Aug 16, 2012

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

This is the second of a trio of samples I received from Angry Orchard. The first, their Traditional Dry, was quite tasty and refined. The Crisp Apple is also a decent cider, but it falls more in line with what I expect from your typical hard cider. It’s a bit juicier than the Traditional Dry and reminds me of hangovers in college after too much Woodchuck.

Now, that’s not to say this isn’t a bad product. It just doesn’t stand out from the crowd like the Traditional Dry did. This one is still well balanced and is a nice blend of processed apple juice and unfiltered, earthy cider. So far, I just preferred the first sample from the company.


Crisp Apple pours the lightest of the three thus far. The pale golden liquid sits in the glass with zero head to speak of.


This one smells clean, but with a subtle earthy character of fresh pressed cider. There’s a sweetness to it as well.


I wouldn’t so much as call this beer crisp (I though the carbonation was on the softer side) as I would sharp. There is a good amount of green apple tartness that grabs the tongue quickly before gently fading and leaving behind a residual juicy sweetness. Like the Traditional Dry, there’s no hint of alcohol to be found.


Again, this isn’t a bad brew. It’s right there in line with every other hard cider I’ve had. There’s just not much to set it apart from the crowd. Of the three, it was my least favorite, but was still refreshing. So far, both products have been tasty enough for me to recommend them to friends that enjoy ciders more than I do.

Rating: 3.25/5

This is a review of a promotional sample received from the brewery.

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