About Ciders from Ireland

About Ciders from Ireland
Ireland: Stout Country Although the country sports a handful of microbreweries, it cannot be said that one goes to Ireland to discover diversity in brewing styles. This is not to say Ireland does not produce noteworthy beer—especially if one likes dry stout, Guinness in particular. Guinness is brewed in a number of places around the world, but most Guinness exported to the U.S. market originate from the St. James Gate brewery in Dublin. Of course, this beer is even more creamy and flavorful when found directly in Irish pubs. Bottle-conditioned Guinness is available in the U.S., as are “widget” cans. Other popular Irish stouts available in the U.S. markets are Murphy’s, made by the Lady’s Well Brewery in Cork, and Beamish, made by Newcastle.

Top Picks for Ireland


Tempted Irish Craft Dry Cider
94 points
Light gold color. Aromas of tart apple, jasmine, pickling spices, smoked meats, blue cheese, and celery with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an intricate, medium-long dried blood orange, acorn squash, minerals, and eucalyptus finish. A proper English-style cider with table-friendly tannins; deserves a thoughtful pairing.
Adams Cider Company Devils Bit Mountain Cider
90 points
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple yogurt, sour cream frosting, and apple pastry with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length finish imparting accents of lemon spritzed apple and melon, honeyed nuts, and straw finish. A flavorful and finely balanced English cider with lovely tannins.
Tempted Irish Craft Elderflower Cider
88 points
Yellow color. Spicy aromas and flavors of mint lozenge, candied ginger, pear compote, walnut, potpourri, brie, and almond cake with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-length finish that presents shades of banana candies, apricot, and pineapple-jalepeno salsa finish. A distinctive, slightly funky fruit cider with a spicy side.
Magners Original Irish Hard Cider
86 points
Pale topaz orange color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, white stilton with apricots, water cracker, and muskmelon with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish displaying accents of saffron, pepper, and honey finish. A delicately flavored, approachable English Cider.
Finnbarra Medium Dry Irish Hard Cider
86 points
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of fresh golden apples, tart golden raspberry, spearmint, and banana pudding with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish with accents of champagne vinaigrette, walnut, and fruit cup finish. A friendly, fruity cider for carefree crushing.
Magners Original Irish Hard Cider
85 points
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of creme fraiche, baked peach and apple, apple pop tart, and white wine in a leather sack with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, refreshing, breezy finish conveying notes of melon rind and nectarine pit, nougat, wet stone, and apple bobbing mineral water finish. A very light and delicate cider to whet the palate.
Esterre Sparkling Prestige Hard Cider
85 points
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of wheat grass and pink grapefruit, roasted almond, zucchini, and black pepper sauce with a satiny, lively, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy finish conveying overtones of lime zest finish. A lively and balanced cider for any occasion.
Stonewell Tawny Hard Cider
84 points
Clear gold color. Aromas of petrol, botricized gooseberry, maraschino cherry pit, and piña colada with a round, crisp, effervescent, off-dry full body and a peppery, medium-length rum cake and creme Anglaise finish. A boozy barrel aged cider.
Magners Pear Hard Cider
81 points
Clear white gold color. Aromas of toasted hazelnuts, mocha latte, brown grass, and clotted cream and sourdough pizza crust with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk white strawberry, melon rind, nutskin, and straw finish. A light, very dry and earthy perry.