June 2016 - Cider

This month's Beer feature is Cider
Cider Reviews
215428
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Golden Russet Hard Cider
Clear light gold color. Delicate aromas of baked apples, butter roasted nuts, waxy honeycomb, and clay with a supple, tart, spritzy, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy Sicilian lemon juice, blood orange, and matcha finish. A very, tart apple cider that will pair nicely.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215168
Le Brun
French Brut Cidre de Bretagne
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, musty aromas and flavors of baked apples, apples on the tree, root cellar, and suede with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long birch bark, lemon grass, chalk, and marinated golden beets finish. A complex, savory cider that will triumph at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215370
Ciderboys Cider Company
"Mad Bark" Hard Cider Apple Rasberry
Minutely hazy old gold color. Bold, spicy, pure aromas and flavors of cinnamon apple pie with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long pomegranate ice and nut brittle finish. A tasty, pie-like cider with a nice berry twang.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215657
Deschutes
Wayfarer Sour Cider
Brilliant golden yellow color. Delicate, earthy, sourish aromas and flavors of bruised apple and lemon, straw, nutshell, and geranium with a supple, lively, petillant, sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy leather, dried apple and kiwi, wet limestone, and lilac finish. A tart, dry earthy cider with a pleasant pastoral rusticity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215427
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Black Currant Hard Cider
Bright dark ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cassis tart, dried berries, and praline with a satiny, lively, spritzy, cloying medium body and a graceful, layered, medium-long currant, sour cherry, earth, and nutskin finish. A superb dark berry cider with great depth and purity of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215417
Flatbed Cider
Pear Hard Cider
Clear gold color. Bright, earthy, interesting aromas and flavors of freshly picked pears in a wicker basket, moss and clay, and brass candelabra with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, cloying medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long honey roasted pears, apple skin, and citrus vinaigrette finish. A complex and nuanced perry with rich rewarding flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215171
Manoir de Grandouet
Cidre Pays d'Auge AOP
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of overripe apple, warm leather and Band-Aid, haystack in a field, and lemon basil vinegar with a soft, bright, bubbly, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length grass, honeyed mashed apple, and nutskin finish. A rich, complex French cider with great depth and table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215579
Pacific Coast Cider
Hard Apple Cider with Pinot Grigio
Pale white gold color. Bright, fresh, floral aromas and flavors of elderflower, lychee, floral pear, and parsnip with an even, racy, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, involved, medium-length nectarine, exotic citrus, and melon sorbet finish. An scintillating, lightly fruity cider that drinks like a Prosecco.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215387
Snowdrift Cider Co.
"Seckel" Perry
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Delicate, funky, rustic grassy elegant aromas and flavors of waxy pears, oily nuts, moss, and kelp with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length marinated golden beets and green tomatoes, pear seltzer, starfruit and jicama, and limestone finish. An interesting, savory, earthy perry that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215146
Aspall
Dry English Cider
Bright yellow silvery straw color. Bright, earthy aromas and flavors of caramelized apple and lemon, praline, dusty barnyard hay, and wet meadow with a silky, lively, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length starfruit, melon, minerals, and nutshell finish. A clean, complex, well-balanced English cider that nails the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215147
Aspall
"Perronelle's Blush" English Cider
Deep reddish amber color. Bright aromas of dark berry custard tart, plantain, and nuts with a silky, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long kiwi, berry-lime vinaigrette, and grass finish. A robust, finely balanced fruit cider with great acidity and finesse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215372
Ciderboys Cider Company
"Cranberry Road" Apple Cranberry Hard Cider
Minutely hazy amber color. Delicate, fruity, sweet overripe green aromas of baked apple and peach, honey vinaigrette, and nougat with a soft, racy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-long orange marmalade, melon, and white cranberry juice finish. A nice sweet-tart cider with good depth and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215416
Flatbed Cider
Crisp Apple Hard Cider
Pale golden straw color. Earthy aromas of nuts, branches and leaves, apple core, and clay with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long Meyer lemon and tangerine finish. A great balance of sweetness, tartness, and earthiness make this a lingering pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215170
Manoir de Grandouet
Cidre Fermier Brut
Minutely hazy old gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of leather-bound book in an attic, barnyard hay bandage, lemon spritzed apple, and cashew fruit with a satiny, crisp, bubbly, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, long kiwi-apple vinaigrette on arugula, mossy stones, blood orange zest, and nut skin finish. A savory, elegantly balanced cider with a long finesseful finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215341
