April 2019 - World Cider Championships

April 2019 - World Cider Championships
This month's Beer feature is World Cider Championships

World Cider Championships Reviews

E.Z. Orchards Roman Beauty Semi Dry Cider
94 points
Gold color. Attractive aromas of leather patina, warm earth, foraged mushrooms, lime spritzed jicama, and grilled corn with a round, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, very long peach preserves, bruleed lemon, butter, and sesame candy finish. French cider lovers may fall in love with this balanced new world heritage cider with great balance, texture, and endless finish.
Northern Natural Northern Star
94 points
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Aromas of candied pineapple, tropical fruit custard, ripe cantaloupe, flint, and white strawberry with a velvety, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long celery, lemon spritz, biscuit, and honey finish. A vinous dry cider with great structure and endless gullibility; drink this.
Wards Cider Pickers Hut Winter Spice Cider
93 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel drizzled peach, spiced orange tea, grapefruit zest, chai latte, carrot cake, and nutmeg with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an involved, medium-long finish with touches of clove finish. A complex spiced cider with a lingering finish; a lovely, harmonious example.
Angry Orchard Iceman Hard Cider
92 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of earth, cognac, nutskins, carnation, chess pie, and bruleed apple with a velvety, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of grilled citrus and straw finish. Though shy on the nose, this distinctive cider has excellent food affinity.
Angry Orchard The Muse Sparkling Hard Cider
92 points
Light gold color. Aromas of apple soda, vanilla creme, and petrol with a round, crisp, effervescent, sweet medium body and an interesting, medium-length toast with apricot preserves and flamed orange finish. A toasty-sweet cider with tons of nuance and effortless drinkability; drink this.
Angry Orchard The Old Fashioned Hard Cider
92 points
White gold color. Aromas of caramel, lemon-lime, orange Creamsicle, and lavender with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long hint of roasted nuts, vanilla, pineapple sundae, and butter finish. A creamy, balanced mashup of flavors combine in this super drinkable cider.
Brick River Cider Co. Sweet Lous Fruited Cider
92 points
Salmon pink color. Aromas of potpourri, rosehip jam, lemon oil, and lavender with an vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, medium-long pear, elderflower, and basil finish. A floral bouquet of a cider with lots a spicy nuance.
E.Z. Orchards Hawk Haus Semi Dry Cider
91 points
Light gold color. Inviting aromas of ripe pineapple, butter-sauteed apples, pine, and demiglace with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long minerals and ripe apricot finish. A very table-friendly heritage cider that will elevate any meal.
Wards Cider Ginger Cider
91 points
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied ginger, Chinese 5 spice, and vanilla fondant with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a long finish that shows notes of thyme and lime peel finish. A pure spiced cider with and all natural appeal.
Angry Orchard Knotty Pear Cider
90 points
Pale light gold color. Aromas of eucalyptus, sage, cardamom, grilled pear, and blueberry with a velvety, bright, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length pear tart, crystalized ginger, and banana finish. A sweet and spicy fruit cider with a ginger kick.
E.Z. Orchards Semi Dry Cidre
90 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Attractive aromas of spiced apple, ripe cheese, honey cake, zucchini bread, and dandelion with an effervescent, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long licorice, bitter persimmon, lemon peel, and ground mustard finish. A grippy French Cider with divine aromas and a balancing bitterness that will play very well at the table.
Northern Natural Lavender Apple Hard Cider
90 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Grassy aromas of tart lime candies, fresh basil, marijuana, fresh cut grass, and mango with a soft, vibrant, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long jicama finish. A crisp and clean herbal cider.
Wards Cider Dry Hopped Cider
90 points
Bright light gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of spiced peach, sunflower, chrysanthemum, and passionfruit with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light body and a polished, appealing, medium-length finish with impressions of sharp apple and pineapple relish finish. A vibrant and tropical dry-hopped cider with piles of alluring aromatics; and herb cooler of a cider.
