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Angry Orchard Hard Ciders

We’ve had some bad ciders, for sure. (See here and here.)

Happily, Angry Orchard Ciders are solid drinks. The Traditional Dry (5.5% ABV) is a slightly sour cider that is almost creamy in the mouth. It is very approachable. (Rating ***1/2)  The Crisp Apple (5% ABV) version is sweeter and a bit more sparkling. Those who enjoy Woodpecker might want to step up to this more sophisticated variant. Finally, we were intrigued by the Apple Ginger (5% ABV). It packs a potent ginger note, and we cannot help but think this would pair marvelously with Thai food. (Rating ***1/2)

The packaging is great; these would be right at home at a Halloween party. Very smartly, the labels note that angry Orchard Cider is gluten-free.  (Apples do not have gluten in them.)

One beef we have with this product is that it is a bit coy on the who, what, and where. What brewery or cider works makes it?  The label mentions Angry Orchard Cider Company, LLC of Cincinnati, Ohio—but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s Ohio-made. One has to dig a bit to learn this product (and the company) were created by the Boston Beer Company, the mega-microbrewer that makes Samuel Adams. The apples come from overseas apparently, but where it is made we just do not know. One can’t find a “visit us” link or somesuch on the Angry Orchard website.  This strikes us as strange and a needless distraction for an otherwise sound product.

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7 thoughts on “Angry Orchard Hard Ciders

  1. Mark Lockerman says:

    Another thing missing from their website is the alcohol content of their beverages and yet, you must be 21 or over to view the website. I would think that the company that makes the product would be forthright and inform their consumers of the alcohol content.

  2. alcoholreviews says:

    It is made from apples, so I would assume it is. But do call the manufacturer to ask!

  3. Kim Brennan says:

    I have celiac disease…i am very careful to be gluten free. I have had the Angry Orchard twice and both times I have had a bad outcome…2-3 days in agony. Just wondering if it is 100% glueten free… hmmm

  4. Depending on your level of sensitivity to gluten, it is possible to have a “gluten-free” product still cause a reaction simply because while the product itself is “gluten free” it may be produced in a facility where other products having gluten in them are produced, therefore causing a “cross contamination” issue.

  5. I never write reviews but have just had pass on my comments about AO gluten free cider – absolutely one of the worst ciders I have ever had! Very, very sweet…overbears any real cider flavour. I found it undrinkable (and I have drunk some bad tasting cider in my time!) Down the sink it goes!

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