Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot Hard Cider (Portland, OR, USA)

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  • My Rating: [C+],  I gave it a (3.0 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot – Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, 6.9% ABV – 750ml., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

on the front label:

“To the finest Heritage apples, I have added hops, apricots, and a carefully selected melange of spices to produce this highly drinkable libation. ‘Never praise your cider,’ said Benjamin Franklin, yet I am confident that had he crated the cider in this bottle, he would have shouted with elation.”

  • Style: (Apricot, spices) Flavoured Cider
  • Taste: Acidic sour fruity apricot apple lightly spiced & hopped
  • Where I got it : Crosstown Liquor Store (Downtown Vancouver)
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  • How much: $23 – 750ml., August 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: only if you can enjoy sour ciders

Visual: Bailer-top resealable cap, handy dandy. Pours almost clear light pale orange, virtually no head, minimal ringed retention, a few slow micro CO2 streams here and there, not much going on.

Nose: very fruity peach-apricot, trace amounts of sourness, hints of feminine perfume. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming acidic sourness

Mid-palate: continued sourness, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) huge fruity apricot, cinnamon, yeasty, apple, light-med barnyard

Finish: lingering sourness, medium tart, mild bitter hops, off-dry fruity apple finish.

Summary: Very sour, tart and partially dry. Big apricot while apple takes the back seat. Too sour for me to fall in love with. The spices don’t shine through much due to the big sourness.

Rock Creek Spiced Dry Cider – Big Rock Brewery (Calgary, AB, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Rock Creek Spiced Dry Cider – Big Rock Brewery, 5.5% ABV – 473ml, (Calgary, AB, Canada)

On the side of the can:

“Springing from a mountain of BC (Okanagan) apples, this crisp, dry cider ripples with VANILLA, CINNAMON, and bubbles with the extra-fine effervescence of champagne yeast. Picnic time!

Ingredients: Dry Cider, Natural Flavours, Spices”

  • Style: (spiced) Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: semi-sweet apple fruit -> red apple juice/very mild vanilla/light sour-> light tart tangy finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off), April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Almost the same label as their regular canned dry cider except with the word “spiced” on it. Looking at the ingredients it appears they added spices to the cider (?) as opposed to during fermentation. Pours clear golden yellow with no head and some activity.

Nose: filtered apple juice and not much else

Attack: 5/10-dense fruity sweetness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) red apple juice, (HINT) vanilla, cinnamon

Finish: semi-sweet light tartness, mild burpy tingly-tangy finish.

Summary: Basic flavours and very weakly spiced. It’s pretty much dominated only apple juice flavour with spices being a distant afterthought.

Apple Cinnamon Cider – Growers (Oliver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D-

Apple Cinnamon Cider – Growers, 7.0% ABV – 1Litre, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: (Cinnamon) Spiced Apple Cider
  • Taste Profile: cloying -> alcohol/cinnamon/tangy red-green apple -> tart/puckery/cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$5, December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no way

Visual: hmm.. plastic bottle and cheap price tag, probably not the best. Other growers stuff are pretty sub-par as well. Oh well this is seasonal so I gave it a go. I bought it awhile back but never got around to cracking it open. Pours almost clear pale yellow with a light pinkish hue, absolutely NO carbonation (could be due to it been having sat for 2 years).

Nose: pressed apple juice with hints of cinnamon. Quite a weak nose.

Attack: immediately 9/10-sweet cloying

Mid-palate: alcohol, cinnamon notes, med-high tangy sour red and green apple,

Finish: med-high tartness, puckery sour, medium cloying sugary finish.

Summary: All the textures and flavours come at once, without much balance or finesse. Too much sugar, too sour, non-aromatic, weak spice, no carbonation, all bad. Borderline fail but at least it still tastes like apple and cinnamon, somewhat.