Expanding horizons
A Review of Pacific Pear Cider by Fox Barrel Cider Co.
Posted on 3/21/2013 by Chops
You can never be truly knowledgeable or great at something if you don't venture outside of your comfort zone. You know those people who have never left the country they live in, yet have strong opinions about other countries? No matter how well they may articulate that opinion, it will always be invalidated on the basis of inexperience. I am reminded of a wonderful Mark Twain quote: ''Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.''

This concept can also be applied to the world of craft beer. If you only drink lagers, then your opinions on IPAs are mostly irrelevant. Sadly, most people use this as a weak excuse to hide inside their familiar boxes of comfort. But for the adventurous among us, we recognize this as boring and unsatisfactory. Expanding your horizons will always involve an awkward first step. As a beer reviewer, this is precisely why I make it a point to try wines, sakes, spirits, and ciders. I do not pretend to be an expert in any of these fields, but I can never be a true beer connoisseur without these experiences. So today, I have decided to sample and review the Fox Barrel Pacific Pear Cider... as a beer fan.

In the glass, this perry (pear cider) has a crystal clear light straw coloration that is similar to apple juice. I found no head at all, even with an aggressive pour. This may or may not mean anything, but alas, I cannot speak intelligently on the topic. On the nose, I was greeted with a big bouquet of fresh sweet pear. It was delightful to be honest, smelled just like a glass of fresh pear juice. Fox Barrel describes this perry as ''naturally fermented using 100% pear juice, not from pear juice concentrate or pear-flavored hard apple cider''. So, I would imagine that this perry is much more ''peary'' than a standard perry.

That first sip was delightful, just a big burst of sweet pear goodness. It's actually a tangy flavor with an unexpected kick, almost like there is a citrus element swirling around. This is a very smooth and easy drinking perry, pleasant from start to finish and leaves a tangy sweet aftertaste. I was struck by how pure this perry tasted. It really is like you're drinking a glass of fresh and filtered pear juice with a shot of clean liquor. It did not taste fermented at all to my palate.

Overall, Fox Barrel's Pacific Pear Cider is a delightfully refreshing perry. I have tried enough perry at this point to be impressed by this version, but I still have yet to be blown away by one. At the moment, this is my go-to perry for recommendation. Short of someone who doesn't drink at all, I struggle to find anyone I couldn't recommend this to. It's very clean, very tasty, and very easy to drink. So the next time you find yourself scanning a beer menu and you stumble across the Pacific Pear Cider, take it from this beer geek and expand your horizons. You'll be glad you did.

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