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October 2018 - Ciders: Harvest Styles

October 2018 - Ciders: Harvest Styles
This month's Beer feature is Ciders: Harvest Styles

Ciders: Harvest Styles Reviews

Ferme de Romilly Extra Dry Cidre
95 points
Light gold color. Aromas of cantaloupe, dried sweet plantain, pressed flowers, chamomile tea, toasted pumpernickel, sundried tomatoes, and horse blanket with a slightly chewy, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nuanced, long crushed hazelnuts, dried mushrooms, tamarind, and artisan butter finish. A rustic and charming French cider that will be a hit among serious cider enthusiasts and wine-drinkers.
Ferme de Romilly Rosé Cidre
94 points
Brilliant amber color. Rustic aromas of apricot fruit leather, petrol, yuzu zest, roasted agave, cherry stone, bee pollen, crushed hazelnuts, barnyard, and straw with a lightly tannic, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and an intricate, very long heirloom apple, leather, and cantaloupe finish. An intriguing, fun n’ funky rose cider that’s akin to an orange wine; natural wine-lovers drink up!
Tempted Irish Craft Dry Cider
94 points
Light gold color. Aromas of tart apple, jasmine, pickling spices, smoked meats, blue cheese, and celery with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an intricate, medium-long dried blood orange, acorn squash, minerals, and eucalyptus finish. A proper English-style cider with table-friendly tannins; deserves a thoughtful pairing.
Angry Orchard Ice Man Hard Cider
92 points
Old gold color. Sweet aromas of dark honey and pickled mango with a round, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long peaches and apricots in honey, lychee, ripe melons with lime, tamarind, mandarins in syrup, and black tea finish. A concentrated and vibrant Ice Cider-like treat that will be a great after-dinner conversation starter.
Common Cider Company Blood Orange Tangerine Hard Cider
92 points
Brilliant pale amber color. Aromas of candied orange and grapefruit peels, coconut, rhubarb, juicy fruit gum, and honey-orange confection with a round, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length banana daiquiri, tropical punch, bruleed grapefruits, lime zest, and allspice finish. A tasty, candied fruit cider that is refreshing and never too sweet; almost like an Italian aperitivo spritz.
Common Cider Company Hibiscus Saison Hard Cider
92 points
Brilliant Siam color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of wild berries, concord grape, cranberry scone, potpourri, and vanilla biscotti with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length raspberry jelly and hibiscus tisane finish. A totally delicious berry-hibiscus cider that hits the nail on the head of the flavor-of-the-moment.
Strongbow Original Dry Hard Cider
91 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of fresh apple tunover, pastry dough, and hint of chalk with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a polished, refreshing, medium-long sweet and tart apple medley, hint of starfruit, strawberry, and kiwi, honeyed melon, and bibb lettuce finish. A very tasty and mouthwatering cider with pure fruit flavor and a long, snappy, satisfying finish.
Angry Orchard The Muse Sparkling Hard Cider
90 points
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of butter pecan, caramel coated apple, funnel cake, and rice cakes with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length buttered toasted pumpkin loaf finish. A toasty cider that offers a sweet treat for autumn imbibing.
Kaneb Orchards St. Lawrence Cider
90 points
Straw green color. Fruity aromas of white florals, green apple, honey crisp, macadamia nut brittle, and apple pie crust with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length glazed French cruller donut, spiced apple compote, vanilla scented candle, and pineapple in cream finish. An effortlessly drinkable cider with tons of body and a creamy, fruity style.
Kaneb Orchards Cranberry Crisp Cider
90 points
Pink coral color. Aromas of apple handpie, lemon taffy, cinnamon buttercream, and cranberry granita with a glycerous, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-long strawberry jelly and butter poached apple finish. A naturally charming cider for ice-cold fun.
La Chouette Cidre Rosé
90 points
Bright deep amber color. Sweet, savory aromas and flavors of dried cranberry, figs, rhubarb, sweet heirloom tomato, pimento, and applesauce with a round, vibrant, fizzy, sweet medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length creme caramel with poached apples and red currant finish. A concentrated rose cider packed with flavorful sweetness.
