Hopped Cider

Hopped Ciders are ciders with added hops. Ciders with hops and other herbal/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.

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 the varieties of hops used (if known) in the Additional Information section.

Vital Statistics
ABV: 5 – 9%

Commercial Division (2015-2023)
Noncommercial Division (2015-2023)