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Harpoon Pumpkin Cider

November 5, 2014

I know many of us have often wondered what Basic Girls drink during the evening to balance out their favorite Fall Treat, the pumpkin spice latte. Since Pumpkin Pie Vodka isn’t available everywhere, Harpoon has provided a delicious and intriguing alternative: Pumpkin Cider. Pumpkins added to their already quite delicious and celebrated Apple Cider.

As could be expected, it pours a beautiful clear gold color with a bubbly white head that dissipates rather quickly. The scent is probably most similar to the dessert table at a Thanksgiving dinner; sweet apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and a hint of pumpkin all mingling together in a celebration of the harvest. Like some ciders, the Pumpkin Cider has a juice-like consistency with a light body, and a smooth but slightly sticky mouthfeel.

The apple flavor here is sweeter than Harpoon’s usual fare but not necessarily unwelcome, especially when the pumpkin spices hit you making it taste a lot like apple pie. The pumpkin flavor has a pie-like quality as well, as if some mad dessert-obsessed genius had stacked two slices of pie on top of each other. Clove is a bit more present than you might expect, providing a harder bite to balance things out before an almost crusty bready finish rounds out the cider.

It’s a sweet and distinctive drink but it is definitely not for everyone. I definitely saw several people be completely off put by the pie stacking flavor, which was fine by me because it left more for me and all the girls wearing North Face jackets.

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