Grand Illusion: Mystic Citra Pineapple
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Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Mystic Citra Pineapple
Cidery: Grand Illusion
Origin: Carlisle, PA, USA
Color: Medium yellow (looks like pineapple juice)
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
As you might expect, Mystic Citra Pineapple has an aroma of sweet pineapple accompanied by secondary notes of hops. Upon sipping the cider, there is some slight tingling from carbonation, but once that tingling dies down, a subtle pineapple flavor emerges and is joined shortly thereafter by notes of slightly bitter hops. Both the pineapple flavor and hops become more robust by halfway through the sip, and they peak in the aftertaste. Toward the end of the sip, some acidity becomes noticeable and remains into the aftertaste. This is a semi-sweet cider that is in between light and medium bodied, and it has a relatively low amount of carbonation. Lastly, I could not pick up on any tannins in this cider. There is some bitterness to this cider, but I believe it stems from the hops, not any tannins.
Overall, this was a decent cider. I am not a huge fan of pineapple, but I liked this more than anticipated. I found that the hops helped to balance out the pineapple flavor and prevented the cider from becoming sickly sweet. That said, I still found the cider a tad too sweet for my likings, but if you prefer sweeter-leaning ciders, you would probably really enjoy this cider.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
Unlike other ciders, there is no bite upfront. It comes more in the middle of the sip before quickly fading.
This has a somewhat light body. It won't sit too heavy in your stomach.
Mystic Citra Pineapple has a high amount of acidity. It hits me upfront and keeps building until about halfway into the sip before quickly mellowing out. Definitely one of the two most noticeable things about this cider (other one in a minute). In terms of the carbonation, it is on the lower side. Sits very still in my stomach even after most of the can.
I picked up on some tannin, albeit a low amount. It was gone before really noticing it.
The flavor was the other noticeable aspect of this cider. I’m hit with a combination of pineapple, lemon/citrus, and hops. The pineapple stays consistent throughout the sip. The lemon/citrus and hops start off strong and build up until halfway into the sip before taking a backseat to the pineapple flavor. That pineapple flavor, along with some hops, continues into the aftertaste. Should also mention I didn’t pick up on any apple flavor.
This came off as being semi-sweet, helped by the pineapple flavor of course. That said, the hops prevented it from being too sweet.
Overall, I liked Mystic Citra Pineapple. It reminded me of other ciders that take a chance with apple as the non-primary flavor. I would probably have one of these at a time before switching to something else, but nonetheless, it still makes for a nice, summer-style drink. Perhaps on a beach someplace?