Good Life Funkhouse

Good Life Cider is made at the Finger Lakes Ciderhouse in western New York.  The name of this cider comes from the Funkhouse apple (also known as the Ben Davis), one of the main apples used in the cider.  Here’s what the label says:

Bottle Conditioned, Lightly Sparkling (petulant). Aging on the lees. Leaves a fine layer of natural sediment, with advanced complexity due to yeast contact.
Featuring Ben Davis (Funkhouse), Yarlington Mill (English Bittersweet), Dabinett, Pioneer Crab. This one is a little out of the box.

Funkhouse comes in 750mL bottles for about $16, and is 7.1% ABV.

Initial observations:

  • Sweetness: 2/5
  • Bubbliness: 2.5/5
  • Complexity: 3.2/5
  • Tannin: 2.5/5
  • Temperature: Cellar (55°F)

Phil’s notes:

Tart, good crab apple flavor, nicely balanced, not much mineral flavor or cider apple bitterness, could have used more earth and ironically more funk. Very bright and tart, complex but not as balanced or interesting as it could have been with a strong bittersweet or two in the mix.

  • 6.5/10

Ben’s notes:

Nose has a lot of wild and crabappleyness.  Flavor is mostly dry with a good level of tartness and a nice contribution of crabapple flavor.  The finish is bright and tart, with an interesting hint of menthol or something.  Overall, a bright/tart cider with a good share of crabapple complexity, but maybe could use a more rich flavor component.

  • 6.9/10

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