As a long-time fan of hard ciders, this one is pretty easy review.
This isn't a "beer guy" trying something different, this is a review
coming from a "beer guy" who
also is a seasoned "cider guy" (and "scotch guy" for that matter).
Strongbow is a cider that has been around for years but is
finally getting some traction here in the US. One of the few truly good
things made in England, a country
not really known for flavor or cuisine, this beverage really hits the
spot. This is definitely a cold-weather beverage, having a bit more
sugars than your average lager it can seem a bit
"heavy" in warm weather. Usually around Thanksgiving I cut back on the
lagers and pale ales and switch to ciders and stout beers which tend to
go down better in cold weather and keep your belly
This cider fills a nice void between Woodpecker English Cider
which tends to be a little "watered down" and bland, and Woodchuck
Vermont Cider which tends to be a little
"syrupy" and overly sweet. The flavor is crisp and semi-dry but doesn't
tend to be overpowering in any particular aspect. Like most other
canned beverages, this should be served cold and
in a glass, not consumed directly from the can. Not too acidic, not too
sweet, this goes down smooth and doesn't leave you with "sweetbelly"
after a few pints. Strongbow is becoming more
easy to find, with most finer stores having it on the shelves lately.
Even our local "Frys" grocery stores in AZ are carrying it now. Some
pubs even have in on tap, which is a real
treat. Even after a few quarts, this is still surprisingly easy on the
In my opinion, this is best served in a cold quart mug and is a
perfect compliment to pizza, steak, or anything else not terribly greasy