Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall Ciders: Part 2

I thought I had them all covered when I wrote about EIGHT ciders I've tried less than a month ago.  Then, two UConn football games happened on back-to-back weekends, and Mike went out of his way to find even more.  


Well, we won't be at another home game for two months, so I thought I'd update you with the last two weekends' finds:

Angry Orchard Green Apple: Holy moly, this is my new favorite ever!  It is a bit tart, but even more than that, it tastes a bit sour.  I could drink at least a few of these!

Woodchuck Pumpkin Reserve: From the best, to the worst.  Sorry, Woodchuck, this is the worst.  It's not at all a genuine pumpkin flavor, but a fake and sweet flavor covering any resemblance of cider.  One of our friends said it best [and was so strangely accurate]: it tastes like you're drinking a Dum Dum lollipop.  

Woodchuck Crisp: Another not-so-good flavor.  To be honest, Mike and I call it the "water cider."  It really just tastes like a sweet cider with a few too many melted ice cubes in it.  Sorry, Woodchuck.

Woodchuck Pear: I would have to say that this cider is more on the dry side, which surprised me because other brands of "pear" cider have been pretty sweet.  Mike doesn't get it, but I say this cider [much like many IPAs and other beers I try] tastes like soap.  Does anyone know what I mean?? People always laugh that I know what soap tastes like, but hasn't everyone had soap in their mouth by accident in the shower or when washing their face at least once?  Alright, sorry, back to the cider.  This one is alright, but I know better Woodchuck flavors.  

Harpoon Craft Cider: My first ever cider strikes again.  They added the word "craft" before cider, but don't be fooled if you see this in the store, it still has the same great, dry taste.

Stella Artois Cidre: Nice work, Stella - I wasn't sure you could handle it, but this cider is nice and tart.  I would definitely buy it again. 

Magners Original: Magners is a great Irish cider.  It's pretty much what I'd think a European cider would taste like.  It's not as sweet as many American ciders, and has a very different apple tang.  The one weird part of this cider is the chemical after taste.  The first time we had it was on draft and we thought it was iodine from the dishwasher, but no, it's the real taste.  Don't worry, it's not overwhelming, and you know me, I always think things taste funny! 

Check out some photos from the last two weeks of football tailgating:

UConn vs. Maryland 9/14/13

UConn vs. Michigan 9/21/13


Venus Trapped in Mars


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have to try that Angry Orchard Cider. I might have said last time I'm not usually a bear drinker but I had a Pear Cider a few weeks back that I actually liked. Thanks for linking-up!!

Jen said...

Yum!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing these finds. :)

Kelly said...

Wow, I never realized how many ciders were out there! Some of these sound yummy though so i'll definitely have to try and find them.

Amanda @ Mandaloves Blog said...

Wow, that's a lot of cider! I saw the woodchuck pumpkin and was thinking of grabbing it, I'm glad I didn't :)

Anonymous said...

My mom and husband love the regular Woodchucks, that's too bad the other flavors aren't so good. I'll let them know about the Angry Orchard Green Apple, sounds like something they'd like. I wish I could drink cider, it makes me sick though! :(

Anonymous said...

p.s. love that side braid in your first photo :)

Rebekah @ Rebekah’s Ramblings said...

Thank you for this post! I love ciders and will definitely be trying the Harpoon! I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! You now have a new follower on bloglovin!

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Venus Trapped In Mars said...

Ohhhhhh look at Stella coming through on making a good cider! I will try that for sure!!

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