Review: Pacific Pear Cider, Fox Barrel

Pacific Pear Cider
Fox Barrel Cider — Colfax, CA

  • Style:  Hard Pear Cider
  • ABV: 4.5% 
  • Ingredients:  Hard Pear Cider, Filtered Water, Pear Juice Concentrate, Malic Acid, Contains Sulfites. Gluten Free
  • Calories:  120 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle (provided by Fox Barrel)

Description:  "Naturally fermented using 100% pear juice, not from pear juice concentrate or pear-flavored hard apple cider. Filtered cold for extra purity, and smoothed with pear juice. With no added colorants, sugar, sorbate or benzoate preservatives. No added malt, spirit, grape or apple alcohols. Naturally elegant and refreshingly adult with a sparkling clean natural pear finish, and a subtle woody complexity, completed by an intense fresh pear bouquet." — Fox Barrel Cider 

Random thoughts:   This is part of my series on Hard Ciders.  Fox Barrel is owned by Crispin Ciders.  Fox Barrel produces a line of three pear ciders and Crispin has an extensive offering of apple ciders.

The tasting:  Light golden in color, clear, with some effervescence (3-5 bubbles at a time) floating to the top.  Aroma of sweet pear with a bit of apple.  Flavor is all pear (as one might expect).  Pacific Pear is very sweet and slightly tart.  It's light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation throughout the taste.  There's not a lot of depth in flavor—it promises pear and delivers it in spades.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I liked the pear flavor, but Pacific Pear Cider was too sweet for me.  I don't think I could drink more than one in a session.  I might try it on ice the next time to temper the sweetness.

Have you tasted Fox Barrel's Pacific Pear Cider?  What did you think?

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