A little over a week ago Melissa and I had friends Greg and Heather over to share some of our huge cache of cider. All of the bottles were bombers, so it was unlikely Melissa was going to get through them all by herself. Over the next few days I’ll recap the ciders we tried. First up, are Citizen Cider Northern Spy and Citizen Cider Wit’s Up. These were purchased in Vermont on a recent trip to see my family.
I believe the Wit’s Up is trying to mimic a wheat beer. It pours a yellow-greenish Mountain Dew color. We all thought it was pretty mild. Melissa said “it didn’t add a lot of flavor”, but would go good with a meal for that reason. Heather concurred, saying she could see having it with pasta and red sauce. Greg found it dry. I know very little about cider, but from the few I’ve tried, this one tasted very unique.
In sum: No one loved it, but no one disliked it either.
The Northern Spy is made using only one variety of apples and you can guess from the name what kind of apples. Having never tasted a Northern Spy apple, I lacked appreciation for the specific flavor they were going for. However, I really liked the cider and felt like it was one of the only ciders I have ever tried that I thought I could see myself drinking. Heather commented that the cider was different from anything she had tried before, while Greg said “I don’t like it, but I can’t stop drinking it!”
Wit’s Up and Northern Spy are 6.8% and 6.9% respectively.