Nine Pin Hunny Pear

Here’s a cider that Val picked out at Half Time. As you can tell from the background of the picture, I had this one when we were packing up the apartment. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “2014. No need to sleep 20 years to find that a revolution has swept the Capital Region. Nine Pin Ciderworks delivers crisp refreshing taste to the heart of Albany. Using farm fresh fruit, including apples grown from seed on the del Peral family farm, Alejandro del Peral crafts delicious Nine Pin New York Hard Cider at 929 Broadway in the shadow of The Rose. Like any revolution, Nine Pin Cider was many years in the making. In 1997, Alejandro’s father paints a 32 foot rose on the brick wall side of 925 Broadway. He raises his family on a small Hudson Valley farm, encouraging a love of nature, adventure and fresh food. In 2010, Alejandro wanders into a store and samples a local hard cider. He quickly develops a passion for the drink and becomes an apprentice. By 2013, Alejandro has perfected his own cider blend, winning a gold medal at the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. His winning, noncommercial cider is called Catskill Thunder.”

Random: I only have 3 discs left on my Netflix queue. It’s taken years to get through all of them, but this will make Val happy.

This cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was slight cloudy and a yellowish-green color. There was high carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose had notes of light pear and Granny Smith apples. The taste was light and crisp. It started with golden apples and pear and then came through with a touch of white grape at the end of the sip. It had a thin body with high carbonation on the tongue. The finish was swift with the same apples and pears that were apparent in the taste. I really enjoyed this cider. For $13.99 a bomber, which broke down to $.64 per ounce, which is a bit expensive. Even still, I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Nine Pin New York Hard Cider

I’m on my second cup of coffee and the other half and I are watching Jeopardy on the DVR. We’re a little over a month behind. Our plans for the day are to head to Philly and pick up some last minute Christmas gifts. She’s off tomorrow, so we’re actually going to spend two whole days together. This cider was one that the other half wanted to try. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our flagship product using a blend of apples from Samascott Orchards. It is an off dry sparkling cider with a crisp, bold, and refreshing taste. Available at 929 Broadway in Albany and soon to be available at stores, bars and restaurants in the Capital Region and beyond”

Random: I really like the glass I used for this cider. When we move, we’re definitely getting more beer glasses.

This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, greenish-yellow with lots of carbonation. The nose had Granny Smith apples along with a touch of white grape. The flavor was not as tart as I expected, given the nose having so many Granny Smith apples, but also had some white wine notes and white grapes. After a few sips, some yeast came through as well. It was a very dry cider, but also crisp. The body was too thin with high carbonation. It had a short finish with yeast and apples. For $9.99, this wasn’t overly expensive and I enjoyed it, despite it being too thin. The other half didn’t like this one at all. If you like dry ciders, this one is worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0