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Finnriver Dry Hopped Cider

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bright cider, made with heirloom and organic dessert apples, blended with the bold citrus tang of organic Cascade hops. Some say it’s like sipping a meadow; some say it’s like chewing on grass. A hopped adventure.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (1810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle, another one that my wife brought back from her visit to the cidery.

Light pour, small and short-lived white head. Tart, funky aroma with an understated hop presence. The flavor is dry and surprisingly tart, especially compared with last night’s Finnriver Honey Meadow. Green apple and something more aggressive and sharply bitter - not hops - drive the flavor. Light-to-moderate carbonation. The very late flavor, 30 seconds in, is the memory of apples and the best part of this cider.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6659) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle RBAG 2014 prelim., another morning kickstarter! Pale yellow with fine lively carbo. Very tart, edging on sour apples with a dry crisp finish. Low sweetness with a vague green character. Very refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbudd19 (575) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle shared at breakfast before RBAG part 2. Cloudy yellow pour, light white head. Aroma is light funk, tartness, apples, and some bitter hops. Taste is sour up front, followed by green apple sourness, dry crisp finish. Interesting, I can’t say I get the the hops in the flavor though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3884) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - Nice leafy hops with apple. Clear gold with a thin white head. Tart apple, crazy dry with a puckering finish. Pretty cool.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Very pale gold, with nice white head / Floral nose of candied green apple / LIght body, delicate, almost dry, excellent balance and finish / Elegant flavors of green apple, pear, Jolly Rancher, straw / Very nice.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle at winery
Light blond color. Very nice hop aroma. The base cider is weak and dry, not very good, acid.
Starts well, ends not so well.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (735) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2014
Light orange pour. Aroma of honeysuckle, cortland apple. Intensely sour and bitter flavor at the same time. Way better on tap than in bottle.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaelinwa (590) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a white wine like color, but slightly cloudy. Aroma is very light, of tart apples, maybe even a little lemon, and trace of funky. Flavor is quite dry and somewhat tart, without much complexity or interesting flavor notes. Finishes with a lingering tartness. I don’t detect hops in this at all, which is disappointing as it might have saved this from mediocrity. Not really one I’d go for again as it’s neither particularly unique or interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Draft at Belmont Station. Hazed pale greenish yellow, still. Malic green Granny Smith apple and mineral / vitamin aroma. High acid, prickly and bitter finish with lingering syrupy sweetness late. Medium body, bitter, acidic, and tart with moderately heavy malic acid. Lingering off-putting grassy bitterness. Taste and texture of hops more than smell which is strange considering its dry-hopped and (I assume) doesn’t have any long boil hops.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a crystal clear pale yellow hue with a quick to fade fizzy white head. Aromas are of chlorophenols and brett. Burnt rubber, aspartame, some what citrusy and dank hop notes. Lots of chemical off aromas. Minerally, light sulfur. Flavors are dry and chalky with medium acidity. Less off than the aroma, but still not enjoyable for an $8.99 500ml. Some bitterness, pine, sulfur, citrus. Odd cider. Full carbonation, medium-low body, dry, somewhat artificial acidity, low tannin, but balanced by a hoppy bitterness.


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