Stowe Cider: Pippin Ain't Easy
Cider: Pippin Ain’t Easy
Cidery: Stowe Cider
Origin: Stowe, VT, USA
Label Description: “Pippin Ain’t Easy is a unique and diverse cider that pays homage to two varietals of Pippin apples and is finished with the wonderful Ashmead’s Kernel. This is a serious cider for not so serious people. For best results, enjoy this cider in the spirit of Vermont — cold and in good company.”
Color: Pale gold, clear
Aroma: Apple and pine are primary; yeast is secondary.
Tannin: Fairly low
Julia: Upon sipping the cider, there is a tart apple flavor with a hint of sweetness that is reminiscent of a Granny Smith apple. Also present are secondary notes of lemon accompanied by some acidity. That combination of flavors remains the dominant taste until the end of the sip, at which point the acidity and lemon notes increase. Subtle notes of pine also start to come through at the close of the sip, and they continue into the aftertaste along with the notes of tart lemon. Due to the rise in acidity at the end of the sip, Pippin Ain’t Easy finishes quite dry.
Ramsay: The first thing I notice when I drink Pippin Ain’t Easy is that it doesn’t have much of a bite upfront. I then taste a dry apple and a slight yeasty flavor that is quickly joined by secondary notes of lemon and pine, which are the dominant flavors for the remainder of the sip. The dry nature of the cider in conjunction with the acidity makes the pine flavor very pronounced in the aftertaste.
Overall Thoughts and Rating
Overall, I really enjoyed Pippin Ain’t Easy. With its light body and dry, acidic finish, it had a refreshing quality that kept me coming back for more sips. I also found it to be nicely balanced, with the touch of sweetness offsetting the acidity and tannin. I would definitely drink this again and would highly recommend picking up a bottle if you are lucky enough to come across it.
I also have to take a moment to praise the awesome name – nicely done, Stowe.
Overall, Pippin Ain’t Easy hits all the right marks for an off-dry cider. I get enough of a sweet note from the apple, and the nuanced pine flavor works very well in the cider. And the lip-smacking dry finish leaves me wanting more. This is a great cider worthy of your attention.