I tried this for research purposes... Sugary fake apple smell. Syrupy sweet apple taste. Disagree on "not too sweet" lol. I actually like sweeter ciders, but I think because of the lack of carbonation, it made it seem even sweeter. Hints of a caramel flavor. I wouldn't even describe this one as smooth & crisp, as it is too syrupy & fake tasting for my liking. Very simple. I think with a lot more carbonation and less sugar it wouldn't be as horrible. I'm curious about the deep amber color, which doesn't seem to match the label which doesn't list artificial coloring.
I think people who want a "cider" which tastes like apple juice but has alcohol will like this. Besides that, it doesn't have much going for it. Sadly, this is another cider by "Big Beer", and further, one that tries to hide that fact.
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2015