Review of Wyder’s Prickly Pineapple, with pineapple and prickly pear juices. I’ve tried this previously (see here). I’ve also had their Reposado Pear, Raspberry, and Pear ciders. They sent me a nice sampler of three ciders (plus a cool tote bag!), featuring new labels/packaging.
>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Wyder’s. Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free. The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue. I love free stuff, especially cider! Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here? Contact me.<<
Cider: Prickly Pineapple
Cidery: Wyder’s (Vermont Cider Co.)
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT (at the Woodchuck facility)
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles
Style: American commercial cider from dessert apples, with pineapple and prickly pear juices
Availability: wide release (in 40 states), year round (they have a locator here)
Cider Description: An exotic duet, this cider combines the juices from both prickly pear cacti and pineapples. Tickling the tongue, each sip brings forward a light and sweet taste like a refreshing pina colada. Satisfy those fruit forward senses with Wyder’s® Prickly Pineapple.
Cidery Description: We have specialized in eclectic fruit-forward ciders for more than two decades. It’s a pretty hyper-connected world out there, grab a Wyder’s when you’re ready to unplug. Wyder’s wants to be a part of you finding the good in life and your Happy Place. We hope you enjoy, and bring us along!
Price: n/a (although it runs $9.99 / six pack)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: Initially, I looked for it after reading about it on Facebook. This time it just showed up.
First Impression: Light straw yellow with a hint of green. Low carbonation. Smells of pineapple candy.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet to sweet. Medium to full bodied. Low to moderate tartness. Moderate acidity. No bitterness, sourness, tannins, or funk. Notes of pineapple, green apple, and a little something unique which I assume is the prickly pear juice (kinda like passion fruit?). Quick finish. High sessionabiliy. Low apple flavor. Moderate to high flavor intensity. Low complexity.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it, as its a bit unique, and nice and flavorful. Definitely on the sweeter and commercial tasting end though.
Most Similar to: Other sweeter pineapple flavored ciders, such as Schilling Trouble in Paradise (which has passion fruit), Ace Pineapple, and Jester & Judge Pineapple Express.
Random Thought: Has anyone made a cider with coconut? I bet pineapple coconut would be fun.
Have you tried Wyder’s Cider? What did you think?