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Old 02-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #11
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Never had Woodchuck Raspberry. Love the Regular and Amber. How many varieties are there now?
Varieties
All Woodchuck ciders are naturally gluten-free because the product is made from apples only, without any grains. The company sells several types of cider under the Woodchuck name, including core flavors, limited releases which are sold at particular times of year, private reserves which are produced in limited batches, and "farmhouse select" which is produced in small batches and sold in 750ml bottles.

Core styles
Amber – traditional New England cider
802 (Dark & Dry) – has caramelized sugar added, but still drier than Amber. The named comes from the 802 area code, which covers Vermont, where Woodchuck Hard Cider is based. (Also where I got the idea to name my batches of local pressed cider "585")
Granny Smith – made from only Granny Smith apples
Pear – apple cider with natural pear flavoring added
Raspberry – apple cider with a raspberry flavoring added
Crisp – a dry cider

Limited releases
Woodchuck has seasonal cider varieties which are released according to time of year:
Spring – flavored with maple syrup and brown sugar
Summer – more tart than Amber cider, with blueberry juice added
Fall – flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and white oak
Winter – a combination of "Premium French" and "Traditional American Oak"

Private reserves
In the fall of 2010, the company produced a limited run of pumpkin hard cider, which they claim as the world's first pumpkin cider.
Barrel Select private reserve is hard cider that combines the taste of cider with the taste of Kentucky bourbon.
Woodchuck Belgian White was introduced in 2012 as a cider that uses Belgian beer yeast.
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Oh, and get a hydrometer. Psychic brewing is great and all, but hard numbers get rid of MUCH of the guess work.
"No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities." ~ 1 Timothy 5:23

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Old 02-16-2013, 04:38 AM   #12
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Drinking now, Angry Orchard Ginger.

Tall brown bottle, with a twistoff (Boooo!) cap.

Smell of apple and ginger is noticeable.

Very light carbonation. Nice golden color. Starts off with a strong tart apple flavor, finish is gingery.

Reasonably priced, $8 for a 6 pack, which is inline with most retail ciders sold in this area.

I do believe i will be getting more of this one. I have been very happy with the Angry Orchard Crisp, and I am pleased at their consistent quality.

Out of a maximum of 5 Dancing Bananas, I will give Angry Orchard Ginger:


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Oh, and get a hydrometer. Psychic brewing is great and all, but hard numbers get rid of MUCH of the guess work.
"No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities." ~ 1 Timothy 5:23

Currently Fermenting:
Skeeter Pee
Blueberry Cider

Bottle Conditioning:
None

In Bottles / Drinking:
Cranberry Cider
Citron Cider
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:07 PM   #13
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We interrupt the scheduled tasting lineup for Redd's Apple Ale.

It comes in a tall clear glass twistoff bottle, so no bottle reuse here.

Good smell of apples after removing the cap. Good carbonation, good golden color. Nice apple flavor, with an ale aftertaste.

Slightly above average price at $8.50 a 6 pack.

Best way for me to describe this is the bastard child of cider and beer. I may get more, but not right away

Out of a maximum of 5 Dancing Bananas, I will give Redd's Apple Ale:

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Oh, and get a hydrometer. Psychic brewing is great and all, but hard numbers get rid of MUCH of the guess work.
"No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities." ~ 1 Timothy 5:23

Currently Fermenting:
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Blueberry Cider

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None

In Bottles / Drinking:
Cranberry Cider
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:23 AM   #14
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Interesting! I've never seen a comercial Graff before! Mike, if I may ask, where are they based out of?

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Old 02-17-2013, 05:13 AM   #15
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Interesting! I've never seen a comercial Graff before! Mike, if I may ask, where are they based out of?
Their website (http://www.reddsapple.com/) says "Redd’s Brewing Company, Albany, GA". Someone in another thread says that they may be part of Miller brewing.
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Oh, and get a hydrometer. Psychic brewing is great and all, but hard numbers get rid of MUCH of the guess work.
"No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities." ~ 1 Timothy 5:23

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Old 02-17-2013, 09:53 AM   #16
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I saw that thread too. It wouldn't suprise me, but I can hope, after the good review you gave it, that it's not true.

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Old 02-17-2013, 02:00 PM   #17
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There is a MillerCoors Brewery in Albany, GA if I'm not mistaken.

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:14 PM   #18
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A + B = C (oors)

But having said that, I feel that Shocktop has a place too, even though they are Anheiser Busch.

I wonder if any small brewers have tried to put a Graff out there. They always put extra effort. Into making their stuff taste better.

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I saw one a year or so ago. Unfortunately, I can't even remember the name of the brewery. I think it was a limited edition from the Northwest? It was definitely a commercial product and not just from someone's basement. (Not that that's a bad thing either though)

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:31 AM   #20
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Tonight's review is of McKenzies Hand Pressed Seasonal Reserve.

It is in a tall brown bottle, and unfortunately it's a twistoff.

Nice gold coloring, and a very strong spicy smell.

First taste, again a good strong spice flavor, tart, then followed by an almost citrus finish. It is like a mulled cider on a winters eve.

It is about $8 for a 6 pack, about average.

From their website:
Flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg. Sip, smell and savor the rich, mulled spicy goodness of McKenzie's Seasonal Reserve. Aromatic fall flavors warm you from the inside out, and chase away the chill on those cold nights. Serve warm or cold, but only for a limited time!

Out of a maximum of 5 Dancing Bananas, I will give McKenzies Seasonal Reserve:

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Oh, and get a hydrometer. Psychic brewing is great and all, but hard numbers get rid of MUCH of the guess work.
"No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities." ~ 1 Timothy 5:23

Currently Fermenting:
Skeeter Pee
Blueberry Cider

Bottle Conditioning:
None

In Bottles / Drinking:
Cranberry Cider
Citron Cider
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