October 2017 - Best Seasonal Cider

This month's Beer feature is Best Seasonal Cider
Best Seasonal Cider Reviews
221446
Angry Orchard
Eden Specialty Collaboration "Understood in Motion 01"
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of spicy poached apples and pears, nougat, and flan with a vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long dried mango and lemon, green apple flesh, and arugula finish. A complex, savory, artisanal cider with mouthwatering flavor and great structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221127
Ferme de Romilly
Demi-sec Cidre de Normandie
Hazy light gold color. Elegant aromas and flavors of floral body powder, pine and haystack, white pepper, and smoky leather with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long violet, sponge cake, and licorice finish. A wonderfully flavorful and expressive French-style cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221448
Angry Orchard
The Old Fashioned Hard Cider
Yellow straw color. Aromas of spiced peach and pear and white vermouth with a spritzy, fruity medium body and a complex, long elderflower, floral honey drizzled apples, and guanabana and mango finish. A toothsome, artfully spiced cider with great tropical nuances.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221442
Angry Orchard
Summer Honey Hard Cider
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced apples and citrus and honeysuckle with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an amusing, long melon balls, floral honey, and kiwi finish. A delicious, mouthwatering cider bursting with fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221444
Angry Orchard
Wooden Sleeper Hard Cider
Hazy gold color. Aromas of buttered popcorn flavored jelly beans, cinnamon-honey, and almond buttercream with a glycerous, shy, spritzy, dryish fat body and a peppery, crisp butter, butterscotch topping, mustard greens, and apple custard pie finish. A nice creamy barrel aged dessert cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221223
California Cider Co.
Ace BlackJack 21 Cider
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples and carrots, chive, and morning meadow with a tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long grapefruit chutney, delicate herbs and spices, and reduced lemon finish. A expressive, savory cider that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221138
Kaneb Orchards
St. Lawrence Cider
Pale yellow straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of buttered popcorn, golden apple compote, mulling spices, and apricot stilton cheese with a supple, bright, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy glazed nuts, apple blossom-honeycomb, fruit salad, and kale finish. A creamy-textured cider perfect for cool autumn days.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221139
Kaneb Orchards
Cranberry Crisp Cider
Bright pink coral color. Fresh, fruity aromas of juicy gala apple, wild lemon, and honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length fresh strawberry, bubblegum, bramble, moist pie crust, and vanilla finish. A pleasing fruity cider bursting with juicy freshness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221443
Angry Orchard
Cinnful Apple Hard Cider
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon rolls and spicy apple pie with a bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length green apple skin and lime sorbet finish. A robust cinnamon spiced cider for fall festivities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221447
Angry Orchard
Knotty Pear Hard Cider
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of cardamom, raisin, canary melon, peppermint lozenge, and candied ginger studded brioche with a round, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a charming, medium-length fresh apple and vanilla cola finish. A pleasing cider full of sweet and spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221326
Ciderboys Cider Company
Pineapple Hula Hard Cider
Cloudy golden amber color. Aromas of overripe summer peach, peach-strawberry muffin, apricot jam, and crushed pineapple with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a easy apple candy finish. A fun fruit cider for summer crushing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221401
3 Daughters
Key Lime Cider
Golden yellow color. Aromas of cinnamon roll, cream cheese frosting, and apple butter with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, snappy chunky cinnamon apple sauce, caramel sauce, and fresh daiquiri finish. A sweet and refreshing fruity cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221445
Angry Orchard
E.Z. Orchards Collaboration "Understood in Motion 02"
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of fallen citrus, floral candy, almond-apricot cake, and chive blossom with a velvety, bright, spritzy, dryish medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium nut skins, bike tube, bamboo shoot, and underripe citrus finish. An austere French Cider for pairings and cider geeks.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221441
Angry Orchard
Oval Nouveau English Cider
Minutely hazy bright golden amber color. Complex aromas of lemon spritzed apple compote, beeswax, summer forest, and wicker basket with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long wheat toast with eucalyptus honey, buttered popovers, alpine herbs, and espresso finish. A lovable cider with tons of character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221241
Finnbarra
Medium Dry Irish Hard Cider
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of fresh golden apples, tart golden raspberry, spearmint, and banana pudding with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length champagne vinaigrette, walnut, and fruit cup finish. A friendly, fruity cider for carefree crushing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221437