Wards Cider Cherry Cider
90 points
pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of coconut confection, toasted almond, and candied cherry with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of strawberry soda finish. A fruity and nutty cider that’s easy to love.
Angry Orchard Pear Hard Cider
89 points
Pale light gold color. Aromas of sweet plantain, apple relish, animal cracker, and apricot with a satiny, bright, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-length spiced orange tea, pineapple confection, and coconut finish. A fun and fruity summertime crusher to enjoy al fresco.
Woodchuck Cidery Bubbly Pearsecco Cider
89 points
Golden yellow color. Attractive aromas and flavors of banana creme, fruit salad, toasted coconut, and light caramel with a round, dryish light body and a smooth, easy finish that exhibits touches of Bartlett pear, gooseberry, and hint of floral honey finish. A rock solid cider with pure fruit flavors; try as an aperitif.
Angry Orchard Green Apple Hard Cider
88 points
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apple candies and pineapple coulis with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, easy finish imparting notes of orange slushie and lemon drop finish. A sweet and friendly cider with pure fruit flavors.
Woodchuck Cidery Bubbly Rosé Cider
88 points
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of underripe watermelon, artisan cola, and tomarillo with a silky, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing elements of ripe nectarine finish. A off-dry, fruity rose cider with a savory side.
Lonetree Cider Co. Ginger & Apple Dry Cider
87 points
Light emerald straw color. Aromas of fresh ginger and cereal in milk with a satiny, lively, spritzy, moderately sweet light body and a peppery, medium-length powdered ginger, sliced apple, and tea finish. A lighthearted ginger cider with a summertime vibe.
Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Hard Cider
87 points
Bright dusty pink color. Aromas of strawberry Pixi Styx candies with a satiny, bright, cloying light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length raspberry warheads candy and cherry Jell-O mix finish. A whoppingly fruity cider for sweet-tooths.
Wards Cider Pickers Hut Premium Cider
87 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of cantaloupe, honeydew, Asian pear, and banana flower with a silky, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length melon rind finish. A interesting, nuanced modern cider with just a hint of sweetness and contemporary style.
Wyder’s Cider Company Pear Hard Cider
87 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied lemon peel, apricot, mangosteen, fruit cup, and thompson seedless with a glycerous, bright, spritzy, fruity light body and a breezy finish. A fruity, refreshing cider that will be a great spring-time treat.
Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider
86 points
Bright pink coral color. Inviting aromas and flavors of hibiscus, blackberry jelly, concord grape, and struck match with a velvety, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish revealing notes of fresh apples and rosehips finish. A fun and fruity rose cider with wide appeal.
Magners Original Irish Hard Cider
86 points
Pale topaz orange color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, white stilton with apricots, water cracker, and muskmelon with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish displaying accents of saffron, pepper, and honey finish. A delicately flavored, approachable English Cider.
Woodchuck Cidery Amber Hard Cider
86 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple, pear butter, beeswax, and bay with a satiny, bright, effervescent, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk finish. A friendly cider for easy refreshment.
Wyder’s Cider Company Prickly Pineapple Hard Cider
86 points
Gold color. Aromas of pineapple coulis, apple-flavored butter toffee, and Thai basil with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length pineapple gummies finish. Pineapple by the pile shines in this fruity cider.
Angry Orchard Easy Apple Cider
85 points
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of butter poached pear, dried pineapple, vanilla taffy, and green plantain with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish that exhibits notes of sweet corn and caramel finish. A fruity, chardonnay-like cider with a buttery charm.
Lonetree Cider Co. Authentic Dry Cider
85 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of honeycomb, carnation, pineapple relish, and terra cotta with a lean, soft, dryish light body and a sleek, short soda water finish. A zesty, crushable modern cider; crack one open on a hot day.
