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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Argus Fermantables Ciderkin

Review of Ciderkin from Argus Fermentables, a traditional dry sparking cider.  This is the first cider I’ve tried from Texas!  The Fermentables line is a newer branch from Argus, offering cider in six packs instead of 750ml bottles, and currently includes Ciderkin and Ginger Perry (link).  Ciderkin was released Match 2015.  Their traditional cider line is released by vintage and includes a number of sparking options, and they even have a sparkling Tepache (fermented pineapple juice with spices).

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Cider:  Ciderkin
Cidery: Argus Cidery, Argus Fermentables line
Cidery Location:  Austin TX
ABV:  4.5%
How Supplied: 12oz glass bottle (six pack)
Availability:  year round, semi-limited release (mostly TX?)

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Cider Description:  Based on nostalgic profiles of ciders everyone first experienced, Argus Ferementables Ciderkin delivers a straightforward apple palate, yet finishes dry and tannic. Traditional Ciderkin is made from reconstituted apple pomace that is pressed and fermented wild to produce a low ABV-dry cider style. Expounding on that tradition, we have employed a yeast blend that finishes dry, yet still preserves a prominent stone fruit nose and apple palate.

Tasting Notes:  Apple, Cherry, Caramel, and Citric Nose. Round apple palate with dry, tannic quick finish. No candy-liger, and exceptional with food.

Cidery Description:  Argus Cidery is the first cidery in Texas, founded in 2010.  They specialize in sparkling and still European-style Basque-influenced ciders and currently use only Texas-grown apples. The Argus Fermentables brand expands the cidery’s reach by featuring ciders that are not necessarily European in style and by sourcing apples from outside the region.

Price:  $2.50 for a single 12oz bottle (priced individually; one source said $10 for a six pack though)
Where Bought:  Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found: Browsing.  The unique neck-less bottle drew me in, the the low cost and cidery location (Texas of all places) convinced me to give this cider a try.

First Impression: Definitely sparkling (I even waited a minute to take this photo).  Pretty champagne-like color.  Smells dry, of apples & pears?, earthy, of citrus, and acidic.

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Opinion:  Dry, but of an easier to drink variety that doesn’t immediately turn me off to the cider like many drier ciders do.  This is a clean & crisp tasting smooth cider which is light & citrusy.  It has a quick finish but some lingering (pleasant) aftertaste.  There is a bit of acidity, bitterness, and astringent drying tannins at the end, but not overly so.  This cider has a bit of an earthy funk.  I even pick up a hint of vanilla.  There is only a slight tartness.  The sparking mouthfeel was enjoyable (I’m typically a big fan of sparkling ciders).  I don’t however notice cherry or caramel as Argus’ tasting notes specified, but I admit my palate isn’t refined.  I would describe Ciderkin as unique but not bold.  I nibbled on some crackers while enjoying this cider before dinner, which worked well.  Ciderkin is a refreshing cider for summer.

Interesting Fact:  As discussed a bit in Argus’ description of this cider, Ciderkin is a traditional term to describe cidermaking by fermenting reconstituted apple pomace (pulp remaining after crushing apples). As the pulp is diluted, the alcohol content is significantly reduced.

Closing Notes:  This is a great introduction to drier ciders, and fairly unique.  Give it a try if you can find some!  From what I’ve found online, it appears very lucky that I was able to find this in my area as I can’t find much of anything about it being released outside of TX.

Have you tried Argus Fermentables Ciderkin, or anything else Argus Cidery produces?  What did you think?