Spire Mountain – Dark & Dry

Bottle and glass of Spire Mountain Dark and Dry

Bottle & glass of Spire Mountain Dark & Dry

I’ll give this one “dark” — it’s about the color of strong black tea, or perhaps the ice-diluted ends of a glass of Coke — but “dry” it ain’t. It’s flavorful, and smooth going down, but very sweet, on par with an Angry Orchard or Woodchuck at least.

There’s a distinct brown sugar aspect to its sweetness, though I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “molasses” as the Spire Mountain website does. The aroma is also a little sweet, but crisp and clear, not cloying.

There’s some tartness rounding out the flavor, but no bitterness, woodiness, or earthiness, and the aftertaste lingers for a little while before fading.

It’s low fizz but foams up quite a bit when poured, with more foam lingering around the rim than I see with most ciders even after the head subsides.

At only 5% ABV it’s more suitable for an extended drinking session than most of the other ciders I’ve reviewed. If I had to pick a single word, I’d call the Dark & Dry “mellow.”

Other than the inaccuracy of its name, I have no particular qualms with it, though I’m sure its sweetness won’t appeal to some. It’s the kind of cider I might like to drink in the dark, on a cool evening, after spending a hot day working outside.

Spire Mountain doesn’t have a locator widget on their site, but they’re based in Olympia and I’ve seen them around at plenty of stores as well as eating and drinking establishments. If you’re in the area, I’m sure you’ll be able to find some; if you’re not, well, come visit!


  • http://www.onehundredyearhorizons.com/ Barbara Seiders

    Before I started following Bad Rider Reviews I couldn’t tell one cider from another. They all tasted pretty much the same to me. And then, thanks to your reviews, I started to (…ahem…) pay attention. I’ve learned that I am not a fan of hoppy ciders. No. I have also learned that I CAN TELL TWO CIDERS APART! Specifically, Dark & Dry and Chelan Gold (which you reviewed Aug 14, 2014). I agree with your review that Dark & Dry doesn’t seem all that dry to me. It is tasty, but definitely lays sweet on the tongue. Chelan Gold is light, clear and crisp – and much drier. After drinking both of them, I realized that Dark & Dry is what I think of when I think of hard cider and is the kind of cider I would especially enjoy on a late summer or early fall afternoon. A sweet indulgence. Chelan Gold, on the other hand, is a cider that I would enjoy best freezy cold, the perfect refreshment on a hot, hot summer day.

    So, thanks, BRR for your reviews and for making me pay attention. Now, if only I could find the Angry Orchard Elderflower or even the Crispin Pacific Pear around here…

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  • https://cidersays.wordpress.com/ Kate

    This is one of my favorites. I love the unique molasses & brown sugar flavor, and think the level of sweetness is just right. Its even tastier on tap! I agree it is quite mellow/smooth.