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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Hawk Haus Cider by E.Z. Orchards

November, 2018
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Hawk Haus Cider by E.Z. Orchards is being evaluated as a New World Cider (Category C1A) according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

This cider pours a dark gold color with a slight haze and no head is present nor any activity from carbonation. The aroma is very subtle and faint consisting of apple fruit coupled with a low vinous character reminiscent of sauvignon blanc. A very low sulfur, barnyard character, and honey notes are present adding a layer of complexity to the cider. Despite the lack of carbonic activity in the appearance, high carbonation is apparent as wisps of carbon-dioxide are notable. Overall the aroma is light but pleasant. The flavor consists of a very nice, rounded apple flavor with a touch of sulfur and barnyard that adds complexity. The sweetness is medium-dry and finishes crisp with a nice grounded apple permanence which lingers in the aftertaste. There is a very light tannic quality in the cider which balances nicely with a light and refreshing acidity. This cider has a light body with sparkling carbonation. Tannins, though present, do not hinder the finish. There is no alcohol warmth on this cider. Overall, this is a very refreshing medium-dry cider which appears to be quite sessionable. This cider was well executed with no noted off flavors or aromas. The touch of sulfur and wine like qualities add a pleasant complexity which makes it a pleasure to savor.