Modern Cider

Modern Ciders are made primarily from culinary/table apples. Compared to other Standard styles, these ciders are generally lower in tannin and higher in acidity.

Aroma/Flavor
Sweet or low-alcohol ciders may have apple aroma and flavor. Dry ciders will be more wine-like with some esters. Sugar and acidity should combine to give a refreshing character. Acidity is medium to high, refreshing, but must not be harsh or biting.

Appearance
Brilliant, pale to yellow in color.

Mouthfeel
Medium body.

Overall Impression
A refreshing drink – not bland or watery. Sweet ciders must not be cloying. Dry ciders must not be too austere.

Comments
An ideal cider serves well as a “session” drink, and suitably accompanies a wide variety of food.

Entry Instructions
Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (3 levels). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (5 levels). If OG is substantially above typical range, entrant should explain, e.g., particular variety of apple giving high-gravity juice.

Varieties
Commonly grown varieties such as McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Jonathan, and Winesap. Multi-use varieties (Northern Spy, Russets, Baldwin), crabapples, and any suitable wildings may also be used.

Vital Statistics
OG: 1.045 – 1.065 FG: 0.995 – 1.020 ABV: 5 – 8%