Review of Remedy from Stem Ciders, their dry hopped cider. I’ve previously tried their Le Chene, Blood Orange Cyser, and Malice. My husband brought this and 4 of their other ciders (plus even some Pommeau!) back from Colorado for me.
Cidery: Stem Ciders
Cidery Location: Denver Colorado
How Supplied: four pack of 12oz cans, and kegs
Style: American craft dry cider made from dessert apples, with Cascade & Citra hops
Availability: Only in Colorado, year round, at these retailers.
Cider Description: Dry hopped with Cascade & Citra hops. Floral and citrus fruit intermingle with apple on the nose giving way to a tart apple zing without any bitterness.
Cidery Description: At Stem Ciders, we are committed to creating ciders of the highest quality that honor the purity and complexity that is inherent to the apple. We can’t wait to introduce you to your perfect cider match. We are dedicated to reviving the cider tradition, which goes far beyond what you enjoy in your glass. We hold our growers in the highest regard, and by fostering relationships with them we reward their hard work and promote the regrowth of heirloom apple cultivation. We love our home-base in Denver, and embrace the Colorado lifestyle that makes us lug a bottle to share up a mountain to enjoy a drink with a view. Most importantly, we love nothing more than seeing that smile on your face when you have your first sip of one of our crisp, refreshing ciders.
Price: $10 / four pack
Where Bought: Stem Ciders tasting room in Denver
Where Drank: home
How Found: I read about Stem Ciders online. Last time my husband was in Colorado, he picked me up a bunch of ciders, including Stem Le Chene. I keep hearing about their Banjo special release cider, but I’m 0/3 as far as finding it (apparently its only available about 1 month a year; its currently still barrel aging). This time around I thought I’d make it easier on my husband and give him a shopping list all from the same cidery, so he could just stop by the tap room (vs. trying to find ciders at multiple bottle shops). I e-mailed the cidery ahead of time and they were nice enough to send me a list of what they had in stock.
First Impression: Medium straw yellow hue. Low carbonation. Smells mild, of hops and citrus.
Tasting Notes: Dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness. High acidity. Moderate bitterness. Low astringency. No sourness or funk. Notes of hops, citrus, floral, herbal, honey, mineral, and green apple. Long bitter finish. Low apple flavor. Moderate sessionability. Low flavor intensity. Moderate complexity.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it, although it was a bit more bitter than I prefer. It has a light wine-like flavor which would pair well with food.
Most Similar to: Incline Explorer, Portland Cider Hop’Rageous, and Tod Creek Mala-Hop
Closing Notes: This is a nice hopped cider option for folks who like dry ciders and want something available in a multipack. Next up I have their Branch & Bramble (raspberry) cider, then special releases Whiskey Barrel-Aged Apricot and Pommeau.
Have you tried Stem Remedy? What did you think?