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Island Orchard Cider Herbaceous Beast Hopped Brut Reserve Cider

Review: Herbaceous Beast – Hopped Brut Reserve Cider by Island Orchard Cider

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 6.90%

Cider Maker’s Description

Medium Body, light astringency. Dry with a balance of fruit and tartness.

Good things come in small quantities. Our Hopped Brut Cider is a small batch bottling of late harvest apples. Cold hopped with glorious Door County Cascade hops for a bitter kick, it then goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle to produce a lively, frothy effervescence. Sediment is normal. Life is better with a little bitter.


  • nice clear, golden color 


  • small bubbles covering entire surface on swirl with lingering islands of bubbles and ring around the edge


  • citrus and hops


  • hops, earthy 


  • medium astringency 


  • long 

Tasting Notes / General Impression

Before I knew it, the bottle was empty. I'll try to get notes next time.

Reviewer Notes

Local Cascade hops

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Cidery Information

Island Orchard Cider
Ellison Bay, WI

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.