Rekorderlig Pear Cider
85 points
Light emerald straw color. Fruity, herbal aromas of peach jelly, fresh mint, steamed rice, pear butter, and lavender with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, very sweet light-to-medium body and a medium-long honey-nut cereal, orange flesh, animal cracker in creme, and tea cakes finish. A very sweet, full bodied fruit cider.
Two K Farms Sangria Specialty Cider
85 points
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of ginger tea and orange marmalade with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-length apple-ginger relish, banana jawbreaker candy, and rice finish. A gingery cider in a friendly, sweet style; pair with southeast Asian cuisine.
Wards Cider Hard Cider
85 points
Straw green color. Aromas of apple candies and watermelon jolly rancher with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a crisp lime sprtized pineapple, cheerios, and hint of cinnamon finish. A fresh and fruity cider that hits the spot.
Woodchuck Cidery Granny Smith Hard Cider
85 points
Light gold color. Floral aromas and flavors of granny smith, apple blossom, and white cranberry with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light body and a carefree finish. A crisp and refreshing cider with a delicate floral quality.
Brick River Cider Co. Homestead Semi-Sweet Unfiltered Cider
84 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of cooked lime and agave nectar with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of sweet and sour mix finish. A margarita-like cider for summertime fun.
Lonetree Cider Co. Peach & Apple Dry Cider
84 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of golden apple, ripe pineapple and papaya, peaches and cream oatmeal, and resin with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, medium-length honey Smacks cereal finish. A golden, ripe fruit cider with cereal-like flavors.
Rekorderlig Hard Apple Cider
84 points
Silvery straw color. Grainy aromas of peach and apple candies, cream of wheat, apple pie, and honey with a supple, bright, fizzy, light body and a smooth, medium-long honey-nut cereal, toffee, and marzipan finish. A sweet, pie-like cider with a creamy mouthfeel.
Wards Cider Sangria Cider
84 points
Gold color. Aromas of concord grape jelly, hibiscus flowers in syrup, hay, and cold butter with a satiny, prickly, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length graphite finish. A rustic fruit cider to pair with homestyle meals; lambrusco lovers need apply.
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
83 points
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of waxed apples, watermelon candy, and oatmeal with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, amusing, relaxed finish displaying notes of apple jacks and corn muffin finish. A smooth and mellow cider with robust body; easy-drinking.
Brick River Cider Co. Firehouse Rosé Cider
83 points
Silvery salmon color. Aromas of steamed brown rice, hibiscus, and coconut sago with a silky, vibrant, petillant, dry light body and a quick coconut-lime rice finish. A grainy, zesty rose cider for hot day refreshment.
Two K Farms Arthur English Cider
83 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of papaya Danish and pineapple husk with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, bone-dry light body and an interesting, medium-length orange pith, bitter almond, and underripe apple finish. The fino sherry of English cider; bone dry, mineral-forward, with just a hint of nuttiness.
Woodchuck Cidery 802 Collection: Lil Dry Cider
83 points
Light gold color. Aromas of peach jam on crumpet with a crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy melon rind, and apple jelly finish. A dry, food-friendly cider for the table.
Northern Natural Traditional Hard Cider
82 points
Minutely hazy silvery straw color. Aromas of honeydew vinaigrette and kiwi relish with a silky, lively, bone-dry light body and a silky, amusing, breezy pear finish. A dry, quenching cider best served with cheeses.
Woodchuck Cidery Tank Series Belgian White Cider
81 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of orange juice concentrate, clove spiced apples, preserved lime, and orange drink with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a relaxed finish with accents of apple fritters finish. A rough-riding citrusy cider that might make for a solid stand in for a mimosa.
Two K Farms Benjamin Cider
80 points
Silvery straw color. Unusual aromas of apple cider vinaigrette, melon, sea salt, and dill and pickling spices with a supple, prickly, spritzy, sweet-and-sour light body and a warming, swift marinated spiced apple and pickled pineapple finish. A shrub-like cider that could be an interesting cocktail component; a gose for cider lovers.
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