Besides, I do get thirsty.
Bampkins pours pale straw from a 22-ounce bottle. In some light the cider in the glass has silvery green highlights. There are aromas of apples, cheese, and apple vinegar.
This cider is very dry and mildly astringent, fruity-sour with just a little funk. Carbonation adds punch, but the absence of sugar makes this a subtle drink.
These flavors are clear and refreshing, with a clean finish mixed with the tiniest bit of beer sour. We enjoyed ours with a chicken dinner.
Where American ciders like Woodchuck and Angry Orchard weigh in with more than 20 grams of sugar per glass, Fatty Bampkins Dry has but 1. If all you know are sweet ciders, consider this one a completely different sort of drink. A little like going from a malty lagger to a hoppy ale.
For all that, Fatty is not hard to take. It's a sort of cleaned-up version of the French brut ciders that are not shy about mixing a little barnyard with the pomme. Fatty B has only a little of the former and it works very well.
|Bumpkin? No, apple is for "A."|
Of the apples in question, Bampkins only says there are 6 varieties and they are pressed separately and locally.
I quite like a dry cider and this one has not gotten much love from the fruit-drinking world. It makes me wonder if I am out of step with the cider bloggers.
Beer reviewers (more used, perhaps, to sour and funky) have given Fatty more respect, and the cider has won awards and accolades.
Not sure I've really done justice to Fatty B, as this is my first cider tasting and there is a learning curve, just as there is reviewing apples.
If you try some, tell me what you think.