Red Tank Roughneck

Review of Red Tank’s Roughneck.  Its my second time trying it (I previously tried it on draft; see here), and I’ve also tried their Happy Cider, Yukon Cornelius, Sour CherryTropical, and Pear Bear.

Cider:  Roughneck
Cidery:  Red Tank
Cidery Location:  Bend Oregon
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  four pack of 16oz cans (and draft)
Style:  American craft cider from dessert apples

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Availability:  Year round in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Northern California

Cider Description:  A powerfully complex cider blending all elements into each storied sip. Hints of yeast, earthy sour notes and an almost dry profile keep you wanting more.Our Roughneck Cider is for the hard working people of the NW who know that you can’t have the “sweet” without the “dry”. This is serious cider for a good time.

Cidery Description:  Born from years of industry experience, Red Tank Cider creates real North West hard cider. We make cider because we have a serious, uncontrollable passion for it. We won’t stop. It’s not supposed to be easy. That’s why it tastes so good. We practice sustainable techniques in our cider house. We use only apples, yeast and natural sulfites to make our cider. We do not put in any chemical additives and present our craft in its natural form.

They have a tasting room in Bend Oregon.

Price:  ~$2.50 / single can
Where Bought:  Special Brews in Lynnwood WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.

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First Impression:  Medium straw yellow hue.  Nearly still (very low carbonation).  Smells like acidic apple juice.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Moderate tartness.  High acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of apple juice, green apple, and a hint of floral.  Moderate length finish.  Moderate apple flavor.  High sessionability.  Low to moderate flavor intensity.  Low complexity.

My Opinion:  This is a typical flagship apple-forward semi-dry cider.  I thought it was rather average.

Most Similar to:  2 Towns Bright Cider, Seattle Cider Semi-Sweet, Rambling Route Yakima Cider, Portland Cider Kinda Dry, and Zeffer Crisp Apple.

Closing Notes:   I think I prefer their Happy Cider; it seemed more flavorful and complex (also, slightly sweeter).

Have you tried Red Tank Roughneck?  What did you think?

Schilling Cider House Visit 20 Tasting Notes

Tasting notes from my 20th visit to the Schilling Cider House in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle WA.  Check out my past posts with tasting notes here.

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<can’t beat 32 cider taps!>

I was there on Labor Day for a random visit, since I had the day off work.  I started with a flight.

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<left to right: Steelhead Peargatory (Vanilla Pear), Greenwood Lavender Blackberry, Red Tank Tropical, Red Tank Pear Bear, Seattle Cider Gin Botanical, and Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge>

Steelhead (Manson WA) Peargatory (Vanilla Pear), 5.5%:  This is from a brand new cidery, and available in bottles as well.  Semi-sweet.  Medium bodied.  Pear-forward, with green apple, pineapple, and mineral notes.  I didn’t notice the vanilla, but I didn’t know about it until I looked it up later either.  Low to moderate tartness.  Moderate acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins.  High sessionability.  High pear flavor.  Low complexity.  Moderate flavor intensity.  Pretty good (I definitely preferred it over Red Tank’s as it was more flavorful).

Greenwood (Seattle WA) Lavender Blackberry, 7.4%:  This is a draft-only release.  Semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  Low bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of lavender, blackberry, and a weird herbalness.  Low flavor intensity.  Low complexity.  Moderate sessionability.  No apple flavor.  I didn’t care for this one.

Red Tank (Bend OR) Tropical, 5.8%:  This appears to be a draft-only release.  Semi-dry.  Medium bodied.  Low to moderate tartness.  Moderate acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of pineapple and green apple.  Low flavor intensity.  Low complexity.  Low apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability.  I thought this was ok, but needed more flavor.

Red Tank (Bend OR) Pear Bear, 5.8%:  This appears to be a draft-only release.  Semi-dry.  Medium bodied.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Pear and pineapple notes.  Long boozy finish.  High sessionability.  Low to moderate pear flavor.  Moderate flavor intensity.  Low complexity.  The flavor was a bit weird on this one.

Seattle Cider (Seattle WA) Gin Botanical, 6.5%:  This seasonal release is also available in bottles.  Semi-dry.  Medium bodied.  Light herbal flavor from the gin botanicals.  Low to moderate tartness and acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Low flavor intensity.  Moderate complexity.  Low apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability.  Not bad; I can see why its popular.

