Rosé Jumps The Shark: Angry Orchard Launches Rosé Cider

By Neat Pour Staff |

Brosé just moved to the next level. The transition from finesse to frat is complete. Angry Orchard just abounded that they will be releasing a rosé version of their hard apple cider.

“I love Rosé wine, but I’m excited for drinkers to move on over to cider and try something new this spring with our Angry Orchard Rosé,” said Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker of Angry Orchard. “The rare red flesh apples used in our Rosé not only impart complex flavors but contribute to the cider’s beautiful rosy hue. It’s crisp, refreshing, and unlike any other style we have crafted.”

As we’re talking about cider, there are no grapes involved; the product is not really like rosé in any way—except color. To create that crimson hue, Angry Orchard sourced red fleshed apples from France.

Amour Rouge (Red Love) apples from Brittany form the base of the beverage. They are blended with juices from six other apple varieties as well as some other ingredients which remain unspecified save hibiscus.

Angry Orchard Rosé boasts a “hard cider’s apple-forward taste complimented by refreshing light tannins, similar to a semi-dry wine,” according to notes from the producer. “It has a light, yet refined floral aroma, medium mouthfeel, and bright apple finish.” The marketing materials also recommend pairing with creamy cheeses (gouda and feta are suggested) and “hearty, flavorful meats, like ham and prosciutto.”

Angry Orchard spent the last two decades traversing the mysterious world of American cider before growing into the category’s largest distributor. The company markets five core ciders nationally as well as a handful of premium level “Cider House Collection” bottles.

Angry Orchard Rosé hard cider clocks in at 5.5% ABV. 6 & 12-packs of the juice are produced at the company’s facility in New York’s Hudson Valley, but will be available nation wide. Rollout is slated for late February 6-packs have an MSRP of $7.99-9.99and 12-pack and between $14.99-16.99. If you must, the company also has a “cider finder.”

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