Angry Orchard Easy Apple: A Motorcycle Ride and A Cider

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Angry Orchard Easy Apple

I write this after taking the first ride of the year. In addition to being the beer and liquor enthusiast I am, I am also an avid motorcycle enthusiast as well. A combination which, depending on your perspective, could be either entirely normal, or insanely reckless. Needless to say, it is not one I combine, but one which does speak to me of seasons and fine weather.

So today, as I mentioned, I rode again. It was obscenely warm for a day in February and once the snow had melted away, coating the streets in dark, wet run-off, I took to the road. It is a fine feeling, the feeling of spring. Fine enough even when it comes in what is the depths of winter. At least, when you’re from New England.

The long and short of this semi-nostalgic tangent is that riding is a song of spring unto itself. As is light cider. As is this cider.

I am not the biggest cider fan and amongst the offerings I may have available to me, I can think of many which would come before Angry Orchard. So often, I find in comparison to more locally made hard ciders, the big-dog corporate makers such as Angry Orchard often bring to table a saccharine-esque quality to them which make their sweetness outright sticky. However here we have none of that and little to complain about.

Light and bright, this cider offers us a hazy appearance on account of it being unfiltered and oddly enough, packed with more of the core cider flavors while, in this case, being lighter all in all. Absent here is any real trace of the relatively syrupy aspect that some heavier Angry Orchard offerings I am accustomed to and instead, a genuine spring-time crispness. I suppose then, that in addition to the ride is why I think of motorcycles. Because when I think of them, I think of spring.

Well played Angry Orchard.

But here, all references aside, is a genuinely easy sipping cider. It is in fact a “session” cider if you would, as it comes in just at 4.2% ABV, making it perhaps ideal for sipping if one is to stop off…on a ride. A motorcycle ride, obviously.

What other kind is there?

So easy sipping, sessionable, light yet still unfiltered. It is nearly contradictory in this sense and for that, I offer a sincere tip of the hat. But beyond this we are offered something I can’t help but get behind. A large scale corporate cidery taking to crafting something that is both easy going, as well as…dynamic, I suppose.

In a time in which local cideries, at least here in New England are opening left and right, all with locally sourced and distinctive apples and fruits, it is almost impressive to see a big company create a niche product this (relatively) clean. As a cider snob, by virtue of not liking all that many ciders in general, Angry Orchard won some approval here.

So to Angry Orchard, to tomorrow’s ride and those which come after, and of course to you, I say as always…


While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.

Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.

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