Brewed by Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery
Style: Cider
Niagara On The Lake, Canada


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Crafted in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the heart of Niagara’s fruit belt. Ironwood Hard Cider is made traditionally with exclusively Ontario apples.

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mikkopen (1197) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2017
473 ml can. Very pale yellowish color, a few bubbles but no head. Sweetish juicy aroma of apples, with tart and woody notes. The flavour is sweetish-tart apples, with a mildly acidic and earthy finish. A bit thin and flat on the palate. Not impressed with this one.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Where and how: can LCBO 473 ml
Aroma: front was slightly funky sadly in bad way. Wet cloth notes that lingered a while. Mild sweetness with apple theme below… Still that foul smelling wet cloth.
Appearance :
Top: NA.
Base: clear, pale gold
Palate : medium thinner body, average carbonation.
Taste: much better than what aroma offered. Good apple flavor depth. Balanced. Some tartness on sides. Tasty.
other notes solid cider if not that aroma flaw.

thudson (2) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2017 does not count
I generally agree with most of the reviews on this site, but the score on this is far below what I expected. So I’ll weigh in on this one ;-) This cider is on the sweeter side of dry, but still unmistakably dry. It strikes a superb balance for me - perhaps the best of all Ontario ciders I am aware of. (Brickworks’ 1904 is one of my favourites in this regard, for reference.) Ironwood is extremely sessionable but suffers nothing for it; I imagine it is as excellent on its first taste as on its 20th. It pours pale, nearly straw, and clear, with almost no head. It has a lively carbonation that complements the slight sweetness, very lightly sour taste. There are hints of lime. Generally, like most ciders it has a light body and a clean but not forgettable finish...something like a lingering pear-skin, but barely there. Very pleasant. The only aspect of this cider that is wanting is the nose. There is barely anything on it, it seems. There is the faintest hint of lime and minerality, but otherwise all the nose told me was that this was going to be dry. If you enjoy ciders and have not tried this, you should. I’m not sure why it isn’t held in higher regard. It doesn’t have the flashiest packaging, but it is an excellent cider, at least in comparison to its Ontario counterparts (which is what I usually sample).

AleRider78 (1498) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 Pours a clear light gold with a fizzy bubbly head goes away immediately. Fairly heavily carbonated. Apple and pear aromas. Flavours are pears and apples, some subtle acidic notes. Very sweet. Big bodied mouthfeel. Dry finish. Not bad but very tangy on the palate, making seem a little bit sour.

czar (9592) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2016
can. almost clear translucent without any bubble activity. sweetish apples, touch of acidity, pears as well, some bitter flesh and alcohol, ginger, yeast. low carbonation, light body, semi-sweet warming citrusy finish. inoffensive but a bit dull (relatively) strong cider, or like an inexpensive sweet white wine if you prefer. o-k.

shaynsawchuk (713) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
473 mL can. Pours pale Sauvignon Blanc with a cap of fizz that fades. Nose is lightly sweet, apple, honeysuckle, perhaps some floral notes. Taste is somewhat sweet as well, lightly tannic. Light body and high carbonation, spritzy mouth feel. Well made but unremarkable.

Spab (4217) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
On tap at the Only Cafe. Pours a clear pale golden yellow colour with a tiny white cap. Aroma is juicy apple with solid earthy character. Flavour is also juicy, lightly sweet apple, with a little tartness and some earthy skin. Relatively mellow carbonation. Nice.

Ferris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
Draft - Semi sweet and some apple skin.  Pale clear gols with no head.  Semi sweet and tart with light tannin and a lond apple finish.

HogTownHarry (7084) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
341ml bottle - 6.0% ABV. Very pale gold - fizzy diminishing white head (3-). Mild but solid aroma - ripe apple, a bit tart, not all that sweet. Taste follows - simple acidic apple, not sweetened, just sweet from the apple - a little warming. Light body, slightly acidic, decent carbonation with a quick crisp finish - quite good!

coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle via udbeernut. Pale yellow nearly clear pour. Slow carbonation. No head, as expected. Slight alcohol twang up front. Nose of faint apple and wood chips. Sparkling sweet start, lean body and a slim fruit finish make this a very drinkable and enjoyable lunch drink. (Lunch today was bean burritos, chicken tenders with a .5 pound side of crispy bacon). YUM!

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