Review of Common Cider’s Pineapple Guava. It is my first time trying this, but I have had their Hibiscus Saison.
Cider: Pineapple Guava
Cidery: Common Cider Company
Cidery Location: Drytown CA
How Supplied: 6 pack of 12oz slim cans (or 22oz bottles)
Style: American craft cider from dessert apples with pineapple and guava
Availability: probably only in California (see their locator)
Cider Description: An artfully effervescent hard apple cider heightened with tropical pineapple and guava to celebrate the warmth of social festivity. Our Hawaii-inspired pineapple guava hard cider actually started out as a seasonal in 2017 but response was so strong that we have made it one of our year round products. It’s bright, fruity and off-dry; perfect with light food dishes or just by itself, with a few friends of course.
This gem also took home the Silver medal at the 2018 New York International Beer Competition, and at the 2018 World Cider Competition. Fun Fact: When you see a pineapple you think Hawaii but they actually originated in South America and are believed to have made their way to Hawaii via the Spanish in the 16th century.
Cidery Description: To open a Common Cider is to open your heart to the world. To invite conversation, to entertain new ideas, to celebrate what we all have in common. While the rest of the brewing world is busily promoting hard cider, we’re engaged with in the art of crafting human cider. Cider as a solvent for cynicism. Cider as symbol of balance and sanity. Cider as a delivery system for joy.
Price: ~ $3 / single can (runs ~ $13.99 / 6 pack, or $8.99 / 22oz bottle)
Where Bought: Total Wine in southern CA
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing, on a business trip, where I had extra suitcase space on the way back after dropping off work stuff so I picked up quite a few ciders
First Impression: Low carbonation. Light straw yellow hue. Smells mild, tart and tropical.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry. Light bodied. Moderate tartness and acidity. Low bitterness. No sourness, funk, or bitterness. Notes of green apple, pineapple, and a bit of something else, which tasted more like strawberry than guava to me. Moderate length finish. Low flavor intensity, complexity, and apple flavor. Moderate sessionability.
My Opinion: I thought this was ok, not really to my personal preferences, as it was so mild in flavor.
Closing Notes: My favorite pineapple cider (of ~ 18 I’ve tried) is probably 2 Towns Pacific Pineapple, as it has tons of flavor without much sweetness, which is a rare combination.
Have you tried Common Cider Pineapple Guava? What did you think?