We here at Austin Brew realize that not everyone likes the taste of beer, and some are unable to drink beer entirely. So, at the suggestion of one of our dear friends over Austin Eats Sandwiches, I have decided to try out a cider as a nice alternative to our normal brews.
For this tasting, I decided to do two selections from the Samuel Smith Brewery located in Yorkshire, England. The first is their Organic Cider, which it says is “produced from organically grown apples.” In addition to boasting that all of their beer products are vegan, the Cider also happens to be “high in natural antioxidants” and “gluten-free.”
The cider was very strong, with a 5% alcohol per volume content. The cider was also highly carbonated and left a very fizzy feeling on my tongue. It wasn’t too sweet, and the taste of apples was not overwhelming. It had a very similar taste to champagne, so that might be a good gauge as to whether you will enjoy it or not. The web page is also very helpful, giving tips for potential food pairings. On the Austin Brew Scale, I give this a 3.5 out of 5 mugs.
In keeping with the Samuel Smith theme, I also decided to try an old fashioned ale: Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale, to be precise. The ale is described as having “a round, nutty flavor because of the Yorkshire square system of fermentation.”
The ale produced a rather significant head when poured, which is also due in part to the fermentation system. The aroma is slightly sweet with a slight floral hint. The overall taste is, as one would expect, quite nutty, but there is also a slight citrusy tinge to the beer as well. The aftertaste is also quite hoppy as well, and I could see this going very well with a food pairing. Overall, I would give this a 3.75 out of 5 mugs.
Well, until next time, this is Tim saying “Cheers for now”.