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Judge's Review: 87 Rating - Ballyhook Flyer by Craigies Cider

April, 2018
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
35 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Ballyhook Flyer by Craigies Cider is being evaluated as an English Cider (2015 BJCP Category Cider-1B) according to BJCP guidelines.

The aroma is complex, comprising of ripe red apples, with a low presence of spicy cinnamon and a hint of fresh from the tree crabapple indicating acidity. The cider is blonde with a light orange hue which is dulled by moderate cloudiness. The flavor is fairly light with a touch of ethyl acetate that isn’t completely offensive but bordering on nail polish remover. There is a medium-high level of tannins which accentuate perceived bitterness and dryness. Moderate levels of acidity and astringency also help to cut down on perceived sweetness and aid in the cider’s overall drinkability. Carbonation is moderately sparkling and the body is medium. Overall, this cider is one that showcases subtle complexities from fermentation rather than apple varietals. A good choice for those with a trained palate for craft cider or for casual drinkers who prefer a dry cider with some character.