Review of Citrus Freak from Gumption Cider Co. (part of Vermont Cider Co., which also includes Woodchuck). This is the second year-round offering from the series, along with the original Gumption (which I reviewed here). Gumption started in 2015 under the Woodchuck brand, but it branched out as its own brand in 2016.
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Cider: Citrus Freak
Cidery: Gumption Cider Co. (part of the Vermont Cider Co.)
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles
Style: American commercial cider from dessert apples, with citrus and Cascade hops
Availability: Year-round, wide release
Cider Description: Part prankster, part gangster, Gumption’s right-hand man is the Citrus Freak. A perfect pairing of eating apples, grapefruit, and Cascade hops, this semi-dry cider delivers an all-day enjoyable citrus experience.
Gumption Description: The Circus of Ciders. Originally launched under the Woodchuck brand in 2015, Gumption® is a bold and audacious brand which has been wildly successful with consumers. In December 2016, Gumption spun off from Woodchuck® as its own brand with line extensions including the rotational Late Show series and Citrus Freak.
Vermont Cider Co. Description: Vermont Cider Co. introduced the U.S. to the craft cider category 25 years ago. Dedicated exclusively to cider making, they are the proud producers of their namesake brand, the original American hard cider, Woodchuck, the northeast premium hard cider brand, Vermont Cider Co., the circus of ciders, Gumption, the west coast native, Wyder’s Cider, and importers of Magners Irish Cider and Blackthorn. With an unparalleled focus on quality and innovation, Vermont Cider Co. leads the category in releasing the most premium liquid and pioneering new ciders made from the finest ingredients. Under the watchful eyes of two award-winning cider makers, Vermont Cider Co. produces and distributes from Middlebury, VT, blending together the passion of their consumers, their creativity, and their heritage within the green mountains.
Price: n/a (retails for $8.99-$10.99 / six pack)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Very pale straw yellow. Nearly still. Smells mildly of sweet citrus.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry to semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low to moderate tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange, and a hint of citrus-forward hops. Moderate length finish. High sessionability. Low apple flavor. Low to moderate flavor intensity and complexity.
My Opinion: I liked the start of this cider, but after a few sips the citrus got a bit fake, almost air freshener ish, more of grapefruit extract than grapefruit juice. I was surprised the hops were almost imperceptible, but I imagine some folks will like that. I liked that they went drier on this one too.
Closing Notes: I’d love to see this go more natural tasting, then I’d be a fan, as I like the idea of it.
Have you tried Gumption Citrus Freak? What did you think?