Cidery: Crispin Cider Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cider: Browns Lane
Serving: 16.9 oz can
Glassware: Crispin glass
Information: 5.8% ABV, Service Ice Cold, Gluten free, made with English bittersweet cider apples.
Style: English Dry Cider
Purchased at: n/a
Availability: Year round.
“Authentically British from it’s bespoke British Racing Green tailoring to its superb craftsmanship, but most defined by its World Champion racing spirit. 100% pressed, fermented and produced in England, Crispin Browns Lane is a deliciously dry, classic English cider.
Crispin Browns Lane is named for the original Jaguar car factory in England, and is a sincere homage to the great British motor-racing heritage, embodied in classic Jaguar, Bentley, Aston-Martin, Lotus cars and the legendary drivers like Hill, Stewart, Moss, Surtees and Clark. A racing tradition and expertise that continues today in Formula 1 and Cart racing.
A lightly sparking, crisply effervescent cider made with traditional English bittersweet cider apples sourced in the Malvern Hills of Worcestershire. Dark straw in appearance with a semi-brilliant richness. The slight brettanomyces aroma lends to an almost traditional farmhouse cider bouquet. Soft, subtle natural apple sweetness up front, brett & tannins mid-palate move in to a slightly woody dry lingering finish.”
Grade: 92 / 100 (4.6)
A – Well-carbonated and golden yellow in color, Browns Lane has a pillowy white head with great retention, especially for a cider.
S – Abounding tartness with overflowing earth tones, Browns Lane has acidic apple skin tannins that remind of a French Biere de Garde or lightly funky gueuze. English yeast notes pop in briefly before the bittersweet dry finish closes it out.
T – The upfront sweetness gives a nice glance at the juicy apples but is quickly brushed aside by the earthy tones and bitter, tart apple skin tannins.
M – Annoyingly refreshing, Browns Lane is hard to take just one sip of. From the sweet start to the light bitter and tart dry finish, this well-carbonated, light-bodied cider feels great!
O – Fantastic in every regard, Browns Lane is an excellent cider that takes me to a place I’ve never been; relaxing in an English pub, sipping this cider in a dreary drizzle. The earthy dryness and bittersweet apples beg for another sip as the glass parts ways with my lips. Another? Hell yes.