Caribe – Florida Brewing Co

Tropical Hard Cider – Pineapple

CARIBE Tropical Hard Cider Pineapple, by FL Brewing Co.

Sent to us by a Cape Canaveral Local is a great new addition to the review list by Florida Brewing Co, now called Florida Beer Co. Pineapple tends to be a light hearted airy citrus fruit known for its controversial stance on pizza toppings. But is it as controversial on Pizza as it is in Cider? Personally I think not, pineapple ciders are always a treat to the pallet, a nice sweet crisp change from the day to day apple flavor. If you’ve never had a pineapple cider, I suggest you branch out a little and give it a go!

So lets start with our review.

Personally I am a fan of pineapple ciders, but im also a fan of pineapples on my pizza, as well as jalapenos, ham, tomatoes… ok im getting off topic here quick and we’ve just begun, so lets just jump in on this. Right off the bat in the bottle its a pop top not a twist off, so don’t cut your hands up trying to twist er off. The nice sweet airy pineapple scent quickly fills the surrounding atmosphere and helps set the mood for whats sure to be a sweet treat. First impressions are everything everywhere, clear labeling paired with a great scent leads us to believe its going to be a good first sip.

First taste: It’s Pineapple! Yep couldn’t have guessed it from the labeling, but its definitely a pineapple cider. Nice sweet crisp lingering taste, if I had to compare it, I would definitely say its a little lighter than an Ace pineapple and I may grab it over one on a hot day. Definitely a nice light hard cider you could sip while lazing out by the pool on a warm Florida day.
I’m inclined to search it out locally to grab myself a 6 pack to tuck away for those hard days where you just want something light and sweet at the end of it.

What do I think about it? Honestly, its great, its airy, its light, its crisp, its sweet but not to sweet, every sip makes me want more, in fact we’re having steak tonight and this would be such a great pairing I’ve gone ahead and poured some in to marinate while I write up this review.


Quick facts

  • Alcohol Content by Volume – 4.5%
  • Calories per bottle – 190
  • Main Ingredients – Apple Juice, Water, Sugar
  • Gluten Free

Overall Ratings

  • Flavoring – Just right. 4 out of 5
  • Sweetness – Going to give it a 5. 5 out of 5
  • Overall – It hits all the marks, its become a favorite with 1 bottle therefore, its a solid 4.5 out of 5 for me in terms of Pineapple Hard Cider.

In the End

I really enjoyed this pineapple hard cider and feel FL Beer Co has hit the nail on the head with their Caribe hard cider line. It’s light enough to have a few without feeling bloated or like you’ve been sucking sugar through a straw for the last hour. Great pairing for a lunch or dinner drink, or even just a grab a drink out of the fridge and sip on the porch. I’ll be grabbing a pack of these for sure whenever in Cape Canaveral or if I see it locally in store.


Disclaimer: This review was written with personal first hand experience, without any form of payment given to write this review.

Woodchuck® Hard Cider Partners with Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Woodchuck asks fans to help them raise money for Open Areas on the A.T.

June 3rd, 2019 (MIDDLEBURY, VT.) — Woodchuck® Hard Cider is excited to partner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in June. Woodchuck has called Vermont home since its beginning in 1991, and through their
almost 30-year history, protecting the beautiful landscape that makes Vermont so special has been very important to Woodchuck so this partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is perfect pairing for them.


In the month of June, Woodchuck will donate $1 of every post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ChuckLovesATC. They will donate a minimum of $10,000 and up to $15,000. The funds raised will go to helping preserve open areas along the Vermont portion of the Appalachian Trail. Woodchuck staff members will also take a day to help maintain an open area with ATC staff members and Trail management partners from the Green Mountain Club.


“Our fans and employees are outdoors people who enjoy the trail,” said Brand Director, Megan Skinner, “so partnering with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy felt so natural. We can’t wait to see the photos and posts we receive in support of the program.”


“This gracious contribution provided by Woodchuck® Hard Cider will assist the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in its mission to preserve the last remaining contiguous open space in the eastern United States for generations to come,” said Hawk Metheny, regional director for the Conservancy. “We are proud to partner with an organization that values America’s irreplaceable landscapes and encourages it fans to join the cause
and help protect national treasures like the Appalachian Trail.”
Utilize the hashtag #ChuckLovesATC during the month of June, and make sure to follow Woodchuck’s social channels for more details and updates. Woodchuck Hard Cider is proud to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy!

About Vermont Cider Co.

Vermont Cider Company is a leading hard cider maker in the United States, with a state of the art cidery located in Middlebury, Vermont. Vermont Cider Company crafts a variety of ciders for a variety of consumers. There’s iconic Woodchuck, fruit-forward Wyder’s as well as the classic Magners Irish Cider and Blackthorn, rounding out our import offerings. Vermont Cider Company reinvigorated American hard cider in 1991, with the launch of Woodchuck, and stays focused on the category today through our commitment to crafting innovative and refreshing hard ciders. For more information about Vermont Cider Company, please visit: ww.vtciderco.com

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,192 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

Starcut Ciders – Pulsar Dry Cider

Hard Cider Review


Brand: Starcut Ciders
Origin: Michigan
Alc by Vol. – 6.4%


I’m always a fan of a good dry cider, the very basis of Dry ciders is honestly why I am so hooked on Hard Cider. They really bring out the flavor of the apples used and thats where you get such a splendid variation as its so rare to find the same apples being used widespread.

Starcut ciders is based in Michigan and as such uses Michigan apples, which this would be my first time tasting a dry Michigan cider and I have to say, im actually excited to have this in my hands. I had not heard of Starcut until recently and I already see they have a good spread of hard ciders so im looking forward to getting a hand on some more soon. So with all the fanfair out of the way and me being overly excited (is that possible?) for a new taste! lets review!


