Cider Review: Bite Hard by Boonville Cider House

17 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bite Hard Apple Cider is the cider Smith & Forge secretly wants to be but falls short of. Dry, crisp, quite tart, and clean, Bite Hard packs a bitter bite that reminds me a bit of a milder version of Wickson by Wandering Aengus, with a bitterness that more closely resembles a hard, [...]

Cider Review: Smith & Forge Hard Cider

11 March, 2014 | 12 Comments

I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one: Smith & Forge Hard Cider is one of the worst ciders I’ve ever tried. I discovered it in the usual way–looking for new ciders at my local liquor stores–and made the mistake of buying this just because it was new and next [...]

Hard Cider Review: Wickson by Wandering Aengus

23 January, 2014 | 2 Comments

Wickson by Wandering Aengus Ciderworks is one potent cider. No, it doesn’t have the pleasant tannin of bittersweet or bittersharp cider apples, but it does have a unique wild apple character–powerfully acidic and crabby–that I’ve only encountered once before in JK [...]

Hard Cider Review: Anthem Traditional

15 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

While the general tale of the Anthem cider line by Wandering Aengus Ciderworks has already been told in the Anthem Hops Review, Anthem Traditional is worth mentioning as well. As I understand it, Anthem Traditional is the base product that all the Anthem ciders start out as before other ingredients [...]

Hard Cider Review: Anthem Hops

29 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

I obtained a bottle of Anthem Hops from a friend of mine, Joe, who lives in California, which unsurprisingly has better availability of Pacific Northwest ciders than I have here in Colorado. Perhaps that dynamic will change someday (FYI, if you’re a CO distributor reading and reading this, [...]

Calvados Review: Daron Calvados

24 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hello again, and apologies for the delay since last time. But, you see, I’ve been busy plotting. Plotting the planting of a small cider apple orchard, that is. More on that later. For now, though, let’s venture into an arena that I have little experience in (apologies in [...]

Hard Cider Review: Raspberry Hard Cider by Blue Mountain Cider Company

6 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

A quick perusal of the label reveals that this is a hard cider with ‘a splash of raspberry to awaken your taste buds’. That sounded good to me…then when I opened it, it poured a deep purple, almost black, and delivered a powerful raspberry punch with tart acidity from both apple [...]

Hard Cider Review: Ross-On-Wye Medium Dry Still Cider

26 November, 2013 | 2 Comments

Ross-On-Wye is the first of the traditional English farmhouse ciders that I’ve reviewed–it contrasts on several dimensions with standard commercial ciders. Phenolic and slightly funky, semi-dry, astringent, and uncarbonated (still), it has a depth of character that I have not [...]

Hard Cider Review: JK Scrumpy’s Winterruption

18 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

JK Scrumpy’s Winterruption is a spiced, unfiltered hard cider of the common 6.9% abv strength–any higher and the tax rate on the cidermaker increases, hence why so many ciders sit right below the 7% boundary. As its namesake indicates, it’s definitely a beverage for winter [...]

Hard Cider Review: Atropa French Cider by Blossomwood Cidery

12 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

Atropa is a French hard cider made by Blossomwood Cidery in Cedaredge, Colorado. It is quite sweet as a result of a traditional keeving process: essentially a stuck fermentation achieved on purpose to preserve some residual sugars…in this case, a lot of residual sugar. It reminds me a bit of [...]
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