Citizen Cider: Big Juicy
Cider: Big Juicy
Cidery: Citizen Cider
Origin: Burlington, VT, USA
Label Description: “We gave the cider makers a task, make a cider that is juicy. A conundrum of sorts, but they took their task very seriously. VT-made apple molasses was produced from fresh apple cider in a local sugarhouse, blended with the sweet cider and fermented to be completely dry. We present to you, Big Juicy, an imperial dry apple cider.”
Color: Amber, clear
Aroma: Molasses is primary; apple is secondary.
Acidity: Between low and medium
Julia: The apple molasses comes through upfront, producing a sweet apple flavor. This sweetness, however, only lasts for a couple of seconds before the cider takes on a dry character, and by dry, I mean dry. Concurrent to this loss of sweetness is the emergence of acidity and a tart lemon flavor, which start off relatively low and grow over the course of the sip before reaching their peak at the end of the sip. As the sip draws to a close, slight bitter notes come through, which accompany the tart, acidic lemon flavor into the aftertaste.
Ramsay: · Upon drinking Big Juicy, the first thing I notice is a molasses flavor. That quickly gives way to a sweet apple flavor, which is gone almost immediately after you notice it. The apple flavor becomes dry and gives way to subtle notes of lemon, as well as some bitterness, at the end of the sip. The bitter notes, along with the dry apple flavor, remain quite noticeable in the aftertaste.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Overall, I really enjoyed Big Juicy and found it to be a tasty, lip-smackingly dry cider. This would be a great cider to pair with cheese, as its acidity and dryness would nicely cut through the creaminess of cheese. Due to the carbonation and 8% ABV, I did feel slightly full after finishing the can, so I might not have two of these back to back. Nonetheless, I would definitely drink this again.
Overall, I found Big Juicy to be another good dry cider. It has a nice complexity of flavors that makes you notice something new with each sip you take. It isn’t my favorite dry cider, but I wouldn’t mind having it again.