Steel Town – Guav AF
Name: Steel Town – Guav AF
Sampled May 2021
|Brand: Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Guava
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
Website Link: steeltowncider.com
Ingredients: Pressed apples, guava, vanilla, milk sugar, yeast
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Steel Town online and retail store
Colour: Cloudy orange/peach
Carbonation: Fine, frequently streaming
Cider Crate Tasting Notes:
Smell: Strong aroma. Funky and sour guava. Some juicy and lactose bitterness is noticeable. Not many apples.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from acidity and semi-soft carbonation. Sour guava that is thick and funky – and somewhat punchy. Some bitter-sharp and bright apples in the background. Creamy yet slightly bitter lactose.
After Taste: Intensity reduces overall as flavour mellows. Apple pulp makes a brief appearance. Not overly long lasting and is less punchy, but some dry and earthy elements remain.
On Ice: Thinner, less punch. Slightly more creamy. Cuts off aftertaste dramatically.
Additional Notes: Steel Town’s Guav AF won a nod for one of our favourite ciders in 2017 at the Toronto Cider Festival and now it’s available in cans. It’s a sour barrel-aged cider that could be puckering to some but too overly sour offering for us, with a lot of earthy and funky elements that are balanced to the semi-sharp apples. Thick but not gritty. Creamy and tart guava adds a unique dynamic to it. Lactose adds creaminess and some milk sugar bitterness. Very much fermentation forward, its a unique offering that fits very well into the Steel Town repertoire Contains lactose = allergy alert.
Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1.5
Sour – 4
Crisp – 1
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3.5
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