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Cider
Bright light gold color. Delicate, interesting, complex aromas of butter roasted nuts and apples, clay, and geranium with a silky, bright, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length apple tart, citrus spritzed melon, honeycomb, and hibiscus tea finish. A layered, very appealing cider with pure, balanced flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215508
Woodchuck Cidery
"Fall Harvest" Hard Cider
Bright amber color. Rich, spicy aromas and flavors of apple strudel, cinnamon roll, and root beer float with a supple, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long cinnamon raisin toast with apple butter finish. A very solid spiced cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215512
Woodchuck Cidery
"Out on a Limb" Hat Cha Cha Cha Spiced Cider
Deep amber color. Aromas of taffy apples and pepper oil with an effervescent, bittersweet medium body and a tingling, engaging, long chili pepper, pepper jelly on raisin toast, and apple sauce finish. A fun ,peppery cider that really works.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215371
Ciderboys Cider Company
"Raspberry Smash" Apple Raspberry Hard Cider
Dull pale gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry jam on scone and apple sauce with a soft, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, amusing, easy raspberry-apple salad, praline, and honeyed lemonade finish. A fun flavorful raspberry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215239
Common Cider Company
Apple Saison Hard Cider
Bright yellow straw color. Bright, citrusy, fruity green tropical aromas and flavors of honeyed apple and nougat with a soft, lively, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long honeydew, Saturn peach, touch of cream, and hint of floral spice finish. A delicious and layered cider that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215603
Ecusson
Cidre Rosé
Bright medium copper red color. Rich, complex, attractive aromas of honeyed roasted apples and nuts, wild strawberry puree, golden raisin, and peach with an racy, fizzy, very sweet medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long sour cherry compote, green apple skin, and Meyer lemon marmalade finish. An amazingly rich and vibrant red cider with great mouthwatering acidity and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215429
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
"Oak & Apple" Hard Cider
Pale golden yellow color. Mild, fruity, vinegary aromas of apple cider vinaigrette on arugula, reduced lemon, and apple brandy with a soft, tangy, effervescent, very sweet light body and a smooth, breezy nutskin and grass finish. A tart, lightly acetic cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215535
Reverend Nat’s
"Deliverance" Ginger Tonic Hard Cider
Hazy old gold color. Rich, complex, spicy herbal aromas of honeyed lemongrass and ginger, apple pie, lime and curry leaves, and incense with an tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long butter toasted nuts and toast, lime, arugula, and pickled melon finish. An intriguing Asian-spiced cider that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215386
Snowdrift Cider Co.
"Cliffbreaks" English- Style Hard Cider
Clear light amber orange color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apple soufflé and tart, vanilla yogurt nuts, and wax with an even, tart, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length reduced lemon and lime, kale, and green tea finish. A wonderfully tart and refreshing apple cider that will sing at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215581
William Tell
Hard Apple Cider with Strawberry
Clear steely reddish pink color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly on toast, creamy meringue, and banana with a satiny, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length green apple, floral pear, and peaches in cream finish. A fun, pure strawberry-flavored cider that’s not too sweet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215505
Woodchuck Cidery
"Gumption" Hard Cider
Golden amber color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of spiced apples and oranges, nougat and sesame bars, grass, and hint of meat with an tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length citrus, banana custard, and baking spice finish. A lovely, fruity cider with great length and depth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215237
Common Cider Company
Blood Orange Tangerine Hard Cider
Brilliant pale golden silver amber color. Citrusy aromas of grapefruit, tangerines on the tree, and hint of herbs with a silky, racy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length pickled melon rind, wheatgrass, and limestone finish. A vivacious citrusy cider with nice natural, earthy citrus flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215169
Le Brun
Organic Cidre
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of tart tartin and buttercream with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length honeyed kiwi and nuts, melon and quince, grassy earth, and herbal tea finish. A complex, nuanced cider with a solid core of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215574
Prager Cider
Honey Cider
Brilliant gold color. Delicate, interesting, toasty aromas and flavors of graham cracker, rye crisp, and granola, honey roasted golden beets and apples, and apple pie crust with a soft, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length suede, honeycomb, buttered toast, and earth finish. An intriguingly toasty and honeyed cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215125
Square Mile Cider Co.
