Citizen Cider Mr. & Ms. Burlington

Review of Citizen Cider’s Mr. Burlington and Ms. Burlington, two new limited release ciders from local apples, part of their ‘Origin’ series.  Mr. Burlington is a barrel aged cider with orange peel (and fennel seed and dandelion leaf).  Ms. Burlington is a gin-botanical inspired cider.  Due to the similarities and them showing up together, I thought I’d group them.  It is my first time trying these, but I’ve previously had their Wit’s Up.

<This is a review of sample cans provided to Cider Says by Citizen Cider.  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.>

Photo Dec 01, 7 21 16 PM Photo Dec 01, 7 27 26 PM

Cider:  Mr. & Ms. Burlington
Cidery:  Citizen Cider
Cidery Location:  Burlington Vermont
ABV:  6.9%
How Supplied:  6 pack of 12oz cans (and kegs)
Style:  American craft cider from Vermont grown dessert apples, where Mr. is Old Fashioned Inspired (barrel aged with orange peel) and Ms. is Gin inspired (with botanicals)

Photo Dec 01, 7 21 29 PM Photo Dec 01, 7 21 40 PM

Photo Dec 01, 7 27 37 PM Photo Dec 01, 7 28 02 PM

Availability:  limited, but in general their ciders are sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Metro Philadelphia (see their cider locator)

Mr. B Cider Description:  Since moving to Burlington, Citizen Cider has heard rumors that there may in fact be a character known on the streets as Mr. Burlington. Citizen Cider would like to shed some light on the matter once and for all. So we made a cider in the spirit of a Manhattan, a true gentleman’s drink. in hopes of luring Mr. Burlington out of the shadows and into the light.

Ms. B Cider Description:  We needed a cider that was hard-hitting, chic and full of class. So, we sat down and we drank cider, all 14 of us and we collectively agreed on a cider that embodies a true ‘cider lady’. Ms. Burlington is a collaboration of all things delightful, especially in a cocktail. A bit of bitterness, a snippet of floral notes and a whole lot of gin-style herbaceous notes make up this fantastic cider. And this year in a fancy 12oz can….

Cidery Description:  Justin Heilenbach, Bryan Holmes and Kris Nelson founded Citizen Cider in 2010 on a hunch and some good old-fashioned hard work. Kris was working as a wine salesmen, Bryan as a chemist and Justin as a small farmer. All discontent for one reason or another, they started pressing sweet cider in Kris’s barn and fermenting test batches of hard cider in Bryan’s basement. As it happens, they discovered that their ideas about hard cider translated into some pretty unique and interesting finished products.

See more about their story here.  Citizen Cider has a tasting room in Burlington Vermont.

Price:  unknown
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  it showed up

Photo Dec 01, 7 20 59 PM Photo Dec 01, 7 27 05 PM

Tasting Notes on Mr. B:  Very light straw yellow hue.  Still.  Smells herbal.  On the drier side of semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of lemon, herbs, and a hint of oak.  Moderate length finish.  Low barrel influence.  Moderate complexity and sessionability.  Low to moderate flavor intensity and apple flavor.

Tasting Notes on Ms. B:  Very light straw yellow hue.  Still.  Smells of botanicals.  Semi-dry.  Light to medium bodied.  Low to moderate tartness and acidity.  Low bitterness.  No tannins, sourness, or funk.  Notes of lemon, herbs, and botanicals (especially on the moderate length finish).  Moderate sessionability and complexity.  Low to moderate flavor intensity and apple flavor.

My Opinion:  I liked Mr. B much more than Ms. B, but neither was really to my personal tastes, with the flavors and dryness.  However, my husband was a big fan of both, especially the Ms. B (we tend to have an opposite taste in ciders).  If you like dry ish ciders from dessert apples with some unique cocktail-inspired flavors, these may be for you.

Most Similar to:  Nothing I’ve tried, as these were different than the other cocktail-inspired ciders I’ve tried, such as Angry Orchard’s Orchard Edge The Old Fashioned, Reverend Nat’s Tent Show Deliverance Gin & Tonic, Woodchuck Out on a Limb June & Juice, multiple ciders from WildCraft, and multiple from Finnriver.

