Woodchuck Granny Smith Hard Cider

This is the last of my sample pack. The others have been a mixed bag - mostly okay, but not fantastic. This last one is based on Granny Smith apples, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. Granny Smiths are good for baking, but I'm not sure they will be good for drinking. Let's see what this thing is made of.

The color is a pale gold that you might expect from a weak light American lager. It's a little disconcerting to drink something so... yellow. The aroma is strong and apple. In the other Woodchuck ciders, I could smell the hint of alcohol or grapes or something that had changed when they allowed the beverage to ferment, but here there is none of that. It just smells like apple juice.

The first sip, however, gives a hint of the underlying alcohol (not much in all of these, mind you) before wiping it away with the tartness of the Granny Smiths. It's a lot simpler than the other Woodchuck ciders - and it is very, very different. They don't seem like they are trying too hard with this one; it seems to make everything work with a very straight-forward taste.

Yup, a big swig is in order.

Tip-in is all carbonation, but it is light and has no real bite. It's just a nice little tingling on the tongue. The middle hits with apple. Right there, you could convince me that this was just some juicey juice apple juice. The finish turns tart pretty quick, just like a real Granny Apple. Well, it's actually a bit more tart than a Granny Smith, but you can taste that apple nice and clear. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish, but that's about it.

It's a good drink overall. I could see drinking a few of these if I was in a particular mood for a fruit-based beverage.

3.5/5

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