Steel Town – Hail Mary

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – Hail Mary
Sampled December 2021

Brand:  Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Peach
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV:  5.5%
Website Link: steeltowncider.com
Ingredients: Pressed apples, peaches,
rosemary, yeast, sulphites

Gluten Free:  Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Steel Town online and retail store
Flavour: Peach & Rosemary
Colour:  Cloudy yellow-orange. A lot of darker particles.
Carbonation: Frequently streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Funky and pungent. Sour peaches. Punchy herbiness.
Initial Taste: Strong bite from carbonation, acidity, and sourness. Punchy sour peaches and funky, strongly fermented apples. Stone fruit. Herby undertones.
After Taste: As sourness and funky notes dwindle, a heavy rosemary emerges. Peaches become smoother. Rosemary and some fermentation notes linger awhile, with faint peach also staying.
On ice: Slightly thinner mouthfeel and brighter. But elements and intensities remain the same.

Additional Notes:  Steel Town’s Hail Mary is a bold offering that would especially great for cider drinkers looking for a strong flavour with unique, punchy flavours. Right from the start, you get a lot of funkiness, sourness and acidity. Sour, funky peaches, including peach pit notes, show heavily upfront, and while they do become smoother in the finish, they do linger and remain somewhat funky. The promised rosemary firstly presents as a generic herbiness in the beginning – probably because the other elements overshadow it – and then become very defined and forward, to linger awhile into the aftertaste. Maybe not for everyone but a true treat for sour and funk fans. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1
Sour – 4.5
Crisp – 2
Dry – 4.5
Fruity – 4

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Thornbury – Peach Cider
More Sour – 
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Shale Ridge – Peach Apple Cider

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