This is a cider made with characteristic New England apples for relatively high acidity, with additives to raise alcohol levels and contribute additional flavor notes.
Aroma/Flavor: A flavorful cider with robust apple character, strong alcohol, and derivative flavors from sugar additives; traditionally dry.
Appearance: Clear to brilliant, pale to medium yellow.
Mouthfeel: Substantial, alcoholic. Moderate tannin.
Overall impression: Substantial body and character. Typically relatively dry, but can be somewhat sweet if in balance and not containing hot alcohol.
Comments: Additives may include white and brown sugars, molasses, small amounts of honey, and raisins. Additives are intended to raise OG well above that which would be achieved by apples alone. This style is sometimes barrel-aged, in which case there will be oak character as with a barrel-aged wine. If the barrel was formerly used to age spirits, some flavor notes from the spirit (e.g., whisky or rum) may also be present, but must be subtle.
Entry Instructions: Entrants MUST specify if the cider was barrel-fermented or aged. Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (3 levels). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (5 levels).
Varieties: Northern Spy, Roxbury Russet, Golden Russet, Baldwin, etc.; many traditional New England apples.
Vital Statistics: OG: 1.060 – 1.100 FG: 0.995 – 1.020 ABV: 7 – 13%
Commercial Examples: [US] Snowdrift Semi-Dry (WA), Blackbird Cider Works New England Style (NY).