Christian Drouin (Rouen Normandy France) Pays d’Auge, 4.5%:  This is also available in bottles, made from cider apples, and wild yeast fermented.  Smells rich and a bit funky.  Semi-dry to semi-sweet.  Light to medium bodied, frothy and foamy.  Low tartness and acidity.  Low sourness, funk, tannins, and bitterness.  Notes of bittersweet apples, brown sugar, and orange.  Moderate to high apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability, flavor intensity, and complexity.  Great!  I was expecting more sourness and funk, but it was quite tolerable.

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Reverend Nat’s Revival Dry:  Although this shares the name with their popular sweeter Revival variety, its quite different…2/3 English & French bittersweet and 1/3 American heirloom varieties, partial wild fermentation, multiple yeast strains, and no piloncillo.  Only in 750ml bottles.  A friend shared some with me.  Smells fruity.  Dry.  Light bodied.  Mild sharp tropical flavor.  Mild sourness, tannins, and funk.  Moderate tartness, acidity, and bitterness.  Low apple flavor.  Low sessionability.  Moderate complexity.  Moderate flavor intensity.  I prefer the regular version.  This would probably appeal well to wine lovers.

The Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge was my favorite, which isn’t a surprise as it is the only one made from cider apple varieties.

Stay tuned for more Schilling Cider House tasting notes here at Cider Says!  Have you had any good draft cider / cider flights recently?

Schilling Cider House Visit 15 Tasting Notes

Tasting notes from my fifteenth visit to the Schilling Cider House in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle WA.  Check out my past posts with tasting notes here.  I was there on a Tuesday evening for a tasting event with Longdrop Cider (from the Boise Idaho area).

I started with a flight before the event, then sampled four Longdrop ciders (2 on tap, 1 bottled, and 1 canned) and a bit of a Canadian ice cider which Sarah opened.  There were supposed to be 4 kegs from Longdrop, but 2 didn’t make it in time.  I hadn’t previously tried any of their ciders.  Longdrop is relatively new to Washington (their ciders are sold throughout Idaho and in Seattle WA and Portland OR).  I got to meet their “head apple wrangler” (Chris Blanchard) and they had some giveaways (I got a sweet t-shirt).

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<left to right: Schilling Peach Grapefruit Habanero, Red Tank Roughneck, Whitewood Winesap, Farnum Hill Dooryard, Jester & Judge Pineapple, and Snowdrift Semi-Dry>

Schilling Peach Grapefruit Habanero, 5.0% ABV, Auburn WA:  This is a one-off keg of their Grapefruit cider infused with peach and habanero.  I’ve tried many of their ciders.  Very hazy.  Smells like grapefruit with some definite spiciness.  Semi-sweet.  Moderate tartness.  Mild acidity.  I didn’t really taste any peach, only grapefruit, and the spiciness was overwhelming for me.  Long spicy finish.  I learned that the Cider House will maintain one “spicy” tap line, and this currently replaces their Sriracha Lime.  I couldn’t do more than two tiny sips of this one; my favorites from them remain King’s Shilling and Pineapple Paradise.

Red Tank Roughneck, 6.5% ABV, Bend OR:  This is one of their flagship ciders.  I’ve tried a few of their ciders.  Semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  A hint of bitterness and sourness.  Kinda bland / low flavor intensity, but it had a bit of unfiltered apple juice flavor, yeast, and earthiness.  For unfiltered ciders, I prefer 2 Towns OutCider.

Whitewood Winesap, 6.8% ABV, Olympia WA:  A special release tap-only cider.  I’ve tried a few of their ciders.  Semi-dry. Moderate tartness and acidity.  A hint of tannins.  Slightly sharp, apple-forward, and citrus-forward.  It mellowed out a bit as it warmed up.  Medium bodied.  I found this similar to the other single varietal winesap apple ciders I’ve tried from Blue Mountain and Locust, and slightly wine-like.  My favorite from them is the Whiskey Barrel Aged Kingston Black, which is one of my all time favorite ciders (and I was only able to sample a bit twice; hopefully it is released in bottles sometime).

