Maker: North Peak Brewing, Dexter/Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Appearance: Like cloudy lemonade. Fizzy head upon decanting, then with a few bubbles in the haze.
Nose: A crisp, subtle apple aroma with a bit of limestone in the background.
On the palate: Medium-bodied and very dry. Golden delicious, more mineral water.
Finish: Crisp and clean. Leaves a bit of a carbonated tingle behind.
Parting words: This is hands down the driest American cider I have ever tasted. It’s really remarkable. Not that it’s the best one I’ve ever had, but it’s unlike anything I have had made in this country. I’ve had British ciders that approached this level of dryness, but the closest comparison that came to my mind was the dry Austrian Riesling I reviewed a while back. An apple-infused San Pellegrino or Gerolsteiner come close too.
My only complaint is the price, which is very high. If I recall correctly I paid over $12 for a six pack. Still, there’s not much out there like it, and it’s very refreshing on a hot, humid summer day. Nomad Dry cider is recommended.