October 2016 - Cider

This month's Beer feature is Cider.
Cider Reviews
216971
Reverend Nat’s
Revival Hard Apple Cider
Bright gold color. Floral, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of lychee, baked apricot, peony, and red clay with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-full body and a smooth, layered, long honey butter sautéed peaches and apples, delicate spiced mangos, and nougat finish. A rich, flavorful cider with lots of interesting twists and turns.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216738
Seattle Cider Co.
Basil Mint Hard Cider
Bright color. Curious, herbal aromas and flavors of margherita pizza and menthol mint lozenge with a silky, tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, involved, long lemon-basil vinaigrette on endive, spiced green apple, and edible flowers finish. A fun herbal-spice cider that will be a blast with Middle Eastern cuisine and gin cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216562
Possmann
Pure Cider Rosé
Gold color. Fruity aromas of dark berry compote and apple tart with a lightly tannic, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long tart green apple and black cherry, Meyer lemon, and honeycomb finish. A fun attractive rose cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216625
Adams Cider Company
Devils Bit Mountain Cider
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 lemon spritzed apple and melon, honeyed nuts, and straw finish. A flavorful and finely balanced Irish cider with lovely tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217057
D’s Wicked Cider
Chanilla
Light cloudy burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples, melon and cherries, rhubarb tart, and vanilla pudding with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long watermelon sorbet, cherry hard candy and yogurt, and vanilla taffy finish. A fun, fruit and spice driven cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216921
Northern Natural
"Northern Star" Cider
Gold color. Toasty, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of apple-peach custard strudel with a round, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, amusing, medium-length apple vinaigrette on lettuces and baby carrot finish. A rich, toasty, creamy cider with refreshing acidity and a nice dry finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216576
Strongbow
Hard Apple Honey Cider
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity, sweet aromas of apple and peach sorbet, apple strudel, and candied lime with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length fruit salad and white grape finish. A very fruity, crowd pleasing cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216689
California Cider Co.
ACE Joker Hard Cider
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, creamy aromas of apple custard tart and cajeta with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, sourish light-to-medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-long pickled lemon, carrot and melon rind and apple vinaigrette on lettuce finish. A delightfully savory cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216737
Seattle Cider Co.
Three Pepper Hard Cider
Pale bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted jalapeño and green pepper, cigar ash, grilled apple and turnip, and herbs with a supple, racy, dryish body and a peppery, compelling, pickled melon and okra, chili powder, and cracked peppercorn finish. A well balanced peppered cider with a nice tingle.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216627
Blue Toad Hard Cider
APA Triple Hopped Hard Cider
Pale yellow straw color. Green, herbal aromas of hop pellets, dried citrus, mossy riverbed, and elderflower with a supple, tart, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, breezy green apple skin, grapefruit zest and pulp, oregano, and grass finish. A snappy hopped cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216690
California Cider Co.
ACE Pumpkin Hard Cider
Old gold color. Spicy aromas and flavors of egg nog with lots of nutmeg, apple-lemon tart, toasted spices, and apple yogurt with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long green-apple-kiwi relish, pumpkin pie filling, and lime curd finish. A bright, spicy pie-like cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216732
Dragon’s Breath
Hard Cider & Ginger
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of crystallized ginger and cola with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length honeyed green apples and lemons, fresh tropical fruit punch, and earth finish. A fun gingery cider with good balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217056
D’s Wicked Cider
Cranny Granny
Opaque cloudy color. Medicinal, earthy aromas of paraffin, mulberries, cherry pits, and wintergreen gum with a silky, tart, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium body and an interesting, medium-length reduced lime, sour apple, Montmorency cherry, and grass earthy finish. A very nice tart, cherry-berry flavored cider with lip smacking acidity and fine tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216703
Ecusson
Sweet Cidre
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple turnover and caramel apple with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a seamless, buoyant candied lemon and honeyed kiwi and green apple finish. A fun, fruity cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216704
Ecusson
Cidre and Peach
Cloudy old gold color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of peach cobbler a la mode and nougat with a round, bright, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-long cling peaches and apple sauce finish. A rich, very pure peach flavored cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216914
Portland Cider Company
Sorta Sweet Cider
Brilliant yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of frosted apple tart, sesame seed candy, and grass with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, buoyant baked nectarines, grape skin, clementine and pineapple, and white nut finish. A nice fruity cider with zesty acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216735
Seattle Cider Co.
Washington Heirloom 2014 Hard Cider
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, toasted nuts, and cheese rind with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length pickled melon and golden beet finish. A nice savory cider that will be great with salads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216701
Louis Raison
Pear Cidre
Clear gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of apple-pear pie, nut brittle, and apple butter on raisin toast with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length apple and pear sorbets and sodas and sweet lettuces finish. A sweet fruity pear accented cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217072
Magnotta Cider Co.