Starcut Ciders.

First off I want to touch on the can, just from the outside im so intrigued, its like a squirrel in space experimenting with a radioactive gleaming apple!
Now lets be honest, I can be quite distracted at time so im loving this image right up front, its very eye catching in deed! So shall we crack it open!?
Right off the bat I get a nice sweet smell, and man is it enticing, the aroma of this cider is definitely giving a sugary vibe but as we know, dry ciders tend to be low in sugar and as the can says it has less than one gram of sugar.

For this review I was really curious how the color would be so I poured it into a glass as you can see from the picture above. The color we can see is a very light gold which I wonder if the light color leads us on to the taste, if it will be as light as it looks. Taking a good taste of it im a bit taken back but in a good way. What I was led on to be a sweet taste thanks to the aroma resonating from the can has actually turned into quite the opposite.

It has a slight tartness to it (surprise its a dry cider!) but not over whelming. The taste from the Michigan apples is nice and strong but not overwhelming to the point that I don’t want to continue. It gives us a lovely yet bold flavor that the dryness really brings out, showing us the real flavor of the Michigan apples used to make it. Its like a sweet tart, you know its tart but there is a sweetness to it that keeps you from puckering up a bit, definitely a beautiful presentation on the tongue.

Without realizing it ive already drank nearly the whole glass, which is definitely not a bad thing. One thing I will say is that this is a bit of a stronger dry cider, but really if you love a good hard cider, thats not much of a problem. I have really nothing negative to say about the Pulsar Dry Cider, except for I wish it was a larger can! I will definitely be on the look out to add this to my collection whenever I see it in stores.

So this is the point where I sum it all up for you right?

My general opinion, and take it as you may, this is a beautifully crafted Dry.
Remember dry ciders may be strong to some but thats because you’re tasting the apple more than any flavoring, they are not ment to be sweet so you will typically find less sugar in them which is always great on a hot day.
Would I recommend this cider? Absolutely, I think it would go against everything I have written if someone came up to me asking about Pulsar and I did not give them a shinning review.

Flavor
A little tart but not over powering so lets roll a 3.5 out of 5 as it may not be for everyone.

Color
Absolutely brilliant light gold that shines through to its taste, a 4 out of 5.

Branding
Who doesnt like squirrels? A great 4 out of 5.

Still on the fence!?

Here let me help you, if you have this nearby, pick up a can!

Visit Starcut Ciders Pulsar here – http://starcutciders.com/our-ciders/pulsar/

3 Daughters Key Lime Cider


Cider Company: 3 Daughters

Cider Name: Key Lime Apple Cider

Made in: St. Petersburg, FL

ABV: 5.5%

Cider Type: Fruity Semi-Sweet


REVIEW: My first impression on the Key Lime Cider just at looking at the can was this is going to be a fun to drink, sweet as syrup kind of cider that will rank along side the Big Brands. Was I wrong. Immediately upon opening and taking in the aroma, I could tell this was going to be more complex of a cider than I assumed. The aroma was crisp, very refreshing. My first sip (again I expected very sweet) was very refreshing, not too sweet whatsoever. It took until the very end of my taste to get the key lime flavor.

Honestly, I thought this could be better. I enjoy some key lime. But I thought if they were going to bring out more key lime flavor, it would have made the cider extremely sweet. I think the key lime flavor was excellent. I tried this cider while outside in 85 degree Florida-humid heat grilling some steaks. It did its job of being refreshing, flavorful, and just plain enjoyable. Great work 3 Daughters!


Scoring

Appearance out of 6: 4

Bouquet/Aroma out of 10: 8

Flavor out of 24: 16

Overall Impression out of 10: 8

Total Score: 37 Very Good (see definitions below)

Scoring Definitions

Outstanding (45 – 50): World-class example of style.

Excellent (38 – 44): Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.

Very Good (30 – 37): Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws.

Good (21 – 29): Misses the mark on style and/or minor flaws.

Fair (14 – 20): Off flavors/aromas or major style deficiencies.

Problematic (00 – 13): Major off flavors and aromas dominate. Hard to drink.

Ryan

Woodchuck Gumption

Hard Cider Review


  • Gluten free
  • 5.5% alcohol/volume

Woodchuck Gumption celebrates the spirit of P.T. Barnum and those with the gumption to follow their own path.


Woodchuck Gumption Hard Cider, is by far my first choice of cider when heading to a party or small gathering. If someone is a first time hard cider drinker and asks me for a recommendation, I’ll typically direct them towards something readily available and easier to come by such as Gumption. I really feel like Woodchuck hit the nail on the head with this one. You can really taste the passion that went into it, without feeling sugar sick later on like some other more “sweet” hard ciders.

From the crisp apple taste to the delightful aroma that comes from Gumption you can really tell Woodchuck thought this one through and perfected it prior to release. A company such as Woodchuck I feel is always being pressed for what they’re going to release next, or whats just around the corner, with as competitive a market as Hard Cider has become over the last few years we’ve seen such a brilliant increase in flavor options and yet, Gumption still stands out for us even now, 4 years after its release.

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The Brass Tax – So lets get down to the nitty gritty, If you enjoy sweeter hard ciders, pick this one up for sure. If you are on the fence about hard cider in general or about this one, pick it up. You really almost cannot go wrong with this one, as stated before I personally grab a 6 pack or two of this when ever I attend a byob event because its a fun way to get people into hard cider. And of course I can always pick up a bottle or two for myself if there isn’t any other hard cider.


Rating

I would give this one a 4 out of 5, purely based on the sweetness, as there are some out there that are not fond of sweeter ciders and may not enjoy this one as much. And while it is my go to for parties, that is more so because it is available at a plethora of local stores. With that said, its still a great grab on a hot Florida afternoon.