June 2017 - Best Year Round Cider

This month's Beer feature is Best Year Round Cider
Best Year Round Cider Reviews
219956
WildCraft Cider Works
Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cherry Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220082
Angry Orchard
The Muse Hard Cider
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried fruits and nuts, grassy earth, and forest after fire with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long peach and apple pies, creme brulee, and brown spices finish. A nice spicy fruity cider that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219947
Ciderboys Cider Company
Peach County Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219949
Ciderboys Cider Company
Strawberry Magic Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219979
Vermont Cider Co.
Wassail Spiced Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219976
Woodchuck Cidery
Seasonal Summer Time Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219832
Bite Hard
Semi Sweet Apple Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220039
Louis Raison
Rouge Delice Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220038
Louis Raison
Crisps Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219872
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Perry Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219978
Vermont Cider Co.
Cerise Barrel Aged Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219948
Ciderboys Cider Company
First Press Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220040
Louis Raison
Organic Dry Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219924
Strongbow
Gold Apple Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219977
Vermont Cider Co.
Addison Hard Cider
Bright yellow color. Earthy aromas and flavors of leafy apple tree and vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, breezy river bank minerality, kale, and nutskin finish. A nice dry, earthy cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219974
Woodchuck Cidery
Granny Smith Hard Cider
Bright yellow color. Fruity, waxy aromas and flavors of apple phyllo pastry and honeycomb with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, relaxed citrus, grassy earth, nutskin, and apple cider vinaigrette finish. A crisp, refreshing dry cider with a nice table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219946
Ciderboys Cider Company
British Dry Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219814
Crown Valley
Pumpkin Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219927
Strongbow
Honey Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220086
Angry Orchard
Green Apple Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219813
Crown Valley
Gingerbread Cookie Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219980
Gumption
Original Hard Cider
Brilliant old gold color. Fruity, spicy, yeasty aromas and flavors of apple-banana keffir and buttermilk frosting on apple crumble with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a sleek, medium-length apple and watermelon sorbets and gel candies, almond cookie, nutskin, and apple vinaigrette finish. A nice, fruity, off-dry cider that will please the masses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219885
Snowdrift Cider Co.
Cornice Barrel-aged Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219925
Strongbow
Cherry Blossom Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219957
WildCraft Cider Works
Farmhouse #8 Scrumpy Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219752
California Cider Co.
Ace Pineapple Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219331
Ferro Farms
Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219886
Snowdrift Cider Co.
Red Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219975
Woodchuck Cidery
Semi Dry Hard Cider
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of apple-pear tart, praline, and sarsaparilla with a supple, soft, spritzy, dryish thin body and a smooth, crisp apple seltzer, watercress, minty earth, and clay finish. An interesting range of flavors in a soft frame.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219973
Woodchuck Cidery
Amber Hard Cider
Bright old gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of apple trees in a distant field, dried blossoms, and fruit salad with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy apple sauce, clementine, and peach finish. A crisp, fruity, easy drinking, crowd pleasing cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219982
Wyder’s Cider Company
Pear Hard Cider
Bright yellow color. Candied aromas and flavors of pear custard, ambrosia salad, bubblegum ice cream, and coconut lotion with a silky, vibrant, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, carefree pear seltzer and nutskin finish. A fruity, confected pear-flavored cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220085
Angry Orchard
Crisp Apple Hard Cider
Brilliant clear gold color. Minty aromas and flavors of wintergreen and sake, spicy apple custard, flax and sesame seeds and oil, and protein bar with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length melon-kiwi sorbet and bread fruit finish. A nice fruity cider for everyday pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219824
Austin Eastciders
Pineapple Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219898
Big Apple Hard Cider
Brooklyn Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219831
Bite Hard
Dry Apple Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219750
California Cider Co.
Ace Blackjack 21 French Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219981
Gumption
Citrus Freak Hard Cider
Bright yellow color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of grapefruit, tropical fruit salad, herbs-citrus oil, and Tic-tacs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length citrus juice, apple skin, and edible flowers finish. A nice tangy, grapefruit-flavored cider; try in cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219862
Hazlitt’s
Cider Tree Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219958
WildCraft Cider Works
Mirabelle Wild Plum Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220225
Angry Orchard
Easy Apple Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220083
Angry Orchard
Ice Man Hard Cider
Brilliant deep amber color. Earthy, herbal aromas and flavors of haystack, pickled apples and chili peppers, dusty herbs, and apple vinegar with a supple, tart, spritzy, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, long craisin and pomegranate, spiced apples and blood oranges, and grass and nuts finish. A vivacious, spicy, earthy cider that refreshes the palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219825
Austin Eastciders
Blood Orange Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219753
California Cider Co.
Ace Pear Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219811
Crown Valley
Blackberry Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219751
California Cider Co.
Ace "Space" Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219812
Crown Valley
Strawberry Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219919
Mountain West Cider Company
Cottonwood Dry Hopped Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219983
Wyder’s Cider Company
Prickly Pineapple Hard Cider
Light yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple slices, spiced berries and oranges, potpourri, and bubblegum with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-long pineapple sorbet and watercress finish. A nice pineapple flavored cider sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220226
Angry Orchard
Stone Dry Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219823
Austin Eastciders
Original Dry Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219850
Number 12
Chestnut Semi-Dry Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219135
Rekorderlig
Strawberry Lime Cider
Bright pink silver color. Creamy, fruity aromas of strawberry shortcake and keffir, creme fraiche, and overripe strawberries with a satiny, bright, spritzy, cloying light-to-medium body and a brisk strawberry sherbet and soda finish. A sugary sweet strawberry dessert of a cider with a funky edge.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219985
Magners
Pear Hard Cider
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219136
Rekorderlig
Pear Cider
Pale straw green color. Tropical, floral, confected aromas of pear and peach custard tart, banana-coconut gelato, tropical blossoms, and lychee with a supple, effervescent, very sweet watery body and a smooth, buoyant macadamia vanilla cookie, pear and cream sodas, rainbow sherbet, and fruit salad finish. A very sweet and confected perry for the young and sweet of tooth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220081
Angry Orchard
Strawman Hard Cider
Hazy golden amber color. Odd, earthy aromas of haystack, animal hide, and wax candle with a soft, bright, petillant, dry light body and a perplexing, instant persimmon and bitter orange finish. Oddly dry, tannic, and phenolic cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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