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.
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.
Clear to brilliant. Hop additions generally do not contribute much color.
Average or more. Cider may be tannic from effect of hops but must not be overly bitter.
Like a white wine with complex flavors. The apple character must marry with the hops and give a balanced result.
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.
OG: 1.045 – 1.070 FG: 0.995 – 1.010 ABV: 5 – 9%