Review of Angry Orchard’s newest regular release, an unfiltered less sweet version of their Crisp Apple. It is my first time trying this, but I’ve had a number of their other selections (see here).
Cider: Unfiltered Crisp Apple
Cidery: Angry Orchard
Cidery Location: Walden NY (their R&D facility)
Cider Production Locations: Cincinnati OH & Breingsville PA
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles
Style: American commercial cider from dessert & bittersweet apple varieties, unfiltered, less sweet
Availability: wide release
Cider Description: Crisp Apple Unfiltered is an homage to traditional cider with a natural, less sweet, fresh apple taste. It is made with bittersweet apples, the gold standard in cider making.
Ingredients: hard cider, water, cane sugar, apple juice from concentrate, malic acid, honey, natural flavor, carbon dioxide, and sulfites to preserve freshness
Price: ~ $2 / single bottle (runs ~ $8.99 / six pack)
Where Bought: Total Wine
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing
First Impression: Hazy light amber hue. Smells of sweet baked apple. Very low carbonation.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. Hints of tannins and bitterness. Notes of unfiltered apple juice, orange, honey, and chemicals. Moderate length tart finish. Moderate apple flavor and flavor intensity. High sessionability. Low complexity.
My Opinion: The weird chemical flavor ruined it for me, and my husband agreed – we ended up dumping it out. Maybe it had gone bad, but it didn’t taste like ciders I have had before which were truly flawed (the most common I’ve found is those which have turned vinegary).
Most Similar to: Angry Orchard Easy Apple, Crispin The Saint, and some favorites of mine, Downeast Original Blend and 2 Towns Return of the Mac, except with a chemical twist…ick
Closing Notes: I was hoping this would be a full-ABV version of their Easy Apple (their less sweet, less filtered, low ABV cider), but that one is much better.
Have you tried Angry Orchard Unfiltered? What did you think?