Stowe Cider: Shandy
Basic Info about the Cider
Cidery: Stowe Cider
Origin: Stowe, VT, USA
Color: Pale Yellow, clear
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Stowe Cider’s Shandy has a medium bite, as well as some slight tingling, upfront. Once those subside, a tart lemonade flavor comes through and becomes the dominant flavor for the remainder of the sip. About halfway through the sip, a little bit of sweetness comes through, causing the cider to temporarily take on a taste of sweet lemonade before fading back into that tart lemonade flavor, which is the flavor on which the cider finishes. By ending on that tart lemonade flavor, the cider has a lip-smacking finish, which leaves you wanting to come back for another sip. Shandy has a fair amount of acidity, which given the fact that it contains lemonade is not too surprising. It is light, both in terms of carbonation and body, and it is semi-dry (has some sweetness to it but is not overly sweet). Overall, this is a great cider, perfect for drinking on hot, summer days. I found that the lemonade imparted a refreshing quality to the cider, and the lemonade itself was perfectly tart -- just enough tartness to be refreshing but not so tart that it felt like you were sucking on a lemon. This cider makes me wish we had a yard so we could turn on the grill, relax in some lawn chairs, and sip away on some Shandy.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Right away I notice a sharp bite that lingers until about halfway into the sip. Definitely more distinct than previous ciders I’ve had.
It has a somewhat light body profile, which is great if you’re drinking this alongside a large lunch or dinner.
Shandy is definitely more acidic than normal, which is the result of a tart lemon flavor. That tartness lingers until about halfway into the sip before mellowing out. That said, it also has very little carbonation, so it sat light in my stomach even as I drank more of it. Though, I wouldn’t mind if it were a little less acidic.
Regarding the flavor profile, as you would expect from the can labeling and color, it has a lemon flavor (woah). To me it tastes like an adult lemonade. About a third into the sip, I really started tasting that refreshing, tart lemonade flavor that stayed well into the aftertaste, but the part I like the most about this cider is its lip-smacking dryness.
To be clear, it is probably considered off-dry, but that lemon flavor profile keeps me coming back for more and more sips.
Overall, I would definitely add this to a worthy list of summer ciders. The tart lemon flavor makes this an obvious choice for BBQs and other summer get-togethers. I might not have two of these back to back, but I could have multiple at a summer outing -- I'm thinking an upper-70s, sunny day with the grill cooking away.