Brooklyn Cider House Kinda Dry

Review of Brooklyn Cider House’s Kinda Dry cider.  This is the first time I’ve tried their cider.  They awesomely sent me a bottle of this one as well as their Still Bone Dry and Half Sour ciders.  Interesting note – this cider shares its name with a cider from Portland Cider in Oregon.
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>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Brooklyn Cider House.  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:  Kinda Dry
Cidery:  Brooklyn Cider House
Cidery Location:  Geneva NY
ABV:  5.5%
How Supplied:  750ml bottles (this is the first time I’ve seen a twist-top; usually they use crown caps and sometimes corks for cider; I imagine it would work well for ciders with low carbonation)
Style:  American craft semi-dry cider

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Availability:  Only in New York; see this page of retailers.

Cider Description:  Kinda Dry transports you to an orchard on a crisp, fall day. Fresh tart apples greet you, waking the palate up. But give it a second and it transforms into a friendly finish that is an ideal picnic companion. We think of it as our perfect casual sipper. Like your favorite jeans, our Kinda Dry is ready for anything.

Each of their ciders are made from a blend of 7-9 apple varieties, ranging from table apples (like Macintosh and Cortland) to bitter apples and crab apples.  This cider won silver in the “New World Cider – Heritage” category at GLINTCAP 2016.

Cidery Description:  All our ciders are born out of traditions from Spain, France, and America. They are made as naturally as possible from apples hand picked in upstate New York. Our apples are simply crushed and their juice left to ferment the same way the traditionalists do it in Europe and the way it used to be done in Brooklyn before the Temperance Movement ended the party.

Like fine wines our ciders are expressions of place, but unlike wine our ciders are meant to be gulped not sipped! Some are bubbly, some are dry, and some have a hint of natural sugar, but all are meant to celebrate the simple pleasures. So join us in a toast to tradition, friendship and, of course, to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Cider House was started in 2014.  They have an orchard and tasting room in the Hudson Valley in New Paltz New York, Twin Star Orchards.

Price:  $10
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  n/a

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First Impression:  Light straw yellow.  Low carbonation.  Smells mild, of white grape juice.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry.  Medium bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, tannins, or funk.  Notes of white grape, mineral, pineapple, citrus, and green apple.  Moderate flavor complexity.  Low apple flavor.  High sessionability.

My Opinion:  This was by far my favorite of the three ciders (and all my tasting companions agreed).  I enjoyed it as I prefer ciders with more flavor intensity, which most often occurs with sweeter ciders.  I found it sweeter than their Half Sour, although it has less residual sugar per the label.  This is a great spring and summer cider as its light and fruity.

Most Similar to:  2 Towns Cidre Moscato (although that special release cider had higher acidity) and Cider Brothers William Tell Dry Hard Apple with Pinot Grigio (although that was sweeter and had green apple candy notes).  This cider also reminded me some of Moscato grape wine, although not as sweet.

Closing Notes:   I think this cider is a great value for a $10 retail price, being that its a craft product made from local fresh-pressed New York apples.  I’d recommend it for folks who like a slightly fruity semi-dry cider.

Have you tried Brooklyn Cider House ciders?  What did you think?

Portland Cider Kinda Dry

Review of Kinda Dry from Portland Cider.  They have two flagship ciders, Kinda Dry and Sorta Sweet.  Pretty creative naming and to offer two ends of the spectrum.

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Cider:  Kinda Dry
Cidery:  Portland Cider
Cidery Location:  Portland WA
ABV:  6.8%
How Supplied:  22oz bottle

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Availability:  OR & WA

Cider Description:  Traditional English cider is dry, lightly carbonated, has very subtle apple flavors, and a lingering fresh finish. It is in the spirit of this traditional cider that we blend our Kinda Dry. We use fresh pressed juice from a blend of NW grown culinary apples such as Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Gala, Golden and Red Delicious, carefully ferment them with a yeast that preserves their subtle characteristics, give the cider time to develop to its full potential, then bottle or keg at just the right time. Just off dry, light, clean, refreshing, with a pleasant finish, Kinda Dry is the cider to always have on hand.

Cidery Description:  What do you do when you’re frustrated by the quality of the commercial cider available?  You start making your own!  What do you do when friends and family keep telling you it’s the best cider they’ve ever had?  You start a business!  That is the essence of how the Portland Cider Company got its start.  Founded by Jeff Parrish, an Oregon native, and his wife Lynda, an ex-patriot from the Somerset region of England (the Mecca of cider), the Portland Cider Company is based on the belief that good cider comes from good fruit, honest practices, and attention to detail. Our cider starts with fresh pressed juice from Northwest grown apples.  We then carefully ferment it using yeast that protects the delicate characteristics of the fruit.  The results are cider blends that are easy to drink, refreshing, and downright delicious.  Drink it, it’s good!

Portland Cider started in 2012, and they have a taproom in Portland (with their ciders and some others).

Price:  ~$7
Where Bought:  My husband brought this home from Whole Foods for me.  I had joked for him to bring me home some cider, and he did!
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  I’ve had my eye on Portland Cider after trying their Passion Fruit and Pearfect Perry on tap at the Schilling Cider House (see tasting notes here).

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First Impression:  High carbonation with tiny bubbles.  Shiny light gold amber.  Dry clean apple scent.

Opinion:  On the drier side of semi-dry.  Moderate acidity and bitterness.  Mild tannins.  Nice higher carbonation level.  This has a pretty standard flagship cider flavor and I didn’t pick up too many distinctive flavor notes.  I’m surprised there is so much bitterness from dessert apples, but I’ve also found that in other ciders, and its something I’m sensitive to.  I think my favorite thing with this cider was the higher carbonation.  For me, the more bubbles the better most of the time!  Many ciders seem to be lacking in carbonation, which may be due to the current taxation levels which penalize cider and tax it as champagne above a certain carbonation level (one of the main points of the CIDER Act).

Most Similar to:  Other flagship ciders with higher bitterness.

Closing Notes:   I found Kinda Dry to be kinda boring, but its a solid craft cider choice.  For what you get (a 22oz bottle of craft cider from PNW apples and no additives), its a nice price point.  I think it just needs more flavor in general.  I found the dryness and bitterness to overwhelm the cider a bit.  I also wasn’t impressed with their Passion Fruit and Pearfect Perry, also thinking they needed more flavor.  I may be convinced to try their Sorta Sweet, but I heard it is quite sweet, and I’ve been moving towards drier ciders.  I see on their website they offer “Bourbonator” in their taproom, which sounds more to my liking, as I love anything barrel aged.

Have you tried Portland Cider Kinda Dry?  What did you think?