MarkDaSpark wrote:A flying monkey also threw one my way, but forgot to include a note when it would go up.
Will report tomorrow, early as possible, since it's way too late now to open one. Plus, I'm hoping JavaDrinker & CoffeeMate will be available.
The label said Gluten Free, which should please CoffeeMate.
Edit: They're also on Facebook
Java & Coffee were unavailable, so just my notes. First time for Hard Cider (that I recall anyway).
Also compared it to another Hard Cider. I picked Crispin's Original, since someone mentioned it.
Both were chilled, and I used Pilsner glasses (which were recommended for the bubbles).
Attila is a lighter, very pale yellow (as seen in kyle's photo), and the Crispin's was a deeper yellow.
Each was poured slowly into the glass, yet the Attila still had small bubbles flowing up, even 10 minutes after the Crispin's stopped.
Aroma & Taste:
Attila has something on the nose, not unpleasant, not funky, just ... something. Maybe it's the Bosc pear and red apple notes a reviewer mentioned. I'm not sure I would guess it's a Apple Cider from the aroma.
Crispin's definitely has apple on the nose. Very pleasant.
Attila's taste is dry, not sweet at all. I get a little apple, but not what I would expect from a Hard Apple Cider (not having had one before).
Crispin's is a little more tart, and the finish isn't as long as Attila's. But you get the apple notes in it. Really short finish.
Sorry to say, neither one lights my fire to buy Hard Apple Ciders.
I didn't get metallic on either one, but I thinking the smell on the Attila is reminiscent of the petroleum odor you get with some wines. But it still has plenty of those tiny bubbles!!!
Of course, I like beer (Lagers, Stouts, then IPA's), tannic wines (PS ftw!), and sweet wines (Port, Madeira, Sherry, Late Harvest (not so much Ice Wines that are syrupy)). So perhaps that contributes to not being fired up on Hard Apple Cider.