Hammer Bent Red is a blend of Red Court Cortland, Northern Spy, Ida Red and Golden Russetts. It has a rich golden colour with aromas of apple and honey.
There is very light to no carbonation. After leaving it in the glass for few minutes it went completely flat. I suspect that this is a bottle issue (see notes).
You will find a full apple pie flavour, round mouth feel and a long and satisfying finish. This off-dry cider has great acid balance. It is packaged in a 1 litre resealable bottle and has 6.8 % alcohol.
There is the makings of a great cider here. I believe it was just tripped up by the packaging.
The flavours in this cider pair well with wild rice stuffed sugar pumpkins or roasted root vegetables.
I look for a safety seal, such as a clear shrink on this type of bottle. There is not one in this case.
Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House did not see an apple harvest in 2012. As such this cider was likely made from 2011 apples, giving this creation more time in the bottle.
It has been my experience when using this type of resealable bottle that the seal is inconsistent. It is possible for carbonation to be lost over time or when the product reaches room temperature. Because of this, it is impossible to be certain what level of carbonation the cider maker intended.