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June 2018 - Cider: All Types & Styles

June 2018 - Cider: All Types & Styles
This month's Beer feature is Cider: All Types & Styles

Cider: All Types & Styles Reviews

Ferme de Romilly Brut Cidre de Normandie
95 points
$14.99
Bright sedimentary gold color. Aromas and flavors of leather saddle, apple compote on runny brie, reduced lemon, and artisanal exotic wood with a round, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long apple kaffir, honeyed fruit medley, and earth finish. A funky yet restrained French-style cider that exudes the summer countryside.
95 points $14.99
Shield Demi Sec Cider
94 points
Bright golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of caramelized apples, spicy nougat, sandstone and clay, and apple wood bark and sap with a satiny, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, long starfruit, spiced apples, and minerals finish. A vibrant and complex French style cider with great flavor and drinkability.
Angry Orchard Dear Brittany Hard Cider
93 points
Cloudy opaque golden amber color. Interesting, vegetal aromas and flavors of green banana and underripe nectarine, cucumber-zucchini relish, crusty apple-peach tart, and avocado seed on a forest floor with a round, tart, effervescent, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length jicama and kiwi skin, nutskin, wet stones, and sea buckthorn finish. A juicy cider with outstanding acidity and hop-like tropicality for the New England-style IPA drinker.
Angry Orchard Crown Maple Wooden Sleeper Hard Cider
92 points
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of toasted banana bread, apple compote, whipped honey, peppercorns, and heather with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, light-to-medium body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long vanilla milk steamer, caramel coated cherries, crisp waffle, and mango coulis finish. A rich barrel aged cider with an understated maple finish; delicious.
Angry Orchard E.Z. Orchards Collaboration Understood in Motion 02
92 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Attractive aromas of dried orange peel, warm pie crust, caramelized citrus, and white peach with a round, lively, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-long underripe pineapple and kumquat finish. A dusty, rustic cider with an authentic feel; delicious with a rich meal.
Dragon’s Breath Spiced Ginger Cider
92 points
Brilliant gold color. Attractive aromas of ginger beer and apple tart with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length grilled apple and tangerine salad, nut brittle, and white tea with ginger finish. A very attractive, refreshing and pure ginger cider to drink all summer long.
Woodchuck Cidery Tank Series: Pear Ginger Cider
92 points
Bright yellow straw color. Exotic, spicy aromas and flavors of crystallized ginger, spiced apples, and Thai basil and jalapeño with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a delightful, long apple kiwi chutney, gingerbread, and lemongrass finish. A robust and balanced ginger flavored cider with lots of pan-Asian pairing possibilities.
Angry Orchard Eden Specialty Collaboration Understood in Motion 01
91 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized apples, plantains and peaches, macadamia nougat, toasted pumpkin seeds, and chamomile tea and bison grass with a supple, racy, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long apple butter on rye crisps and kiwi finish. A sophisticated cider fit for gourmet pairings; fine wine drinkers will love this.
Cidre Beaupré Verglas Cider
91 points
Bright light gold color. Aromas of caramelized apples and pears, fondant, honeycomb, and maple and birch sap with a silky, tangy, petillant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long honeyed peaches and dried apricots, nougat, and candied orange peel and berries finish. A rich, satiny, dessert cider more akin to an ice cider than a common cider.
Cidre Beaupré Houblonné Cider
91 points
Dusty light gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple guava relish, herbed cantaloupe and cucumber, and pickled mango and papaya with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long tropical fruit salad and punch and herbed lemons finish. An incredibly fresh and fragrant fruit salad of a cider that offers great purity.
Angry Orchard Baldwin/Northern Spy Hard Cider
90 points
Hazy straw green color. Herbal aromas and flavors of verbena and lemon balm, frisee with vinaigrette and cashew, fallen apples on mossy forest floor, and celery root with a soft, bubbly, dry medium body and a cheery citrus and melon rinds, chalk, nutskin, and wheat grass finish. An earthy and bright cider for elevated pub grub; sauvignon blanc lovers need apply.
Angry Orchard Olivers Hard Cider Collaboration Understood in Motion 03
90 points
Hazy light gold color. Curious aromas and flavors of apple cider vinegar shrub, acetone, and microgreens with a supple, crisp, light-to-medium body and a fast watercress and blue cheese, nutshell, and mulch finish. A funky and tart cider that will win the hearts of sour beer enthusiasts.
Gumption Citrus Freak Hard Cider
90 points
Brilliant light emerald straw color. Herbal aromas and flavors of grapefruit peel, herbs, and Arnold Palmer with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-long lemon marmalade and sorbet, honeyed ruby grapefruit, and coconut milk finish. A tasty and nicely balanced hoppy cider.
Vermont Cider Co. Addison Cider
90 points
Brilliant yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple-papaya-mango relish, clover honey on almonds, strawberry-grape jam, and alfalfa with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length green apple and kiwi and nutskin finish. A solid fruity cider with nice balance.
Angry Orchard Wooden Sleeper Hard Cider
89 points
Pale golden amber color. Aromas of caramel drenched cherries, whiskey barrel, toasted brioche, green apple, and banana bread with an prickly, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length chocolate covered toffee, grilled kumquat, and grill marks finish. A toasty, bourbon barrel influenced cider with zingy acidity and plenty of charm.
