Cider Connoisseur Reverend Nat's Hallelujah Hopricot Score Card
Appearance - 9
Flavor - 9.5
Smell - 9.2
Mouthfeel - 9.8
Crafted & Bottled by:
Crafted & Bottled by:Reverend Nat's Hard Cider, LLC (Portland, OR - USA)
Good to know:Gold medalist, gluten free, Belgian style
Predominant flavors:Hoppy apricot off-dry
Color:Gorgeous Belgian blonde
Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot has been one of the most unique hard ciders I’ve had the pleasure to drink so far. Anytime I see any reference to hops I get excited. I was able to imagine how well the flavor of hops would blend with apricot, but the actual flavor explosion mouthfeel surpassed my expectations.
I deepened by research a bit more to learn about Reverend Nat’s story – and what a story it is! Nat West is the real deal – a guy who’s living his passion and making an excellent product as a result. He currently operates out of Northeast Portland, near the Rose Quarter. Has a distinguished Public Taproom that I hope to visit someday, and sells his hard ciders across five states! Not bad for starting in his garage right?
The full lineup of Reverend Nat’s Hard Ciders includes the following:
- Year-Round Bottles:
- Revival Hard Apple
- Hallelujah Hopricot (reviewed on this post)
- Revelation Newtown Pippin
- Deliverance Ginger Tonic
- Padre Nat’s Tepache
- Revival Dry
- Sacrilege Sour Cherry
- Providence Traditional New England
- Lorrie’s Gold
- The Passion
- Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Raspberry Newtown Pippin
- The Tent Show:
- Code Name: Hopland
- John Adam’s Breakfast Tankard
- Barlett Simcoe
- Mora Spanish Blackberry
- Holy Water (Melon)
- D’Anjou Mosaic
- D’Anjou Nelson
- As well as an exciting collaboration project dubbed “7 Deadly Sins”
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on as many of these beauties as possible this year!
One of the key points Reverend Nat’s Hard Ciders have in common, including Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot, is that they’re consciously made dry as to keep the sweetness from overcoming the flavors. This is one of the main goals Nat West underscores when talking about his cider making process.
As Benjamin Franklin used to say:
“He that drinks his Cyder alone, let him catch his Horse alone.” – Benjamin Franklin
Hard ciders are best had with friends. I had the pleasure of sharing Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot in good company, with one of my best friends and groomsman to my wedding. Roberto Trada came over to help me with this review. One sip in and Roby said: “Freaking awesome, I would order that in a bar!” and I couldn’t agree more!
The flavors from my first sip were as if a hoppy beer and hard cider had been mixed into one. The blend was so perfect that I got bit worried it wasn’t gluten free, but later I confirmed that this hard cider is in fact totally gluten free. The apricot juice helps to bring out the hoppiness flavors, and with just the perfect touch of dry you can taste the sweetness without getting overwhelmed by it.
Reverend Nat’s Hallelujah Hopricot is made with fresh, whole leaf hops (Oregon-grown cascade and when possible Amarillo hops), apricot juice, paradise grains and spices such as coriander and bitter orange peel. It’s fruity and it has an amazing hoppy aroma all while keeping the sweetness meter at the right spot.
It’s no wonder Hallelujah Hopricot is Reverend Nat’s #1 Best-Seller, and has been recently awarded a Gold Medal (Fruit Cider category) by The Great International Beer & Cider Competition (see page 10 of the linked document).
Next time you’re shopping for hard ciders be sure to pick this up if you see it. Then come back here and let me know what you think! Cheers!