Koppaberg naked apple
4.5% by volume original apple cider stripped of all the fruit flavouring this brand has become known for!
Premium Swedish cider with a golden colour, on first taste it is nowhere near the quality of some of the local craft ciders I have tasted recently! However It does improve over time.
By the end of the bottle we could drink another, but if there were other choices available we would choose an alternative
It's a good solid cider, it just doesn't have anything to set it apart and there are superior items on the shelves
Is Koppaberg trying to get back to its apple cider roots? Or is the market for Apple cider making a run against the flavoured cider market and they are trying to get a slice
Montano sidro Italiano
This is another find from the off licence in the local discount store, having been reduced by 50% we managed to pick it up for less than a can of cola!
Despite the rock bottom prices we are becoming used to not much was expected from this little bottle!
Having never heard of this or Italian cider for that matter it wasn't overly anticipated but turned out to be a surprisingly easy to drink cider.
Crafted from apples grown in the alpine mountains of the trentino region, the orchards are some of the highest in Europe! It's tasty and refreshing, crisp in its flavour with a enjoyably drinkable quality! we are considering stocking up, possibly to keep this in reserve for unplanned parties or busy summer days, after all summer can arrive unexpectedly in this part of the world
5% - 3.5/5
Doyles Irish cider has six varieties on the market, we managed to pick up three of these recently, so after a few days chilling to ice Cold we cracked them open over a couple of afternoons
According to their Facebook page Doyles Irish Cider is simply made from the freshest of Irish apples, hand picked for quality, & blended to enhance their natural unique flavours
Their website is still being developed so there isn't much other info available about this Armagh based craft cider, luckily we're drinkers and not local historians
Doyles Irish cider honey 4%
Pull the pint - Light pale yellowish colour.. Good fizz, no head... Less carbonation than most commercial ciders
Refreshing cider if not a bit tasteless. I could find no hint of honey, on initial taste or aftertaste! Oh wait hang on in there... It just hit me... Seven sips later.. Though admittedly I was eating some cheese and herb crisps while drinking, not to offend the purists, but all for the authentic bar experience! The flavouring Is subtle but it's there.
Doyles summer fruit
Pull the pint - Light pink colour
Cider and fruit juices have kissed, so says the bottle..
Once again it's 4%.. Personal preference I'll take this one over the honey.. It doesn't state the fruit on the bottle but my uneducated palate would guess strawberry and peaches!! It's not overly aromatic!
It's another easily inoffensive drink that goes down easy.. As said before I'm not a fan of cider with ice but ice cold on a summers day this would hit the spot
Autum berry 4%
Pull the pint - Light spritz warm pinkish colour
Another drinkable cider, thirst quenching, but then water does that. For me the berries are too soft, to subtle! It's not my cup of tea! A long pint in draught, if such a thing exists would be something to try.. And after a few you would be happy to drink on
But that's the alcohol content and not the Moreish taste..
I'm a fan of smaller brews and as such will happily give the other three varieties a go when they are available locally!
Maybe I am set in my old grumpy ways and like what I like, but this isn't for me. That said, try it out of only to support the smaller brewery and keep them innovating
Let's give a micro review a go, size not brewery..
We sourced this in the hidden gem that is our favourite gas station, not that we ever pump any fuel there!
Admittedly we had never heard of this brew before, so we snapped up a few 500ml cans of Molson Canadian
Light and golden colour, good head that lasts beyond the pour with that classic refreshing lager smell
Very pleasant lager taste! Ice cold refreshment! Superior to similar brews and very very drinkable!
It left us with an Inoffensive thirst quenching after taste! It's not a craft beer but it's a classic lager best served cold and in an chilled glass
On a side note The Can states it counts as 2 units in the UK but only 1.6 in Ireland, not sure how the difference is calculated, but it maybe explains the luck of the Irish
When we iron out our review scale we will publish our opinion.. Until then if you see some we recommend you give it a go