In the second I am constantly disappointed. I like high-alcohol beer, and I love bourbon, and I love sweet, malty beers, but every bourbon beer I’ve had either has no bourbon flavor or is harsh. Like Maker’s 46 harsh.
But the first I constantly dance around. I have had a lot of good ciders, and hard cider isn’t a new concept. Much like Reinheitsgebot beers, there are centuries of tradition and practice to build upon. Strongbow is delicious, Smith & Forge is rather enjoyable, and there are plenty of other good ciders out there.
But for someone reason, I never find the one that is perfect. If I enjoy the taste immensely, there is something odd about its production. If the taste is good but not perfect, the production is usually very respectable.
When I saw that the winery right outside of town (that I didn’t know about) made a hard cider, and I could buy it at the grocery store, and the winery is completely off-grid, and I needed to do a beer review because this is a beer blog in part, I knew I needed to try it.
And I crossed my fingers that the tradition of regional wineries having…a little bit off wine…
Crimson Sunset Winery Jacked Cider house
Appearance: It’s got color, but it seems lighter than your traditional cider. Like, it isn’t anemic looking, but it isn’t as bright or dark as other ciders.
Scent: Apple cider and that scent of unfiltered cider. I know unfiltered is all the rage right now but I…am not on board.
Taste: It is a nice taste of a hard cider sweetened with honey that is muddled by being unfiltered. I get it, unfiltered proves it’s all natural, but I am just not digging it. I really wanted to love this cider – because I love this area more and more – but I am just not digging it.
Quality: Going out-of-order because I want to make sure everyone understands that this is quality stuff. It tastes natural, it has a good mix of sweet and dry, and for some it may be exactly what you are looking for…
Drinkability: …but I’m having a hard time finishing even the glass I poured. Filtering isn’t evil and it doesn’t distract from being natural. Filtering isn’t the enemy, and being unfiltered took what would be a brilliant cider and made it just undrinkable for me. Maybe I’m not in the mood, maybe my palette isn’t refined enough for unfiltered, maybe I’m just horrible, but I can’t enjoy it. Maybe tomorrow.
Overall: I’m going to give it a B-. I want to like it, and it is quality, but I just don’t like it. At all.
I may revise tomorrow but right now, I’m calling it like I taste it. It’s just not enjoyable. Quality, yet, but in the same way that organic quinoa is quality but no one really enjoys it.
To seeking the ever unfindable!