Review of Atlas Cider’s Pineapple Mango, a summer seasonal release. It is my first time trying this, but I’ve previously sampled their Apple, Blackberry, Apricot, Cinnamon Pear, Pom-Cherry, Session Cider, and Dragonfruit cider.
Cider: Pineapple Mango
Cidery: Atlas Cider
Cidery Location: Bend Oregon
How Supplied: 22oz bottles
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples with pineapple and mango
Availability: Since May 2017, in ID, OR, NV, and WA (summer seasonal).
Cider Description: Warning: You will become spellbound by this Siren’s irresistible blend of tropical pineapple and mango. The tart pineapple is skillfully balanced with the mangos sweetness and flavor. And although she looks like a sweet treat, we targeted an off-dry but fruit-forward profile that showcases the aromas and flavors of the fruit. A non-cloying clean finish leaves all mortals lusting for more.
Here is a funny video they made about it.
Cidery Description: ATLAS Cider Co. produces authentic hard cider fermented from 100% fresh pressed fruit from our region. Partnering with Northwest farmers to source our fruit has been a priority of ours from the beginning. Our ciders start with a base of NW fruit that are pressed to achieve a balance of sweetness, tartness, and dryness. We forge our ciders in the heart of the NW in Bend, OR.
Where Bought: The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: I saw Atlas’ Facebook post in May and had been looking out for it, but didn’t spot any in the wild until this month.
First Impression: Medium straw yellow hue. Low to moderate carbonation. Smells of tart tropical fruit.
Tasting Notes: On the sweeter side of semi-dry. Medium bodied. Low tartness. Moderate acidity. No bitterness, tannins, sourness, or funk. Notes of pineapple, mango, and citrus. Quick finish. Low apple flavor. Moderate flavor intensity. Low complexity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: Yum! This is a perfect sessionable but flavorful summer cider. I liked that this was a bit less sweet than their year round cider line up (its most similar to their Apricot, but still a tad drier). However, I wouldn’t have minded this being a semi-sweet either.
Most Similar to: Most of the other tropical fruit ciders I’ve tried have been sweeter, such as Jester & Judge Pineapple Express, Locust Chili Pineapple, Schilling Pineapple Passion, Schilling Trouble in Paradise, Locust Mango, Bull Run Mango, Reverend Nat’s The Passion, and Reverend Nat’s Viva La Pineapple. However, Portland Cider Pineapple and Elemental Mango were the most similar in level of sweetness, but less flavorful.
Closing Notes: I imagine this will be a hit, probably more so than their last seasonal release, Dragonfruit (which I didn’t think was as likely to be a crowd-pleaser as it had an unexpected bitterness).
Have you tried Atlas Pineapple Mango? What did you think?