November 2015 - All Ciders

This month's Beer feature is Cider
All Ciders Reviews
212817
Blue Mountain
Cherry Hard Apple Cider
Brilliant copper color. Bright, fruity aromas of dried sour cherries, dried apples and peaches, brown spice, and nougat with a soft, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long leather, green apple, lemons, and flower patch finish. A rich and rewarding sour cherry and apple cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212855
Number 12
Black Currant Dry Cider
Clear dark red oak color. Mild, toasty, vinous aromas of fresh dark baguette, cassis jam, pomegranate, and sundried with a glycerous, racy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length red and black currants, citrus and apple peels, pressed lilacs, and apple cider vinegar finish. A wonderfully tart and dry berry cider that will pair brilliantly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212909
Tieton Cider Works
"Spice Route Hard" Cider
Light golden amber color. Delicate, spicy, herbal aromas of epazote, honeyed ramps, spiced apples, and nopales with a supple, bright, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy cinnamon apple pastry and lemon finish. A fun Latin tingled spicy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212775
Woodchuck Cidery
"Out on a Limb Oopsy Daisy" Hard Cider
Gold color. Aromas of spiced apples and pears, honeyed chamomile tea, and praline with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long exotic Manuka honey, green apples, and minerals finish. An utterly delicious and satisfying, lightly floral cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212677
Sonoma Cider
"The Washboard" Cider
Clear gold color. Bright, sweet, spicy aromas of honey vanilla bean gelato and root beer float with a silky, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length apple strudel and lemon and ginger soda finish. A fun and flavorful creamy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213113
Virtue
"Lapinette" Cidre Brut
Clear light straw green color. Bright, sour, funky smoky aromas of rustic cheeses, peppered root vegetables, lemon vinaigrette, and haystack with a supple, vibrant, petillant, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed nut skins and shells, apple and tomato core, leather, and dried herbs finish. A wonderfully dry, earthy, and funky brettanomyces influenced cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212782
Magners
Pear Hard Cider
Clear bright silver color. Lively, yeasty, funky aromas of overripe pears citrus, brewer’s yeast, baked salted root vegetables, and straw with an even, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, swift honeyed apples and melons, vanilla, and minerals finish. A complex and nuanced perry with a solid core of fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212854
Number 12
Sparkling Dry Cider
Brilliant yellow color. Delicate, yeasty aromas of sour dough bagel, fermenting apples, hominy, and delicate spice with an oily, tart, bubbly, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long reduced lemon and lime, grass, nut skin, and oak finish. A bracing, mouthwatering cider that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212625
Pacific Coast Cider
"Cider Brothers" Cherry Hard Apple Cider
Light sunburst color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of watermelon, spicy sour cherry chutney, and lemon with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length cherry honey lozenge, lemon sorbet, cherry cider vinaigrette on mesclun, and praline finish. An very tasty and appetizing cherry flavored cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212773
Woodchuck Cidery
"Private Reserve" Pink Cider
Bright clear dark copper color. Mild, fruity aromas of strawberry and baked apple with a soft, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy strawberry ice and minerals finish. A pleasant, fruity berry nuanced cider; lawnmower cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212637
Angry Orchard
"Summer Honey" Hard Cider
Clear light golden yellow color. Faint, interesting, sweet meaty aromas of hard cheese rind, waxy honeycomb, spiced apple, and pork jerky with a silky, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length apple gelato, peach and raisins, and Manuka honey finish. A exotic honeyed dessert cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212865
Don’t Tell William
Dry Hard Cider
Clear light emerald straw color. Lively, floral, grassy aromas of apple, apple soufflé, and vanilla candle with a supple, racy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy nut brittle, butter roasted apples, lemon, and grassy earth finish. A very nice dried cider with great acidity that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212626
Pacific Coast Cider
"Cider Brothers" Strawberry Hard Apple Cider
Pale light sunburst color. Bright, fruity aromas of mixed berry soufflé and orange blossom honey with a silky, lively, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk creamy vanilla nougat and clementine finish. A tangy, lightly creamy berry flavored cider; try with desserts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212676
