Grand Illusion: Street Magic
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Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Street Magic
Cidery: Grand Illusion
Origin: Carlisle, PA, USA
Color: Yellow with a slight orange hue, cloudy
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Street Magic has an aroma of hops and grapefruit. Upon sipping the cider, there is a slight bite, as well as a small amount of tingling on the tongue. Once that initial bite subsides, sweet notes peek through; although, they are fairly quickly overtaken by the hops, which bring with them a slight bitterness. I should note that the sweetness does not disappear entirely but rather becomes secondary to the hops. A tart grapefruit flavor comes through toward the end of the sip, and together with the hops, it carries into the aftertaste. A hint of sweetness is also present in the aftertaste. This cider is between light and medium bodied, leaning toward light, and in spite of packing 17g of sugar, this cider has a semi-dry feel to it, thanks to the slight acidity and bitterness brought by the hops and grapefruit. The carbonation is between light and medium, and I could not pick up on any tannin in this cider (there is bitterness, but I believe it’s due to the hops).
I must admit that I was a bit skeptical going into this tasting, as I am generally not a huge fan of grapefruit. I, however, actually ended up enjoying this cider. The hops and grapefruit work together to balance out the sugar, and the result is a very refreshing cider. I could see myself drinking this on a hot summer day.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
I get a small bite upfront that fades pretty slowly into the rest of the sip.
Street Magic comes off to me as being between light and medium bodied. Didn’t expect it to be too heavy given its hopped profile.
I get a low amount of acidity. It hits me immediately until about ⅓ into the sip before slowly fading away.
The carbonation felt like somewhere between low and medium. I usually will feel it in my stomach more with other ciders, but here, it felt more subdued.
It was tough to tell if there was any tannin in this cider due to the bitterness from the hops, but I could not reasonably pick up on any.
Street Magic’s flavor profile hits me in three waves. First thing I notice is the hops and a lemon flavor, which remain until about ⅓ into the sip. After that, the lemon flavor begins to fade and is overtaken by a grapefruit flavor. The grapefruit and hops stick with you until the end of the sip and well into the aftertaste. I should note that the hops are more prominent in the aftertaste.
The bitterness from the hops, as well as tartness from the grapefruit, give this a semi-dry finish.
Overall, I thought Street Magic was good. I will admit that I am not a big fan of grapefruit, but I did like the combination with the hops. That said, if you like grapefruit, you will likely enjoy this.