started with incredible sweetness (and not in a good way). Like the nose, there was lots of strawberry syrup, but it was sweeter that I would have guessed. There wasn’t much cherry, but there was also a simple syrup note. The lime was muted and was also artificial tasting. At the end of the sip, I got juice box apple juice. The cider was cloyingly sweet and I couldn’t get past it. It had a medium thick body and was under-carbonated. The finish hung around for awhile and had the same sickeningly sweet note. A bottle of this was $2.99 ($.19 per ounce). I’m not a huge fan of sweet ciders and this is one that I won’t be having again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0