Branching out into new tastes
A Review of Honey Crisp by Crispin Cider Co.
Posted on 11/18/2011 by Chops
Branching out into new tastes as a beer fan is always a fun experience. My wife is a cider and mead lover, so whenever she gets her hands on something new, I know I'm going to get a sample. She's a big fan of the Crispin line of ciders, so we've been doing our best to explore their product line. We recently cracked open a bottle of their Honey Crisp cider based on a recommendation from fellow BrewChief reviewer maliadore.
In the glass, this cider has a thick and hazy straw coloration. It's obviously unfiltered and you can see all the fine bits of apple sediment swirling around. From a brew lover's perspective, it looks a lot like a witbier. The aroma is very crisp and front-loaded with sweetness. In all honesty, it reminds me of a good champagne or chardonnay.
Honey Crisp's mouthfeel is thick and smooth, which I would imagine comes from the honey infusion. It's definitely a cider with body, so take some time to chew on it. Tangy apples take center stage as the dominant flavor note and a delicious honey zing wraps everything in a cozy blanket. The honey definitely balances out any tartness from the apples, resulting in an easy drinking and endlessly refreshing beverage. The finish is probably my favorite part of this cider. The apple flavor takes on a note of sourness that lingers for a very long time. It's almost like a candied granny smith apple landed on your tongue.
Overall, Crispin's Honey Crisp cider is a delightfully refreshing beverage. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can recommend it to any level of brew fan. Seasoned drinkers will find it to be a thought provoking cider that expands knowledge of the category. Novices will certainly enjoy this brew as a delicious variation on common ciders. One thing is for certain, the Crispin Cider Co. has beyond proved themselves as a go-to brewer for quality ciders. If you see Crispin on the menu, definitely treat yourself. You'll be glad you did.