Awestruck Lavender Hops

The other half and I opened this bottle while we watched TV one night. We had both been wanting to try it, but didn’t say anything to the other one. Here goes…


ABV: 6.4%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Think of lavender and you imagine rows of sun-kissed purple, with a gentle scent of Mediterranean summer evenings. Our Lavender Hops is created to capture the same sensation of warm, fragrant summertime. We infuse our traditional hard cider with a secret blend of hops and sweet lavender. This adds a mildly bitter complexity which, together with the citrus and floral undertones, combines to produce a unique flavour. Like a summer evening, Lavender Hops is mellow – perfect for cider and beer drinkers alike.”

Random: I tried growing lavender one year and it failed pathetically.

This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, light yellow body. There wasn’t much carbonation to be seen on this one. The nose was lavender dominant and incredibly floral. Apple took a back seat to the other odors. The taste was equally filled with lavender and flowers. Again, I didn’t pick up a lot of apple notes, but they did provide some sweetness at the back of the sip. The alcohol created some dryness too. It had a light body with light carbonation and could have benefited from some more. The finish was lengthy with lavender. The bomber was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce, which isn’t insane for a bomber price. The other half wasn’t a big fan of this, but I found it to be an interesting take on a cider that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0