Blake’s Hard Cider in Indiana: Better Than Beanblossom?
In the right corner is Blake’s, and to your left is Beanblossom. Winner takes all. Let’s get ready to rumblllllllle!
Our friends over at Oliver Winery Beanblossom Hard Apple Cider offer an array of wonderful selections. But to avoid partiality, we did a little research to see what their customers and consumers have to say – particularly, their original hard cider.
If you’d like to see our selections, click here to see what we have at your local Kroger or Meijers Indiana location today.
** Oliver Winery Beanblossom Hard Cider **
Here’s a brief overview of Beanblossoms flagship offering (courtesy of beerandbrewing.com), Oliver Winery Beanblossom Hard Cider (Original):
It’s low apple aromatics with it’s dash of white grape and honey is a lovely surprise – we wish there were a stronger dose of it; or maybe we’re a bit selfish in our desires. As it warms naturally you’re treated with a touch of black pepper and light brown sugar. Truly, you could spend several minutes admiring the nose before it ever touches the tip of your tongue.
As for flavor, it’s a wonderful mix of sweet and sour apple, barely noticeable grape notes, while ranking on the lower end in acidity. This can be either good or bad depending on how hard you like your cider. The flavor delivers in strength – backing up it’s high expectations on the nose.
On a scale of 1 – 10, it is a 5 or 6 in dryness. Alcohol content sits at 9%, higher than most hard ciders, but barely noticeable until it ‘kicks in’ in to second shift by the time you take the last sip.
Certainly, a good review isn’t complete without it’s criticisms.
Below are a few pet peeves across the board from some consumers (courtesy ratebeer.com):
“Nauseating, fruity aroma. Drinkable”
“A tad TOO alcoholic. Apples and white sugar in the end. This is way too sweet, and did I mention, very alcoholic?”
Another critic said, “Too sweet! Apple flavor decent, but colorless and headless. Quit thin. Little personality. Very pricey to boot.”
“Although easy to drink it’s bland tasting. Lacks character”
Of course, these criticisms aren’t shared by “every” consumer, but by many. There are alternatives that offer more of a ‘hard cidery’ taste and feel without excessive alcohol and sugar content if you fancy.
Check out our website to see our product selection and visit your local Kroger or Meijers grocery store today.
** In Conclusion **
Truth is, every hard cider producer self-proclaim themselves to be the best. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is what YOU, the consumer, the connoisseur, the taste tester, thinks about a brand and their product selection.
For example, Al B. from Mount Clemens, MI said, “They have a nice variety of “flavors” with flights ( 5 or 6 oz.?) for a decent price. I was curious about a couple and asked for a small sample and was accommodated. After sampling an El Chavo (mango and habanero). Surprisingly mild, took a 6 pack home. Great staff, we will be back!”
So there you have it.
Straight from the horse’s mouth.
Of course we believe we have the best hard cider this side of town, we’re biased, but we care far more about what YOU believe. Frankly, you may find you prefer Beanblossom’s selection. And that’s okay. We love them, too. But if you want to step outside your comfort zone and try something a little different that’ll wake you up out of your slumber, give us a shot. Than tell us what you think.
Visit your local Kroger or Meijer store in Indiana and ask for Blake’s Hard Apple Cider. Grab yourself a 6-can like Al, sit back, relax and enjoy!
Remember, always drink responsibly.