Downeast Cider: Mint Lemonade
Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Mint Lemonade
Cidery: Downeast Cider
Origin: Boston, MA, USA
Color: Yellow, cloudy (looks like lemonade)
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Mint Lemonade has a slight bite upfront, which is accompanied by a tingling sensation on your tongue. There is also some tartness, slight acidity, and a lemon flavor upfront; together, they create a flavor profile similar to a tart lemonade. That tart lemonade flavor continues throughout the course of the sip, but toward the end of the sip, some sweetness starts to come through. A mint flavor also becomes noticeable near the end of the sip. Combined, the tartness and mint create a refreshing, lip-smacking finish that leaves you wanting another sip. This is a semi-sweet cider, and I found the cider to actually taste sweeter and more lemonade-y as I drank more of it. Due to this cider being unfiltered, it is between light and medium bodied, and it is only slightly carbonated. Overall, I think that this is a great summer drink. I drank this outside in 90°F weather, and I found it to be very refreshing. I could easily drink more than one of these in a sitting.
I should note that Mint Lemonade is (sadly) only available at Downeast Cider’s Back Porch, which is essentially an open-air bar in Dewey Square, Boston that is open several days a week from now until the end of summer. So, if you want to try Mint Lemonade, you will have to make your way to Boston before the end of summer.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Has a small bite to it upfront that fades fast. Next, I feel a tingling sensation that lingers for the rest of the sip.
The unfiltered quality gives it a little heavier body than most ciders, but it still ends up being a light-medium profile.
The flavor profile is very unique. As the name implies, it has a very defined mint lemon flavor that you can taste immediately when you take a sip. The apple taste you might expect is not there, but that's okay because the lemon mint flavor is great. It really comes into its own in the 2nd half of the sip, and it really feels like drinking a lemonade. The mint flavor comes at the end but feels very refreshing.
Because of the lemon mint flavor, it ends up having a slightly acidic flavor, but it's not overpowering at all. It's also ever so slightly carbonated, but seasoned beer and cider drinkers won't notice the carbonation all that much.
I know some might say any cider makes for a good summer drink, but this definitely does due to its lemon profile. It's great for cookouts or warm summer days. My only regret is this is only available at the Back Porch event.
That being all said, the more you drink of this the more lemony this becomes when you take sips. Great if you love lemon, but for me, I would probably have something else after this before returning to it (and I definitely would).