Apple Knocker "Sweet Knockers" Hard Cider

Again with the ciders, I know, but I have found some truly excellent ones, and I'm always on the look out for something that would compliment my fridge on a regular basis. I've found that I tend to pick up a six pack of Hipster Repellant IPA or one of Coney Island Root Beer when I see them, but I don't have a go-to cider yet.

The color is a very pale yellow. There's a surprising amount of carbonation that made a head that had a brief but full life and there are points of nucleation in what would appear to have been a meticulously clean glass. The aroma is sweet apples, but it is very light.

First sip is more wine-like than previous ciders. But, it has that unmistakable apple vibe going on. I could see this being kind of a Fuji with its juice and sweetness all calmed down by the sheer volume of water that those things suck up. Time for a swig.

Tip-in is light carbonation tingle with unexpected tartness from the apple. It is a very, very pronounced tartness, but it goes away so quickly as to almost go unnoticed. The middle comes along swiftly to bring sweet chunks of delicious apple and the curious mix of apple wine. As the finish rolls in, the tartness swings back around for a second hit, and it hits harder this time. The trailing taste is still tart, but sweetness stays on the lips.

Bottom Line: Not a bad cider at all. It has character and sets itself apart from the others out there.

3.25/5

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