Closing Notes:  These were some fun creations.

Have you tried Citizen Cider Mr. or Ms. Burlington?  What did you think?

Advertisements

Citizen Cider Wit’s Up

Review of Citizen Cider’s Wit’s Up, a “cider maker’s cider”, fermented with Belgian Wit beer yeast.  It is my first time trying any cider from this cidery.

2017-04-07 18.34.40 2017-04-07 18.35.13

2017-04-07 18.34.49 2017-04-07 18.35.22

reflective cans look cool, but don’t photograph very well…

>>This is a review of a sample provided to Cider Says by Citizen Cider.  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:  Wit’s Up
Cidery:  Citizen Cider
Cidery Location:  Burlington VT
ABV:  5.9%
How Supplied:  four pack of 16oz cans (and kegs)
Style:  dry American craft beer-style cider from VT apples (sulfite & sorbate free)

Availability:  year-round (this is one of their core ciders) in Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont (see here)

Apples:  from Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury VT

Cider Description:  There are ciders for the people, and there are ciders for the people who make the cider for the people. Wit’s Up is a classic cider maker’s cider. Drawing on the old and new traditions of cider making, it starts like an ale and finishes like the dry, sessionable craft cider that it is. It’s cider for today, it’s cider for what we believe the future of cider to be. Come, enjoy the future with us and drink Wit’s Up.

Starts like an ale and finishes like a cider: that, my friend, is Wit’s Up. This cider is fermented with a Belgian Wit yeast and malolactic cultures. No sugar is added, no sulfites are used, and it’s made with fresh sweet cider pressed at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, Vermont. Wit’s Up is clean and easy-drinking. Welcome to the future of cider

Cidery Description:  Justin Heilenbach, Bryan Holmes and Kris Nelson founded Citizen Cider in 2010 on a hunch and some good old-fashioned hard work. Kris was working as a wine salesmen, Bryan as a chemist and Justin as a small farmer. All discontent for one reason or another, they started pressing sweet cider in Kris’s barn and fermenting test batches of hard cider in Bryan’s basement. As it happens, they discovered that their ideas about hard cider translated into some pretty unique and interesting finished products.

See more about their story here.  Citizen Cider has a tasting room in Burlington Vermont.

Price:  n/a
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  the cidery contacted me

2017-04-07 18.34.28.jpg

First Impression:  Still (no carbonation).  Yellow hue.  Smells of citrus, funk, and yeast.

Tasting Notes:  Fully dry.  Light bodied.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  Low funk, bitterness, and tannins.  Hints of sourness.  Notes of yeast, grapefruit, lemon, hops?, herbal/botanical, and wood/earth.  Long warming finish, yeasty and funky.  Low to moderate apple flavor and flavor intensity.  Moderate to high sessionability.  Moderate complexity.

My Opinion:  Wow, this was really unique.  I couldn’t fully describe some of the flavor notes that this yeast brought out.  It had more complexity than I was expecting too.  I could see this appealing to beer drinkers, as well as those who like a dry sessionable cider and don’t mind a bit of funk and sourness (like those who like rustic Farmhouse-style cider and Spanish Sidra).  It is very food-friendly and great for Spring & Summer.  However, at the end of the day, I wasn’t too big of a fan (although my husband really enjoyed it).  We ended up trading as he opened a cider which wasn’t what he was expecting.

Most Similar to:  Not much.  As far as it being a truly dry sessionable canned cider, maybe Original Sin Extra Dry.  I’ve had a few other ciders fermented with beer yeast, including Grizzly Ciderworks Woodlander WitSquare Mile Original, and Crispin The Saint.

Closing Notes:  I’m glad I finally got to try a cider from Citizen cider, and look forward to sampling more, especially bRosé (with blueberries) and Mr. Burlington (with orange peel and bitters, Bourbon barrel aged).

Have you tried Citizen Cider?  What did you think?