Cider Review: Rev Nat's Viva La Pineapple
Pineapples have been popping up all over in the last few years - shirts, decorations, and in cider. This is fine by me - I really enjoy pineapples - enough that I'm attempting to grow one indoors (more for fun, it's not a great investment). Cider is another thing I enjoy. So whenever I come across a new pineapple cider I'm happy to try it, even though most of them are pretty sweet.
Reverend Nat's Viva La Pineapple hails from Portland, Oregon and is made with apples, fresh pineapple juice, and spices. My day job is with a creative agency, so I really appreciate the old-timey packaging design - something so busy is hard to pull off but they did it.
Hazy yellow with fine suspended particulates. Frothy bubbles form a "head," but it's only from the pineapple juice. Light and quickly dissipating carbonation. Looks similar to the tepache I've made in the past.
An abundance of sweet, ripe pineapple. A floral, almost tropical back note is present as well.
An incredible mix of apple and tropical fruit flavors. Pineapple, orange, mango, and apple flavors meld together, none overpower the other. A tartness comes in about halfway through that plays very nicely with the natural sweetness that's present.
Starts like a semi-sweet, which it is, but the sweetness doesn't linger and the tartness and spices take over, giving the impression of it being drier. There's an odd, however pleasant, savoriness to it as well. In the same way fresh pineapple juice is almost chewy, this cider has medium body. The tartness keeps me coming back.
This is my favorite pineapple cider I've tried so far. There is not even the slightest hint of the syrupy sweetness that plagues many pineapple ciders. It feels tropical but at the same time remains a cider. It's almost like a cocktail of cider and fresh pineapple juice. Actually, that's exactly what it is, and it works.