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June 2017 - Best Year Round Cider

June 2017 - Best Year Round Cider
This month's Beer feature is Best Year Round Cider

Best Year Round Cider Reviews

WildCraft Cider Works Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cherry Cider
96 points
Bright red oak color. Aromas of cherry preserves, pinot noir, floral yeast, and rose hip and rose petal with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a complex, medium-long taro custard, cherry skin, coffee cake, and herbal lozenge finish. A dry, sophisticated cider with fine interplay of fruit and wood.
Awards: 2017 Best Cider, 2017 Best Specialty Cider
Ciderboys Cider Company Strawberry Magic Hard Cider
94 points
Bright gold color. Yeasty aromas of cotton candy, Chardonnay, and candied apple with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-length fresh bartlett pear, butter poached apple, and banana taffy finish. A fruity sipper for sweet-tooths.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Fruit Cider
Ciderboys Cider Company Peach County Hard Cider
94 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Sweet, fruity, floral aromas of cinnamon pear, peach blossom, orange flesh and melon, and Belgian waffle with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length whipped honey and candied apple finish. An aromatic cider for romantics.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Fruit Cider
Vermont Cider Co. Wassail Spiced Hard Cider
94 points
Clear golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy carrot cake and mincemeat pies, sarsaparilla float, and rum and coke float with a silky, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a graceful, complex, long chai, spiced squash, rum raisin cake, and cola finish. A complex, spicy, creamy cider with barrels of flavor to offer.
Woodchuck Cidery Seasonal Summer Time Hard Cider
93 points
Light light gold color. Aromas and flavors of ginger beer and tea, spiced apples and citrus, and lemongrass with a supple, tangy, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long minerals and grass finish. A solid ginger flavored cider with fine spicy flavor and balance.
Bite Hard Semi Sweet Apple Cider
92 points
Clear straw green color. Aromas and flavors of salt water taffy, apple-pear soufflé, and banana chip with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long citrus gelato, spiced green apple, pistachio nougat, and wet grass finish. A pure and refreshing cider with great sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Common Cider
Louis Raison Rouge Delice Hard Cider
92 points
Light copper pink color. Earthy, attractive aromas and flavors of straw and paper mache, white strawberries, golden beets, and watermelon lip balm with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and an even, complex, long spiced apples, melons and oranges finish. A vibrant, mouthwatering, flavor-packed rose cider that is a pleasure to drink.
Louis Raison Crisps Hard Cider
91 points
Bright light gold color. Aromas of toasted nuts and apple pastry, coconut husk and meat, and hint of glue with an full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long apple-lemon relish, mossy earth and limestone, and cedar paper finish. A robust, artisanal dry cider with a nice balance of earth and fruit.
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Organic Perry Hard Cider
91 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, dried bananas and pears in oatmeal, and banana peel with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long melon and pear sorbets, pickled pear and apple, and wheatgrass finish. A crisp, lively and pure perry for pleasure.
Awards: 2017 Best Perry
Vermont Cider Co. Cerise Barrel Aged Hard Cider
91 points
Brilliant sunburst red color. Attractive aromas of cherry butter nut toast, tarragon and bison grass, spiced apples, and hint of Playdoh with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, involved, long dried sour cherries, honeyed lime and kiwi, sun dried tomato, and nuts finish. A vibrant, mouthwatering cherry cider that is sure to satisfy.
Ciderboys Cider Company First Press Hard Cider
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple core, white mulberry, and paper mache with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long spiced apples and melon and tangerine and banana relish finish. A bright, zesty cider with a nice mouthwatering appeal.
Louis Raison Organic Dry Cider
90 points
Brilliant old gold color. Earthy, toasty aromas and flavors of baked apples and cashews, cashew fruit, nut brittle, and cherry butter with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long grass and hay, nutskin, melon rind, and dusty root vegetables finish. A refreshing, pure, dry French style cider that will pair nicely.
Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider
90 points
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples, banana nut muffin and taffy, and watermelon candy with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting apple sorbet and orange sherbet finish. A very tasty and well made, crowd pleasing off-dry cider.
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 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
Crown Valley Pumpkin Cider
89 points
Hazy amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of ground peanut candy and vanilla nougat with a lightly tannic, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length Irish cream, eucalyptus, and baked apple pie with cheddar cheese finish. A creamy, nutty Cider for desert pairings.
Strongbow Honey Hard Cider
89 points
Bright gold color. Fruity, floral aromas of orange blossom and pineapple, sliced apples, sweet pea, and pomegranate with a round, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-length mango finish. A sweet and aromatic cider for daytime sessions.
Angry Orchard Green Apple Hard Cider
88 points
Pale yellow straw color. Fresh aromas of tart granny smith apple and bit-o-honey candy with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length honey-caramel, flake salt, and fresh cut green apple finish. An accessible, tart and refreshing green apple crusher.
Crown Valley Gingerbread Cookie Cider
88 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Nutty, toasty aromas and flavors of cinnamon, vanilla roasted nuts, spumoni, and nougat with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a charming, medium-length cedar and pine finish. A great cider for the holidays.
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 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.
Strongbow Cherry Blossom Hard Cider
88 points
