Archive for the ‘Stevens Point Brewery’ Category

Tonight’s selection is the last one from the mixed-twelve pack of Ciderboys cider. I find that peach flavored things (beer or cider) tend to either be great or terrible, and there is very little middle ground. This cider is no exception…

peachcounty

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Thirst quenching apple and ripe, fuzzy peach. The ice chill of the bottle smiles at the heat of the day. Thirst quenching apple and ripe, fuzzy peach collide in a fantasy blend. Crank up the piano keys. Dance if you want to. When summer breezes soar under the light of a crescent moon, this is your party.”

Random: This is available March 1st through August 31st.

This cider poured with a one finger, pure white head. It went away slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a warm, orange color with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lots of artificial peach flavoring. It overwhelmed any other flavor in the nose. The taste had a touch more balance, but not much. It started with the same peach flavoring that had a certain aspect of sweetener. Then, it went into carbonated apple juice that was also incredibly sweet. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a long, sickeningly sweet finish with the same peach flavoring. A bottle of this was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce), which isn’t a bad price, if this was drinkable. Conceptually, a peach/apple cider sounded great. But, the execution on this cider was lacking. This is a cider that I would avoid, even if you really enjoy peach flavored things.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

This is a leftover from a mixed-cider pack that Val wanted. She’s liked a few of the selections from Ciderboys, so I get to open the remnants and review them. I have one left in the cider fridge to get to.

firstpress

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Traditional hard apple cider. Everything changes when you bite into a bottle of First Press Traditional Hard Apple Cider. Eyes of friends sparkle. Passion overflows with perhaps the best thing on earth, the anticipation of sweet, crisp and tart. Taste hard cider fireworks. Revel in its energy. Grin to the skies. Save an extra for yourself.”

Random: This cider is available all year-long.

This cider poured with a one finger, pure-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass, along with a thick crown. The body was a clear, golden-orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of sweet apples, almost like Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. It also had some honey. The taste was full of very sweet apple juice and honey. Again, it reminded me of the same sparkling apple cider that was in the nose. In terms of flavor, that was it. There wasn’t much depth or complication. After a few sips though, the sweetness became cloying for me. It had a thick body for the ABV and a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with sweet apple juice. A single was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce), which is one of the cheaper ciders that I’ve seen lately. This cider was fine and drinkable (although it did become cloying at the end), but it was incredibly boring. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting cider or something that it going to bring something unique to the table.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m not a big fan of the holiday, but I wanted to pick something sweet to review today, and this cider definitely fits the bill. Val picked up a mixed-pack of Ciderboys and this was the featured cider in it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a pineapple cider, so let’s see how it is.

pineapplehula

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Taste rides an unexpected wave. Refreshing sweet tart flavor alive with the inspired pairing of apple and screaming yellow pineapple. Big citrus taste born of a feeling the wave will never go flat. You close your eyes at the peak moment a tremendous feeling rushes over you. It’s wild. Ride it out.”

Random: Grilled pineapple is one of my favorite things in the summer.

This cider poured with a half a finger of head that looked to be slightly off white, but it dissipated instantly. It also left no lacing on the glass. The body was a light orange and had some haze to it. There was moderate carbonation as well. Nose was filled with overripe pineapple and honey sweetness. I didn’t pick up any apple component. The taste was cloyingly sweet. There was a lot of sweetness and the pineapple manifested in a pineapple gummy candy. Apple juice was in there as well, but it only added to the sweetness. The body was on the thicker side and it had high carbonation. The finish was long and really sweet. A bottle of this was $1.42, which was $.12 per ounce. I just didn’t like this cider, no matter what the price. It was way too sweet for my liking.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Since I created a new spreadsheet on all the beers I’ve had, I can take a look at different metrics (yes, very dorky, I know). After reviewing this beer, I looked at the pumpkin beers I’ve reviewed. This will be review #53 of pumpkin ales. I review an average of 7.6 pumpkin ales a year, with the biggest year being 21 reviews in 2014. In 2015, I reviewed 7 and so far in 2016, I’ve reviewed 3. So, this year looks like I will hit above average for them. This one comes with a great reputation and many sites put this as a top beer in the style. Hopefully, I agree with them.

wholehog

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Handcrafted using real pumpkin and savory pumpkin pie spices with hints of all natural cinnamon and nutmeg. Perle hops balance with rich Munich, Roasted and Caramel malts for the full-bodied taste and exceptional flavor.”

