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Cellar Series Dry Hop (Woodchuck)

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Cellar Series Dry Hop (Woodchuck)

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 23:06

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The Buzz:

         A twist on the traditional cider, Woodchuck presents a new addition to their cellar series with Dry Hop. Using Cascade hops in addition to your traditional apple cider, the beverage claims to bring out citrus and apple notes in a 6.9% ABV 22 oz. bottle, at less than $5 (Northern VA price).

 

 Life of the Party:

         First up, some of you may not know what it means for a beer to be “dry hopped.” Normally hops are added during the boiling process to bring out bittering alpha acids, or at the very end to add aromatic oils, or in the middle of the boil to split the difference. And some beers will use a combination of 2 or 3 of those to define their brew. But sometimes you just want a little more aromatics to your brew, and so sometimes a brewer will “dry hop,” or add hops to the beer after it's done fermenting (during the aging process) to add more aromatic oils and flavors.

         And I have to say that in the case of this cider, it works! Cascade hops can be described as giving a beer a spicy citrus, almost grapefruit flavor and/or aroma, which really compliments the sugary apple cider. I certainly enjoy normal Woodchuck, but it is about the sweetest I'll go with a cider (normally like very dry ones), but the addition of the hops cuts that tart sweetness a bit, which I dig.

         The cider is nice and light, and drinks almost like a champagne. While I couldn't slug it down (not that I would), it stayed very drinkable as I worked my way slowly through the bottle.

My bottle, in my very clean, very professional photo booth....

Potential Hangovers:

         While the dry hopping did seem to cut some of the sugary sweetness that I normally associate with normal Woodchuck, it's still quite sweet. So if you're a die-hard dry-cider buff, you might find some issues here.

 

The Vibe:

         This is kind of difficult. Woodchuck Dry Hop, to me anyway, is a great afternoon beer. Light enough that you can have it with lunch/afternoon snacks, but heavy enough that you don't need to. However I do believe it's a brew worthy of your respect, so I don't recommend pulling straight from the bottle during a party. Pour it out into a glass (I recommend a flute glass or similar, though as always the standard pint glass continues to hold its distinction of “jack of all trades”) and really savor it.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Really interesting take on your traditional cider

+ Light & drinkable, just heavy enough to really be able to savor it on its own

+/- Even with the hops still quite sweet, so dry-cider buffs might not be thrilled

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