About English Cider

About English Cider
English-style ciders range in alcohol from 5-10% and feature austere and muted apple aromas and flavors. These ciders can be produced anywhere in the world, as long as English-origin apple varieties are used. English-style ciders are typically full-bodied and dry, and may also feature a slight “barnyard nose.”

Top Picks for English Cider

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.
Angry Orchard Olivers Hard Cider Collaboration Understood in Motion 03
90 points
Hazy light gold color. Curious aromas and flavors of apple cider vinegar shrub, acetone, and microgreens with a supple, crisp, light-to-medium body and a fast finish with notes of watercress and blue cheese, nutshell, and mulch finish. A funky and tart cider that will win the hearts of sour beer enthusiasts.
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.
Ciderboys Cider Company British Dry Cider
89 points
Clear yellow color. Earthy aromas and flavors of glued wood and apple and banana skins with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of bamboo and tea leaves, birch bark, and melon rind finish. A very nice dry cider with pleasing restraint and structure.
Awards: 2017 Best English-Style Cider
Snowdrift Cider Co. Cornice Barrel-aged Cider
88 points
Pale light minutely hazy yellow color. Herbal aromas and flavors of dill pickle juice, hashish and caraway rye, dusty herbs, and spiced apple with a satiny, tangy, sweet-and-sour medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of pickled melon and berries, nut skin, and gravel finish. A fun, herbal cider that will make for some interesting pairings and aquavit-like cocktail creations.
WildCraft Cider Works Farmhouse #8 Scrumpy Hard Cider
88 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Earthy aromas of horsehair brush and horse blanket, shriveled fallen apple and pear, pickling spices, and honeycomb with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a compelling, medium-long lemon rind, pineapple husk and nectarine pit, varnished wood, chestnuts roasting in an open fire, and minty grass and mulch finish. A funky, dry scrumpy cider.
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.
Angry Orchard Oval Nouveau English Cider
86 points
Minutely hazy bright golden amber color. Complex aromas of lemon spritzed apple compote, beeswax, summer forest, and wicker basket with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long wheat toast with eucalyptus honey, buttered popovers, alpine herbs, and espresso finish. A lovable cider with tons of character and superb integration of flavors and texture.
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.
Two K Farms Arthur English Cider
83 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of papaya Danish and pineapple husk with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, bone-dry light body and an interesting, medium-length orange pith, bitter almond, and underripe apple finish. The fino sherry of English cider; bone dry, mineral-forward, with just a hint of nuttiness.