Sixknot Cider Organic Goldilocks

Review of Organic Goldilocks from Sixknot Cider.

Cider:  Organic Goldilocks
Cidery:  Sixknot Cider
Cidery Location:  Twisp WA
ABV:  6.5%
How Supplied:  500ml bottle

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Availability:  likely limited to WA, especially Western WA

Cider Description:  Goldilocks is made by arresting the fermentation process with cold shock prior to complete transformation of the natural sugars to alcohol. This process delivers a refreshing, elegant cider that is easy for the first time cider drinker to embrace, and still provides complexity for the experienced palate. As the name implies, Goldilocks is not too sweet or too dry, it is a true balanced cider. The cider is naturally effervescent.

Cidery Description:  Our farm and cidery rests on the banks of the Methow River near Twisp, Washington. We only press certified organic Washington apples, selected from our trees and other local orchards. We do not add sulfites, preservatives or sugars. To retain the subtle flavors often lost in processed ciders, we do not filter. Our cidermaking is kith and kin to the natural wine movement…organic practice in the orchard, and minimal intervention in the ciderhouse.

They sell three core bottled ciders, Goldilocks, High Desert Dry, and Gingerella.  They also have special releases (such as Purple Sage), and their ciders can be found on draft.

Price:  $11.00 (restaurant; retail is $9; pretty low markup actually)
Where Drank:  The Repp in Snohomish WA.  This is their only cider selection, and it isn’t even on the menu (I was glad I asked if they had cider the last time I was in).  The only other time I’ve had this cider was also there.  Its a great restaurant by the way, with good variety on the menu and reasonable prices for finer dining.  There is also Fred’s down the street, a unique bar with a huge Scotch collection and a few ciders (where I had Woodchuck Raspberry).
How Found:  I’d heard of Sixknot, but tried it mostly as that is what was available.

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First Impression:  I was still getting over being asked if I wanted ice with my cider!  After that, I noticed the lovely hazy lemonade color with light carbonation & foam.  Clean acidic apple scent.

Opinion:  Semi-dry.  Mild tartness and tannins.  Moderate acidity.  Some earthiness and the slightest bit of funk.  Mild citrus notes.  Very apple-forward.  I enjoy unfiltered ciders.  Some folks however consider haziness a flaw.  I’ve heard that overly filtering can take out some of the flavors.  This is a rather flavorful cider for being a flagship type variety, and I enjoyed it.  I think this variety would be pretty widely appealing, although some would probably like a bit more sweetness.  This was advertised as middle of the road sweetness but I found it a bit drier than that.

Closing Notes:   Quite tasty.  It was great to be able to enjoy some local craft cider at a local restaurant for our anniversary.  I had seafood pasta and my husband had red wine and a steak.  This wasn’t the greatest cider to pair with seafood pasta (I’d go for something a bit richer), but I was happy to have cider at all.  Oddly enough, even being in a huge producing cider area, lots of restaurants in my area still don’t have cider, or only Angry Orchard Crisp Apple.  Going to a non-chain restaurant increases the odds.  Note that I’ve had another cider from apples grown in the same Methow Valley region, Methow Valley Honey Bear, but it was quite a different style & level of sweetness.

Have you tried Sixknot Goldilocks?  What did you think?

Methow Valley Honey Bear

And for my first review (drumroll please!), a lovely little cider I tried last night:

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Cider:  Honey Bear
Cidery:  Methow Valley Ciderhouse
Cidery Location:  Winthrop WA
ABV:  6.8%
How Supplied:  750 ml (25.4 oz) clear glass bottle with a resealable top

Description on Bottle:  Honey Bear Hard Cider is a sweet, carbonated, refreshing cider with no hint of bitterness.  Honey Bear is wonderful after an active day of hiking or biking – a perfect compliment to a summer day.  Store in a cool dark place and serve chilled.

Price:  about $15 (although apparently you can return the empty bottle to the cidery for a $0.75 refund lol)
Where Bought:  Special Brews in Lynnwood WA (awesome bottle shop & bar by the way)
How Found:  lucky enough to stumble across it (had wanted to try some since reading about it at the Bad Rider cider & beer blog)
Where Drank:  home

Opinion:  Tasted like honey, and in a good way!  This was a yummy cider, especially suited to summer.  It was very smooth and easy to drink, and I unfortunately finished off the bottle by myself over the course of the night.  It was quite sweet (more of a dessert cider probably), but not in a gross syrupy sweet way.  The flavor profile was pretty complex.  Maybe it is just the sweetness, but it reminds me of ice cider (a sweeter variety of hard cider where they use frozen juice, although it typically has a higher alcohol content than this did).  Overall, if you like sweet ciders, I’d recommend trying it.  I feel lucky to even have found it, as apparently it doesn’t have a wide distribution net (definitely not outside of WA).  Other offerings from the Methow Valley Ciderhouse include Pinnacle Goat (ginger infused), Howling Wolf (hopped), and Eagle Screechin’ Scrumpy (English-style Scrumpy).