Citizen Cider The Americran

It’s time for another cider that Val picked out. This one uses cranberries and it’s the season for them, especially since Thanksgiving is coming up.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Throw together a bin of apples, a bushel of cranberries, and a few cider making citizens and you’ve got yourself an AmeriCran experience. The AmeriCran is a proud union of apples pressed at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, Vermont, and cranberries from Vermont Cranberry Company in Fletcher, Vermont: co-fermented by Citizen Cider and delivered to you. Have your own parade, drink the AmeriCran.”

Random: The website recommends pairing this with poultry, baked tofu, roasted root vegetables and hard cheese.

This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly (I tried to get the picture before it dissipated, but that failed). The body was a clear, light pink color with high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of tart cranberry and red apple notes. The taste had some tartness from the cranberries that quickly went into sweet red apples. Some apple peel was in there as well. I didn’t pick up much else from this cider. It had an overly thin body, although the cider itself was quite dry, with high carbonation. The finish was long with tart cranberries. This was $16.29 for the bomber, which came to $.74 per ounce. This was an expensive bomber and it just didn’t bring much to the table for me. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Citizen Cider B-Cider

The next brewery we made our way to was Allagash. We had registered for the 3 PM tour, so we got there a few minutes early. Their tasting room was moderate sized and they had their merchandise all around. The first thing that I noticed was that there were not any rare beers for sale at the brewery. This was beyond disappointing. When we asked, they told us that they send them all to stores now, so the only rare beer they had was their house beer, which you could only purchase by the case (we didn’t). The tour was informative and we got to see their barrel aging room, which is where we had our tasting. We tasted 4 beers, but there wasn’t anything rare to taste either. Our tour guide was really nice, which was a plus. It was nice to visit, but it was a bit of a letdown.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “from the blossom, to the bee, to the pollinated tree, B-Cider is a delicate blend of cider with honey that gives you an opportunity to drink the full circle of life on the orchard. The apple trees need the bees for pollination, the bees need the apple trees for sustenance, and we need both to make this floral and aromatic cider.”

Random: Val picked out this cider at Half Time.

This cider poured with no head on top of a clear, green-tinged body with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had notes of only green apples. The taste was quite tart with the same green apple note. It was very crisp, but I couldn’t pick up any sweetness from the honey that I expected based on the description on the bottle, and that was a total letdown. I also didn’t get any floral notes either. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick, yet tart with green apple skins. This was a completely one-dimensional cider and one that I won’t be having again and at $15.99 a bomber ($.72 per ounce), it’s not cheap either.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Citizen Cider Wit’s Up

Last week, there was a family reunion at my parents’ house. I cooked for everyone and I’m still exhausted from it. I relaxed for a bit this weekend, but I’m still feeling it. It was really nice to see everyone and Val finally got to meet my entire family. Anyways, let’s get to this cider that I opened for Val.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Starts like an ale and finishes like a cider: that, my friend, is Wit’s Up. This cider is fermented with a Belgian Wit yeast and malolactic cultures. No sugar is added, no sulfites are used, and it’s made with fresh sweet cider pressed at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, Vermont. Wit’s Up is clean and easy-drinking. Welcome to the future of cider.”

Random: The suggested pairings for this cider are bratwurst, brioche, roasted chicken, and root vegetables.

This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow color with high carbonation. The nose had some yeast and lemon and apples. The taste was much of the same. It had yeast and sweet apple with some coriander and Belgian yeast. It was an interesting amalgam of cider and beer. The body was on the thinner side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with yeast, apple and light spice. This was $3.79 for the can, which broke down to $.24 per ounce. I definitely enjoyed this one and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Citizen Cider The Dirty Mayor

This was the second bottle that I opened for Val. She also picked this one out at Half Time. She wasn’t a huge fan of this, basically for the same reasons that I didn’t enjoy it. But, I’m not one to let a cider go to waste.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We offer this cider to the honorable and fully infamous mayor of the only non-town in America, Fort Ethan Allen, USA. The mayor likes his cider with a ginger nip, so in our current effort to ensure local harmony and diplomacy we offer this cider up to the mayor and his fellow citizens.”

Random: My Half Time runs seems to last forever. I think it’s the best laid out beer store I’ve been to. I just wish there was one closer to me.

This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a very cloudy, lemon yellow body. There was very little carbonation visible as well. The nose had a lot of Granny Smith apples along with strong notes of ginger. The taste was dominated by the ginger, and not apples, which was unpleasant. It had an astringent taste as well. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a very long finish with the same ginger note I complained about throughout the review. I just didn’t enjoy this cider at all and I wouldn’t have it again. For $10.49 a bomber ($.48 per ounce), this wasn’t crazy expensive, but again, just not to my liking.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0