Sonoma Cider
"Dry Zider" Cider
Deep amber color. Delicate, fruity aromas of berry vinaigrette, leather, and nut with an oily, lively, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length kiwi, green apple, nutskins, and balsamic glazed beets finish. A tangy, savory cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212734
Strongbow
Red Berries Hard Apple Cider
Gold color. Aromas of berry sorbet and bubble gum with a supple, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery candied citrus finish. A fun, fruity berry flavored cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212633
Angry Orchard
Traditional Dry Cider
Medium clear light gold color. Faint, musty, grainy baked aromas of almond praline, crayon, dried meat, and paper with an even, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, rapid apple sauce and pastry and caramelized kiwi finish. A dark toned, earthy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212748
Locust
Washington Dessert Apple Cider
Cloudy light gold color. Bright, baked, fruity citrusy jammy aromas of baked apples, lemon curd, and banana nut muffin with an oily, lively, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-length kiwi and spiced apples finish. A bold, flavor packed cider with vibrant acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212864
Thornbury
Cranberry Apple Cider Sparkling
Light pale burnt sienna color. Mild, fruity aromas of cranberry sauce, roasted nuts, ghee, and moss with a soft, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, charming, medium-long apple sauce finish. A delicious, pure and tangy cranberry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213114
Virtue
"Orchard on the Lake" Single Orchard Cider
Pale old gold color. Bold, smoky, rubbery aromas of car tire, dark roasted nuts, and grilled apples and apple wood with a glycerous, tangy, spritzy, sweet medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-length reduced lemon, nut skins and shells, and apple vinegar and core finish. A smoky, sour, puckering cider that will be great with seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212774
Woodchuck Cidery
"Out on a Limb Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy" Hard Cider
Clear silvery straw color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of baked lemon, gingerbread, spiced apples, and piney herbs with a supple, lively, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length caramel apple, lemonade, and fancy lemon-mint bath soap finish. A pleasant cider shandy; try in a cidertail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211845
Celt Thirsty Warrior
Hard Cider
Gold color. Lively, fruity, nutty aromas of baked apples and citrus and honeyed nuts with an even, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length brown sugar, starfruit, chalk, and wintergreen finish. A pleasant cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212863
Thornbury
Premium Apple Cider Sparkling
Brilliant yellow straw color. Bright, peppery, musty fruity floral aromas of spiced apples and nuts, pork rinds, and lemongrass with an even, vibrant, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy reduced lemon and pineapple, apple skins, wet straw and wood, and vanilla milk finish. A tangy, mouthwatering cider with a good balance of sweet and sour notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212731
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
"Bushelhead" Hard Cider
Hazy bright gold color. Bright, fruity aromas of apple tart, vanilla nougat, nut flour, and banana custard with an even, crisp, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lemon curd, apple custard, and oat granola finish. A richly flavored and textured cider with great barrel-like character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213112
Virtue
"The Mitten" Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider
Clear light golden yellow color. Spicy, floral fruity curious aromas of dill pickle barrel, nougat, and apple custard with a silky, bright, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long lumber, pickling spiced apples, and creamy vanilla tapioca finish. A fun exposition of American oak spiciness in a cider; a bourbon drinkers cider, try with a boilermaker.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212816
Blue Mountain
"Estate Winesap" Hard Cider
Brilliant white gold color. Delicate, earthy, yeasty aromas of fallen apples, dried herbs and citrus, hay, and pickled melon rind with a supple, lively, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy reduced lemon, apple skin, and nutshell finish. A earthy, tart cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212666
Possmann
Heisser Mulled Cider
Hazy yellow color. Bright, citrusy, spicy aromas of warm lemon tea, baked ham with cloves, and lemon chiffon with a supple, soft, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length honeyed baked apples, lemon-herb lozenge, and cinnamon bark finish. A interesting, rustic spiced cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212776
