The Joe Shack (Rhubarb Cider) – Left Field Cider Co. (Logan Lake, BC, Canada)

 

  • My Rating: [D+]

The Joe Shack (Rhubarb Infused Cider) – Left Field Cider Co., 6.7% ABV, 500ml, (Logan Lake, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


On the front-right label:

“….this cider is made by infusing our full juice cider with fresh pressed rhubarb, the result – the perfect way to kick back after a long day in the summer sun.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – rhubarb) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Tart tangy acidic off-dry dull apple mild rhubarb unclean
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $9 CAD (after 5% off) – 500ml., October 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no
  • What made an impression: dull unappetizing flavour

Visual: Pours crystal clear blush pink with large bubbles hugging the side of the glass, sporadic fast bubbles surfacing.

Nose: cotton candy, tangy apple acidity, mildly dank (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: tart, flat, juicy acidic impression

Mid-palate: cloying apple juice, (lvl-2-sweetness), dull body, sticky tangy acidic tart

Finish: rhubarb tartness, thickened saliva, unclean vegginess

Summary: The dull cloying apple body combined with off-dry mids, too much tart-tanginess, and a flat CO2 equates to a subpar experience. The apple-rhubarb flavour itself is very muddled to the point where you are not sure what it is you are drinking. Definitely the worst of the five ciders I’ve tasted to date.

The Bunk House – Left Field Cider Co. (Logan Lake, BC, Canada)

The Bunk House Dry Hopped Cider – Left Field Cider Co., 6.5% ABV, 500ml, (Logan Lake, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


On the front-right label:

“…Our Bunkhouse cider is made by infusing our full juice cider with locally grown hops. The result… the perfect way to end a long day, start a good night or just unleash your inner cowboy.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – dry hopped) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Tangy acidic crisp green apple floral nuanced light tart
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $9.75 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours clear light straw yellow with no head, soda-like active CO2 streams, big bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: tangy filtered apple juice. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity, sharp crisp micro-tingly bite, background acidity

Mid-palate: soft sour-tangy, green apple, hints of elderflower, bright numbing acidity, (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: thickened throat saliva, green apple tartness, residual dissipating acidity.

Summary: Very good structure, pretty basic apple flavour but with subtle floral nuances. No real bitterness from the hops though.

English Dry Cider – Left Field Cider Co. (Logan Lake, BC, Canada)

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English Dry – Left Field Cider Co., 6.2% ABV, 500ml, (Logan Lake, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)


  • Style: (English Dry) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Tangy clean fruity apple acidic tart light woody roughish tart finish
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $11.40 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours clear light straw yellow, no head, very thin ringed retention, lots of steady small CO2 streams.

Nose: tangy pressed and filtered apple juice (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fruity

Mid-palate: filtered apple juice, (lvl-2-sweetness), tangy, medium acidic tartness, apple cider vinegar

Finish: light woody, thickened saliva, sticky gums, somewhat rough tart finish.

Summary: Like their Big and Little Dry ciders, this one also has a very clean apple taste profile. Although I had the Big Dry last month, from what I can recall this English Dry mirrors the Big Dry almost exactly but with 1% lower ABV. In any case both are only slightly above average and not worth trying again.

Big Dry Cider – Left Field Cider Co. (Logan Lake, BC, Canada)

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Big Dry – Left Field Cider Co., 7.2% ABV, 500ml, (Logan Lake, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)

-for comparison here is the review of their Little Dry Cider [C+].


  • Style: (dry) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Crystal clean red/green apple fruity tangy white wine
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours clear light golden yellow, ringed retention, steady singular streams.

Nose: apple juice from concentrate (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: bright fruity, fizzy

Mid-palate: light-med sour tangy acidity, green apple, (lvl-2-sweetness), red apple juice, white wine

Finish: hints of woodiness, thickened saliva, lingering fruity apple exhale.

Summary: Crystal clean flavour, very easy drinkability, but not much complexity. Slightly better than the Little Dry.

Little Dry – Left Field Cider Co. (Logan Lake, BC, Canada)

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Little Dry – Left Field Cider Co., 6.5% ABV, 500ml, (Logan Lake, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft cider*)

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  • Style: (off-dry) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Dense apple juice off-dry sour tangy acidic cloying
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8 CAD (after 10% off) – 500ml., June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Pours light straw yellow without a significant head, ringed micro bubbles, spread out steady streams.

Nose: apple juice, apple flesh, light musky,  (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: super crisp-large CO2 bubbles fizzy

Mid-palate: dense apple juice, sour-tangy, medium tart, cloying (lvl-4)-sweetness & acidity

Finish: lingering acidity, sticky gums, fruity apple exhale.

Summary: Straightforward clean apple juice flavour with a sour-acidic backbone. The taste is bright and drinkable but nothing too memorable or enticing here. Only decent.