Cider Connoisseur Anthem Hops Score Card
Appearance - 8.5
Flavor - 9
Aroma - 9
Mouthfeel - 9.5
Crafted & Bottled by:
Crafted & Bottled by:Wandering Aengus Ciderworks (Salem, OR - USA)
Good to know:22oz bottle, gluten free, traditionally fermented, finished with cascade hops.
Predominant flavors:Semi-dry, hops, standard apple base.
A nthem Hops hard cider is a cider I remember drinking at a work event months and months ago, and just had to get my hands on it again. I couldn’t quite remember the brand to search for it, but I had a mental picture of what the bottle and the bold fluorescent green label looked like. When I spotted it at my local kick ass liquor store I recognized it instantly!
As a former beer drinker (before my issues with gluten started) I’ve always appreciated hopped up beverages, so to find that in the Cider world made me very excited.
Before I could get my hands on Anthem Hops Cider, I was on a hunt for anything “hops” and stumbled gracefully into Woodchuck Hopsation, which is worth checking out as well!
Anthem Hops Cider is crafted and bottled by Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, in Salem, OR. Anthem hasn’t been around for that long, and was born out of the challenge the folks at Wandering Aegnus gave themselves: to make great draft cider. Well boys (and girls?), as our former President of the Unites States George W. Bush once said: “Mission Accomplished!” – but I really mean it, good job!
The bottles say that the apples vary per batch, and I appreciate the variety that created. The team at Wandering Aegnus is so serious about their commitment that every bottle of Anthem Hops Cider comes with a batch number on the label, and you can actually check your batch number on this super nerdy yet awesome spreadsheet they have on their website. This is one of the best examples of walking the talk I’ve seen in this industry.
Here’s the full lineup of Anthem hard ciders:
- Anthem Cider
- Anthem Pear
- Anthem Cherry
- Anthem Hops (THIS REVIEW)
- Plus Wandering Aegnus has their own separate line up as well.
Now to the smell, pour and taste test…
First comes the smell as I pop the cap. Right away I catch hops, citrus and a strong but pleasant floral aroma. The cascade hops are present already and make it for a great start.
Poured nicely and produced a very thin head. After about a minute the head was completely gone, and I was still getting the nice floral aroma which by now I would have expected it to have dissipated more. Very pretty appearance, light, golden, akin to a pilsner minus the head.
My favorite part. Anthem Hops Cider actually reminded me of Woodchuck Hopsation right away. They don’t taste the same, but certainly share the same niche in the hoppy cider category.
The flavor and mouthfeel were superb. There was a distinct apple cider taste without any loss of the semi-dry hoppy profile. It feels a lot like drinking a beer, but there isn’t that jaw pinching bitterness you’d get with a super dry cider. For me, that’s a good thing, though I understand some people don’t like the taste of hops so to each his or her own.
Overall the team at Wandering Aegnus Ciderworks did a fantastic job with Anthem Hops Cider. They showcased the hops without giving way into too much sweetness, and all the while they delivered on the promise of a quality draft cider.
On the label:
Anthem Hops is True Cider.
Cider true to form. Only whole apples pressed & fermented.
Cider true to character. Dominant notes of fermented apple accented with the floral and citrus aromas and slight bitterness of cascade dry hopped. Semi-dry.
Have you tried Anthem Hops Cider? If so, let us know by dropping your own thoughts or review as comments below, and feel free to cast your vote in the Score Card at the top of the post, by clicking on where in the 5 stars meter you feel this cider is. As always, CHEERS!