12 Beers of Christmas 2013 – Day 3 – Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider

Yes, I know I’m calling this the 12 Beers of Christmas but I think there’s room for cider. Mulled cider is a holiday tradition in many households, and as a cider maker myself, I thought I’d switch things up a bit by including a cider in this year’s tasting.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Organic J.K.’s Cuvee Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider, Almar Orchards, 6.9% ABV

Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider in a glass.

Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider in a glass.

This hard cider pours out a slightly hazy gold color with a short-lived, white colored head. The aroma is fruity, with apple-pie like spices, and funky tartness that dissipates as it warms up. The cider tastes like apple pie but with a soft tart finish. This is a medium bodied cider with a balanced finish, slightly dry but mouthwatering at the same time.

J.K.'s Cuvee Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider.

J.K.’s Cuvee Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider.

I’ve often criticized pumpkin beers in the past because of the excessive use of spices. I can often be heard saying, “I like my pumpkin pie on a plate, not in a pint”, and that’s true. This spiced cider reminds me a lot of apple pie, but I think it goes well. The tartness in the finish helps to balance out the spice character, as well as the moderate sweetness in the beverage. I am more forgiving of the spices in cider because it’s a fairly straightforward drink and, in this instance, the spices add complexity to the cider.

The back label of Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider.

The back label of Winterruption Farmhouse Hard Cider.

Overall, I think this is a very tasty beverage that can appeal to some craft beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. In fact, I just might be tempted to brew up my own next year.

Merry Christmas!

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