Archive for the ‘Downeast Cider House’ 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.


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


I picked up this cider in Maine. Val has had a few from them and liked them. This was not one of them. I popped open the can and she took one sip and took the beer that I reviewed yesterday. I was stuck finishing it.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After three years of ignoring all traditional forms of making hard cider, we gave in. We looked to those who had been making cider for hundreds, if not thousands, of years and learned from them. We ferment fresh-pressed juice with champagne yeast, filter for a clean flavor, and add a touch of honey. This departure TO the norm is a Downeast departure FROM the norm. Unoriginal is clear and crisp with very little residual sweetness.”

Random: Their can art is really nice. It’s simple, but attractive.

When I opened this can, it immediately exploded. Luckily, I didn’t lose too much of it. It initially had a quarter of a finger of white head, but it dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The body was a clear, green-yellow color. It had medium carbonation visible. The nose had notes of light apples, white grapes and yeast. The taste was very dry and almost bland. Apples were not the major flavor. It reminded me of a dry white wine spritzer. It had the same yeast characteristic and when I saw it utilized champagne yeast, it didn’t surprise me at all. The body was light with lots of carbonation. The finish was really quick and unremarkable. A single can of this ran me $2.74, which was $.23 per ounce. The cider was alright, but it just needed more flavor.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was a cider that the other half picked up. It’s a summer seasonal that we’re obviously trying a bit late. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 5.1%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Available when we’re in a lemonade-y mood – look for the sun high in the sky. Draft, 6 and 12 pack cans. It’s simple really: we love lemonade and we love fermented juice. As they might say in the movies, ‘we never had a choice…’ Starting with a fermentation of cider (for fermentation health, not flavor), cane sugar, and water, we’re able to create a 100% GLUTEN FREE base. We then add a perfect balance of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and natural cane sugar before carbonating and it’s ready to go. You might not be able to tell, but it’s important to remember that this is a 5.1% ABV beverage. Consider that your warning before you polish off the 12 pack on the beach chair and wind up looking like the lighthouse on our can.”

Random: I’m really liking all of the different ciders that are available.

This cider poured a very light yellow color that was clear and had generous carbonation visible. There was no head to speak of and no lacing either. The nose had a lot of lemon and apples with a touch of sweetness. The taste was light and had a lot of lemon and then quickly transitioned into sweet apples. The body was light with heavy carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish that went into lemon pith. I could see why this would a good summer cider, especially with the lemon. I would have it again, especially at only $1.99 a can. This is one to look out for next summer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was one the last of the cider/meads that we picked up from Westchester. Although I really enjoy trying new things, a lot of them were let downs. The ones that we have left are mostly in bomber size. I popped this one open for the lawyer and she let me try a little bit.


ABV: 5.1%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Apples and Orange Blossom Honey are two of nature’s finest products. Coincidentally, they are the lone ingredients of what we like to call HARD HONEY. HH is fermented with an ale yeast and aged on a bed of crushed coriander and orange peel. A slice of fresh orange and a beautiful spring day are the perfect compliments to the Fermentation Lab’s first creation. GLUTEN FREE”

Random: I don’t have any Netflix to watch on my day off. This is slightly depressing. And by slightly, I mean really.

This mead poured with no head on top of a very cloudy, lemon yellow colored body with moderate carbonation visible. There was also some detritus that settle to the bottom of the glass. The nose had honey, melon sweetness and white wine grapes. The taste had honey, alcohol bite along with apple. It also had some lemon and reminded me a little bit of sprite. I didn’t get any of the spice that the brewery said would be there, which was disappointing. The body was thin and the carbonation was really light. It had a quick finish with honey. This just didn’t do it for me. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

So, since I’m in the middle of end of quarter, I’m back to working Mondays and working later than normal during the rest of the week. Today, I got out at a decent time and made dinner for my other half. I made a fig balsamic marinated hangar steak with maple roasted carrots and roasted potatoes. It was quite good. While I’m digesting, I figured I’d try to get through some of the backlog of reviews.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A lot of cranberries grow in Massachusetts and an unnamed member of Downeast Cider has an affinity for them: dried cranberries, cranberry juice, and most of all, Cranberry Blend. This interesting twist on Original Blend won’t make your lips pucker but will bring a smile.”

Random: This was a cider that the other half picked out during our beer haul from New York.

It poured with less than a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on my other half’s new cider glass. The body was a cloudy, light orange color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had lots of apples with a touch of cranberry. The taste had a bit more cranberry on it that provided a bit of tartness. There was apple juice present and the sweetness was balanced by the cranberry. The body was medium thickness and the carbonation was a bit too low. The finish was quick with apple and cranberry. This was a decent cider and I was really excited to try one with cranberry, but it was a bit boring. I would have it again, but not if there were other selections.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0