ClubGonzo’s Juiced

Juiced by ClubGonzo, Cider, 5.7% ABV.

So far I’ve tasted exclusive ciders made from handpicked apples from local apple orchards, this one is in another league. What happens if you buy the cheapest apple juice (from concentrate, of course) and add yeast? Can this simple approach yield a good result?

ClubGonzo's Juiced

ClubGonzo’s Juiced

The cheat-cider pours a clear pale golden colour with a fizzy head that disappears immediately. In the last glass, when I also get some sediments and the body turns out quite hazy, the fizzy head sticks around for quite some time. Interesting.

The aroma is less strong than for the other ciders from ClubGonzo, but it’s surprisingly nice! This is like smelling a sparkling wine with obvious apple notes. The apples feel ripe, with some slightly fermented notes in the back.

Finally a cider with some residual sweetness! There is also a light acidity present, but that one is nicely balanced by the light sweet taste. The flavours are not strong, but some nice apple notes are present.

The mouthfeel is too thin and watery, and the carbonation is too soft. In my opinion a cider should either be flat, or it should have a lively sparkling mouthfeel. This one is somewhere in between, and I don’t think the soft carbonation is that fitting. There is also an unpleasant banana peel astringency that reduces the drinkability. The finish is light to moderate dry.

Conclusion: surprisingly nice cider, considering the main ingredient juiced…ehrm… used for making the brew. It has a more pleasant taste with less acidity than the previous ClubGonzo ciders, but the aroma and flavours are too faint and the mouthfeel is not very pleasant. I would really like to taste a cider with the sweetness and pleasant acidity of this cider, but with as delicious and strong aroma and flavours as the previous ones.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:   10/20
Ratebeer score: 2.7/5.0

One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Juiced

  1. Hahaha, funny that you actually like this the most: while pleasant enough (and great as a fast food companion) this is by far the most watery, tasteless and boring cider I’ve made so far. 🙂 However, your analysis of the various ciders lead me to conclude that I’ll experiment more with different yeast strains in the future. So far, I’ve used English cider yeast and/or spontaneous fermentation, producing mostly very dry ciders. This one is fermented with Safale 05, which may account for the less harsh “acidic” taste. Interesting. Thanks for the input as always! 🙂

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