Old Settlers Cider: Pothole
Basic Info about the Cider
Cidery: Old Settlers Cider
Origin: Alstead, NH, USA
Color: Light yellow
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Right off the bat, you can’t help but notice the yeasty smell to Pothole. It is a smell reminiscent of a sourdough starter, and the scent becomes more pronounced with each successive sip. Upon sipping the cider, there is a slight bite, as well as some tingling, but those fade after a second or two and give way to a lemon flavor that is accompanied by a fairly high amount of acidity and a touch of bitterness. The lemon flavor and its acidity peak about halfway through the sip, at which point secondary notes of yeast become perceptible. The lemon-yeast flavor and the acidity continue until the end of the sip, and by the end, the yeast flavor is more pronounced. There is also some bitterness at the close, which continues on as an aftertaste. Lacking any sweetness, Pothole is a dry cider that is in between light and medium bodied, leaning more toward medium. It has a medium level of carbonation, which is in contrast to the lightly carbonated ciders that we have reviewed up to this point.
Overall, this was a so-so cider. I found the yeasty smell off-putting, especially since it became more noticeable as I kept drinking. I also would have preferred the cider to be less acidic, as I felt a little heartburn-y after drinking a glass of it. Lastly, I did not enjoy the yeast flavor that the cider had. While I would be open to trying another cider from Old Settlers Cider, I likely would not drink this particular cider again.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Can notice a pretty yeasty smell, like a beer.
Notice a sharp bite upfront that fades somewhat slowly to the end of the sip.
What I really notice about Pothole is that it is somewhat high in acidity and has a medium amount of carbonation. The lip-tingling acidity hits you quickly and stays with you for the entirety of the sip, only decreasing a small amount. As for the carbonation, it reminds me of drinking a beer. There's a noticeable amount of carbonation that sits heavier, especially the more I drink.
The other really interesting thing is the flavor. As soon as I sip on it, I'm hit with a rush of lemon, citrus type notes. That pretty overwhelming flavor lasts the entire sip and into the aftertaste. The apple flavor comes in the last quarter of the sip and also lingers into the aftertaste, but it is dominated by the citrus notes.
Pothole comes off to me as off-dry. It has sweet notes, but there's a lip-smacking quality about it.
Overall, I found this cider to be a little too much of the citrus flavor and pretty high in acidity. Not enough to make me dislike it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it.