Small Batch Cider
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apple and nougat with a supple, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, snappy apple sorbet and honey finish. A pleasant off-dry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216731
Sir Perry
Hard Cider
Bright gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of fresh peanut butter, tree bark, and toasted wheat germ with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk tart apple and pear skins, grassy earth, and conditioned wood finish. A particularly nutty, earthy perry that will pair nicely.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216925
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Harvest Blend Hard Apple Cider
Light gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of apple pie filling with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry body and a graceful, breezy toasted nuts finish. A nice spicy, pie like cider that goes down easy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217055
D’s Wicked Cider
Green Apple
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked spiced apple, mint, and grass with a supple, tart, spritzy, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a seamless, relaxed grapefruit and green apple finish. A nice sweet and sour cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216916
Portland Cider Company
Apple Hard Cider
Pale yellow color. Fruity aromas of apple and peach pies, lemon ice, and leaves with a crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, breezy honeyed carrot and jicama and minerals finish. A nice fruity cider with a pleasing caramel note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216561
Possmann
Pure Cider
Clear golden yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of crusty apple tart, nougat, and apple vanilla candle with a silky, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy caramel apple finish. A sweet fruity, pie like cider that will pair well with desserts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216736
Seattle Cider Co.
Gin Botanical Hard Cider
Bright color. Green, herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of herb and spice garden, minted apples, coriander and dried citrus, and medicinal tincture and mouthwash with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length lime spritzed kiwi and starfruit, spiced jicama, green apple, and grass finish. An interesting melange of herb and spice notes that should make for some innovative parings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216577
Strongbow
Ginger Hard Apple Cider
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of butter apple pie dough, dried ginger, toasted peanuts, and carnation with a silky, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length apple-ginger relish, honeyed pear, and bit of tree bark finish. A pleasant ginger accented cider with a nice pie-like quality.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216626
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Black Cherry Hard Cider
Medium deep amber red color. Aromas of cherry butter, lemon spritzed apple, nut brittle, and hint of fat with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, quick cherry pit, sour apple, melon rind, and grass finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216628
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Cranny Appleton Cranberry Hard Cider
Neon red oak color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of raw cranberry and moss with a lightly tannic, puckering, petillant, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-long lemon rind and melon rind finish. A very earthy and austerely dry cranberry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216923
Northern Natural
"Elderberry Apple" Cider
Pale amber pink color. Toasty aromas and flavors of apple-berry tart, apple yogurt, and dried lemon with a supple, tart, finely carbonated, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, cheery melon and elderberry and gooseberry finish. A funky, bone-dry cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216629
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Paddy Green Hard Cider
Bright golden yellow color. Fresh aromas and flavors of buttercream and tres leches cake and caramel apple with a supple, tart, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy green apple skin and straw finish. A very quenching, mouthwatering cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216630
Blue Toad Hard Cider
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Amber Hard Cider
Bright gold color. Woody aromas and flavors of pencil shavings and leather, spiced nuts, caramel yogurt, and granola with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a delightful, medium-length slaw, nutshell, and rye grain and flour finish. An interesting barrel aged cider with a grainy back note.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216702
Louis Raison
Raspberry Cidre
Brilliant sunburst red color. Perfumed, fruity aromas of fresh raspberries and candied violets and lavender with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length raspberry hard candy and sorbet, rainbow sherbet, fruit punch soda, and potpourri finish. A sweet, very berry cider with a floral edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216922
Northern Natural
"Lavender Apple" Cider
Bright yellow color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of lavender tea, dried apple and lemon, and toasty yeast pastry with a supple, puckering, petillant, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, atypical, buoyant melon rind, artichoke heart, and grass finish. An intensely floral and savory cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216733
Seattle Cider Co.
Dry Hard Cider
Yellow straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of dried fallen apple, dusty hay and gravel, and bread dough with a supple, shy, petillant, dry light body and a silky, breezy arugula, lemon and melon rind, and grass finish. A nice, very dry cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216734
Seattle Cider Co.
Semi-Sweet Hard Cider
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of apple turnover, cashew nougat, yogurt, and flower patch with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length lemon, kiwi, lettuce, and grassy earth finish. A nice racy, mouthwatering cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217054
D’s Wicked Cider
Baked Apple
Cloudy light gold color. Baked, fruity aromas of stewed apples, brown spices, minted melon balls, and hint of artichoke hearts with a supple, soft, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery gingerbread, spiced green apple and kiwi, lemon granita, and lime vinaigrette on mesclun finish. A delicately spiced cider reminiscent of a mulled wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216917
Portland Cider Company
Hop 'Rageous Cider
Hazy color. Green aromas and flavors of baked apples, herbal hops, and dried tropical fruits with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish body and a smooth, rapid spiced lemon and apples, pickled melon rind, cheese rind, and mint finish. A mellow, lightly hopped cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216913
Portland Cider Company
Kinda Dry Cider
Light light gold color. Yeasty, smoky aromas and flavors of soufflé, dried apple, and hint of matchstick with a supple, tart, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk lemon spritzed apple and pear, apple seltzer, and wet grass finish. A very dry, light and easy cider sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216915
Portland Cider Company
Pearfect Perry Cider
Minutely hazy light emerald straw color. Smoky aromas of burnt sugar, grilled pears, forest with mushrooms, and lit candle with a soft, spritzy, body and a tingling, weird, short musty melon, nutshell, grass, and pond water finish. A funky, musty and very astringent perry for paring with equally funky cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217067
Rogue Ales
Fruit Salad Cider
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted berries, canned pineapple, and toasted zucchini bread with a soft, shy, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a roasted root vegetables and tomatoes, Band-Aid tin, and brown grass and straw finish. An austere savory cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216687
WildCraft Cider Works
Wild Apple Perry
Gold color. Sulfurous aromas and flavors of struck match, char-grilled apples and pears, and lit candle with a supple, tart, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, odd, relaxed grilled lemon, pickled melon rind, and grass finish. A very smoky, challenging perry for cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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