Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider

Review of Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider.  It is my first time trying this, but I’ve had their Texas Honey.

Cider:  Pineapple Cider
Cidery:  Austin Eastciders
Cidery Location:  Austin TX
ABV:  5.0%
How Supplied:  12oz cans
Style:  American craft cider from dessert & cider apples with pineapple concentrate

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Availability:  Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of the Northeast (see their cider locator here)

Cider Description:  For an exotic twist, we have blended heirloom bittersweet and culinary apples with a taste of the tropics. Golden, ripe, and delicious pineapples have been married into our dry cider to give you a refreshing pineapple experience!

Cidery Description:  Could we move to an apple producing region, grow our own apples and make cider? Sure, but it wouldn’t be the delicious and complex cider we make today in good ol’ Texas. The most important thing to us is sourcing the best cider apples and using only high-quality natural ingredients.

See here for more info.  They have a taproom in Austin Texas.

Price:  ~$2 / 1 can ? (runs $8.99 / six pack)
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  my husband picked this up for me while in Texas for business

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First Impression:  Light yellow hue.  Nearly still (very low carbonation).  Smells mild, of pineapple juice.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry to semi-sweet.  Light to medium bodied.  Low to moderate tartness and acidity.  No bitterness, tannins, funk, or sourness.  Notes of pineapple, green apple, and lemon.  Quick finish.  Low apple flavor and complexity.  Moderate flavor intensity.  High sessionability.

My Opinion:  I really enjoyed this.  Nice pineapple flavor, easy to drink, and mid-level sweetness.

Most Similar to:  2 Towns Pineapple (which is drier) and Jester & Judge Pineapple Express and Reverend Nat’s Viva La Pineapple (which are sweeter and have some lime)

Closing Notes:  I’m curious what percentage of cider to dessert apples they use, as cider apple influence is not apparent in the flavor, and I’d expect this cider to be priced higher if any significant percentage of cider apples was used.  In fact, their ciders are already priced much lower than I’m used to in Western Washington.

Have you tried Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider?  What did you think?

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Austin Eastciders Texas Honey

Review of Austin Eastciders Texas Honey cider.  It is my first time trying anything from this cidery.

Cider:  Texas Honey
Cidery:  Austin Eastciders
Cidery Location:  Austin TX
ABV:  5.0%
How Supplied:  6 and 12 packs of of 12oz cans (and draft)
Style:  American craft cider from dessert & bittersweet apples, with honey

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Availability:  year round in Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of the Northeast (see their cider locator here)

Cider Description:  Austin Eastciders Texas Honey Cider is a blend of bittersweet apples and dessert apples with Texas honey to create a delicious cider with a hint of sweet.

Cidery Description:  Could we move to an apple producing region, grow our own apples and make cider? Sure, but it wouldn’t be the delicious and complex cider we make today in good ol’ Texas. The most important thing to us is sourcing the best cider apples and using only high-quality natural ingredients.

See here for more info.  They have a taproom in Austin Texas.

Price:  ~$2 / can ? (runs $8.99 / six pack)
Where Bought:  Total Wine
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  my husband picked this up for me while in Texas for business

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First Impression:  Light straw yellow hue.  Low carbonation.  Smells of sweet apple with a hint of honey.

Tasting Notes:  On the drier side of semi-sweet.  Medium bodied.  Low tartness and acidity.  No bitterness, sourness, tannins, or funk.  Notes of sweet rich apple and honey with hints of apricot and floral.  Quick finish.  Moderate flavor intensity.  Moderate apple flavor.  High sessionability.  Low to moderate complexity.

My Opinion:  I really enjoyed this.  Nice flavor, with more complexity than I was expecting, and a perfect amount of sweetness.  I’m curious what percentage of the mix the bittersweet cider apples were, as it seemed slightly richer than I’d expect using only dessert apples, but the price point seems low for much to be used.  Speaking of price, their ciders are much less than the going rate for similar ciders here in the Seattle area, by a few dollars per six pack.

Most Similar to:  This reminded me some of Finnriver Honey Meadow, Tieton Lavender Honey, and Seattle Cider Olympic Honey.

Closing Notes:  I have their Pineapple cider to try next.

Have you tried Austin Eastciders?  What did you think?