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October 2017 - Best Seasonal Cider

October 2017 - Best Seasonal Cider
This month's Beer feature is Best Seasonal Cider

Best Seasonal Cider Reviews

Angry Orchard Eden Specialty Collaboration "Understood in Motion 01"
93 points
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.
Ferme de Romilly Demi-sec Cidre de Normandie
93 points
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.
Awards: 2017 Best French Cider
Angry Orchard The Old Fashioned Hard Cider
92 points
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.
Angry Orchard Summer Honey Hard Cider
91 points
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.
California Cider Co. Ace BlackJack 21 Cider
90 points
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.
Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Hard Cider
89 points
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.
Angry Orchard Knotty Pear Hard Cider
89 points
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.
Ciderboys Cider Company Pineapple Hula Hard Cider
89 points
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.
3 Daughters Key Lime Cider
87 points
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.
Angry Orchard Oval Nouveau English Cider
86 points
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.
Finnbarra Medium Dry Irish Hard Cider
86 points
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.
Angry Orchard Bottle Conditioned French Cider
85 points
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.
Angry Orchard The Extension Cider
85 points
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.
Angry Orchard Rose for Sal Hard Cider
85 points
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.
Esterre Sparkling Prestige Hard Cider
85 points
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.
Ruwet Brut Cidre
85 points
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.
Cidre Beaupré Sparkling Hard Cider
84 points
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.
Stonewell Tawny Hard Cider
84 points
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.
Deschutes Hard Cider
82 points
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.
Angry Orchard Crimson Spy Hard Cider
81 points
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.
Mountain West Cider Company Desolation Prickly Pear Cactus Hard Cider
81 points
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.
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