Wyder’s Prickly Pineapple

Review of Wyder’s newest cider, Prickly Pineapple, with pineapple and prickly pear juices.  I’ve previously tried their other three ciders (Dry Raspberry, Dry Pear, and Reposado)

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Cider:  Prickly Pineapple
Cidery:  Wyder’s
Cidery Location:  Middlebury VT (they are from British Columbia Canada, but their U.S. ciders are made at the Woodchuck facility)
ABV:  5.0%
How Supplied:  six pack of 12oz bottles
Style:  American commercial cider from dessert apples, with pineapple and prickly pear juices

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Availability:  wide release, as of August (they have a locator here)

Cider Description:  An exotic duet, this cider combines the juices from both prickly pear cacti and pineapples. Tickling the tongue, each sip brings forward a light and sweet taste like a refreshing pina colada. Satisfy those fruit forward senses with Wyder’s® Prickly Pineapple.

Cidery Description:  We have specialized in eclectic fruit-forward ciders for more than two decades. It’s a pretty hyper-connected world out there, grab a Wyder’s when you’re ready to unplug. Wyder’s wants to be a part of you finding the good in life and your Happy Place. We hope you enjoy, and bring us along!

Price:  ~ $2 / single bottle (runs $9.99 / six pack)
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  I had been on the lookout since reading about it on Facebook

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First Impression:  Light straw yellow with a hint of green.  Low carbonation.  Smells of pineapple candy.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-sweet to sweet.  Medium bodied.  Low to moderate tartness.  Moderate acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, tannins, or funk.  Notes of pineapple, green apple, and a little something unique which I assume is the prickly pear juice.  Quick finish.  High sessionabiliy.  low apple flavor.  Moderate to high flavor intensity.  Low complexity.

My Opinion:  Not bad for a commercial cider, as its a bit unique, and nice and flavorful.  Definitely on the sweeter end though.  I don’t exactly agree it tastes like a pina colada, but its definitely not just a pineapple cider.  Side note – has anyone tried to do anything coconut with a cider?  I bet pineapple coconut would be good.

Most Similar to:  Other sweeter pineapple flavored ciders, such as Schilling Trouble in Paradise, Ace Pineapple and Jester & Judge Pineapple Express.

Closing Notes:   I imagine this will sell well.

Have you tried Wyder’s Prickly Pineapple?  What did you think?

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