Woodchuck Cidery
"Out on a Limb Cheeky Cherry" Hard Cider
Pale clear red oak color. Faint, fruity aromas of cherry and apple pits and grapefruit soda with an even, tangy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, breezy green apple, cherry skin, lemon, and nutskin finish. A tart cherry-ish cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212818
Blue Mountain
Semi-Sweet Hard Cider
Bright clear brilliant white gold color. Toasty, smoky aromas of toasted meringue and nuts, spicy apple-carrot relish, plantain skin, and waxy honeycomb with a soft, crisp, petillant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift honeyed nougat finish. A solid well balanced cider with zesty acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212746
Locust
Dark Cherry Cider
Brilliant red oak color. Delicate, fruity, earthy creamy aromas of cherry custard, nougat, vanilla candle, and glued wood with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, cloying light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, buoyant salted lemon and lime, nutshell, and birch bark finish. An austere and quite sour fruit beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212747
Locust
Original Dry Cider
Brilliant clear bright yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of apple bread pudding, white grape, nougat, and banana custard with a soft, tangy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy Meyer lemon curd, melon rind, and straw finish. A bright, tart cider for food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212866
Pomologist
Dry Hard Cider
Brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, earthy, fruity aromas of apples on the tree, dried flowers, nuts, and cheese rind with a glycerous, lively, petillant, sweet-and-sour medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy apple cider vinegar on greens, kiwi, nutshell, and damp wood finish. A very dry, racy cider that will be best with foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212766
Woodchuck Cidery
"Pear" Hard Cider
Brilliant straw green color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of raisin bread pudding, dried apples and pears, lilacs and lychees, and cashew brittle with a supple, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet thin body and a polished, buoyant rose water water, clementine and kiwi, and vanilla milk finish. A delicate and floral pear cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212508
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
"Fire Barrel" Cider
Clear medium golden yellow color. Earthy, waxy aromas of melted crayon, apple creme brulee, dulce de leche gelato, and nougat with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, crisp roasted nuts, balsa, and grass finish. A sturdy, very earth dry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212414
London Calling
Pear Cider
Pale silver color. Bright, fruity, sweet buttery aromas of candied pear drops, fruit punch, and meringue with a soft, spritzy, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, fast vanilla cream, white chocolate, and apple soda finish. A sweet fruity pear cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212910
Tieton Cider Works
"Smoked Pumpkin" Hard Cider
Light light gold color. Delicate, smoky, earthy aromas of charred fish skin, wet campfire embers, grilled squash, and deep fried pickle with a soft, petillant, off-dry light body and an effortless, snappy grilled apples and singed herbs finish. A curious smoked cider that will work best with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212767
Woodchuck Cidery
"Raspberry" Hard Cider
Gold color. Aromas of berry tart, citrus pith, and grass with a soft, bright, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, berry candy and orange aspirin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212772
Woodchuck Cidery
"Private Reserve" Pumpkin Cider
Dark amber color. Bold, floral, spicy aromas of apple candy and blossoms, spicy strawberry preserves, banana taffy, and cracked black pepper with a soft, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, cheery finish. finish. A sweet fruity quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212691
BC Tree Fruits Cider Company
"Broken Ladder" Sparkling Cider
Clear brilliant pale silver color. Mild, waxy aromas of candle, waxy apples, apple ice, and melon in a bag with an even, lively, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, quick green apple skin, minerals, and apple cider vinaigrette finish. A rustic, funky cider with nice table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212768
Woodchuck Cidery
"Hopsation" Hard Cider
Gold color. Aromas of fruit salad, herbs, and hay stack with a supple, crisp, effervescent, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a somewhat odd, grass, lemon, sour apple, and parchment finish. An earthy, herbal cider for cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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