Farnum Hill Dooryard, 7.5% ABV, Lebanon NH:  This is one of their best selling / flagship ciders; Farnum Hill typically labels the different batches of this cider with a code, and you can look up what is in them online (they vary apple varieties and such quite a bit under the same Dooryard label), but I don’t know what batch this was.  Also available in bottles, and sold from their Poverty Lane Orchard in growlers.  I’ve previously only tried their Extra Dry cider.  Dry.  Mild tartness and acidity.  Mild to moderate bitterness.  Mild funk.  A hint of sourness as it warmed up.  Mild tannins.  Citrus, vanilla, mineral, and clove notes.  Wine-like and nuanced.  This isn’t really my cup of tea.

Jester & Judge Pineapple Express, 5.5% ABV, Stevenson WA:  This is a new tap-only release.  I’ve tried a few of their ciders.  Hazy.  Semi-sweet.  Strong fresh pineapple flavor!  Nice fizziness/frothiness.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  Light bodied.  Quick finish.  I really enjoyed this one, despite its simplicity.  I found it similar to Schilling’s Pineapple Passion / Trouble in Paradise, but with slight lime instead of slight passion fruit notes.

Snowdrift Semi-Dry, 7.1% ABV, Wenatchee WA:  This is one of their flagship ciders, and although I’ve tried most of them, I had only seen their Dry variety previously.  Available in bottles and kegs.  Dry.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  Mild bitterness.  Mild tannins.  Medium bodied.  Sharp flavor with some crabapple, apple pomace, and brown sugar notes, and slight richness.  Moderate length finish.  My favorites from them remain Red, Cornice, and Cliffbreaks Blend.

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Longdrop Tanager Pear Cider, 6.0% ABV, Eagle ID:  This is their spring seasonal release, a pear cider (apple + pear, not perry), available in 22oz bottles.  Smells like juicy pear.  Semi-dry.  Moderate tartness and acidity.  Light bodied, with a fizzy/frothy mouthfeel.  Quick finish.  Simple apple & pear flavor, but it was nice & light and easy to drink.

Longdrop Vanilla Honey, 6.0% ABV, Eagle ID:  This is one of their two most commonly found ciders.  Available in 12oz cans and draft.  Made from Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith apples, with Madagascar Vanilla beans and Idaho honey.  Smells strongly of honey.  Semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  Honeycomb flavor with a hint of vanilla.  Quick finish.  I really loved the honeycomb flavor; you can tell it was high quality honey.

Longdrop Derby Canyon, 6.9%, Eagle ID:  This is a special release for the 2016 Apple Blossom Festival, named after a landmark in Washington nearby where the apples for this cider are from.  This cider was made with 100% Wenatchee Valley apples…”it’s got a big apple taste with some complexity – probably because it’s got one of every kind of apple out there in it”.  Available in 220z bottles and kegs.  Semi-sweet to semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Apple-forward with some unfiltered apple juice flavor.

Longdrop Semi-Sweet, 5.5% ABV, Eagle ID:  This is one of their two most commonly found ciders.  Available in 12oz cans and draft.  Made from Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith apples.  Semi-sweet to semi-dry.  Light bodied.  Apple-forward with some vanilla notes and a hint of vinegar/salt?

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Pomme De Coeur ice cider, 6.9% ABV, Rougemont Canada:  This is the first Canadian ice cider I’ve tried, and the lowest ABV I’ve seen.  Its pretty widely available in boxed tall 375ml bottles.  Ice cider originated in Quebec, and is made with either apples or apple juice which has been exposed to cold cycles, which concentrates the sugar (and thus flavor), and produces a higher ABV beverage as well.  Smells like caramelized sugar.  Sweet but not as sweet as other ice ciders such as from Eden.  Medium bodied.  Very juice-like, with less complexity than other ice ciders.  It also doesn’t have the body and higher ABV of most ice ciders.  I liked the first couple sips, but after that its inferior quality was apparent.  I like the super concentrated intense flavor of other ice ciders; Eden Northern Spy (barrel aged) is my favorite so far.  Although its about $15 (vs. $30+) for 375ml, I’d rather get the good stuff.  I imagine there are much better Canadian ice ciders available than this (often the more commercial beverages are the ones which have the means to export their products), so I hope to try another in the future.

My favorite Longdrop cider was the Vanilla Honey, and my favorite cider from my flight was Jester & Judge’s Pineapple cider.

Stay tuned for more Schilling Cider House tasting notes here at Cider Says!  Have you had any good draft cider / cider flights recently?

