Angry Orchard Elderflower (The Boston Beer Company)

Style: Cider brewed with Elderflowers

5.0% ABV

Apple Type: Amere de Berthecour, Beden, Medaille D’or, Michelin, Binet Rouge, Bairtot Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Joana Gold, Elstar, Granny Smith, Elstar, Granny Smith, Gala, Braeburn

Brewer’s Note: “This cider has tropical notes from the elderflower balanced by a fresh, bright, fruity flavor reminiscent of lychee, pears, and citrus. This flower compliments the crisp apple flavor resulting in a balanced sweetness that brings the fruit and flower together.”

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The cider’s label is pretty funky.  I must say that I love how the Angry Orchard boxes all display the same tree in different seasons/weathers/etc…  I love how the boxes, when placed side by side, display a continuous row of trees.  I love face in the tree for this label, and I love the elderflowers as a beard on the base of the trees.  The fonts here are a little boring though, especially because the rest of the label is so funky.  Clutter is kept to a minimum on the label, but the boring fonts do make them a little cluttered looking.  This label is definitely worthy of scrapbooking, but isn’t quite up to shelf quality.

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The cider pours like apple juice, with a spritzing head that fizzles away to just a ring.  My glass is full of carbonation bubbles, and a steady stream works its way to the top of the glass. The cider’s body is properly clear with a slight haze, and the cider leaves a light wet ring of lacing around the glass.  On the nose, the cider smells like yeasty apples with hints of pear, what must be elderflower, and a very sour apple tint.  On the tongue, the cider tastes tart and sweet with a touch of bitterness.  The flavors begin as tart green apples which work their way into yeasty bread flavors with sweet fuji apple and elderflower (I think…) tastes.  The finish is quick with sweet fruity apple with a touch of acidic green apple.  The aftertaste is sweet and tart, much like a candied green apple.  On the mouth, the cider feels spritzy with carbonation, slightly to the point of fierceness.  The cider’s body is just on the upper side of light, and the mouth is left pretty clean with just a touch of tingle in the tongue from the fierce carbonation, and some saliva in the sides of the mouth.  Overall, this is decent cider that I could sip on a cool summer’s day.  It’s a little too sweet for me to drink regularly, but it has some nice complexity and variance in apple flavors.  I’m not an expert on tasting ciders, but I’d say this one is pretty good, especially for its price point. Try it.

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3.7/5

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