Stormalong: Mass Appeal
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Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Mass Appeal
Origin: Sherborn, MA, USA
Color: Light gold, slightly cloudy
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Mass Appeal has a sweet apple aroma that is reminiscent of the non-alcoholic cider that you can pick up from orchards in the autumn. Upon sipping the cider, there is a tingling sensation on your tongue, as well as a very slight bite, but both subside relatively quickly and give way to a sweet apple flavor. The apple flavor has notes of both the Golden Delicious and McIntosh apples that comprise this cider, but at this point, the sweet Golden Delicious taste is dominant. As the sip progresses, however, the McIntosh becomes the dominant flavor as the sweetness tones down. By the end of the sip, the cider has morphed from semi-sweet to semi-dry, and secondary notes of lemon accompanied by a touch of acidity have emerged. The acidity becomes more noticeable in the aftertaste; although, it is never mouth-puckering. With the sweetness upfront balanced out by the drier finish, this is best described as in between semi-dry and semi-sweet, and in terms of body, it leans toward medium. This cider has a medium level of carbonation, and I did not pick up on any tannins.
Overall, Mass Appeal is a tasty, easy-to-drink cider. I found it to be well balanced, with the drier and more acidic finish helping to balance out the sweetness upfront. I also found that it started to taste less sweet as I continued to drink it. As this is middle of the road in terms of sweetness, I think it would be a great introductory cider for someone who is new to drinking cider.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Has a somewhat small bite upfront that fades gently into the sip.
The body is probably best described as medium, maybe ever so slightly leaning towards light.
Mass Appeal has between a low and medium amount of acidity. But it's a pleasant amount balanced by the sweetness (more on that in a minute). The acidity is noticeable for the first third before softly fading into the rest of the sip. The carbonation in this is best classified as medium. It will start to hit you in the middle of the glass for sure.
The tannin in this is pretty low. I had a hard time picking up on any to be honest.
The flavor in this cider is quite pleasant. I immediately get a crisp apple flavor. Then, for the first third of the sip, I get some very mild lemon notes, which give way to a sweet Golden Delicious apple flavor around the 3/4 mark. Then finally, I get a McIntosh apple flavor; although it is not as intense for the remainder of the sip. The cider has a slightly sweet/tart finish that stays for a while into the aftertaste.
Mass Appeal is a nice blend of sweet and dry. Though I personally got a sweeter taste throughout, there was JUST enough dryness in the tart finish to make me want more sips right away.
Overall, this was a nice, refreshing cider. It hit those sweet notes just right without ever becoming sickly sweet, and there was just enough dryness on the finish. I would definitely order this if I saw it in a restaurant.