"Spur & Vine" Hopped Apple Cider
Golden yellow color. Dank, herbal aromas of cannabis, oregano focaccia, and hint of dried apple with an lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long Meyer lemon granita, grass, and gherkin finish. A robust hopped cider that delivers the dank goods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215519
Thatchers Cider Co.
"Green Goblin" English Cider
Brilliant amber color. Mild, fruity, earthy aromas of dried apple, earth, and nuts with a silky, lively, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, captivating, breezy caramelized apple, nectarine, grass, and nutskin finish. A clean, well-rounded English cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215396
Bold Rock
India Pressed Apple Hard Cider
Yellow color. Bright, green, dank herbal aromas of dried apples and herbs and root vegetable with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed citrus and grass finish. A nicely balanced, lightly-hopped cider with pleasing earthiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215296
California Cider Co.
Ace Apple Hard Cider
Pale bright yellow straw color. Delicate, floral, fruity sourish creamy aromas and flavors of honey baked apples and peaches with an even, puckering, finely carbonated, cloying medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long watermelon sorbet, dried apricot, and tangerine vinaigrette finish. A wonderfully tangy and mouthwatering cider with good complexity of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215172
Cidrerie Daufresne
Poire Cidre
Bright pale golden yellow color. Bright, interesting, umami aromas of marinated artichoke hearts and mushrooms, kumquat vinaigrette on a pear salad, edible flowers and grass, and hint of boiled potato with a silky, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length dried pear, raisins, honeyed nuts, and cilantro and grass finish. A nice balance of fruit and acidity makes this a very pairable perry.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215240
Common Cider Company
Lemon Saison Hard Cider
Brilliant yellow color. Mild, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of coriander, lemongrass, and ginger apple chutney with an even, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, relaxed Meyer lemon sorbet and shandy, Arnold Palmer, and citrusy herbs finish. A fun, spicy shandy like cider for summer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215522
Harpoon Brewery
Craft Cider
Clear pale straw green color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized apple, fondant bonbon, and pineapple skin with a silky, lively, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, intricate, breezy green apple skin, melon rind, rain on grass, and white peach tea finish. A flavorful and well balanced cider that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215617
Hazlitt’s
Cider Tree Hard Cider
Clear pale light emerald straw color. Mild, interesting aromas and flavors of leather and clay, waxy apples, sweet potato, and candle with a satiny, bright, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length citrus, honeyed melon, and leafy earth finish. A complex, robust cider that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215580
Pacific Coast Cider
Hard Apple Cider with Mango Muscat
Light brilliant straw green color. Delicate, fruity, creamy floral aromas and flavors of tropical fruit custard tart, banana cream pie, and pear blossoms with an vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and an even, complex, medium-length apple nut muffin, orange granita, and dried mango finish. A nice tropical cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215518
Thatchers Cider Co.
"Gold" English Cider
Bright light gold color. Mild aromas and flavors of potting soil, apple core, rubber eraser, and cotton with an even, bright, fizzy, fruity light body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length quince, clementine, grass, and bamboo shoot finish. A rock solid English cider with delicate fruit and nice astringency.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215582
William Tell
Hard Apple Cider with Wild Cherry
Brilliant copper red color. Delicate, fruity, sweaty aromas and flavors of cherry sorbet and spiced apples with a soft, tangy, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy sour cherry, green apple, and lemon seltzer finish. A nice sweet tart cherry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215246
Wölffer
No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider
Light clear silvery pink copper color. Delicate, creamy, earthy musty aromas and flavors of green apples on the tree, sour cream, wet straw, and canvas with a silky, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length tart citrus, grape skin, and crabapple finish. An ethereal, earthy rose cider that sort of drinks like a Prosecco.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215511
Woodchuck Cidery
"Out on a Limb" Campfire Pancakes Hard Cider Smoked Maple Hard Cider
Pale brilliant golden yellow color. Bold, candied aromas and flavors of maple fudge, pancakes, burnt sugar, and meringue with an crisp, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, interesting, endless black walnut pie and spice finish. A fun ’breakfast’ cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215509
Woodchuck Cidery
Private Reserve Barrel Aged Cherry Cider
Brilliant medium sunset red color. Lively, fruity, complex aromas of sour cherry preserves on an herb muffin, delicate pickling spices, cranberry relish and cherry cola, and vanilla toffee and honeycomb with a satiny, lively, effervescent, very sweet medium body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed cherry vinaigrette on a grilled apple salad, yellow pepper, brazil nuts, and bark and nettles finish. A nice sweet tart cherry cider with a deft touch of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215517