Schilling Cider House Visit 14 Tasting Notes

Tasting notes from my fourteenth visit to the Schilling Cider House in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle WA.  Check out my past posts with tasting notes here.  I was there on a Saturday afternoon with my husband and a friend, who was here from out of state.

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I started with a flight of four ciders.

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<left to right:  2 Towns Return of the Mac, Red Tank Sour Cherry, Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot, and Schilling Cider Raspberry Smoothie>

2 Towns Return of the Mac, Corvallis OR, 8.9% ABV:  This is an unfiltered special release cider made with McIntosh apples, tap-only.  Darker slightly unfiltered hue.  Semi-sweet.  Smells and tastes very apple-forward.  Mild tartness and acidity.  A hint of bitterness.  Medium bodied.  Simple in flavor, but tasty.  This reminds me some of their Out Cider, but its sweeter and even more apple-forward.

Red Tank Sour Cherry, Bend OR, 5.4% ABV:  A seasonal tap-only release made with Montmorency cherries.  Mild cherry hue and scent.  Semi-dry.  Mild to moderate tartness and mild acidity.  There was (thankfully) no sourness, so I think this could be more accurately called Tart Cherry not Sour Cherry.  Light bodied.  True but mild cherry flavor.

Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot, Portland OR, 6.7% ABV:  This is their flagship cider, but I’m not a huge hops fan, so I hadn’t tried it.  My husband however requested I get a taster (he’s a big Rev Nat’s fan).  Semi-dry.  Very mild floral scent.  Mild tartness and medium acidity with a hint of bitterness.  Medium bodied.  Stone fruit, floral, citrus, and hops notes.  The hops remained quite mild, more floral & citrus than hops.

Schilling Cider Raspberry Smoothie, Auburn WA, 3.5% ABV:  This is a new tap-only release, and literally a smoothie.  I imagine this wouldn’t have the shelf life of a regular cider due to its high fruit content and low alcohol content.  I couldn’t taste any alcohol or apples, but it was quite tasty and refreshing on a warm day.  Semi-sweet.  Mild to moderate tartness.  Very raspberry-forward, and they definitely used the real thing.  Very full bodied.  I actually ordered a full pint of this one, although that ended up being a bit much for me (it was quite filling, although I think it was just cider and fresh raspberries).

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While I was there they tapped a new keg, Cockrell Brewing’s Edgewood Heirloom cider.  I asked for a taste.

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Cockrell Brewing Edgewood Heirloom, Puyallup WA, 6.5% ABV:  This is their first cider made exclusively with apples from their own farm.  Smells mild, of crisp apples, champagne yeast, and citrus.  Semi-dry to semi-sweet.  Light bodied.  Mild tartness and acidity.  Mildly flavored.  Apple-forward.

My favorite was surprisingly the Raspberry Smoothie (I’d be interested in some background info on that one…very unique).  I also really liked 2 Towns Return of the Mac.  The Red Tank Sour Cherry, Rev Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot, and Cockrell Edgewood were all rather average for me.

I actually didn’t buy any bottles, as I have quite a few at home at the moment.

Stay tuned for more Schilling Cider House tasting notes here at Cider Says!  Have you had any good draft cider / cider flights recently?

Schilling Cider House Visit 12 Tasting Notes

Tasting notes from my twelfth visit to the Schilling Cider House in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle WA.  Check out my past posts here.  I was there on St. Patrick’s Day, and they were having a potluck.  I also met David from Cider Expert (apparently I’m a superuser there and he wanted my feedback) and we had a spirited cider discussion for almost a couple hours.  Cider Expert is a cider rating & review website currently in Beta testing.  I think once it goes live it will be great, as the other beverage review websites like Untappd and RateBeer don’t really work well for cider (plus this one has ratings for taste properties specific to cider, and algorithms to actually suggest ciders).

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I got there after work, around 4pm, and had a flight of 6 ciders.  I was there for a few hours so I was expecting to order something else too, but they were large pours and one was high ABV, so that was it for me.  I had thought that 5/6 were new for me, but after I ordered I realized I had 2 of them before, so only 4/6 were new for me.  There were a couple other ciders on the tap list I hadn’t tried, but weren’t of interest.  I brought in some Thai food takeout; I guess I must be picky as I’m 0/3 as far as liking the local Thai food options in Fremont.  The PCC (natural grocery store with a large ready-made food section) remains my favorite takeout option nearby.

