Clear to brilliant. Color should be that of a standard cider unless other ingredients are expected to contribute color.
The cider character must always be present, and must fit with added ingredients. If a spirit barrel was used, the character of the spirit (rum, whiskey, etc.) must be no more than just recognizable; it must not be a substantial element of the flavor.
Average body, may show tannic (astringent) or heavy body as determined by other ingredients.