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)
Cider: Prickly Pineapple
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT (they are from British Columbia Canada, but their U.S. ciders are made at the Woodchuck facility)
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles
Style: American commercial cider from dessert apples, with pineapple and prickly pear juices
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
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.
Closing Notes: I imagine this will sell well.
Have you tried Wyder’s Prickly Pineapple? What did you think?