Eden Valley Orchards Pear House Hard Cider
89 points
Hazy straw green color. Aromas of number 2 pencil, pear cobbler, petrol, fresh cotton, green tea, and honeydew with cream with a round, vibrant, petillant, fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-length wheat grass and tarragon finish. A tasty Perry with and all-natural appeal; serve very cold in the spring or summer.
Strongbow Rosé Apple Hard Cider
89 points
Pale pink coral color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of kiwi-strawberry custard tart, apple, and melon with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length apple-lemon sorbet finish. A tasty, mouthwatering rose cider that will appeal to cider, rose wine, and sparkling wine drinkers.
Common Cider Company Elderflower Cranberry Cider
88 points
Pale medium salmon pink color. Aromas of plastic-wrapped cranberries, fallen tree, and fresh button mushroom with a satiny, racy, spritzy, dryish light body and a breezy gooseberry, tart pressed apple juice, blood orange, and fresh cranberry finish. A fruited cider for true cider lovers.
Gumption Original Hard Cider
88 points
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of apple yogurt and sourdough scone, hint of melon rind, salt water taffy, and Italian cheese blend with a silky, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, captivating, breezy clementine, crushed green apples, almond skin, and watermelon sorbet finish. A very tasty and crowd-pleasing fruity cider that is sure to be a hit.
Strongbow Artisanal Blend Hard Cider
88 points
Hazy light straw gold color. Spicy aromas of apple sorbet, banana soufflé, kiwi, melon rind, mango and sweet potato with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long honeycomb on apples, grassy earth, pickled white strawberry, green apple taffy, and whole pixie sticks finish. A sessionable and sprightly cider; a gentle nod towards the earthier English style.
Angry Orchard Perry
87 points
Hazy light emerald straw color. Aromas of winter pear, violet, tangerine peels, and carnation with a glycerous, prickly, petillant, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy coconut oil, key lime, and champagne vinegar finish. A zingy Perry to serve with rich foods.
Angry Orchard Edu Spanish Cider
87 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Inviting aromas of ripe pear, walnut toffee, green olive, cherry blossom, and fondant with a velvety, lively, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, long white pepper, apple skins, and pickled strawberry finish. An appetizing, stimulating Spanish cider that craves food; sour beer lovers need apply!
Angry Orchard Walden Hollow Hard Cider
87 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mixed dried fruits, pickled melon rind, honey roasted nuts with apple catsup, and endive salad with jicama with a supple, tart, spritzy, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long kumquat marmalade, passionfruit, bee pollen, and rose hips finish. A rock’em sock’em bright and tart cider that will pair nicely.
Angry Orchard Cuvee 2 Hard Cider
87 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Rustic, yeasty aromas and flavors of barn hay and horse blanket, schmaltz and romano cheese crisp, dried apple with honeycomb, and brewer’s yeast in a pewter bowl with a supple, tart, effervescent, bone-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length arugula and grass, baked apple core and lemon rind, and gravel road finish. A vinous and wild heritage cider for connoisseurs; serve in a champagne flute.
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
87 points
Brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, fresh mint, sugar cube, and bran flakes in cream with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish. A delicious and vibrant cider with intense apple flavor.
Northern Natural Chocolate-Cherry Apple Hard Cider
87 points
Dusty steely pink color. Confected aromas and flavors of bit of honey candy, sesame halva bar, reese’s peanut butter cups, and apple sauce and butter with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium dried montmorency cherries, nutella on toast, and kiwi and melon finish. A daring flavor combination to seek out.
St. Julian Winery Forbidden Fruit Cherry Cider
87 points
Light salmon amber color. Fruity aromas of blistered cherries, wax, and baking spices with a round, vibrant, spritzy, sweet medium body and a medium-length ripe bing cherry compote, lemon-spritzed apple slices, and blackberry cobbler finish. Big, bold cherry aromas dominate in this true-to-flavor fruit cider.
Wyder’s Cider Company Pear Hard Cider
87 points
Brilliant yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of butter sautéed pears, rice pudding with caramel, and deviled egg with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length apple cream cookie, fruit salad cup, vanilla cream, and bread fruit finish. A nice crowd pleasing pear-y cider.
Woodchuck Cidery Amber Hard Cider
86 points
Bright old gold color. Spicy, sweet aromas and flavors of apple fruit leather, apricot, vanilla taffy, bubble gum, chai tea, ginger candy, and lemon soufflé with a supple, shy, petillant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length plantain pudding finish. A laid back cider with kisses of sweetness that will serve as a nice introduction to the category.
Wyder’s Cider Company Prickly Pineapple Hard Cider
86 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of ripe pineapple, peach candies, baked apple, tinned pears, sweet cream, and pineapple upside down cake with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length butterscotch chips finish. A sweet and fruity cider with a tropical smoothie-like appeal.
Angry Orchard Iceman Hard Cider
85 points
Clear old gold color. Aromas of grilled apple, lime Jell-O, and rum raisin with a supple, lively, cloying medium body and a quick mixed peppercorns and corn syrup finish. A very sweet cider for dessert; try with cheese cake.
