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Hard Way – Renegade

Hard Way – Renegade

Cider Profile:

Name:   Hard Way – Renegade
Sampled November 2020

Brand: The Hard Way Cider Co
Apple – Dry
Location of Brewing: Bath, ON
Website Link:
100% locally grown apples, sulphites
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355mL (can)
 Hard Way retail + online store
Transparent, bright golden yellow
Small and medium bubbles, frequently streaming.

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Light aroma. Sweet and light pulpy apple smell. Some oaky notes.
Initial Taste: Light bite with some acidity quickly noticeable. Light dessert apple taste with heritage apple notes. Semi-earthy notes. Some oak notes from barreling. Medium astringency.
After Taste: Apple continues the same. Becomes smoother and slightly sweeter. Tangy, lightly tart. Dry finish that is clean.
On ice: Body is thinned (reduced carbonation). Apple is slightly watered down. Crisper and slightly more smooth on ice.

Additional Notes:  Hard Way’s Renegade cider is a straightforward apple cider experience, with the same apple taste from start to finish. With a distinctive oak/wood taste, you get the triple barrel-aging process flavours without dominating the cider’s profile. With some earthiness and astringency, its got a satisfying depth. A great example of a clean, barrel-aged cider that is very sessionable.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 3
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County – Apple Cider
More Sour – Loch Mor – Untamed Cider (2019)
More Dry – Kings Mill – Scrumpy
More Crisp – Duntroon Cyder – Standing Rock

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