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). 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! SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Had on draft @ the Merchant Ale house, then @ Sunnybrook in bottle .. i liked the bottle just a bit better, nicer mouthfeel .. . lively mouth .. light honey and apple .. . slick and easy going .. . tasty apples! UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 packed picked up during my trip to America’s hat. light pale orange hue with no head, slight visible carbonation. Nose of apples and earth. Taste is sweet with apples, earth, then faint clove. mouth is light and bubbly.... champaign like. Damn this is tasty. Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
On tap at the ale house in st catharines, Nice cider, it was quite sour and it tasted of apples, quite good I would have again
HogTownHarry (7065) - 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! garthicus (2945) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 28, 2009
With thanks to GregClow. Appearance: Straw yellow with lots of visible carbonation and and zero head. Aroma: fermented apples, tart, malt. Flavour:Woah, super dry, tart, bitter apple with a long dry finish. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle from the winery. Very pale colour - almost clear, really, with just a faint gold tinge. Aroma is mild with tart apple essence and a hint of off-dry white wine. Crisp, well-carbonated body. Flavour is nice and tart, Granny Smith and Ginger Gold apples, a bit of sweetness in the middle, a hint of the wine suggested by the aroma, dryish finish. Fairly simple, but refreshing. Spab (4081) - 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 (16499) - 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.