Double Mountain Wickson Crab Cider

Review of Double Mountain Brewery’s Wickson Crab cider.  It is my second time trying this (see here for the first).  I’ve also had their Jumpin Jack Heirloom CiderDry, and Arkansas Black.

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Cider:  Wickson Crab
Maker:  Double Mountain
Location:  Hood River Oregon
ABV:  8.2%
How Supplied:  500ml bottles
Style:  American craft cider from Wickson crabapples

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Availability:  likely only in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

Cider Description:  This late season variety is tiny on the tree, but big on flavor. Sweet, tart, and earthy, this scrappy little apple makes for a robust cider. Honeydew, ripe kiwi, and big juicy apple fill the mouth, finishing less tart and a hint of sweetness.  There is nothing small about this variety of crabapple.  Wickson is bringing the sweet to balance it’s tart kick.

Cidery Description:  Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR.  Founder, Matt Swihart, opened the brewery with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. The unique location of Double Mountain provides the use of pure and clean glacial water for beers and ciders, while also take advantage of regionally grown hops. Reusable bottles allow customers to partake in a softer environmental footprint, affirming they are part of a sustainable future. Double Mountain may be found on tap and in bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

They have 2 taprooms, in Hood River and Portland Oregon.

Price:  n/a (retails for ~ $6.99)
Where Bought:  n/a
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  it showed up

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First Impression:  Light straw yellow hue.  Low carbonation.  Smells mild, of tart citrus.

Tasting Notes:  Dry.  Light bodied.  High tartness and acidity.  Hints of bitterness and tannins.  No sourness or funk.  Notes of sharp crabapple & green apple, lemon, and floral.  Moderate length tart finish.  Low sessionability and complexity.  Moderate flavor intensity and apple flavor.

My Opinion:  I wasn’t into this cider, but my husband was a big fan, as its his favorite style (dry, tart, and higher ABV).  This was drier, more tart, and higher ABV than their previous version.

Most Similar to:  Dragon’s Head Columbia Crab and Greenwood Red River Wolf Crab

Closing Notes:  Its unique to see a brewery make cider, especially heritage (vs. modern) cider.

Have you tried crabapple cider?  What did you think?

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