Friday, February 15, 2013

Feature Beer Friday! - Strongbow

Wait, Strongbow is a cider, right?  Yes.  Yes it is, and it's one of Jeremy's favorite ciders and probably one of Jeremy's favorite adult beverages so when he brought one out and recommended that we try it on the air with Raise A Glass and use it for Feature Beer Cider Friday, I was fine with the idea.  I enjoy a good cider and brew my own fairly often, so I think it's worth enough of a spot

Strongbow is a mild strength (5.0% abv) cider produced by the Bulmers company our of England.  It's available locally at a few places and typically can be found in 4-packs of half-liter cans.   Strongbow themselves describe it as a well-balanced cider that comes from a blend of bittersweet cider and culinary apples.  Interesting... let's see what we think.

Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (Bite And Booze), James Lawson, and Jeremy Spikes (Whiskeybomb.com).

Serving: 16.9 oz. can.

Appearance: Yellow, minimal head... looks sort of like a light beer but that's typical for a cider.

Aroma: Apple juice, not too boozy and not too sweet.  Jay noted hints of caramel

Taste: Very dry, probably moreso than they would want you to think based on claims of being well-balanced, but also very easy to drink and refreshing.  Of course they also claim to be "England's Dry Cider" so I guess they are correct there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, easy finish, fairly dry still.

Overall: A very standard cider, I thought it was an easy drinker and especially suited for hot Louisiana summers. Jeremy thought that "it's got a good beat and you can dance to it."  So... if you ever want to see Jeremy bust a move, get him some Strongbow!  (Side note, if you ever want to see my cousin Philip bust a move, play some "Ignition Remix" by R. Kelly.)


Overall Rating: 71
My Rating: 71