Sovereign Cider NYCrisp

This was what the other half ordered and didn’t enjoy, so I got to drink the rest of it. Let’s see if I liked it any more than she did.


ABV: 6.3%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We teamed up with the Nicholsons of Red Jacket Orchards, a third-generation family farm in New York’s Finger Lakes region, to develop a custom blend for Sovereign’s NYCrisp. Gala, Ida Red, Jonagold and Rome apples are fresh-pressed at Red Jacket’s orchard in Geneva, NY, then trucked 30 miles to one of America’s oldest family-owned wineries, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, near Canadaigua Lake. Yeast is added the blend, and a gentle 30-day fermentation turns all residual sugar from the apple juice into alcohol. No additional sugar, flavor or artificial ingredients are used to supplement the fermentation. The result is a cider like you have never tasted: Crisp and refreshing with a light sparkle and subtle apple finish. Clean on the palette and not sweet, NYCrisp pairs well with most foods. Try it with barbecue, spice, seafood, or anything rich and flavorful.”

Random: I am not enjoying how humid it is today. At least we have air conditioning.

This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a golden-yellow body with no visible carbonation. So far, we were not off to a good start. The nose had some apples and yeast and reminded me of a really dry cider. The taste was pretty bad. It was very tart and it was a struggle to get any apple taste out of it. It was like tart champagne with only white grapes, and not apples. The body was heavy and had decent carbonation. It had a long dry yeast finish with white wine grapes. It wasn’t great and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0