Blackthorn
English Cider
Old gold color. Lively, buttery, nutty aromas of roasted walnuts and pecans, dark roasted apples and yams, and plantain chips with a soft, tart, petillant, sourish light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, breezy apple cider vinaigrette on arugula, grass, and hint of rubber finish. A nice savory, tart cider that will shine with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215532
Blue Toad Hard Cider
ROC Hard Amber
Pale bright golden amber color. Mild, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted apples, pancakes with syrup, and hint of melon with an even, lively, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a polished, breezy caramelized pecans, molasses cookie, and bibb lettuce finish. A pleasant toasty cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215578
Pacific Coast Cider
Hard Apple Cider
Clear bright light emerald straw color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed pear, fruit salad, apple sauce, and banana taffy with a supple, lively, petillant, fruity light body and a sleek, relaxed melon rind, lemon granita, grassy earth, and dried banana finish. A nicely aromatic, nuanced, and very refreshing apple cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215536
Reverend Nat’s
"Sacrilege" Sour Cherry Hard Cider
Brilliant copper red color. Delicate, baked, complex exotic fruity aromas and flavors of dried cherry, powdered honey, and lemon spritzed melon with an even, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long green apple, sour cherry, pink and chili pepper hint, and earth finish. A nice tart sour cherry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215124
Square Mile Cider Co.
"The Original" Hard Apple Cider
Bright yellow color. Delicate, citrusy, fruity exotic aromas and flavors of apples on the tree, leaves, and melon with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length crushed green apple, limestone, branch water, and green grape skin finish. A very dry minerally cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215245
Wölffer
No. 139 Dry White Cider
Brilliant white golden silver color. Bright, yeasty, fruity aromas and flavors of apple turnovers and biscuits, nougat, quince, and moss with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length kiwi, nutskin, earth, and apple cider vinaigrette on frisée finish. A beautiful, mouthwatering cider that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215431
Angry Orchard
Crisp Apple Hard Cider
Brilliant gold color. Lively, fruity aromas of doughy apple pie crust and schmaltz cookie with a tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree apple sauce, lemon sorbet, hint of grass, and seltzer-like minerality finish. A round and fruity cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215149
EZ Orchards
Hawk Haus Cider
Bright yellow color. Delicate, earthy, waxy aromas and flavors of crabapple, dried pear and banana, beeswax, and geranium with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dry thin body and a seamless, cheery fruit pith and chalk finish. A very nice, rather English-styled dry hard cider with crunchy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215572
Prager Cider
"10"Cider
Golden amber color. Earthy, phenolic smoky aromas of apple tree, candle wax, reduced lemon, and alfalfa and straw with a satiny, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long apple butter on cinnamon raisin toast, honeyed nut brittle, grilled root vegetable, and grass finish. A rather enigmatic earthy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215404
Tutu
Fuji Apple Hard Cider
Brilliant yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, waxy aromas and flavors of dried apple, beeswax candle, and white macadamia toffee with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, easy apple pie filling, kiwi, and lemon granita finish. A lively, fruity, very clean and crowd-pleasing cider that goes down easy; will be a good introduction to cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215510
Woodchuck Cidery
Private Reserve Barrel Select Hard Cider
Bright dark copper color. Rich, buttery, creamy fruity toasty aromas of maple syrup, buttery nut brittle, and apple pie with a creamy, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, refreshing, long molasses and toasted fruit nut cake finish. A pleasant, maple-y barrel aged cider that will go nicely with desserts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215516
Wyder’s Cider Company
Dry Raspberry Cider
Brilliant silvery light pink color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh raspberries in whipped cream and strawberry jam with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy lime curd and minerals finish. A solid, very tasty raspberry flavored cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215433
Angry Orchard
Apple Ginger Hard Cider
Bright light gold color. Bright, interesting, toasty aromas of apple tart, chicken pot pie, and ginger beer with an tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length apple sauce, ginger vinaigrette on greens, and dolmades finish. An interesting meaty, lightly spicy fall cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215531
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Flower City Blonde Hard Cider
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of honeycrisp and green apples, hint of dried pear, and apple Starburst with an even, racy, finely carbonated, very sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length green apple, kiwi, and seltzer water finish. A pleasant, fruity, easy drinking hard cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215400
