Review of Reverend Nat’s Viva La Pineapple. I first tried this cider awhile when I visited their tap room (see here), during my Portland cider trip, which also included Cider Rite of Spring (see my event review and my cider tasting notes).
I have also tried Rev Nat’s Revival, ¡Tepache!, Hopland #5 / Envy, Newtown Pippin, Ciderkin, Winter Abbey Spice, Hallelujah Hopricot, Deliverance Gin & Tonic, Revival Dry, Sacrilege Sour Cherry, The Passion, Whiskey Barrel Aged Golden Russet with Black Currant, New Moon Mandarin, Revelation Belle de Boskoop, Wooden Hellfire, and Tassjara Peach Book.
Cider: Viva La Pineapple
Cidery: Reverend Nat’s
Cidery Location: Portland Oregon
How Supplied: 500ml bottles
Style: craft cider from dessert apples with pineapple juice and a touch of spices
Availability: Summer seasonal. Rev Nat’s ciders are in general sold in AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NY, OR, and WA, as well as Alberta & B.C. Canada, and Japan. They have a cider finder and also have online sales for Tent Show ciders.
Cider Description: This cider is a blend of fermented fresh apple juice (sourced, like all the apples I use, from Oregon and Washington, but mostly Eastern Washington in the case of this cider), and unfermented fresh pineapple juice. A touch of spice is added (cinnamon and cloves and allspice) and it is not to be consumed by those allergic to pineapples.
Cidery Description: Reverend Nat is a single-minded cider evangelist who searches the world for superior ingredients to handcraft the most unusual ciders that no one else will make.
Where Bought: Whole Foods in Seattle WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: I first tried this at the cidery’s Portland tap room
First Impression: Still (no carbonation). Dark straw yellow hue. Smells of pineapple juice.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low to moderate tartness. Moderate acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of pineapple juice and lime. Low apple flavor and complexity. High sessionability. Moderate flavor intensity.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it. However, I didn’t pick up any of the spices mentioned in the description, which was just fine with me. Definitely on the easy drinking side. It would be perfect on a hot summer day. I recommend lightly shaking the bottle before pouring as otherwise it will be a bit chunky at the end.
Most Similar to: Jester & Judge Pineapple Express (although I’ve also previously tried pineapple ciders from Ace, Atlas, Locust, Pear Up, Portland Cider, Schilling, Swift, and Wyder’s)
Closing Notes: My favorite ciders from Reverend Nat’s have been the most mainstream ones, like this one, Revival, and The Passion, plus Whiskey Barrel Aged Golden Russet with Black Currant.
Have you tried Reverend Nat’s Viva La Pineapple? What did you think?