Angry Orchard
Bottle Conditioned French Cider
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of heirloom apples, meyer lemon, and baked fruit with a round, bright, spritzy, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-length mulling spices, cheese crackers, salted plum, and buttered breadstick finish. A fresh and funky take on cider; food-friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221438
Angry Orchard
Edu Spanish Cider
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of pear, concord grape, dolmas and olive brine, and freshly pressed apple and taffy with a satiny, soft, dryish medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish. A mellow cider with great sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221439
Angry Orchard
The Extension Cider
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aroma, quality aromas and flavors of pineapple, muddled berries, pear skin, and resin with a medium body and a medium mustard greens, sunflower seeds, and salted wheat grass finish. A tart and grippy cider for rich meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221459
Angry Orchard
Rose for Sal Hard Cider
Minutely hazy dusty rose color. Aromas and flavors of fresh plum and fresh cut flowers, cinnamon and marjoram, tinned asparagus tips, and fallen apple with a satiny, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk boiled artichoke, pomegranate juice, and tomato finish. A very serious and dried berry flavored cider that is well suited for a harvest meal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221244
Esterre
Sparkling Prestige Hard Cider
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of wheat grass and pink grapefruit, roasted almond, zucchini, and black pepper sauce with a satiny, lively, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, breezy lime zest finish. A lively and balanced cider for any occasion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221140
Kaneb Orchards
Raquette River Cider
Clear light emerald straw color. Aromas of apple candies, spearmint, almond extract, and cucumber with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy butterscotch, bittersweet chocolate, dried lavender, and lemon verbena finish. A delicate, nuanced cider with gossamer veils of fruit and earth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221293
Ruwet
Brut Cidre
Pale white gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple flesh, white bean and hominy soup, shoreline, and sea salt with a satiny, bright, spritzy, dryish thin body and a sleek, short pixie sticks finish. A light and approachable pub-crusher for daytime sessioning.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221435
Angry Orchard
Walden Hollow Hard Cider
Minutely hazy straw green color. Rustic aromas of grape skins, wildflowers and jicama, pistachio nougat, and talc with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length orange coulis, dreamsicle, lime popsicle, and toasted coconut finish. A funky hay ride of a sour cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221436
Angry Orchard
Perry Cider
Hazy yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen citrus rind, baked pear, and ginkgo tree with a soft, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a sleek, scant banana puree, pear butter, and carnation finish. A super-light Perry for hot summer days.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221405
Cidre Beaupré
Sparkling Hard Cider
Brilliant white gold color. Aromas of fresh couscous, lemon drop candies, and rose water scented sponge cake with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length cucumber syrup, fresh lavender, and orange zest finish. A very friendly and festive Cider for aperitifs or dessert pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221243
Stonewell
Tawny Hard Cider
Clear gold color. Aromas of petrol, botricized gooseberry, maraschino cherry pit, and piña colada with a round, crisp, effervescent, off-dry full body and a peppery, medium-length rum cake and creme Anglaise finish. A boozy barrel aged cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221440
Angry Orchard
Newtown Pippin Single Variety Cider
Pale minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of orange peel, strawberry-apple sauce, and fresh pineapple with a round, vibrant, medium body and a polished, complex, medium-length oregano and bay leaf, shallot, oak leaves, and stewed okra finish. A thin, funky, austere cider with that displays itself with great restraint.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221371
Deschutes
Hard Cider
Hazy yellow straw color. Aromas of coconut-vanilla cream, pineapple, sticky rice and wet straw, and mop with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length candied macadamia nut, wilted spinach salad, overripe lemon, and wood pulp finish. A full-bodied and tropical cider for creative dinner pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221458
Angry Orchard
Crimson Spy Hard Cider
Hazy yellow color. Vegetal aromas of apple mignonette sauce, oysters and scrambled eggs, asparagus tips, and #2 pencil with a silky, tangy, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, intriguing, cheery celery juice and bitter greens finish. A tart and vegetal cider for emergency refreshment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221251
Mountain West Cider Company
Desolation Prickly Pear Cactus Hard Cider
Gold color. Tropical aromas of Jamaican rum, tropical spices, toasted coconut, and caramelized banana with a round, crisp, effervescent, bitter medium body and a delightful, medium-length whole vanilla bean, water chestnuts, and raw green plantain finish. A tannic and bracing cider with an exotic and tropical nose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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