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.