Avid Cider Co. Dragonfruit Cider
89 points
Ruby fuschia color. Fruity aromas of blackberry jam, marionberry, merlot, ripe mulberry, and raspberry leaf with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-length black cassis, chocolate taffy, and lemon spritz finish. True-to-life berry aromas reign in this tasty tipple; akin to Brachetto.
Common Cider Company Pineapple Guava Cider
89 points
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of orange liqueur, dried peach, grapefruit marmalade, apricot Danish, and pineapple spears with a bright, effervescent, sweet medium body and a medium-length orange flesh and pith, papaya, and peach skin finish. A solid fruity refresher with a tropical twist.
Common Cider Company Blackberry Sangria Hard Cider
89 points
Burnt sienna color. Earthy aromas and flavors of ripe mulberry, cherry jam, mint jellies, pepper, and lavender with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length kiwi and dark fruit leather and minerals finish. A dry but fruity cider that will appeal to pinot noir drinkers; delightful to pair.
Sidewood Pear Cider
89 points
Golden yellow color. Waxy aromas and flavors of roasted pear, bruleed apple, buttered crusty bread, and vanilla wafer creme cookie with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length minerals, tea, and green apple skin finish. A pleasantly dry cider with wide appeal.
Tempted Irish Craft Elderflower Cider
88 points
Yellow color. Spicy aromas and flavors of mint lozenge, candied ginger, pear compote, walnut, potpourri, brie, and almond cake with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-length banana candies, apricot, and pineapple-jalepeno salsa finish. A distinctive, slightly funky fruit cider with a spicy side.
Woodchuck Cidery Bubbly Rosé Cider
88 points
Bright sunburst color. Vinous aromas and flavors of sliced strawberry, talc, pomegranate jelly, freshly peeled lemons, grenache, and limestone with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, charming, medium-length white chocolate, sweet Greek yogurt, candied rose petal, and hibiscus-pear tisane finish. A very wine-like rose cider that offers a nice alternative to a demi-sec sparkling rose wine.
Avid Cider Co. Blackberry Cider
87 points
Black violet color. Grainy aromas of berry Kix cereal, blueberry handpie, and malted milk with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length blackberry coulis, turkish delight, walnut skins, and heirloom apple finish. All-natural forest-berry flavors tantalize the senses.
Sidewood Apple Cider
87 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted apple pastry, cinnamon-vanilla buttercream, wisteria, and balsa with a slightly chewy, lively, fizzy, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy lime zest, sour pear candies, lemon slices, and jicama finish. A zesty, sparkly cider that will appeal to Chardonnay lovers.
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
85 points
Old gold color. Fruity aromas of apple liqueur, honey nut cereal, mixed fruits in Jell-O, and caramel with a round, crisp, fizzy, sweet medium body and an effortless, carefree peaches in honey, captain crunch cereal, and lime glaze finish. A richly fruity cider that hits the senses with a swift kick.
Avid Cider Co. Dry Organic Apple Cider
85 points
Golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of green apple gum, ripe stone fruits, candied ginger, cinnamon, melon agua fresca, clove, licorice-mint, and sweet pea blossom with a satiny, soft, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy cashews and sliced grapefruit finish. A fragrant and light cider that’s effortlessly drinkable.
Kaneb Orchards Raquette River Cider
85 points
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of dusty beeswax candle, cantaloupe, banana chips, and pastry dough with a round, crisp, fizzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy pineapple husk, yogurt, green plantain, crushed pine nuts, and apple seeds finish. A dry and chewy cider for the table and beyond.
La Chouette Cidre Original
85 points
Copper color. Aromas of cinnamon applesauce, dough, molasses, and clove with a slightly chewy, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium poached pears, apricot, and rum-raisin finish. A refreshing and mild-tempered cider for the table.