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<left to right: Carlton Cyderworks First Fruits, Moonlight Meadery How Do You Like Them Apples, Red Tank Yukon Cornelius, Grizzly Ciderworks Woodlander Wit, Anthem Rose Pinot, and Cider Riot! Burn Cider>

Carlton Cyderworks First Fruits, 6.5% ABV, McMinnville OR:  Described as an apple cider fermented with plums and mulberry juice, aged in wine barrels for 5 months, which appears to be tap only.  Light pink grapefruit hue.  Semi-dry.  Moderate acidity and mild tartness.  Light bodied.  I really liked the texture most of all with this cider; kinda frothy (note the foam in the photo). I didn’t recognize it as being barrel aged though (only read that later). It was lightly fruity and really refreshing.

Moonlight Meadery How Do You Like Them Apples (cider), 13.5% ABV, Londonderry NH:  I’ve absolutely loved everything I’ve tried from Moonlight Meadery.  I had tried this one before, and knew I wanted to include it in my flight as its a rare, and like all their ciders, tap-only.  Them Apples is described as being aged with brown sugar for 6+ months in barrels from their Last Apple cyser (which were barrels from Jim Beam whiskey).  Note that they also have a “How Do You Like Them Little Apples”, which is similar, but only 6.5% ABV (see my review here).  Semi-dry to semi-sweet.  Low acidity, low tartness, a hint of bitterness, and a hint of sourness.  Very smooth, with a well hidden ABV.  Medium bodied.  Notes of baked apple, whiskey, oak, citrus, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla.  This was different than I remembered previously…much less sweet, and with hints of bitterness and sourness.  It was very good, but I think I prefer the Little Apples version (or at least the batch of this one I tried previously).  On a side note as this was aged in Last Apple barrels, I also love that one, and have a bottle at home.

Red Tank Cider Yukon Cornelius, 6.0% ABV, Bend OR:  Described as including vanilla, cranberry, and cinnamon.  Schilling actually called it Vanilla-Cran-Cinnamon, probably as the keg was labeled that way, but with some research it looks like Yukon Cornelius is the actual name.  Light punk hue.  Strong cinnamon scent.  Semi-dry.  Mild vanilla, moderate cinnamon spice, and a hint of fruitiness but mostly tartness from the cranberry scent.  Light bodied.  Interesting combination, but it worked.

Grizzly Ciderworks Woodlander Wit, 6.9% ABV, Milton-Freewater OR:  This is the one I thought I hadn’t tried before, but I had (see here).  They modeled this cider after Belgian wit-style beer (they used that variety of beer yeast), and added orange peel and coriander.  Semi-dry.  Moderate acidity, low tartness, and low bitterness.  Medium bodied.  Mildly flavored, with notes of oak, spice, herbs, and citrus (I didn’t specifically identify orange or coriander).  I like The Ridge from them better, which has more woody earthiness without the herbal & citrus flavors of this one, although is even drier.

Anthem Rose Pinot, 6.5% ABV, Salem OR:  Described as being aged with pinot noir grapes (its unclear whether in a barrel or tank).  Bright red hue.  Semi-dry.  Moderate tartness and mild acidity.  Light bodied.  Very mild flavor which to me had a lot of cranberry notes.  I didn’t really like the flavor of this one.  I imagine wine lovers would enjoy it.

Cider Riot! Burn Cider, 6.8% ABV, Portland OR:  Described as being made with Oregon-grown English cider apples, tart wild apples, and dessert apples, and being inspired by English West Country pub draught ciders.  Dry.  Moderate bitterness, moderate acidity, low tannins, and low tartness.  Light bodied.  Hints of bittersweet cider apples, but overall it was on the mild end of the flavor spectrum, and kinda watered down tasting.  Notes of vanilla and spice as well.  I think if it had been more flavorful, slightly less bitter, and slightly more sweet, this would have been nice.

My favorite of the evening was the Moonlight Meadery cider, which I also loved the last time I had it (see my Cider Summit Seattle 2015 tasting notes here).  I also enjoyed First Fruits, even though I usually don’t go for fruity ciders.  Lately I’ve realized I enjoy ciders that best I can explain are very “textural” (Locust Winesap was another example; see my tasting notes here).  Overall though I was a bit underwhelmed by my flight, but many I tried mostly just to try them.  I wish Schilling would offer more unflavored ciders (not fruity, hopped, spiced, etc), English & French imports, etc, on tap, but I imagine the flavored stuff sells well.

