Cider Creek Cascade Hopricot Hopped Hard Cider Review

[Part III in a series on Hopped Ciders. This post focuses solely on Cider Creek. Separate posts are home to Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider and Central City Hopping Mad reviews.]

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! Continue reading

Finnriver Habañero Hard Cider Review

“So Spice!”
-Finn, from that episode where he says “So Spice!”

As Finn says in one of my favourite Adventure Time sound-bites: “So Spice!”

Alcohol: 6.5%
Brewed By: Finnriver/ Center Valley Orchards, Washington.
Ingredients: Washington organic apples, organic habañero chillies, organic cane sugar

The Colour: Pale yellow. Verra pale.
Read on, Macduff…

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider Review


The Orchard Disapproves of Your Lifestyle.

I AM SO EXCITED TO BE TRYING THIS RIGHT NOW, YOU GUYS. Strictly speaking, Angry Orchard isn’t available for sale in the province yet [Update: as of the fall of 2014, Angry Orchard is available in Alberta. Yay!] So, I kind of feel special drinking this. That being said, it should be available for mass purchase/consumption within the next few months or so.

To the stats!

The Taste: Sweet. Not cloying. Not thick or syrupy (I know those aren’t descriptors of taste. Shut up.) It’s more like there’s a hint of apples than, like, a tonne of apple flavour. It’s kind of like S’bow… but unlike S’bow, it’s sweet. There isn’t much tartness/sourness to it, yet it’s crisp enough to balance out the sweet.


  • 5% ABV
  • 355 mL
  • Calories: 221

Read on, Macduff…

Pommies Dry Cider Review


Pommies Cider: Alcoholic & Greenish!

I have been waiting quite a while to try this cider. I first heard about it this past fall from a woman who had just tried it on a trip to Ontario.  She raved about it so convincingly, that I was almost as heartbroken as she was that it was not (yet) available here in Alberta. I suspect that this combination of events didn’t do me any favours. As my mother always said:

“Enthusiastic recommendations from strangers + a long period to mull = unrealistic expectations of your cider.*”

*My mother has never once said this. Read on, Macduff…