Cidre Beaupré Original Cider
85 points
Brilliant straw green color. Curious aromas of buttered flax bread, cream of wheat with raisins, and honeyed apple slices with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length spiced apples, fruit salad, pineapple soda, and limesicle and powder finish. A light and breezy, easy drinking cider with a grainy edge.
Magners Original Irish Hard Cider
85 points
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of creme fraiche, baked peach and apple, apple pop tart, and white wine in a leather sack with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, refreshing, breezy melon rind and nectarine pit, nougat, wet stone, and apple bobbing mineral water finish. A very light and delicate cider to whet the palate.
Rekorderlig Pear Hard Cider
85 points
Brilliant silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of pear sorbet and soufflé, French toast with creme fraiche and peach sauce, plastic wrapped sage, and orchid with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, very sweet medium-to-full body and a medium-length apple pie a la mode, pear milkshake, and frosting finish. A candied pear cider for sweet tooths.
Woodchuck Cidery Granny Smith Hard Cider
85 points
Brilliant light emerald straw color. Aromas of dried apple with chestnut honey, melon rind, alfalfa and dried lime, and clay with a supple, tangy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, breezy apple peach salad and lemon curd finish. A light-on-its feet cider with subtle but intriguing fruit.
Woodchuck Cidery Semi Dry Hard Cider
85 points
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of marble, vanilla bean pod, chardonnay, pound cake with pineapple sauce, and ripe pear with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long sea salt, chalk, and underripe cherry finish. An understated, ethereal cider with great food affinity; a nice choice for pinot grigio drinkers.
Wyder’s Cider Company Raspberry Cider
85 points
Rich silvery pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry, buttered berry biscuit, sports drink, and egg sandwich with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a polished, cheery berry powder drink finish. An nice raspberry cider quaffer.
Chateau Morrisette Cherry Ginger Cider
84 points
Bright amber pink color. Odd aromas and flavors of ginger powder, pine-sol and tea tree oil, cinnamon spiced berries, and shaving cream with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, sweet medium body and a compelling, medium-length cherry butter on rye toast, ginger beer, and herbal honey finish. A interesting combination of herbal, ginger and cherry flavors try in cocktails.
Sir Perry Perry Cider
84 points
Clear old gold color. Funky, grainy aromas and flavors of craft bourbon highball, toasted wheat berries, cedar closet, and fresh grain with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length iced tea with lemon finish. A very unconventional Perry refresher that may appeal to whiskey highball drinkers.
Weymouth Winery Falling Apple Oak Aged Apple Wine Cider
84 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Flawed aromas and flavors of nail polish and remover, melted plastic, grilled apples and coconut, and pickle relish with a glycerous, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, odd, brisk canned whipped cream, plastic wrapped apple slices, and balsa and bamboo finish. An odd assemblage of sweet and chemical notes.
Angry Orchard Baldwin Single Varietal Hard Cider
83 points
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dusty radishes and root vegetables, overripe melon and spinach, barn hay, and mossy limestone with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, short apple skin and core, toasted baguette, reduced lemon, and ground nuts and bamboo shoot finish. An austere cider to pair with cheeses.
Northern Natural Cranberry-Ginger Apple Hard Cider
82 points
Pale salmon orange oak color. Aromas of cranberry sauce, apple-pomelo relish on sourdough, hint of herbs and ginger, and polished wood with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, long radishes on mesclun with citrus vinaigrette, cranberry butter on nut toast, and peppered jicama finish. A sweet and savory cider with mouthwatering acidity and fine balance.
St. Julian Winery Forbidden Fruit Original Cider
82 points
Light light emerald straw color. Aromas of struck match and pickled white strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a breezy banana puree, apple compote, and candied carrot finish. An anytime cider for quaffing.
Weymouth Winery Apple Ice Wine Cider
82 points
Dull light gold color. Aromas of pickled apple and melon, caramelized peach, marinated shittakes, and lit beeswax candle with a supple, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, relaxed flan with whipped cream, nougat, and lemon pepper finish. An easy drinking cross between still cider and ice cider; try in cocktails or with desserts.
Weymouth Winery Pear Wine Cider
82 points
Bright light emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white chocolate s’mores, coffee cake and pound cake with buttercream, hint of rubber eraser, and lit vanilla candle with a silky, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk creme Anglaise, apple bobbing water, balsa, and white pepper dust finish. A light and breezy fruit cider; try with cheese.
Northern Natural Traditional Hard Cider
80 points
Light golden yellow color. Aromas of apple compote, taro custard, and beeswax with a soft, spritzy, thin body and a smooth, momentary lemon spritz and glue finish. A breezy cider to use as a sparkler for punch.
Rekorderlig Mango-Raspberry Hard Cider
80 points
Neon fuchsia color. Candied aromas of tropical and berry hard candies, banana soufflé, matchstick, and pickled cauliflower with a supple, crisp, fizzy, cloying light-to-medium body and a long circus peanut and mango sorbet finish. A very sweet, tropical fruit bomb of a cider.
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