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Spirit Tree – Dry Hopped

Spirit Tree – Dry Hopped

Cider Profile:

Name:  Spirit Tree – Dry Hopped
Sampled April 2018

Brand:  Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
Apple – Hopped
Location of Brewing: Caledon, ON
Website Link:
Cider, natural flavour, hops
Gluten Free: yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 341mL (bottle)
Spirit Tree Retail Store
Bright sunflower yellow
Small, semi-streaming bubbles,


Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong, musty apple aroma, with a medium dry-hopped presence.
Initial Taste: Medium-mild bite from acidity. A musty, mature and clean crisp apple taste with some fermentation noticeable. Hops are detectable right away with some dry elements. Some residual bitterness from hops.
After Taste: Bitterness starts to fade pretty quickly.  Almost grassy in taste – with some orange & citrus notes. Apple flavour dissipates and you are left with an earthly/leafy, semi-dry finish of apple and hops.
On ice: Carbonation cut. Some of the flavour is reduced. Hops are dulled. If you find the hops too harsh, add ice.

Additional Notes:  Spirit Tree has released a hoppy but extra smooth cider that would most likely satisfy any IPA or pale ale beer drinker. This earthy cider carefully balances both the hops and apple flavours – leaving it quite crisp and clean but still with a semi-dry finish.  A very unique take on an increasingly crowded hopped cider market.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Apple Falls Cider Hopped
More Sour – Coffin Ridge Forbidden Hopped Cider
More Dry – Heartwood Hoppity
More Crisp – Ardiel Dry Cider

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