Bold Rock
Carolina Draft Hard Cider
Clear medium amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of white nut brittle and doughy apple tart with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, crisp apple sauce, kiwi and clementine, grass, and hint of tea finish. A nice easy drinking cider with an earthy twang that will appeal to wine drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215374
Ciderboys Cider Company
"Grand Mimosa" Apple Orange Hard Cider
Cloudy pale old gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of orange juice, honey, and fruit salad with a soft, racy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, captivating, breezy tangerine and green apple skin finish. A pleasant mimosa-like fruit cider for brunch.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215604
Ecusson
"La Collection" Cidre Bio Brut
Brilliant old gold color. Mild, buttery aromas and flavors of caramelized apples and nuts, dried pear, clover honey, and grass and straw with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, medium-long blood orange and nutshell finish. A nicely astringent and dry French cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215148
EZ Orchards
Semi-Dry Cidre
Minutely hazy old gold color. Bright, funky, savory umami aromas of apple-lemon vinaigrette, watercress and radish, pressed roses, and leather with a supple, vibrant, bubbly, off-dry medium body and a polished, interesting, breezy grass, sweet potato skin, and limestone finish. A very tart, dry, earthy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215573
Prager Cider
"12" Cider
Clear amber color. Delicate, fruity, sweet green herbal aromas and flavors of dried apple, toasted nut brittle, and chestnut honeyed tea with an even, vibrant, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a polished, fast toasty apple tart, delicate baking spice, and lemon marmalade on toast finish. A mellow, lightly spicy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215247
Tieton Cider Works
Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Hard Cider
Light gold color. Delicate, herbal, hoppy aromas of oregano, lemongrass, pink pepper, and waxy apple with a silky, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, breezy spiced apple and melon, marinated golden beet, and earth finish. An earth, savory lightly hopped cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215435
Angry Orchard
Hop'n Mad Hard Cider
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, fresh, spicy creamy aromas of doughy apple custard pie and lemon pepper herb muffin with a crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an effortless, cheery finish. finish. A piquant, lightly herbal cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215399
Bold Rock
Virginia Draft Apple Cider
Clear bright amber color. Delicate, clean aromas and flavors of apple slices and hint of waxy honeycomb with a supple, bright, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length spiced poached apple, persimmon, praline, and peach tea finish. A clean, well-rounded, crowd pleasing cider
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215397
Bold Rock
Virginia Apple Hard Cider
Light clear light emerald straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of warm tapioca and apple peel with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy crunchy, slightly underripe yellow apple, starfruit, and limestone finish. A light, easy drinking , lightly fruity cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215520
Bulwark
Original Cider
Bright yellow straw color. Delicate, citrusy, earthy aromas of dried lemon, banana, and lime and green apple skin with an tart, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, crisp lemon juice and nutskin finish. A very tart, dry cider quencher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215176
Ferro Farms
Hard Cider
Brilliant pale clear golden yellow color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe apple, floral honey, nectarine, and pineapple with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy lemon, straw, golden beet, and minerals finish. A solid dry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215263
Mountain West Cider Company
"Ruby" Hard Cider
Brilliant golden yellow color. Delicate, fruity, waxy aromas of waxy apple, grass and straw, ground almonds, and waxy honeycomb with a lean, racy, fizzy, dryish light body and an effortless, quick kiwi skin, melon rind, alfalfa sprouts, and chalk finish. A dry, astringent, rather English-styled cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215313
Sonoma Cider
"The Pitchfork" Pear Cider
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, candied, floral aromas and flavors of banana taffy, fruit stripe gum, tutti fruit ice cream, and cream soda with a silky, tangy, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length toasty pear custard danish, banana cake, pickled melon, and lemonade finish. A tutti fruity, crowd-pleasing pear cider for quaffing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215398
Bold Rock
Carolina Apple Hard Cider
Pale yellow color. Delicate, green, musty aromas and flavors of crushed apple, hint of grass, and straw with an even, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length tart green apple, kiwi, radish sprout, and earth finish. A clean, refreshing cider with a snappy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215401
Bold Rock
Pear Hard Cider
Pale yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled pears, smoked nuts, white blossoms, and kiwi and lychee with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy quince, nutskin, and mossy earth finish. A pleasant perry pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215238
