The Cider Crate


Howell Road – Tropical

Cider Profile:

Name: Howell Road – Tropical
Sampled August 2021

Brand: Howell Road Cider Co
Type: Flavoured – Mixed Tropical
Location of Brewing: St. George, ON
ABV: 5.8%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Ontario apples, guavas,
pineapples, oranges, mangos, sulphites

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 473ml (can)
Availability: Seasonal – Howell Road retail
and online store

Flavour: Mixed tropical
Colour:  Transparent sunshine yellow with peach hues
Carbonation: Medium streaming bubbles

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma. Sweet tropical notes, with pineapple and orange specifically. Banana hints.
Initial Taste: Light bite. Semi-sweet medley of bright dessert apples with creamy pineapple, orange, mango coming through. Banana hints among the balanced, mixed fruits.
After Taste: Apple weakens quickly. Slightly tart guava comes through. Cleans from the palate quickly.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Thinner apple flavour and base.

Additional Notes:  Howell Road’s Tropical Cider is a light, semi-sweet medley of exotic fruit flavours that is still somehow clean to consume. The cider starts off more orange, pineapple and mango focused – and weirdly with some banana notes though it’s not an ingredient. The apples are also stronger in the front, quickly weakening. A bright flash of tart guava comes out in the finish, but it empties out quickly and smoothly. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3
Dry – 2
Fruity – 3.5  

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – County Cider – Blood Orange
More Sour –  Steel Town – Vay Kay
More Dry – Collective Arts – Hurricane Cider
More Crisp – Coffin Ridge – Tropical Hopped

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Steel Town – Vay Kay

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – Vay Kay
Sampled April 2021

Brand:  Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Flavoured – Mixed Fruit
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 5%
Website Link:
Ingredients: Pressed apples, mango juice, pineapple juice,
lime juice, coconut, yeast

Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 355ml (can)
Availability: Steel Town online and retail store
Flavour: Tropical mixed fruits
Colour:  Cloudy neon yellow
Carbonation: Large infrequently streaming

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Heavy tequila, pineapple and coconut notes.
Initial Taste: Medium bite from carbonation and acidity. Quick juicy pineapple and mango, followed by a natural coconut flavour.  Some sourness.
After Taste: Becomes more mango focused with coconut remaining the same. Tequila astringency and flavours come through more so. Funky finish that has a dry apple base but some sweetness from tropical fruits. Saltiness lingers.
On ice: Reduced carbonation. Coconut becomes more pronounced. Less sour.

Additional Notes:  Steel Towns Vay Kay is a tropical escape in a can. Heavy pineapple and mango juices kick off the drinking experience, with the coconut then coming through and staying awhile. You get the tequila barrel aging near the finish with a medium flavour and astringency. Funky and sour but very palatable – less than some other Steel Town offerings. Memories of a gose beer with the sea salt added.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2.5
Sour – 4
Crisp – 2
Dry – 3.5
Fruity – 4.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Slabtown – Pineapple Mimosa
More Sour – 
More Dry – Hard Way – Loco Blanco
More Crisp – Coffin Ridge – Tropical Hopped

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