On my way out I picked up another bottle of 2 Towns Pommeau, as its that awesome (see my review here), a great value, and the bottle says it ages well (up to 20 years?).  I also bought a cider I hadn’t seen in this area before from ÆppelTreow, Kinglet Bitter, which sounds like something I’ll like (made from bittersweet apples); I’ve enjoyed a couple other ciders from them (Appely Doux and Barn Swallow).

Stay tuned for more Schilling Cider House tasting notes here at Cider Says!  Have you had any good draft cider / cider flights recently?

Red Tank Happy Cider

Review of Red Tank Happy Cider.  This is currently Red Tank’s only cider available outside of kegs.  However, they have numerous varieties available on tap, and plan to have their Roughneck Cider available in cans in November.  What vibrant packaging!

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Cider:  Happy Cider
Cidery:  Red Tank
Cidery Location:  Bend OR
ABV:  5.5%
How Supplied:  16oz cans (four pack, although I bought this one individually)

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There is a lack of information on the can, although unfortunately that is quite common.  Actually, I couldn’t even find much information online on this cider.  So, I e-mailed the cidery.

Availability:  Limited to OR and WA (ID and Northern CA soon)

Information from Drew Wilson at Red Tank Cider Company:

Cider Description:  An authentic, powerful apple profile with a crisp, clean acid background. Balanced with just enough sweetness to bring it all together. We wanted a cider that made us Happy, so we made one. We’re not making any health claims, it’s just really good.  Made only from 100% fresh-pressed NW apples.
Happy Cider is currently our only packaged product because we thought it a very approachable cider.  It is fruit forward and clean. Fresh pressed apple juice and yeast are our only ingredients in Happy Cider. Our juice is made up of a blend of table apple juice (Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, etc.)

Cidery Description:  Northwest craft cider.  Born from years of industry experience, Red Tank Cider creates real North West hard cider. We make cider because we have a serious, uncontrollable passion for it. We won’t stop. It’s not supposed to be easy. That’s why it tastes so good. We practice sustainable techniques in our cider house. We use only apples, yeast, and natural sulfites to make our cider. We do not put in any chemical additives and present our craft in its natural form.

Red Tank Cider is the first cider company in Bend Oregon.  We started this company with knowledge and sweat.  We have not taken out any loans or taken on any investors in our effort to bring the people cider.  From the people for the people.  We currently produce around 700 barrels a year with our eye on expanding that to over 2,000 within the next 18 months.

Additional Notes:  Bend OR has two cideries, Red Tank and Atlas.  Red Tank has a tasting room open Friday 4-6pm and by appointment.  Atlas has a tasting room open Wed-Sat 11am-11pm and Sun-Tues 11am-7:30pm.  I reviewed Atlas’ flagship cider awhile back.  Atlas has an especially large following online for their size.

Price:  $3.79 / can (runs about $14 for a full four pack)
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  I’d seen this variety for awhile but skipped buying it due to the price.  However, I saw some talk online that it was good, and I was curious.

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First Impression:  Medium amber.  Moderate carbonation upon pouring.  Sweet cooked apple scent.

Opinion:  Between semi-dry and semi-sweet.  Clean, smooth, crisp, and refreshing.  Moderate tartness, bitterness, and acidity levels.  This cider seemed to go almost flat quite quickly.  Medium length finish with some lingering bitterness (although I’ll admit I’m sensitive to bitterness).  Some caramel and vanilla notes.  However, I found the flavor overall to be quite mild, almost watered down tasting.  Also, it was on the boring side for my tastes.  I tend to like bold & unique ciders though, and this is more of a plain flagship type cider.  Additionally, it seemed to have a lot of apple “juice” flavor for not being made from concentrate.  Overall I think its commendable that Red Tank is making a cider with 100% fresh pressed local juice without additives and without too much sweetness.  It just didn’t wow me, especially for the cost.

Most Similar to:  Other local flagship ciders I’ve tried.  The one that especially comes to mind is from HUB, which I have also reviewed here, probably due to the sweetness level and the lingering bitterness.  Another one is 2 Towns Bright Cider.

Closing Notes:   Although it didn’t impress me, Happy Cider is however a solid choice and I’d be very interested to try some of their other ciders in the future.

Have you tried Red Tank Happy Cider?  What did you think?