Review of Stoked Blue Palm, a blueberry-pineapple hopped cider. It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.
Cider: Blue Palm
Cidery: Stoked Cider
Cidery Location: Westlake Village CA (although I’m guessing that is their office, as the can said Stevenson WA, so they probably use a co-packer in apple country)
How Supplied: 16oz cans
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples w/ Mosaic hops, blueberry, & pineapple
Availability: limited, likely only in CA, plus online sales
Cider Description: HOP ON THIS CIDER WHALE AND CRUISE YOUR WAY TO FLAVOR ISLAND. THIS IS A JUICY HOP MONSTER, REFRESHINGLY DRY WITH A BURST OF TROPICAL FRUIT AND FRAGRANT WEST COAST HOPS.WE CRAFTED THIS CIDER FOR BIKINI BABES, BIG WAVE SURFERS, AND HOP HEADS WHO ENJOY A HEALTHIER BUZZ. DRY HOPPED WITH MOSAIC HOPS, THEN BLENDED WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES AND PINEAPPLES. DIVE RIGHT IN AND GET YOUR HAIR WET, THEN STICK YOUR FEET IN THE SAND AND SIP ’TIL YOU SWAY LIKE A LAZY PALM BENDING WITH THE SEA BREEZE
Cidery Description: WELCOME TO THE MOST CRUSHABLE CRAFT CIDER ON THE PLANET. WE ARE ALL ABOUT OUR BLENDS, ALWAYS MADE USING FRESH PRESSED JUICE AND NEVER TOO SWEET. WE MAKE CIDER FOR THE WEST COASTER, BRINGING YOU A HEALTHIER BUZZ. 6.9% ABV. 3 GRAMS OF SUGAR. UNFILTERED. TOTALLY.
Price: $3.99 / single can
Where Bought: The Jug Shop in San Francisco CA on a cruise port stop in fall 2018
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing
First Impression: Light pink-orange hue. Low carbonation. Smells hopped and fruity.
Tasting Notes: On the drier side of semi-dry. Light bodied. Low to moderate tartness and acidity. Low bitterness. No sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of hops, watermelon, pineapple, and lemon. Long bitter hoppy finish. Low apple flavor. Moderate sessionability, flavor intensity, and complexity.
My Opinion: I thought this was pretty ok. I had no problem finishing it, but its not really my sort of thing (a bit too dry and bitter). It had a bit of complexity and had a good deal of flavor & fruitiness, which was nice to see.
Most Similar to: other drier fruity hopped ciders like ^5 Strawbasaurus (strawberry hopped), Incline Cider Scout (hopped marionberry), or Swift Pineapple Hop (although in this category my favorite is probably 2 Towns Hop & Stalk, although oddly enough I wouldn’t say I like either hops or rhubarb)
Closing Notes: Surprisingly I got more watermelon than blueberry flavor from it, maybe due to the combination of flavors going on.
Have you tried Stoked Blue Palm? What did you think?