Review of Avid (previously Atlas) Cider’s Watermelon Rhubarb. It is my first time trying this, but I’ve previously had their Hard Apple Cider, Hard Blackberry Cider, Pom-Cherry, Hard Apricot Cider, Cinnamon Pear, Session Cider, Dragonfruit, and Pineapple Mango.
Cider: Watermelon Rhubarb
Cidery: Avid Cider
Cidery Location: Bend, Oregon
How Supplied: 22oz bottles
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples, with watermelon & rhubarb, and beet juice for color
Availability: seasonal, special release, probably only in the Northwest
Cider Description: The simple and natural flavors of fresh pressed watermelon and the fleshy stalks of Michigan grown Rhubarb complement each other in this clean, crisp and refreshing cider.
Cidery Description: Inspired by the landscape, culture, and the abundance of fruit in the North West, AVID Cider Company, a family run business, is dedicated to creating hard cider using sustainably sourced and local ingredients. AVID Cider Co. was founded as a result of the dissatisfaction with the lack of variety and excessively dry or cloyingly sweet ciders available in the market place in 2013. We saw the opportunity to create hard cider that better balances the elements of a flavor profile, and satiates our thirst for a cider that is “just right.”
They have a cider house in Portland Oregon.
Where Bought: Total Wine
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing – I’m a fan of watermelon (although admittedly not of rhubarb), so I wanted to give it a try
First Impression: Medium red hue. No carbonation. General fruity scent.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry to semi-sweet. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. Hints of bitterness. No sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of watermelon, strawberry, and rhubarb. Moderate length finish. Low apple flavor and complexity. Moderate flavor intensity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I liked it. Fruity, but not too tart or sweet.
Most Similar to: Fresh Cut Watermelon or Locust Watermelon, but with rhubarb added
Closing Notes: I would have been a bigger fan of this without the bitterness of the rhubarb.
Have you tried Avid Watermelon Rhubarb? What did you think?