Review of Pear UP’s Raspeary, a raspberry-flavored pear cider (technically a perry, as no apples were used, only pears, but many consumers wouldn’t recognize that term). Note that Pear UP had previously gone by the name Neigel Vintners or NV Cider. I previously sampled this at Cider Rite of Spring in Portland OR (see here). I’ve also tried their Pear Essentials, Half Past Prudent, Cherry Perry, Watermelon Perry, and Watermelon Raspberry Perry.
Cidery: Pear UP Cider
Cidery Location: East Wenatchee WA
How Supplied: 500ml green Aluminum bottles (and kegs)
Style: American craft perry from dessert pears with raspberry extract
Availability: Washington and Oregon; see here.
Cider Description: (none given; this appears to be one of their newer varieties, and isn’t listed on the website)
Cidery Description: Neigel Vintners is a family affair. Our cider company is run on our family property. Some of the first pears we press each year come off of remnants of the first pears planted by the family. Over 100 years old, these trees have had their heart-wood rot out and survived. There are several places a person can reach through the center of the tree with a hand. These trees have been a staple of the property for generations.
Where Bought: Special Brews in Lynnwood WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: Cider tasting events, such as Cider Summit and Cider Rite of Spring
First Impression: Light straw yellow with a hint of pink. Low carbonation. Smells of syrupy sweet pear and raspberry.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low tartness and acidity. No bitterness, tannins, sourness, or funk. Notes of pear juice, dried pear, and raspberry extract. High sessionability. Moderate to high pear flavor. Moderate flavor intensity. Low complexity.
My Opinion: This was a nice sessionable summer beverage. However, it was a bit syrupy and the raspberry was fake tasting (they use extract, which is actually quite common, even in craft cider). I think a bit more carbonation and tartness could have helped balance those two things. This is one of the few ciders I think wouldn’t be bad over ice, although I didn’t try that, as the bottle didn’t last very long and I was indoors.
Most Similar to: Pear UP’s watermelon and raspberry-watermelon perries.
Closing Notes: I enjoyed this less when I tried it previously (which may have been on draft?). However, they make some tasty easy drinking perries for a reasonable cost. I think they would do even better in this area with a multipack of cans, as that is the current trend, although not my personal preference. I have heard that they are moving from 16.9oz to 12oz bottles, some sold individually (Aluminum) and some sold in multipacks (glass).
Have you tried Pear UP perries? What did you think?