Austin Eastciders Sangria Cider

Tonight’s selection is a change of pace for me. Val wanted to pop open a cider, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Sangría literally means bloodletting in Spanish. The term sangria used for the drink can be traced back to the 18th century. According to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol, sangria’s origins ‘cannot be pinpointed exactly, but early versions were popular in Spain, Greece, and England.’ Sangaree, a predecessor drink to sangria that was served either hot or cold, likely originated in the Caribbean (West Indies), and from there was introduced to mainland America, where it was common beginning in the American colonial era but ‘largely disappeared in the United States’ by the early twentieth century. Sangria as an iced drink was reintroduced to the U.S. by the late 1940s through Hispanic Americans and Spanish restaurants, and enjoyed greater popularity with the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.”

Random: This cider is available in cans and on draft.

This cider poured with no head whatsoever. The body was a bright magenta color that was clear and had a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The nose was rather muted, but had berry notes along with red apples. There was some honey as well. The taste was also a bit muted. I picked up the same berry notes, specifically raspberry and blackberry. There was also a decent punch of cherry. Apple came through next with some sweetness. The cider was a bit under carbonated. The finish was quick with apple. I thought this cider had potential, it just wasn’t my favorite.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider

Val and I started watching this celebrity dinner party show. I don’t know what the name of it is, but the show is awful. I can barely get through this. I need a cider to tolerate it…

pineapplecider

ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just like many pre-prohibition ciders, we’ve selected apples from Europe and Washington State. To preserve freshness, the fruits are harvested and pressed at the orchard, then delivered to our cidery in Austin, Texas. These apple varieties have the bittersharp and bittersweet components that bring character to our drink. Only the finest apples can create the best cider. With this base of un-compromised fruit, we also use a white wine yeast which has been selected for aromatic retention and slow, cold fermentation tolerance. This helps preserve the natural, fruity nose and complex flavor you experience when enjoying this drink. This ferment is fed nutrients at key stages to allow the perfect transition of fruit sugar to alcohol, like that of a wonderful Riesling or Gewürztraminer wine. Once fermentation is complete, we use state of the art filtration for gorgeous clarity, without stripping components that add to mouthfeel. This is extremely important because it ensures that we don’t remove any of the exciting attributes that our apples can present to you. Austin Eastciders is all about authenticity and commitment to quality. These ideals, along with our service to employees and community, set the stage for an environment of enjoying a tasty beverage with the company of good people.”

Random: I bet this show gets cancelled after one season.

This cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy light yellow with lots of carbonation. The nose had some sour apples along with pineapple. There was some white sugar as well. The taste started with sweeter apples along with pineapple. There was some honey as well. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation along with it. A can of this cider was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this cider. I think the pineapple was utilized well and the apples gave it some depth. This was quite pleasant.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0