Review of Grizzly Ciderworks’ The Bruin, Dark & Dry Hopped. It is my first time trying this one, but I have had Grizzly’s The Ridge, Woodlander Wit, and Pomnivore.
Cider: The Bruin, Dark & Dry Hopped
Cidery: Grizzly Ciderworks
Cidery Location: WA and/or OR (it isn’t specific)
How Supplied: 22oz bottles
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples with Molasses & Willamette hops
Availability: year round in Washington, Idaho, and Montana
Cider Description: THE BRUIN is crafted with a dry apple base, blended with dark sugars and steeped with light touch of Willamette hops. The nose has a nice earthiness with a palate of ripe apple, rich sugars and earthy spice. Excellent with pork, steak and other meat dishes or hearty flavors.
Cidery Description: Over three years in the making, Grizzly Ciderworks is pleased to release our entire line of products to the public. We’ve test-marketed over a dozen ciders in kegs and bottles, with varying labels and names, produced in multiple facilities in two states, and worked with a vast network of local vendor partners for each and every ingredient to make our product. From labels to fruit, caps to hops, cases to spices, everything piece of a Grizzly Cider bottle comes from within 150 miles of our cidery. These ingredients are ALL-NATURAL and the ciders are all GLUTEN-FREE.
They started in Woodinville WA in 2013 but moved to the Walla Walla Valley of SE Washington / NE Oregon in 2015. Many of their ciders are beer-inspired (their bottle even said their ciders are brewed?!).
Where Bought: The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. I’ve been more into hopped ciders lately, plus I’m a fan of Mollasses in cider, so this sounded good.
First Impression: Nearly still (very low carbonation). Moderate orange amber hue. Smells of bitter hops and sweet caramel.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light to medium bodied. Low tartness. Moderate acidity. Low bitterness. Hints of tannins. No sourness or funk. Notes of orange, hops, molasses, caramel, and wood. Moderate to long hopped finish. Low hops intensity. Moderate flavor intensity, apple flavor, and complexity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I really enjoyed this. It was surprisingly complex, and had a nice mix of earthy & sweet notes without being overly sweet. It was missing the typical citrus/herbal/floral type flavor notes, likely due to the molasses being more dominant than the hops.
Most Similar to: Spire Dark & Dry and Woodchuck 802 (except less sweet and with hops), and Grizzly’s The Ridge & Woodlander Wit.
Closing Notes: Grizzly makes some solid ciders, but so far this is my favorite. Its a nice price point too. I could see this selling well in a multi pack (and for a beer-inspired mid-priced cider, I’m surprised they haven’t gone that route yet…maybe as a canning line costs much more than a bottling line to set up).
Have you tried Grizzly Ciderworks The Bruin? What did you think?