A new year is on the horizon, and I have made it my resolution to drink more hard cider. The majority of hard ciders I’ve had exposure to up to this point have been light bodied, 4-5% ABV session beverages. This is great for a crisp refreshment after a few hours of yard work, but I’ve made it my quest to find more robust ciders with greater character. Strawman Cider by Angry Orchard is my first venture into this unknown territory. Let’s see if this oak aged beast has the complexity I’m searching for.
Strawman pours a cloudy amber with a slight amount of visible carbonation. The aroma has a strong presence of sweet and tart apple tones with notes of lemon and pear. The character is similar to that of a white wine with very little oak coming through on the nose.
The flavor profile opens with an explosion of tartness and sour apple. This transitions into unripe melon, orange, and lemon. These characteristics combined with light oak build on the white wine illusion. The frontloaded complexity tapers off into a rather mellow finish. The body is slightly heavier than most ciders with a modest amount of carbonation.
Strawman by Angry Orchard is certainly a step in the right direction for craft ciders. Although I was hoping for a little more oak flavor, the complex citrus and sour flavors were certainly more than I expected. Strawman pushes the limits of craft cider and will challenge your palate in ways that few others will.
- Appearance: Cloudy Amber, Minimal Visible Carbonation
- Aroma: Sweet & Tart Apple, Lemon, Pear
- Flavor: Massive Tartness, Unripe Melon, Orange, Lemon, Light Oak, Mellow Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Minus, Light Carbonation
- ABV: 10%