Loch Mór – Lagan’s IPC

Cider Profile:

Name: Loch Mór – Lagan’s IPC
Sampled May 2021
Updated: December 2021

Brand: Loch Mór Cider Co
Type: Apple – Hopped
Location of Brewing: Hillier, ON
ABV: 7.7%
Website Link: lochmorcider.ca
Ingredients: Apples, hops, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: 9g/L 

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Select LCBOs and licensees
Flavour: Hopped
Colour: Dark yellow
Carbonation: Mixed frequently streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Sweet apple with pine-like hops + resin. Lychee brightness.
Initial Taste: Regular bite from carbonation and some acidity. It takes a moment for the flavour to kick in, when it does it’s a thick, semi-sweet apple that has a distinct and stronger hops element to it – that’s slightly earthy and fresh.  Medium resin and bitterness notes without the standard mouthfeel from these (as like in an IPA).
After Taste: Apple reduces and thinning out. Hops intensity mellows but flavour remains. Bright lychee and tropical notes emerge at the finish. 
On ice: Carbonation is reduced. Dramatically watered down and less body.

Additional Notes:  Loch Mór’s Lagan’s IPC is a pretty strong and powerful yet approachable cider (As is the dog it is named after).  Slightly piney and with spruce/resin notes from the hops initially. It does have some bitterness however, but still far from an IPA beer it is inspired from (but more than some other Ontario hopped ciders feature). Apple is bright but smooth and it compliments the hops well to enhance the overall apple flavour base. Lots of body and character. At the finish, a bright and juicy lychee comes out, as well as other mild tropical fruit notes. A great cider interpretation that honours the beer style it is inspired from but with its own unique elements, in particular the juicy lychee flavours that emerge.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Pelee Island – Hopping Apple
More Sour – Spirit Tree – Dry Hopped
More Dry – Kings Mill – Hopped (Still)
More Crisp – Ardiel – Big John Hop Cider

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