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Downeast Cider: Original Blend

Downeast Cider: Original Blend

Basic Info about the Cider

Cider: Original Blend

Cidery: Downeast Cider

Origin: Boston, MA, USA

Alcohol by volume: 5.1%

Color: Orange/yellow with cloudiness (looks like orange juice)


Our Review of the Cider

Julia's Thoughts and Rating:

The Original Blend from Downeast is unfiltered, which gives the cider a cloudy appearance and more orangey color than most ciders.  The cider has a sweet, appley smell that reminds me of the fresh-pressed, non-alcoholic cider that you can find alongside cider donuts at apple orchards during the fall.  Upon sipping the cider, there is a slight bite that causes a tingling sensation on your tongue, but it gradually fades over the course of the sip.  A sweet flavor reminiscent of apple juice also hits you upfront.  By mid sip, however, the sweetness becomes toned down, and the cider takes on some dryness, as well as a lemon flavor.  The dryness and acidity linger until the end of the sip.  Due to the initial sweetness, this is a semi-sweet cider, and the unfiltered nature of this cider, as well as its relative lack of carbonation, causes it to feel more medium bodied.  Overall, I quite enjoyed this cider, even if it is sweeter than the ciders I usually drink.  I found this cider to be very well balanced; the initial sweetness of the cider was balanced out by the dryness and acidity toward the end of the sip.  I could see myself having more than one glass of this in a sitting.

 8 out of 10 apples

8 out of 10 apples

Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:

  • Has a minor bite to it upfront that quickly fades.

  • It's a more medium-heavy bodied cider, which is quite different from other ciders I've had.

  • Its unfiltered quality gives it not only that heavier body but also a more unique flavor.

  • It really reminds me of drinking orange juice in terms of consistency and flavor. For me, I notice a nice, apple flavor throughout the sip but also a sweet, citrus flavor, much like an orange.

  • Because of all this, it lends itself to a sweeter profile but never becomes overpowering.

  • Would easily have a couple of these in a sitting.

  • For me this is a nice blend, worthy enough to have on a semi-regular basis.

 8 out of 10 apples

8 out of 10 apples

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