The first time I drank this cider, my friend turned to me and said, "The thing about pineapple is that when there’s too much pineapple, it tastes like a pineapple. Except fake. This isn't like that at all!" Those are beautifully vivid words, to be sure, but they’re also accurate. This is a deliciously fruity cider that doesn't toe the soda-sweet line like you might expect. Instead, it’s tropical, bright, and breezy on the palate without being too aromatic or heavy on the sugar.
Most cider drinkers who are cider drinkers because they don’t want to drink beer usually give little chance to hopped ciders. That's too bad for them, because Rhinegeist's take on the style is a knockout on any level. Unlike beer, where boiled hops become resinous and bitter, this cider exhibits all of the floral and aromatic traits that the plant has to offer, rounding out the sweetness so that a nice tart finish remains.