Magnotta Craft Ciders Peach Flavored Cider
85 points
Pale golden amber color. Fruity aromas of peach candies, apple handpie, and white strawberry with a crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length dried pineapple and pears in honey finish. A peachy little number with nice structure and balance that will be a hit with moscato drinkers.
Ramborn Medium Dry Cider
85 points
Old gold color. Sweet aromas of honeycrisp apples, honeysuckle, buttery pastry dough, and floral frog with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk beeswax finish. A fun and lighthearted cider with a snappy finish
Woodchuck Cidery Bubbly Pearsecco Cider
85 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of baked apples, mixed nut confection, silky nougat, white peach, and poached pear with a supple, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a sleek, breezy lemon-lime soda and sweet plantain finish. A lightly sweet, mild cider for brunch.
Woodchuck Cidery Tank Series Cucumber Mint Cider
85 points
Golden yellow color. Spicy aromas of wintergreen, lavender, apple granita, and ginger ale with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and an appealing, snappy winter melon, London dry gin, cucumber, and anise finish. The gin and tonic of cider; distinctively spicy and herbal.
Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider
84 points
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas of tropical bubblegum, honey-nut cereal, and watermelon hard candies with a round, vibrant, fizzy, off-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length pickled strawberry, asian pear, lychee, cereal milk, and buttered nuts finish. A fruit-packed rose crusher for your summer sweet tooth.
Citizen Cider Unified Press Traditional Semi-Dry Cider
84 points
Light emerald straw color. Aromas of almond nougat, fallen peach, dried dates, and breakfast cereal with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity light body and a polished, fleeting lemon-lime soda and white grape finish. A curious cider to serve ice cold.
Citizen Cider The Dirty Mayor Ginger Infused Cider
84 points
Pale straw green color. Aromas of smoked meats, pickled ginger, sand, and rosemary and olives with an crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length roasted turnips and hot peppers finish. A curiously spicy ginger cider.
Magnotta Craft Ciders Raspberry Flavored Cider
84 points
Pale dark copper color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry jam, cotton candy, and petrol with a slightly chewy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length white pepper, raspberry coulis, and baby aspirin finish. A crisp and fruity cider for daytime sipping.
Northern Natural Blueberry-Apple Hard Cider
84 points
Gold color. Interesting aromas of candied carrots, cranberry, leather, dried figs, citronella, and roasted nuts with a lively, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, short-to-medium honey on pomegranate fruit leather and algae finish. A vinous and austere cider that will be great for pairing.
Wyder’s Cider Company Pearsecco Cider
84 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of poached pear, fresh croissant, pot de creme, and pumpkin loaf with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length pineapples in coconut cream and almond windmill cookies finish. A solid, slightly creamy cider for anytime sipping.
Angry Orchard Super Natural Cider
81 points
Straw green color. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, new sneakers, and mango pits with a lightly tannic, racy, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an engaging, medium-long wild lemon and grapefruit pith finish. A bone dry, adventurous cider for kombucha lovers.
Avid Cider Co. Apricot Cider
81 points
Light gold color. Aromas of orange creamsicle, apple juice, melons in cream, banana nectar, and newsprint with a satiny, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a breezy yogurt with apple cereal finish. A sweet, subtle apple-y refresher.
Magnotta Craft Ciders Apple Flavored Cider
81 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas of pinot grigio, pear slices, nougat, and brown rice with a satiny, soft, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, fast fondant and diced apples in powdered sugar finish. Pear notes shine in this cider that is sure to attract sweet-tooths.
Topa Brut Artisanal Cidre
81 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of frosted cereal, raisins in a cardboard box, silky nougat, evaporated milk, and apple seed with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk apple soufflé finish. Attractive tannins make this a solid choice for a rustic dinner.
Angry Orchard Strawman Farmhouse Hard Cider
80 points
Hazy bronze color. Aromas of green apple candy, butterscotch, permanent marker, root beer, acetone, warm rubber, and fruit punch Sno-cone with a slightly chewy, prickly, spritzy, bitter medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish. A rustic cider with issues.
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