Nine Pin: Signature
Basic Info about the Cider
Cidery: Nine Pin
Origin: Albany, NY, USA
Color: Pale gold, clear
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Nine Pin’s Signature blend has a sweet apple scent reminiscent of a freshly cut Golden Delicious. There is also a secondary smell of yeast. Upon taking a sip, there is a slight bite, as well as some tingling, but after a second, both of those give way to a sweet (but not sickly sweet) apple flavor that is accompanied by notes of citrus and a fair amount of acidity. About halfway through the sip, the citrus flavor takes on a distinct lemon taste and becomes the dominant flavor, causing the apple flavor to take a backseat. It is also at this point that the acidity peaks, and a very slight hint of bitterness becomes perceptible. By the end of the sip, lemon is still the dominant flavor, and the acidity, although having mellowed out, is still present, giving the cider a lip-smacking finish. Both the lemon taste and acidity continue into the aftertaste. This is a light-bodied, semi-dry cider with a touch below a medium level of carbonation. With the exception of the hint of bitterness mid-sip, I did not pick up on any tannin.
Overall, I enjoyed this cider, especially the lip-smacking finish, as it left me wanting to go back for another sip. I thought that Signature had just enough apple flavor to impart some sweetness to the cider but not so much that the cider became sickly sweet. The cider’s acidity also helped to ensure that the cider never tasted too sweet. With this cider being so light bodied, it would make for a great accompaniment to a meal; you would not have to worry about the cider filling you up.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Signature has a small but noticeable bite upfront that fades semi-quickly.
It has a fairly light body. Even after taking a big gulp or two, it never sat heavy in my stomach.
After several sips, I could safely say it has a low amount of acidity. I noticed it in the first half of the sip. Then, it started to gently fade away until the very end. Usually, I feel like the acidity fades sooner. That said, I noticed a low-medium amount of carbonation. It became noticeable after I drank a third of the can. Still light enough to have with a meal though.
As for the tannin, it had a low amount. Signature won’t be drying your tongue out, like some ciders might.
In terms of the flavor, I got a few notable things. When I would sip it, I immediately got a crisp apple flavor, then some light lemon notes that were really present until about halfway into the sip. Then, I got a blend of apple flavors, but two stuck out to me. It tasted like a Cortland and a McIntosh apple. Most ciders will have that appley flavor, but this tasted extra appley to me.
This came off as off-dry to me. It has a crisp, off-dry start to it, while the middle is semi-sweet, but it finishes off-dry.
Overall, I liked this cider. It's somewhat light, and it has a good amount of sweetness and apple flavor. Sometimes the sweetness in the apple flavor was almost too much, but it still ended up being a good drink. I would totally have one if I saw it in a restaurant, though maybe not back to back.