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5 Hard Ciders to Drink This Fall

5 Hard Ciders to Drink This Fall

It’s that wonderful time of year when pumpkin and spiced ciders abound! We took upon ourselves the difficult task of sampling five fall ciders. What follows (in no particular order) are our tasting notes for each of the seasonal ciders.


1) Pumpkin Blend from Downeast Cider

Origin: Boston, MA, USA

ABV: 5.1%

Color: Light orange, cloudy

Aroma: Nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon

Flavor Profile: Hint of lemon and sweet apple flavor upfront. Pumpkin spice flavor (nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon) emerges halfway through the sip and remains the dominant flavor for the rest of the sip and into the aftertaste.

Body: Medium (due to being unfiltered)

Sweetness: Semi-sweet

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: None

Carbonation: Between medium and high, leaning toward medium

Quick Thoughts:

Ramsay: Really liked the nice, even balance of the pumpkin spice flavors, which were delivered in a sweet but not too sweet package.

Julia: I really enjoyed this cider. I felt that it had just the right amount of pumpkin spice, and thanks to the acidity, it never tasted too sugary.

Craving more information on this cider? Read our full review here!


2) Peaks and Valleys from Graft

Origin: Newburgh, NY, USA

ABV: 6.9%

Color: Pale yellow, cloudy

Aroma: Yeast, anise, and a pine-like smell are primary. Cinnamon is secondary.

Flavor Profile: Lemon and sourness hit you right away and remain throughout the entire sip. The second half and aftertaste are dominated by a pine-like flavor; hints of anise and cinnamon are present as well. This cider is very reminiscent of a sour beer.

Body: Between light and medium, leaning toward light

Sweetness: Off-dry

Acidity: Relatively high

Tannin: None

Carbonation: Between light and medium, leaning toward medium

Quick Thoughts:

Ramsay: Not a fan of the sour flavor on this one; although, I am picky when it comes to sour drinks.

Julia: As a fan of sour beers, I quite enjoyed the sour flavor profile of this cider. It’s a unique twist on the traditional fall spiced cider.


3) Pumpkin Patch from Lookout Farm

Origin: Natick, MA, USA

ABV: 5.2%

Color: Light gold, clear

Aroma: Apple and pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove) are primary. Honey is secondary.

Flavor Profile: Pumpkin spice hits you upfront and is the dominant flavor for the majority of the sip. Apple comes through toward the end of the sip. Honey, clove, apple, and a hint of lemon comprise the aftertaste.

Body: Between light and medium

Sweetness: Semi-sweet

Acidity: Low (noticeable only in aftertaste)

Tannin: None

Carbonation: Medium

Quick Thoughts:

Ramsay: Good pumpkin spice flavor but best not to have two back to back.

Julia: Not the best pumpkin cider I’ve had, but it’s decent enough that I’d order it if I saw it at a bar.


4) Mac and Maple from Champlain Orchards Cidery

Origin: Shoreham, VT, USA

ABV: 5.6%

Color: Dark gold, clear

Aroma: Apple is primary. Maple is secondary.

Flavor Profile: Sweet apple flavor upfront. Halfway through the sip, a lemon flavor overtakes the apple flavor and remains the dominant flavor until the end of the sip. Maple flavor comes through in the aftertaste and is accompanied by notes of apple.

Body: Light

Sweetness: Semi-dry

Acidity: Relatively low

Tannin: None

Carbonation: Light

Quick Thoughts:

Ramsay: Love the just right amount of maple flavor.

Julia: With its notes of maple, this is a great cider to drink while cozying up in flannels on a cool fall day.

Check out our full review of this cider here!


5) Apple of My Chai from Far from the Tree

Origin: Salem, MA, USA

ABV: 7.5%

Color: Pale gold, cloudy

Aroma: Apple and Chai

Flavor Profile: Sweet apple, lemon, and Chai are the dominant flavors throughout the sip. Slight bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

Body: Between light and medium, leaning toward light

Sweetness: Semi-dry

Acidity: Relatively low

Tannin: None

Carbonation: Between light and medium, leaning toward medium

Quick Thoughts:

Ramsay: Delivers a nice, refreshing Chai spice to go with the apple flavor.

Julia: This is a nice, not-too-sweet alternative to the traditionally sweet fall cider.

Want a more detailed review? Check out our full review of this cider here!


Have you tried any of these ciders, or do you have some other seasonal favorites? Let us know below in the comments!

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