Cider Connoisseur Woodchuck Hopsation Score Card
Appearance - 9
Flavor - 9.5
Smell - 8.5
Mouthfeel - 9
Crafted & Bottled by:
Crafted & Bottled by:Woodchuck Cidery (Middlebury, VT - USA)
Good to know:Gluten free, cascade hops.
Predominant flavors:Dry, medium hops, great aroma.
Color:Light golden, very thin head.
Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider is a huge win for the cider community and one of the newest additions to the Woodchuck Cidery Core lineup (from which I have already reviewed the Amber and Granny Smith on different posts). At Woodchuck they have created a community of not just cider lovers, but of Woodchuck fans in the most organic of ways. Here’s a great example of earning your stripes and market share through sheer quality, commitment and craft skill rather than buying your way in with marketing dollars.
Hailing out of Vermont, Woodchuck has been in the business of making and refining awesome hard ciders for 23 years! Check out their history on their website, it’s a great read and it’ll make you excited to have another Woodchuck cider as soon as you can.
Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider is one of Woodchuck’s newest additions. Woodchuck’s quest to convert more beer drinkers into cider drinkers began a couple of years after developing their flagship Woodchuck Amber. Back then they started experimenting with something drier and darker, aimed at attracting more beer drinkers to try their core ciders. In 1993 the Woodchuck 802 Dark & Dry was born, made with brown sugar instead of white, it gave the cider a drier and darker look. As Woodchuck continued innovating, more and more blends and experiments resulted in awesome new ciders entering their lineup. They then launched their Cellar Series with a Dry Hop Hard Cider unlike anything that had been seen before. Loaded with cascade hops, the Dry Hop was a huge success and left fans wanting more!
It’s hard to say no to your fans, and so Woodchuck worked on a new cider that would be added to their Core Ciders lineup and available year-round, and thus the Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider was born. This hop forward beverage was introduced to the market in July 2014 and it has been satisfying beer drinker’s thirst for hops ever since!
At first pour the Hopsation gives you a beautiful light golden color, similar to what you’d expect from a Pilsner. A very thin head quickly dissipates and gives way to tiny champagne-like bubbles. Give this one the smell test and you’ll love the hoppy floral, citrus and pine aroma, with a bit of tangyness from green apples.
Other than the delicious cascade hops flavor, one of my favorite things about the Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider is that it goes down very smooth. It’s not dulled by sweetness like other ciders, making this an easy repeat. The mouthfeel has just the right amount of bitterness to keep it refreshing and crisp. It’s an all-around winner in my book and definitely one of the core ciders in my refrigerator.
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