Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ACE Hard Pumpkin Cider

Tasted Tuesday evening in an attempt to use some internet, as my new house has yet to have it installed. Tasted after 8th St. Grill's Pumpkin tapping last Friday. Several of the taps still remain so Doug persuaded me to give this a try.

Appearance: Brilliant and golden with an absolute clarity. There is no head whatsoever, and something to be expected from a cider. Some carbonated bubbles occasionally rise to the surface from within, but overall, the liquid remains quite still.
Aroma: Immediately, all spice and notes of the nutmeg permeate the nostrils, later complimented with the expected hints of pumpkin and obvious apple tartness.
Taste: Initially, the tartness from the apples bites the tongue and clenches the jaw. The most dominant characteristic in this beverage is the easily distinguishable flavor of Macintosh apples. Personally, I think the spice is neutralized in the flavor, while the pumpkin makes for a more prominent factor. All characteristics are extremely subtle against the rich, tart flavor from the apples.
Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy, though the carbonation comes off very fine, but bellows in the back of the throat as it expands. Very dry. And tart.
Overall Impression: I enjoy the fact that this cider maintains the essence of pumpkin if you think about it, but can easily be consumed without much notice. Nutmeg allspice and cinnamon parallel the faint undertones of pumpkin.

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