Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dry Hop Hard Cider

I like hard cider. There's so many out there to choose from; and there are some good ones. There are also some not so good ones.

My favorite fermenter of apple juice, by far, is Woodchuck Hard Ciders. They are consistently good and have several delicious varieties.

Without a doubt, the stand out for me is Granny Smith. I absolutely love tart green apples, so it's a no brainer that I would prefer the dry, puckering flavor of this hard cider.

So, when I spied a bottle of Dry Hop from Woochuck's Cellar Series at my favorite beer store I almost had a spasm right then and there. Naturally, I bought a bottle.

I chucked it into the freezer the moment I got home and could scarcely wait for it to chill. I was literally bouncing like a little kid with excitement.

If the the Granny Smith hard cider is good, then the dry hopped version was wicked good.

Geez, I'm salivating just thinking about it. It was outrageously yummy! I wish I had bought a case of it!

Woodchuck dry hopped the fermented cider by straining it through a tank of fresh Cascade hops. The hops infuse the cider with the classic citrus and resin flavors of Cascade.

Dry Hop (6.9% ABV) pours a gorgeous satiny gold color. It is clear and bright and beautiful in the glass.

The aroma is crisp and apply with just a hint of hops.

The taste is simply amazing! It is brisk and dry, very chardonnay like. The tart apple flavor is wonderfully complimented by just the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

The mouth feel is light with gentle carbonation.

I can't even begin to express how much I liked this cider. It is soooooo good!

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