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Island Orchard Cider Brut Apple Reserve Cider

Review: Brut Apple Reserve Cider by Island Orchard Cider

Review Date: September 16, 2018

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 6.90%

Cider Maker’s Description

Medium body, light astringency. Dry with a balance of fruit and tartness.

Good things come in small quantities. Our Brut Apple Reserve is a small batch bottling of late harvest apples from our orchard. We use only select cider cultivars to make this blend. It then goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle to produce a lively, frothy effervescence.


  • hazy/cloudy, golden orange color, very autumnal


  • very bubbly, lots of rising strings of tiny bubbles well after the pour


  • earthy, ripe apple skins, grassy, woody notes, hints of citrus


  • ripe red apple, earthy, grassy, very dry, slightly bitter


  • balanced with hints of acidity and astringency


  • clean finish with some lingering dryness

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Occasionally I like to sit and just enjoy a cider. If I get the opportunity to try this again, there will be better notes next time.

Reviewer Notes


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Cidery Information

Island Orchard Cider
Ellison Bay, WI

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.