Steel Town – Session Cider

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – Session Cider
Sampled September 2020

Brand:  Steel Town Cider Co
Type: Apple – Crisp
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 5.9%
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Ingredients: Pressed apples, yeast, sulphites
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Better beverage bars
Flavour: Apple
Colour:  Hazy sunshine yellow
Carbonation: Medium, infrequently streaming

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Funky, sour, pungent. Tannic apples.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation. Quickly acidic. Punchy and funky apple notes. Some mild bitter undertones.
After Taste: Apples become smoother, somewhat creamy. Acidity noticeably diminishes. Buttery note to finish.
On ice: Reduced carbonation and acidity. Less forward elements.

Additional Notes:  The Session Cider by Steel Town is a noticeably different flagship cider than many Ontario Cideries offer as theirs. Sharing many elements with Spanish sidras, it is acidic, funky and punchy, with a bit of pungency (but don’t let that scare you, it adds a brilliant depth). One unique thing is the clean buttery flavour that emerges at the finish that lingers awhile. A satisfying dry cider. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 4
Crisp – 3
Dry – 4
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Fielding – Dry Craft Cider
More Sour – County – Elderflower Sour
More Dry – Kings Mill – Scrumpy
More Crisp – Duxbury – Heritage 1650

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