Review: Doc’s Draft Dry Hopped Hard Apple Cider

Review of Doc’s Draft Dry Hopped Hard Apple Cider from Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery in Warwick, NY.

Type: Hard Apple Cider  ABV: 6.0%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Dry Hopped with Centennial and Chinook hops providing a citrus and floral hop character to a traditional cider.”

The Reality: It’s hard to argue with their description. This cider drinks semi-dry, a bit sweet and a bit tart with a lot of real apple flavor. The hops are actually quite mild and don’t bitter it the way I would’ve preferred, but they do add floral and citrus notes, as they suggest. It does finish on the tart side, fairly crisp with an apple aftertaste that doesn’t stick around too long. This cider is medium bodied and tastes fresh.

Final Verdict: I’ll admit that I was hoping the hop profile in this cider would be more pronounced. I’ve had “hopped” ciders in the past and it can be a nice way to balance the sweetness or tartness of a cider depending on type, but in this cider the hops really played more of a cameo role. This is still a quality cider, maybe a hair sweeter and more appley than my taste, but still a quality product nonetheless. Maybe if Doc spent less time with Dopey and Sneezy and more time at the cidery he could create a perfect cider.

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