San Diego Trip Giveaway Header

Cider Review: Anthem Hops

by Mike Lorenz on Sep 17, 2012 in Beer
Cider Review: Anthem Hops

In the world of craft drinks, cider is making a determined stride into the market, eking out a niche next to microbrewed beer and artisanal liquors. Out of Salem, OR comes Anthem Cider, a branch of Wandering Angus Cider that uses up-to-date, local Oregon and Washington apple varieties (as opposed to the heirloom types used in traditional French and English ciders). The most unique offering in the lineup is Anthem Hops, a cider that is dry hopped with Pacific Northwest Cascade hops — the type most commonly found in American IPAs. The result is a gluten-free product very reminiscent of beer that can be enjoyed by those who suffer from celiac disease.

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle, Hops is golden clear like apple juice with bubbly signs of carbonation, though there is no foamy head such as that found in bottled beer. Notes of apples, wood and earth play against a surprising, distinct scent of Cascade hops. This is not your average cider, to say the least!

Up front, Hops cider tastes sweet and fresh but not sugary or sticky. The distinct taste of hops brings up the back end of the flavor profile, creating a nice, crisp finish. At 5.5% ABV, Hops is on the stronger end of the cider spectrum, but it never has a strong taste or scent of alcohol.

Anthem Hops is a truly unique beverage and a very interesting twist on the standard cider. Anthem offers a variety of cider flavors alongside this most intriguing one, such as pear and cherry, all crafted from whole apples and fresh fruit juices. Hops is a great find for those who suffer from gluten intolerance and miss the taste of a well hopped brew.

Photos via Wandering Angus Cider on Facebook

Recent Articles
spacer
Home Bar Project Below Features

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Move Over Cat Cafes, London is Getting an Owl Bar

Move Over Cat Cafes, London is Getting an Owl Bar

Soho, London is getting an owl bar pop-up, and it might be the best thing ever. ...read more ›

by Kate Monzo Feb 26, 2015
Home Bar Project: How to Make a Sands Cocktail

Home Bar Project: How to Make a Sands Cocktail

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a finely crafted cocktail?...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 24, 2015
SPONSORED
Drink Portland Mobile Rectangle
Benedict Cumberbatch Whips Out Flask at The Oscars
by The Drink Nation Feb 23, 2015
Portland's Best Bars for Day Drinking

Portland's Best Bars for Day Drinking

You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning. These bars are open early to meet all of your day drinking needs. ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Feb 20, 2015
Bang Bang Brings Delicious Curry and Cocktails to Beaumont

Bang Bang Brings Delicious Curry and Cocktails to Beaumont

Aalto Lounge owners, Kate and Alex Wood and Chef Adam Kaplan, recently opened Bang Bang, a curry and cocktail restaurant in Beaumont....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Feb 20, 2015
Pair Wine Like a Pro with the Help of These Apps

Pair Wine Like a Pro with the Help of These Apps

VinePair's apps simplify the wine pairing process. ...read more ›

by Kate Monzo Feb 19, 2015
Scottish Brewery Releases 'Performance Enhancing' Ale

Scottish Brewery Releases 'Performance Enhancing' Ale

50 Shades of Green, a special Valentine's brew from Innis & Gunn, claims it will enhance your bedroom performance. ...read more ›

by Kate Monzo Feb 16, 2015
Home Bar Project: How to Make a Brown Derby

Home Bar Project: How to Make a Brown Derby

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a finely crafted cocktail?...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 16, 2015
The Best Margaritas in Portland and Where to Find Them

The Best Margaritas in Portland and Where to Find Them

Portland might not boast the sunniest skies, but that doesn't mean we don't have killer margaritas. ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Feb 13, 2015
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close