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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
This Habanero cider was inspired by the quest for something strange and a hankering for heat during the Strange Brew Fest that happened last winter in Port Townsend. Cidermaker Chris Weir, a man who likes his spice, surprised us one day by soaking chili peppers in cider and making it taste delicious!

The combination of chili heat and tart apple, mellowed by a dash of sweet, offers a memorable fermented adventure. We encourage you to enjoy this strange and wonderful cider in any latitude with rice and beans, fish tacos, mole enchiladas, burritos of all kinds, or just a crackling bowl of chips and salsa. Made with a blend or organic Washington apples and habanero chilies. Spicy & Semi-Sweet

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slowrunner77 (13368) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Yellow orange cloudy color. Aroma is tart musty apple and vegetal pepper. Nice balance. Watch the carbonation or it'll get ya! Flavor is a touch thinner on the apple but has a complex pepper/apple taste with a little farmhouse type character and a decent amount of heat with low sweetness. Thin, but nice.

Chudwick (3498) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2017
Half-liter bottle thanks to my mom - nose is cough inducing spice and musky apples. Sip is a mind trip trying to figure this out. Damned good cider base. The habanero addition is complex. Tart aftertaste. Not much heat, but plenty of spicy flavor.

luttonm (7077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2017
Finnriver, Chimacum. Rich yellow, creamy white head. Touch of hot oil on nose. Clean heat. Really delicious. Great balance.

andrewje41 (4644) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, gifted by Matt. Thanks! This sounds amazing. Anything with peppers makes my want list. A mostly pale apple juice pour with no head. A very solid hot pepper influence here. Breathe in too hard while sipping on this, and you will be coughing. Pepper heat, but doesn’t overpower the flavor. Apple still present. Cream. A fantastic cider to sip on and enjoy the massive flavor going on here. Very nice cider, one of the better ones in recent memory.

sulawang (1217) - - JAN 16, 2017
Visual: Batch #115B, hand numbered. Pours slightly hazy light orange-yellow with no head, some bubbles clinging to the mid-section of the glass, very active tight micro clusters.

Nose: sweet apple juice, nasal-tingly/cough-inducing habanero spicy. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: tart dry crisp juicy apple

Mid-palate: habanero med-high spicy heat, (lvl-2-sweetness), habanero flesh, thinnish green apple juice

Finish: lingering habanero biting heat, residual fruity apple

Summary: Certainly drinks like an aggressively experimental brew. Not quite full-feeling enough in the mids to balance out the heat. And a fair warning: don’t inhale while drinking.

radagast83 (8690) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2016
500ml bottle at the December 2016 DC area cider tasting. Poured a clear golden color with a small white head. Aroma was spicy! Lots of hot habanero notes. Flavor wasn’t nearly as spicy - but the heat exists in this one. The gimmick was quite good in my opinion.

GenDV138 (7960) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle shared at the RateBeer DC Cider tasting. Clear golden yellow. Aromas of big hot habanero peppers. Tastes of apples, honey, pepper flesh. Light body with a dry finish. Light heat.

Iphonephan (7510) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2016
From a bottle at the RB cider tasting December 2016. Pours A crystal clear pale gold with a scant head. Woody aroma. Pepper flavors. Hot spicy finish.

Intricate08 (52) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Pours a hazy yellow, tastes just like you’d picture-- chili peppers. It’s definitely not too sweet, which is often peoples’ complaints. I didn’t personally love it, but as a cider it’s well made and easy to drink.

vyvvy (6943) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2015
On draft at Tin Bucket - pours mild hazy pale yellow with a white head. The aroma has fairly sweet apple, wild yeast and mild heat. It has a pretty light body with a light amount of prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet clean sharp apple then the heat from the peppers swoops in and overtakes a lot of the taste is a nice way. The finish really hits what it says it is and has a nice balance of cider sweetness and pepper bite.

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