Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider

Woodchuck has given me four different kinds of cider. Well, I bought them, but they made them. The first was overdone by trying to be different. The second and third were carbon copies of each other, and that really kind of upset me. I really got the feeling they were lying to me by labeling them differently. But, I got the sampler, so here's the next one.

This beverage is not amber. I'm used to beers saying things like "black lager" and at least being really dark. I'm used to amber beers being... amber. This is gold with a touch (just a touch, mind you) of orange. The last Woodchuck cider I had was more amber than this. So, unless they actually used the substance amber in the brewing process, which I'm pretty sure they did NOT, I don't know why they would apply this name to it. The aroma is sweet apple with a bit of sparking grape or maybe alter wine.

First sip is actually different than the last two. I had started to think that Woodchuck was just toying with me by calling this a sample pack. This one is very, very calm and simple. It's a sweet apple juice. I can barely taste any alcohol at all, and this is worlds better than the others. I'm not sure if it can stand up to competition from other breweries, but it is the best Woodchuck has put out so far. Time for a big American swig.

Tip-in is slight apple, but it's watered down a bit. When the middle comes, it has a slight sour taste that comes with the carbonation, but there isn't a whole heap of carbonation going on. It's just about right. Then, the finish starts with a more pronounced sour tone and that slight hint of grapes. Then, a sweet apple graces the tongue followed by a more sour apple and the slightest trace of clove.

I'm surprised how much I like this cider, but I don't think it's the best one I've had.



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