<This is a review of a sample can provided to Cider Says by Snow Capped. Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received this for free. The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review que, considering it is a new release and the info may be helpful for folks deciding to purchase it. I love free stuff, especially cider! Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here? Contact me.>
Cider: Sour Cherry
Cidery: Snow Capped
Cidery Location: Austin CO
How Supplied: 12oz cans (and kegs)
Style: American craft canned cider from granny smith apples & Colorado Montmorency sour cherries
Cider Description: Sour cherry shines through this apple – cherry blend, powerful flavor that hangs on the dry side of semi sweet. Natural blush color, medium structure, tart finish.
Cidery Description: We craft our ciders using stone fruit, heritage and cider specific apples grown in our 6,130 ft. elevation Colorado orchards. At the core of our ciders is a long history in fruit growing. For over a century and five generations our family has respected and developed the land entrusted to us. Today we are one of the largest apple producers in Colorado Growing fruit is both a passion and a privilege. Through generations we have succeeded in a high elevation environment, this is one of the most labor intensive, riskiest and extreme environments to grow apples, with fewer successful outcomes.
Price: ~ $10.49 / four cans
Where Bought: N/A
Where Drank: home
How Found: it showed up
First Impression: Medium pink-red hue. Very low carbonation. Smells mild and fruity.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness. Moderate to high acidity. No bitterness or tannins. Notes of granny smith apple, non-specific cherry/berry, and a hint of lemon. Moderate length finish with a hint of sourness. Low apple flavor. High sessionability. Moderate cherry/berry flavor and overall flavor intensity.
My Opinion: I wasn’t as into this one due to the hint of sourness, which I appear to be especially sensitive to. Sourness is characteristic of farmhouse-style or Spanish cider, and is separate from tartness. Most folks probably wouldn’t even notice it in this cider though as it was quite mild.
Most Similar to: many of the semi-dry cherry ciders I’ve had (see here)
Closing Notes: Next up I have their Plum Lemongrass, Jalapearno, and 6130′ Dry varieties.
Have you tried Snow Capped Cider? What did you think?