Review of America’s Most Popular Cider

AngryorcharlogoAngry Orchard is America’s most popular cider brand, holding something in the vicinity of 40% of the cider market. Owned and produced by The Boston Beer Company, home of Sam Adams Beer, Angry Orchard is the cider you are most likely to find on store shelves and even on beer and wine lists in restaurants. Among its ingredients is “natural flavor”, according to the bottle. I don’t know what “natural” flavor means, but I guess I’m happy it doesn’t include “unnatural flavor”. Angry Orchard will be responsible for introducing many people to cider in the United States and this just great.

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider

AngryOrchardCrispAppleAlcohol: 5% ….Origin: America ….Fruit: Unknown ….Production: A whole lot! ….Price: $7.99/six-pack of 12oz bottles

Rating: */** of 5

Golden colored in the glass with minimal but noticeable carbonation. Out of the glass it oozes ripe apple, Mott’s apple juice and a distinct and one-dimensional sweetness. On the palate the carbonation hits like brick. The drink itself is somewhat light bodied. The flavors are dominated by heavy amounts of residual sugar, citrus and a prominent stewy/apple sauce component. There is nothing bitter about this cider. There is nothing sharp about this cider. It is essentially the spitting image of Jolly Rancher Green Apple candy liquified. I have two more bottles of this cider. We are going to find out how well it ages over the course of 20 years or more.

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Posted In: Cider


3 Responses

  1. Don McIvor - April 17, 2014

    Tom-Found your blog in a roundabout way through Bill McIver.

    I can see we are cast from the same mold! This review is hilarious, and spot on. I have five more bottles I’d be glad to send you for your cellar. At least you know you’ll never be without something to drink.

    Thanks goodness there are an increasing number of well crafted options in the cider world. If you’d like to wash the taste of Jolly Rancher out of your mouth, I’d recommend something from Sea Cider or Albemarle Cider Works. Look forward to your reviews of both.



  2. Tom Wark - April 17, 2014


    I’ve heard a great deal about Sea Cider and I’m looking to get my hands on some. And, while I appreciate the offer to send me more liquid Jolly Rancher, I think I’m good for now.


  3. Maddogeco - April 18, 2014

    I like that line “Fruit: Unknown ” does they mean it’s mostly artificial?

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