Random: This seasonal is available from August 1st to September 30th and comes in at 10 IBUs.

This beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant and inviting. There was a lot of graham cracker, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. It had one of the most authentic pumpkin spice aromas that I’ve ever smelled on a beer. The taste, which I fully expected to be a disappointment, but it was just as amazing. It had a lot of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Then, vanilla, allspice and graham cracker came through. When the beer warmed up, there was a molasses characteristic to it that gave it some sweetness. The alcohol was really hidden. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with pumpkin spice. A single of this was $2.12, which came to $.18 per ounce. I would say that this wasn’t a bad price for one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. I will definitely have this again and start looking out for it every fall.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

My Operations Manager is on vacation this week, which means that I will be working a lot of hours. I’m hoping that it will be a relatively slow week since a lot of people are taking vacations. After that, I go on vacation, which I’m very excited about, but I’ll go into that in another post. Anyways, Val wanted to try this cider and gave me a taste of it. Let’s see how it was.

strawberrymagic

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Come alive to crisp apple hard cider blended with the fresh taste of strawberries, soft and deep red, backed by mouth watering sweetness and a delicate hint of tartness. This is Strawberry Magic Hard Cider kicked up with a hint of Saturday night. We blend it a little differently around here. If you’ve never tried it, get ready for the confetti.”

Random: Our strawberry plants did not yield any viable strawberries. I think the birds ate them.

This cider poured with a half a finger of thick, white head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, pink color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was mild with notes of ripe strawberries. The taste was nice. It had the expected apple note with strawberry candy, light tartness and then sweet, strawberry jam as well. The tartness was a nice addition to the cider and a bit unexpected. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with apple and strawberry. This was $1.42 for the single bottle, which came to $.12 per ounce, which isn’t a bad price at all. I really enjoyed this one and the strawberry notes really added something to it. This would make for a really nice summer cider that I could easily kill a few of. If you like strawberry, definitely give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

We finally got a washer and dryer. Val makes fun of me because I love doing laundry and I used to do it every other night. But, since we’ve been so long without a washer and dryer, I’m down to doing it once a week. Plus, our new one is a full-sized one and the one that was in the apartment was much smaller, so I’m doing less loads. It also has a steam feature which is pretty cool. The cat likes watching it too, since it’s a front loader. Anyways, this was a cider that the other half let me review. Let’s see how it was.

IMG_3281

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Check it out. Take it further. Get them all on your wave-length. Put a Cranberry Road crown on your day. Find a few thirsts to quench. Steal a few hearts along the way. Let it all hangout with cranberries belonging to a decidedly different hard apple cider. Cranberries from shallow bogs filled with early morning mist. A refreshing tart and sweet splash walking down a magic street most can’t resist. Available September 1 – November 30.”

Random: This is the cider offering from Stevens Point Brewery.

This cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a pinkish color with high carbonation visible. The nose had notes of apple and cranberry flavored Juicy-Juice. The scent was weirdly sweet. The taste was just awful. It had a lot of artificial red fruit, specifically cherry and cranberry. Over-ripe apples were there as well. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long and sickeningly sweet finish. This could be one of the worst ciders that I’ve ever had and I would not have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

This week has just been brutal at work. I haven’t worked anything less than a twelve-hour shift. Needless to say, I’m now backed up on Netflix. Right now, I’m watching a documentary about Eve Ensler and her work in a women’s prison. The other half is riveted, let me tell you. Anyways, this was one of her beers that she let me try.

IMG_2660

ABV: 4.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Radlers (the German word for ‘cyclists’) were first introduced in 1922 near Munich, Germany after thirsty cyclists coasted through the mountains and were served a refreshing combination of pilsner and lemon-lime. This is the inspiration for Point Coast Radler – a thirst quenching brew perfect for those with active lifestyles. Authentic Munich malts combined with lemon-lime and grapefruit gives Coast Radler its unique and highly satisfying taste. Enjoy!”

Random: I am watching the documentary instead of the Giants game. I think given the choice, the other half may have preferred the football game.

This beer poured with a one finger, thin, white head that dissipated almost instantly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, greenish-yellow color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had some grapefruit and an odd sweet scent that I couldn’t figure out. The taste was like alcoholic, watered down Sprite. It had a lot of sweetness with some lemon and lemon and grapefruit. The flavor was just generally unpleasant. The body was on the thin side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and cloying sweet finish. I really didn’t like this beer at all. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0