Reviews

Apple Outlaw Hoppin’ Holdup

Apple Outlaw Hoppin' Holdup

We begin with a clear golden liquid sporting only a scant evidence of effervescence. The nose is as advertised. First a liftoff of bright floral hops, coupled with citrus aroma and backed up by more subtle bright apple. There’s no dirt, funk or yard in the nose. The hoppiness is even more expressive in the… Read more »

Angry Orchard’s The Old Fashioned

Angry Orchard's The Old Fashioned

Angry Orchard’s newest product is called “The Old Fashioned”. For those of you who are not cocktail drinkers, the “Old Fashioned” is a classic cocktail that in its purest and best form is created with water, sugar, bitters and whiskey. Quite commonly, you will find bartenders produce this cocktail with the addition of muddled orange… Read more »

Big B’s One Night Fruit Stand Farmhouse Cider

Big B's One Night Fruit Stand Farmhouse Cider

The rich amber color of this apricot, cherry, apple cider is beautiful. Clear and bubble the dark robe on this unique Colorado cider is inviting. The nose is more apple (ripe apple) than anything else. Apricot aromas swell up from time to time but are still dominated by the ripe apple notes. It’s says it… Read more »

Big B’s Orchard Original Hard Cider

Big B's Orchard Original Hard Cider

Built on Winesap apples grown organically in Colorado North Fork Valley, the Orchard Original from Big B’s appears beautifully orange-verging-on-gold in the glass with a significant amount of bubbles quickly rising. The nose is down right decadent with its sweet apply reductive notes and caramel aromas. Something floral and spicy jumps off the nose too…. Read more »

Big B’s Harvest Apple Hard Cider

Big B's Harvest Apple Hard Cider

Harvest Apple from Colorado’s Big B’s is a clear, muted orange pour with moderate effervescence that produces a consistent rise of medium bubbles long after the foam recedes from view. The sweet culinary apples from which this cider is produced are on display in the aroma that sports a big, forward burst of sweet, ripe… Read more »

Big B’s Pear Supply American Farmstead Cider

Big B's Pear Supply American Farmstead Cider

Produced from organic pears and apples grown in the North Fork Valley of Colorado, the amusingly named “Pear Supply” begins with a clear, light gold color that shows off a good number of bubbles. The aromatics are reluctant, with hints of pear, sweet herbs, dry apple and grape juice each taking their turn. This is… Read more »

Big B’s Grizzly Brand Barrel Aged Hard Cider

Big B's Grizzly Brand Barrel Aged Hard Cider

Big B’s “Grizzly Brand” is a barrel aged cider that has been bottled conditioned. The apples hail from the Delicious Orchard in Colorado’s North Fork Valley, a region that is deeply committed to organic farming. This particular cider has a lovely light gold coloring, moderate bubbling and is brilliantly clear. As we’ve noticed with other… Read more »

Big B’s Somerset Hard Cider

Big B's Somerset Hard Cider

Clearly a riff on Somerset cider from England’s West Country region, the Big B’s Somerset is produced with Winesap apples and given a wild yeast fermentation. The drink is rich in its golden hue, clear and, once settled in the glass, completely without bubbles. The nose isn’t as effusive as one might expect as it… Read more »

Big B’s Chester Hoppearcot Hard Cider

Big B's Chester Hoppearcot Hard Cider

It’s not quite the kitchen sink, but the Chester Hoppearcot does toss a lot into this cider including apples, pears, apricots and Cascade Hops. All are grown in Colorado. The cider has an interesting and unusual color best described as a golden copper. Some foaming upon pouring but no evidence after it settles. First, the… Read more »

2014 Quebrada Del Chucao Sidra Espumante

2014 Quebrada Del Chucao Sidra Espumante

My first Chilean cider looks a great deal like Champagne with its muted gold coloring and brilliantly clear appearance. Pouring with a sparkle that calms considerably after left in the glass for a time. The nose is rustic and country and expressive. Not barnyardy, but it does possess a very intriguing dankyness. The apple aromas… Read more »