Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada)

Hopped Apricot – Salt Spring Wild Cider House, 6.8% ABV, 750 ml., (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada) (*local BC cider*)


-The 2nd Salt Spring Wild bottled tasting, 1st being their Plum Cider [C].


on the front-left label and a pic of an Italian prune plum:

“We’ve blended cascade hops, apricots, and organic apples together to create an aromatic cider that challenges conceptions of what cider can be. Both cider lovers and beer lovers will find a perfect union in this flavourful hefeweizen-esque all season cider.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – apricot, cascade hops) Apple Cider
  • Taste: Crisp tangy tart dry apple grapefruit hopped subtle apricot
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16.15 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: yes

Visual: Bailer-top resealable cap. Pours clear apple juice yellow, no head, very slow and steady countable spread out micro streams.

Nose: muscat, filtered apple juice, slight perfumey apricot. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: firm crisp, bright fruity impression

Mid-palate: micro-tingly, (lvl-2-sweetness), background tangy-soft tart, dry apple juice, juicy grapefruit hopped exhale

Finish: lingering apricot, residual fruity dry apple

Summary: I really appreciate that you can ACTUALLY taste hops and apricots. Good integration and balance of flavours, very nice transitions. Solid stuff, and better than their plum cider.

Everybody Pogo Hoppy Cider – Cider Riot! (Portland, OR, USA)

Everybody Pogo Hoppy Cider, 6.7% ABV, 500 ml., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“Everybody Pogo weds organically grown Wilamette Valley hops with apples grown in The Yakima and Hood River Valleys. Fermented with ale yeast to create a quenching dry cider.”


  • Style: (hopped) Dry Apple Cider
  • Taste: DULL soft tangy floral non-bitter hopped dry soft fruity apple slight tart
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12.75 CAD (after 10% off) – 500 ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours light orange with lots of suspended sediment, no head, supremely thin ringed retention, no activity.

Nose: light tangy sour apple juice mixed with some honey. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: dry, dull flat

Mid-palate: tangy-acidic, soft sour, soft apple fruit, (lvl-1-sweetness), grassy floralness non-bitter hops

Finish: dry light-med tart, white wine perfumey exhale, residual apple flavour

Summary: Not your typical juicy sweet cider, but instead a nuanced dry cider lacking in carbonated crispness. Okay with a meal, not terribly engaging or to my palate’s liking.