Here she is: the final post in my Hopped Cider Trilogy. This has been an interesting journey for me. Not being a beer drinker, the idea of hopped ciders was immediately unappealing to me. Hops means beer, and beer means bitter, weird earwax flavours to me (don’t look at me like that, you know exactly what I’m talking about). So, exposing my bias, how did these ciders fare? Read on!
The scoop on Cider Creek Cascade Hopricot Hopped Hard Cider…
The Nose: Very fresh and lightly fruity. A little apple, a little apricot (again, both “fresh”). Sourness. This doesn’t have much of a fermented or “over-ripe” fruit scent at all. I didn’t pick up any hops at all, strangely. Overall: it smells nice.
The Colour: Very pale pure yellow. The photo was taken under a very warm light which makes the cider come across as a lot more golden than it really is. Cloudy, obviously.
The Mouthfeel: Fantastic bubbles off the hop (HAR HAR). Lots of carbonation, and the bubbles are nice and light. My tongue feels a little dry now (which I like, personally.)
The Taste: Light hops balanced with lightly sweet apricot. Slightly, slightly tart/sour– just enough. Subtle apple flavour. I’m using the word “light” a lot here, but I don’t want to give the impression that there’s nothing “there”; the flavour isn’t immaterial. It’s just beautifully balanced and subtle. It’s not too sweet that I couldn’t enjoy a few glasses on a really hot day.
The Verdict: I like this. A lot. That said, I love apricot. This manages to impart the “full” and fleshy taste of fresh apricots, without being too sweet or coming across as gimmicky. And the hops? The hops definitely add to this cider– I’m not sure I’d like it as much without them. The subtle cascade hops serve to balance out the sweetness and keep the cider fresh and airy. Overall: would absolutely drink this again. I’d give this an incredulously impressed nod-n-smile out of … the appropriate corresponding measurement.