Review of Embark Cider’s Dream Cicle, Field of Dreams. It is my first time trying anything from this cidery (or even seeing their products in person, although I heard about them online). Note that they also have another cider in the ‘Dream Cicle’ series, called The Topics, a hopped mango version, with a green can label, as described in this article.
Cider: Dream Cicle (series), Field of Dreams
Cidery: Embark Ciderworks
Cidery Location: Williamson, NY
How Supplied: four pack of 12oz cans
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples, unfiltered, with strawberries, blackberries, peaches, and milk sugar
Availability: likely limited
Cider Description: Fermented with milk sugar and blended with strawberries, blackberries, and white peaches.
Cidery Description: We focus on what makes a great hard cider: local passion, unique heritage & quality apples.
They have a tap room in Williamson NY.
Price: $13.99 / four pack
Where Bought: Cheese Plus in San Francisco CA
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing, on a cruise port stop (this shop is across the street from The Jug Shop, and both are awesome)
First Impression: Hazy pink hue. Low carbonation. Smells mild, of berry.
Tasting Notes: Dry to semi-dry. Light bodied. Low tartness and acidity. Hints of bitterness. No tannins, sourness, or funk (although it seemed to have a lot of the qualities of a sour cider without the actual sourness itself). Notes of non-specific berry (but not peach), lemon, malt, and yeast. Moderate length finish. Low apple flavor. Moderate sessionability. Low to moderate flavor intensity and complexity.
My Opinion: This cider grew on me. Overall I’d say I liked it, but just barely. Its definitely beer-inspired, super unique, and was quite difficult for me to try to describe. The only reason I bought it is because I was intrigued by the use of milk sugar (I assume lactose). I’ve heard of it being used in home cidermaking as it is a non-fermentable sugar so you don’t have to worry about cider fermentation restarting and creating “bottle bombs”. I’m wondering if the milk sugar significantly contributed to the overall flavor profile, or whether that was from something else. If the description had said it was beer-inspired I probably wouldn’t have bought it.
Most Similar to: nothing I’ve had!
Side Note: I bought about 2 cases of cider on my last cruise. Good thing we didn’t have to fly. And of those, this was the only cider I bought a multi-pack of. Most everything else I bought was either a single large format bottle, or a single 16oz can (in Victoria B.C. – probably split by the shops for convenience as we were in a downtown/tourist area). Plus I realized I wouldn’t be able to get nearly as many selections if I bought multipacks.
Closing Notes: I’d be interested in trying a more traditional cider from them.
Have you tried Embark Dream Cicle? What did you think?