Seattle Cider Dry

Review of Seattle Cider Company’s Dry cider.  I’ve also tried their PNW Berry, Semi-Sweet, Olympic Honey, Plum Gose, Oaked MapleHarvest Series Gravenstein Rosé, and Gose varieties.

Cider:  Dry
Cidery:  Seattle Cider Company
Cidery Location:  Seattle WA
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  four pack of 16oz cans (and kegs)
Style:  American craft sessionable canned cider made from dessert apple varieties

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Availability:  Year round, at least in AK, CA, CO, IL, MN, OR, TX, WA, and WI.  Their website includes lists of stores by state & city.

Cider Description:  One of the driest ciders on the market. The golden orange glow of this unique unfiltered cider lends way to notes of lilac, blood orange and green apple on the nose. Dry and pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine, under ripe peach and tart cherry hit the palate with no residual sweetness.

Made from Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious apples.

Cidery Description:  Seattle Cider Company is Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront.

They have a tasting room (The Woods, shared with Two Beers Brewing) in Seattle WA, which I visited last year (see here).

Price:  ~$3 for a single can (runs $11-$13 for a four pack)
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  I’ve always known about this cider, but wasn’t really into drier ciders, so put off trying it.

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First Impression:  Light straw yellow.  Low carbonation upon pouring.  Smells clean & crisp, very mild, of green apples, citrus, and yeast.

Tasting Notes:  Dry.  Moderate to high acidity.  Light bodied.  Low carbonation.  Low tartness.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of green apples, citrus, yeast, mineral, and floral.  Moderate length finish.  Low apple influence.  Moderate to high sessionability.

My Opinion:  This was a pretty standard canned dry cider from dessert apples.  I didn’t really pick up the fruity notes the description eluded to.  I prefer a bit more sweetness and flavor, so as far as their flagship ciders, I like Semi-Sweet more than Dry.  My favorite from them so far is Olympic Honey.  However, overall, Seattle Cider Company’s cider style isn’t really to my liking.

Most Similar to:  Ace Joker, and especially, Original Sin Extra Dry.  I liked the Original Sin best of the three, as I found it to be the most complex.

Closing Notes:   This isn’t really a style of cider I enjoy, but it was nice to try.

Have you tried Seattle Cider Dry?  What did you think?

4 thoughts on “Seattle Cider Dry

  1. “overall, Seattle Cider Company’s cider style isn’t really to my liking”

    That’s unfortunate. I enjoy many of their ciders. The Olympic Honey is one of my favorites. I also enjoy the New England Style, the Berry and especially their Three Pepper Cider.


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    • Craftbeermonger – Thanks for reading! I’m more into fuller flavored slightly sweeter ciders. Some of my PNW favorites are Alpenfire, Snowdrift, 2 Towns, Liberty, EZ Orchards, Whitewood, and Finnriver. I’m also a huge fan of English and French (Breton) ciders.


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