Hopped Cider

Hopped Ciders are ciders with added hops. Ciders with other added herbal or botanical elements (lemongrass, flower petals, tea blends, etc.) should be entered in Specialty Cider and Perry.

Aroma/Flavor
The cider character must be present and must fit with the hops. As with a Fruit Cider, it is a fault if the hops dominate; a judge might ask, “Would this be different if neutral spirits replaced the cider?” Oxidation of either the base cider or the hop additions is a fault.

Appearance
Clear to brilliant. Hop additions generally do not contribute much color.

Mouthfeel
Average or more. Cider may be tannic from effect of hops but must not be overly bitter.

Overall Impression
Like a white wine with complex flavors. The apple character must marry with the hops and give a balanced result.

Entry Instructions
Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (3 levels). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (5 categories). Entrants MUST specify the variety or varieties of hops used if known.

Vital Statistics
OG: 1.045 – 1.070 FG: 0.995 – 1.010 ABV: 5 – 9%