The Barti Ddu from Bristol pours with a muddy yellow huge, purges a happy effervescence and is just the slightest bit cloudy in the glass. This is one of Bristol’s two hopped ciders and it couldn’t be mistaken for anything else once you put your nose in the glass. Bright hoppy floral notes jump first with pretty magnificent intensity. However, unlike many hopped ciders, this one doesn’t lay a blanket over apple aromas. They are there, under the floral hoppy notes. The cider is built around moderate acid and tannin, with the sparkling doing the heavy lifting and providing structure. The flavors come with a sign saying, “Must like hops”. The floral bitterness so common to hopped ciders shows up here first and provides a bright character. Hints of dried apple form the backdrop. Only the barest hint of sweet makes an appearance…and you need to look for it. This is a cider for those who have come to like their beer hoppy as this is truly hoppy cider with apple notes as the lonely co-star. That said, this is very nicely built cider that might benefit from a bit more acid, but otherwise an excellent example of the growing hopped cider trend.
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