Rhinegeist Cidergeist Dry Hopped Hard Cider

Rhinegeist? The very name is too intimidating. From the previous beer, I know that this Cincinnati brewer can put out some good beers, but does that make the name any more approachable? The name means "Ghost of the Rhine" because the brewery is in the "Over-The-Rhine" area of downtown Cinci. What does this mean about the beverages? Damned if I know.

The clear yellow-gold drink had a head like that of a Sprite or 7-Up that was full and very, very short lived. Now, there is not a single bubble to be seen on top, but the inner points of nucleation are definitely still streaming bubbles to the top where they can meet their death. The aroma is tart granny smith apples.

First sip is more tart and watery than I expected. The very tart green apples are there, but the tartness is imparted while the flavor is very muted. Instead, the water flows in like there's no tomorrow. So far, this is pretty weak for a cider.

Tip-in is significant carbonation burn with the tartness underneath it. The middle is normally where these things shine, and this one brings citrus with the apples, and that is very nice. It's still too watery for my taste, but they are going for subtle, and they are nailing it here. The finish is apple peel and slight tartness as the citrus boils low underneath.

Bottom Line: Much more laid back than most, this is definitely a good one to try.

2.5/5

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