Light brilliant ruby pink color. Interesting, candied aromas and flavors of hibiscus and fruit punch with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length Washington apple, grape bubblegum, and raspberry hard candy finish. A sweet and cheery cherry sipper for festive occasions.
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.
California Cider Co. Ace Pineapple Cider
87 points
Hazy gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roasted pineapple, honey buttercream, and Arnold palmer with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-length pineapple juice and slices, apple sauce, and lemonade finish. A fun, tangy, pineapple flavored cider.
Ferro Farms Hard Cider
87 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, white balsamic drizzled apples, and hint of solvent with a soft, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, rapid straw, apple bobbing water, melon rind, and cracker cracker finish. A pleasant, easy-drinking dry cider.
Snowdrift Cider Co. Red Cider
87 points
Brilliant pale dark copper color. Aromas of craisins and fruit leather and honeyed apples with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long pomegranate and rhubarb, apple-tomato relish, arugula and mushroom, and chalk finish. A very nice and mouthwatering red cider.
Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider
86 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Fruity, minerally aromas and flavors of tinny pineapple juice and roasted pineapples and apples with a soft, bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a brisk apple skin and chalk eraser finish. A light and breezy pineapple-tinged cider.
Big Apple Hard Cider Brooklyn Hard Cider
86 points
Bright golden amber color. Interesting, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of sweet pickle relish, prickly pear, and spicy doughy apple tart with a supple, bright, petillant, off-dry medium body and a easy nutskin and straw finish. A nice lightly spicy and nutty cider for fall festivities.
Bite Hard Dry Apple Cider
86 points
Clear light emerald straw color. Aromas of homemade apple compote, taffy, and honeysuckle with a silky, tangy, effervescent, dry thin body and a medium-length poached apple, browned pie crust, and mineral water finish. A crisp and refreshing cider for summer crushing.
California Cider Co. Ace Blackjack 21 French Cider
86 points
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced and pickled apples, tomato chutney, lipstick kisses, and apple cereal with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, nuanced, long spiced peach, reduced orange, and grass finish. A highly evocative and sensual French cider.
Hazlitt’s Cider Tree Hard Cider
86 points
Brilliant light emerald straw color. Aromas of spring flowers in soil, dried citrus and apples, and fresh hay with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long pear soufflé, fine minerals, pickled peach and melon, and arugula finish. An sylvan and ethereal cider that drinks a bit like a fruity Prosecco.
WildCraft Cider Works Mirabelle Wild Plum Cider
86 points
Bright gold color. Oaky aromas of vanilla, apple chips, nutmeg, and clove with a lightly tannic, lively, effervescent, dry medium body and an involved, medium-long cedar, dry earth, underripe pear, and Meyer lemon finish. An un-oaked cider for oaked cider fans.
Angry Orchard Easy Apple Hard Cider
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of gingerbread, miso caramel, and wet leaves with a bright, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length mixed fresh apples and green apple glaze finish. A refreshing cider with a rich nose.
Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider
85 points
Hazy gold color. Aromas of frozen orange juice concentrate with a soft, spritzy, medium body and a brisk grilled blood orange, nectarine, and apple skin finish. A nice orange flavored cider; try in sangria.
California Cider Co. Ace Pear Cider
85 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of banana and peach cream pies and pear butter on Hawaiian bread with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy lemon spritzed apples and pears, nougat, and ambrosia salad finish. A appetizing fruit perry crowd-pleaser.
Crown Valley Blackberry Cider
85 points
Brilliant brilliant light ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry Jell-O and jelly and blackberry soda and cherry cola with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy dark berry sorbet finish. A solid, fruity, dark berry flavored cider.
California Cider Co. Ace "Space" Cider
84 points
Nearly opaque dusty peach color. Aromas of bananas in oatmeal and papaya with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-long grapefruit zest and orange pith finish. A unique cider for those seeking something different.
Crown Valley Strawberry Cider
84 points
Brilliant deep amber orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake and scented candle, pistachio nougat, melon balls, and whole papaya with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed waxy strawberry candy wrapper and lime-watermelon sherbet finish. A sweet, fruit cider with a waxy edge.
Mountain West Cider Company Cottonwood Dry Hopped Cider
84 points
Brilliant yellow color. Dusty, hoppy aromas of dusty herbs, hop flakes, straw and eucalyptus incense, and apple core with a supple, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a snappy pickled melon rind, brown grass and chalk, and nut shell finish. A dry and dusty hopped cider.
Angry Orchard Stone Dry Hard Cider
83 points
Bright gold color. Aromas of honeycomb cereal and candle wax with a lean, bright, finely carbonated, bone-dry watery body and a instant hearts of palm and apple skin finish. An ethereal cider.
Austin Eastciders Original Dry Cider
83 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Earthy aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, ferns and leaves, and apple yogurt with a bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and an effortless, breezy caramelized apples, clementine and melon, and ground nuts finish. A tangy cider quaffer.
Number 12 Chestnut Semi-Dry Cider
82 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of baked apples, citrus and figs, coconut Greek yogurt, white cornbread, and hint of glue wood with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a medium-length chalk, green quince, kale with pear vinaigrette, and nut skin and shell finish. An intriguing oak influenced cider.
Magners Pear Hard Cider
81 points
Clear white gold color. Aromas of toasted hazelnuts, mocha latte, brown grass, and clotted cream and sourdough pizza crust with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk white strawberry, melon rind, nutskin, and straw finish. A light, very dry and earthy perry.
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