Angry Orchard – Summer Honey

RIP Elderflower Cider

RIP Elderflower Cider

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

My love for Angry Orchard’s Elderflower seasonal release is well-documented here on Bad Rider, so it should come as no surprise that anticipation of its return was a major part of my excitement for the 2015 summer seasonals to start appearing.

LITTLE DID I KNOW.

Rather than bring back last year’s practically-perfect-in-every-way seasonal release, Angry Orchard decided to mix things up and release something different this summer.

Something boring.

Their “Summer Honey” seasonal isn’t terrible. It’s fairly generic, tasting very much like Angry Orchard’s regular offerings, with some slight honey notes to the aroma and taste. In fact, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like ciders with more powerful honey influence, you may still find it worth your time to give this one a try, as it’s quite mild.

That said: it’s no Elderflower cider, that’s for sure. You may as well be drinking regular Angry Orchard, or better yet, something local from a small cidery.

Want to try it? Find it wherever you usually find Angry Orchard. Me, I’ll be over here sulking with a Crispin and a dash of St. Germain to fill the Elderflower-shaped hole in my heart.

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

    I too was sad, as the Elderflower was pretty good for being commercial cider! Angry Orchard Summer Honey was quite disappointing, and was too fake & syrupy tasting for my liking.

    My favorite cider with honey so far is Finnriver Honey Meadow, their Spring botanical release. I just tried it on Friday. It also has chamomile & lemon balm, and is only semi-sweet.

    Woodchuck had an Out on a Limb release (Oopsy Daisy) with honey that was pretty good too, and also had chamomile, but was quite sweet.