Hard Way – Rogue
Name: Hard Way – Rogue
Sampled July 2018 (Updated July 2020)
|Brand: The Hard Way Cider Co.
Type: Apple – Barrel Aged
Location of Brewing: Bath, Ontario
Website Link: hardwaycider.com
Ingredients: Apples, organic cane sugar, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/ASize(s) available: 500ml Bottle
Availability: Retail Store and Kingston Farmers Market
Colour: Cloudy sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Strong, frequent streaming bubbles
Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell: Medium, fleshy acidic apple. Some oak notes from barrels, somewhat earthy and musty. Acitic.
Initial Taste: Bite from acidity and carbonation, dry peel sensation of musty apples. Earthy with some vanilla notes.
After Taste: Becomes more woody and oakey in aftertaste. Long-lingering with some tartness. Some astringency. Apple flavour dissipates quickly, leaving other elements on the palate.
On ice: Carnation cut, slightly thinner mouth feel. Little difference beyond that. Earthiness more pronounced.
Additional Notes: The Hard Way Cider Co. puts a lot of effort into their barrel aged ciders. This earthy and acidic cider has a reduced apple flavour but a lot of other characteristics such as the barrel aging woodiness, carbonation and earthiness that are showcased. Sophisticated but not extreme, you can tell this is a farm influenced cider.
Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 2
Crisp – 3
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 2.5
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