Episode #207: Honey & Apple


Strongbow Honey &  Apple Hard Cider

Welcome to the last  in a series of five posts care of  Heineken USA  via Kayla at The Brand Action Team (connect with her here).

Full Disclosure: I was provided with two (2) of each sample with the exception of the Dos-A-Rita.

Episode #207

The  Strongbow Honey & Apple Hard Cider  comes in a  standard-sized bottle. Please note that the “Gluten Free” mark is fairly prominent on the back label. Strongbow has been around since 1887, so it’s not a new brand by any means.

Appearance

A little bit larger  bubbles, clearly filtered with a light golden hue.

Aroma

Honey crisp apple and lots of sweetness.

Taste

A lot sweeter than the Golden Apple, with a wax and wane of intensity throughout the palate almost to cloying note towards the finish. A tiny hint of acidity at the end of the first part of the taste helps flow the flavor. “Apple pie sweet” comes to mind.

Mouthfeel

Not as  dry as the Golden Apple, which changes the weight and feel on the tongue.

Overall

Once again if you’re not a beer drinker or have an issue with gluten, cider is a great way to go. It’s food-friendly (most of the time) and has a dizzying array from dry to sweet. You’ll also see things like honey or other fruit and spices being thrown in, so in this sense it is similar to craft beer. With tons of ciders out there, the best thing to do is to talk to someone (at your local store or a friend), or if you have some disposable income just to taste what’s out there.

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