Common Cider Company
Hibiscus Saison Hard Cider
Light clear reddish copper color. Mild, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled berries and cherries, watermelon ice, geranium, and twigs and bark with a silky, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length bruised lemon, grass, and herbal tea finish. A nice lightly sour cider with a delicate floral note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215381
Familia Soroa
Sidra del Verano Spanish Apple Hard Cider
Pale bright old gold color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of fresh apple sauce and sorbet with a crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and a seamless, breezy fresh apple juice and nutskin finish. A sweet, very apple-y hard cider; try with desserts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215539
Gypsy Circus Cider Company
"Fire Juggler" Hard Cider
Pale straw green color. Overripe, vegetal peppery aromas and flavors of freshly sliced green and jalapeño peppers and jalapeño corn fritter with an even, lively, spritzy, dryish medium body and a peppery, medium-long chili pepper on jicama, apple skin, and hot sauce finish. A hot and spicy cider for certain.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215507
Woodchuck Cidery
"Winter Chill" Oak Aged Cider
Bright medium amber color. Lively, spicy aromas of pineapple upside down cake, tapioca, and vanilla candle with a silky, bright, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length apple cider, oak chips and rubber, mixed nuts, and orange soda and latte finish. A pleasant, oaky cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215241
Common Cider Company
Blackberry Sangria Hard Cider
Clear dark garnet color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of fruit cake and orange raisin muffin and chiffon with a supple, sharp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, captivating, breezy blackberry sorbet, sangria, pineapple limeade, and chalk finish. A pleasant sangria like beverage.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215537
Gypsy Circus Cider Company
"Raindancer" Cider
Bright yellow straw color. Lively, yeasty, creamy aromas and flavors of apple soufflé, meringue, and sautéed mushroom with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy apple sauce, bread pudding, seltzer, and chalk finish. A light cider quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215311
Sonoma Cider
"The Imperial" Cider
Brilliant copper color. Delicate, rotten, overripe fruity mature aromas of baked apple, nuts and raisins in a box, and cork board with a silky, bright, petillant, dryish light body and a sleek, appealing, breezy celery juice, balsa and bamboo, and rum barrel finish. A very dry and woody barrel-aged cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215521
Bulwark
Blush Cider
Pink sunburst color. Bright, waxy, fruity aromas of lit candle, dried berries, and soap with a supple, tart, frothy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, swift cranberry relish, blueberry, and raspberry-lime seltzer finish. A tart, earthy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215382
Familia Soroa
Sidra del Verano Apple & Pear Hard Cider
Minutely hazy pale light gold color. Bold, confected aromas and flavors of circus peanuts, apple jelly beans, and honeyed Bartlett pear with a velvety, vibrant, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and an even, short apple juice finish. A very sweet and simple cider for fans of apple juice with no Spanish cidre character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215540
Gypsy Circus Cider Company
"Puppet Master: Vanilla Bean Marionette" Cider
Clear light gold color. Mild, creamy, sweet aromas of creamy vanilla frosting and white toffee and nougat with a silky, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, relaxed vanilla bean, Asian pear, yellow apple core, and seltzer water finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215312
Sonoma Cider
"The Wimble" Rhubarb Gose-Style Cider
Brilliant old gold color. Delicate, fruity, yeasty herbal aromas of baked apple and caramelized sweet potato with a chunky, lively, fizzy, bone-dry light body and a tingling, breezy beet juice, sea salt bagel, and leaves finish. An unusual briny and tannic cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215314
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Hawaii Toad Ohhh! Pineapple Hard Cider
Brilliant straw green color. Mild, waxy, fruity aromas and flavors of coconut candle and tropical Starburst candy with a soft, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, short apple bobbing water, canned crushed pineapple, tropical punch Jell-O, and chalk finish. A breezy, lightly tropical quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215538
Gypsy Circus Cider Company
"Queen of Swords" Cider
Clear straw green color. Mild, creamy, earthy aromas and flavors of kefir, baked apple and plantain, white clay, and dried glue with a soft, lively, spritzy, bone-dry thin body and a tingling, brisk jicama, apple core, citrus pith, and gravel finish. Lean, mean, and diacetyl laden.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215619
Hazlitt’s
Cider Tree Light n' Dry Hard Cider
Bright clear pale light emerald color. Mild, dusty, musty aromas and flavors of straw mat, fallen crab apples, grass, and banana skin with a soft, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a tingling, crisp underripe orange, jicama, radish, and chalk finish. A dry, earthy cider with bright acidity for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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