Ironwood Cider is a simple, country style cider. There is not a lot of aroma when you open this, with the exception of a hint if sulphur, which dissipates very quickly. This is not unusual for a simple cider and is not considered a flaw. It is just good to know, in case you notice this when opening the bottle.
When you first open this cider you might think it is a bottle of pop as it is highly carbonated. Served chilled on a summer day, you will not notice this as much, but in a tasting setting, when the cider is served at room temperature, it is explosive.
There is a subtle apple flavour mostly masked by semi-sweet sugar content. Now this is not a bad thing for those of you that like sweet beverages, in fact this might be considered a good thing. I however prefer the natural taste of the fruit which is lost to the sugar.
This cider has a dark straw colour, a rich mouth feel and has 6% alcohol. It is packaged in a standard brown 341 ml beer bottle. The label is handsome, but maybe too handsome for some buyers. Having been in the business for many years I can tell you that those who shop strictly by the way the label looks will likely pass this one by.
Strong flavoured foods will cut through the sweetness, so consider hot, spicy foods as pairing options.
This producer makes some very good fruit wines. And in fact was the first fruit winery in Ontario. So do check them out.