Review of Understood in Motion 02, Angry Orchard’s second release in the collaboration series, this time with EZ Orchards. The first was with Eden Specialty Ciders and released nearly a year ago (see my review of Understood in Motion 01 here).
>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Angry Orchard. Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free. The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue. I love free stuff, especially cider! Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here? Contact me.<<
Cider: Understood in Motion 02
Cidery: Angry Orchard & EZ Orchards
Cidery Location: Walden NY & Salem OR
How Supplied: 750ml corked & caged bottles
Style: American craft cider from bittersweet & heirloom apple varieties, wild yeast fermented, partially Cognac barrel aged, dry & still
Availability: Angry Orchard’s facility in Walden NY and at select locations in Oregon, released August 2017
Cider Description: The east meets west coast with Understood in Motion 02, a collaboration between Angry Orchard Hard Cider and E.Z. Orchards Cidre. The cider is a homage to style, tradition, and a shared respect for the integrity of the fruit. Apples used are Bittersweet Muscadet de Lense and Marie Menard from Oregon, and heirloom, acid-forward Gold Rush and Northern Spy from New York. The fruit was naturally fermented in a process that requires very little intervention but lots of careful attention.
Angry Orchard’s Ryan Burk and EZ Orchards’ Kevin Zielinski worked together on this cider over the last year. This article has more information.
Price: n/a (retails for $25)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: I read about it online.
First Impression: Still (no carbonation). Light pumpkin yellow hue. Smells mild, of citrus and must.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry to dry. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness. Moderate acidity. Low tannins. Hints of bitterness, sourness, and funk. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, straw, cork, honey, must, and wood. Moderate length warming finish, which is when a slight Congac flavor shines through. Low apple flavor. Moderate to high complexity. Low to moderate sessionability. Low to moderate flavor intensity. Low barrel influence. Low to moderate spirit influence.
My Opinion: I liked it, but didn’t love it. I was hoping for more bittersweet apple flavor. Although this definitely wasn’t a fully heirloom apple cider (as the acidity was muted), the bittersweets didn’t get to shine through, as it was lacking their richness. The flavor notes I got from this were really interesting and unique.
Suggestions: I liked this cider best in between fridge and room temperature, as the complexity increased as it warmed up. I think it would taste good with something creamy, like cheese or a cream-based soup.
Closing Notes: I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to try these special releases not available locally – I’m spoiled with these samples!
Have you tried any of the Angry Orchard special releases? What did you think?