Written by Lauren (@Laurinwanderland)
Snow Capped Cider in Colorado is as rad as they come. They’re a woman-owned, high elevation cidery (6000′ feet elevation!) with five generations of fruit growers in Cedaredge since 1912! In 2014, they began their journey of what is now Snow Capped Cider. No artificial sugars are added and orchard-based English and French style apples are used to achieve their clean and fresh taste.
Currently, they hold 7 canned ciders, a cider-seltzer and a limited edition Rose’ cider. This summer they are planning to re-release their bottle line (review on that to follow later). Their Reserve Bottle Line contains Dabinett, Kingston Black, Harrison and Ashmeads Kernel. They also have a Specialty Line which encompasses Golden Russet, Blanc Mollet, Wickson, Winter Perry, Barrel-aged Peach, Pinova (apples, pears and French/English cider apples). Their ciders have won a variety of awards to include 6130′ Dry as a Double Gold Best in Class Winner at Great Lakes Cider and Perry.
During the Oregon ice-apocolpyse of February, I gave to everyone the Instagram series nobody asked for, where I reviewed all 9 cans currently available from my hotel room. Here are some ridiculous photos and my thoughts:
Living up to its name, it’s made of simple Colorado pears and jalapeno. I always say what makes a cider great is its balance, and this is well balanced between the sweetness of the pears and the heat of the infused jalapeno. At 6.9% ABV, it pours a hazy straw color. It’s lightly carbonated with pepper and pear on the nose. It has a pear forward with slight kick from the jalapeno in the after taste.
This is superior, especially for the cherry lover. 6.9% ABV with a reddish-tint, walking a fine line between a semi-dry and a semi-sweet. Aromas of apples with hints of cherry, but tasting the exact opposite. Effervescent with a cherry front and backing, just enough tartness and sourness to create a perfect blend, this will leave you with the taste of fresh cherry picking in your mouth.
As a Georgia Peach, who knew Colorado could come up with a peach cider this amazing? 6.9% ABV with a golden pour and peachy nose yields another effervescent cider with a pure peach flavor. You can almost taste the fuzzy peach skins.
Rose in color, this is a wine inspired cider with local Pinova apples and elderberries aged in Malbec wine skins for 6 months. A soft fruity aroma and semi-dry, this possesses a well rounded mix of floral wine notes and berry cider taste with a tart finish. I also cannot get over the can art (HEART EYES).
A blend of English and French cider apples–Blanc Mollet, Ashmead’s Kernal, Golden Russet and Dabinett. 6.9% ABV with floral and earthy aromas. It’s a semi-sweet cider, which is surprising to me as I expected it to be more dry. It’s got ample tartness, slightly tannic and a bit of bitterness to leave it balanced. Crisp, clean and lightly sparkling.
6.9% ABV semi-sweet, single varietal cider that tastes like a bite from a Honeycrisp apple. It’s moderately tart and tastes like apple juice with a twist for adults.
One of my favorite ever canned dry ciders, this 6.9% ABV is aged in oak barrels. It’s got a bold flavor, mellow tannins and is slightly tart. You can taste oaky notes in it, giving it the perfect earthy backing. Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good dry, so I was glad for this one! Thinking I need to order more as I type this…
Purple-ish tinted, this 6.9% ABV effervescent cider has a fruity floral nose to it with plum forwards and dry lemongrass and ginger notes. The plum definitely hangs out in the aftertaste.
For being cider based, I had no hints of apple drinking this. It has floral and lemon aromas and tastes of lavender backed with lemon and hints of sparkle. This will be a summer day staple!
You can find more info and order to be shipped to your state online at www.SnowCappedCider.com
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