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October 2016 - Cider

October 2016 - Cider
This month's Beer feature is Cider.

Cider Reviews

Reverend Nat’s Revival Hard Apple Cider
92 points
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.
Seattle Cider Co. Basil Mint Hard Cider
92 points
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.
Possmann Pure Cider Rosé
91 points
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.
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 lemon spritzed apple and melon, honeyed nuts, and straw finish. A flavorful and finely balanced Irish cider with lovely tannins.
D’s Wicked Cider Chanilla
90 points
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.
Northern Natural "Northern Star" Cider
90 points
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.
Strongbow Hard Apple Honey Cider
90 points
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.
California Cider Co. ACE Joker Hard Cider
89 points
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.
Seattle Cider Co. Three Pepper Hard Cider
89 points
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.
Blue Toad Hard Cider APA Triple Hopped Hard Cider
88 points
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.
California Cider Co. ACE Pumpkin Hard Cider
88 points
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.
D’s Wicked Cider Cranny Granny
88 points
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.
Ecusson Sweet Cidre
88 points
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.
Ecusson Cidre and Peach
88 points
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.
Portland Cider Company Sorta Sweet Cider
88 points
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.
Seattle Cider Co. Washington Heirloom 2014 Hard Cider
88 points
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.
Louis Raison Pear Cidre
87 points
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.
Magnotta Cider Co. Small Batch Cider
87 points
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.
Blue Toad Hard Cider Harvest Blend Hard Apple Cider
86 points
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.
D’s Wicked Cider Green Apple
86 points
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.
Portland Cider Company Apple Hard Cider
86 points
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.
Possmann Pure Cider
86 points
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.
Seattle Cider Co. Gin Botanical Hard Cider
86 points
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.
Strongbow Ginger Hard Apple Cider
86 points
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.
Blue Toad Hard Cider Black Cherry Hard Cider
85 points
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.
Blue Toad Hard Cider Cranny Appleton Cranberry Hard Cider
85 points
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.
Northern Natural "Elderberry Apple"  Cider
85 points
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.
Blue Toad Hard Cider Paddy Green Hard Cider
84 points
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.
Blue Toad Hard Cider Bourbon Barrel-Aged Amber Hard Cider
84 points
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.
Louis Raison Raspberry Cidre
84 points
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.
Northern Natural "Lavender Apple" Cider
84 points
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.
Seattle Cider Co. Dry Hard Cider
84 points
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.
Seattle Cider Co. Semi-Sweet Hard Cider
84 points
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.
D’s Wicked Cider Baked Apple
83 points
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.
Portland Cider Company Hop Rageous Cider
83 points
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.
Portland Cider Company Kinda Dry Cider
83 points
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.
Portland Cider Company Pearfect Perry Cider
80 points
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.
Rogue Ales Fruit Salad Cider
80 points
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.
WildCraft Cider Works Wild Apple Perry
80 points
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.
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