Downeast Cider: Pumpkin Blend
Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Pumpkin Blend
Cidery: Downeast Cider
Origin: Boston, MA, USA
Color: Light orange, cloudy
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Pumpkin Blend has a pleasant, warm aroma of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. There is also a secondary note of apple. Upon sipping the cider, there is a noticeable amount of acidity, as well as a small amount of tingling on the tongue from carbonation. That initial sharpness is accompanied by a hint of lemon, which is quickly overtaken by a sweet apple flavor. About halfway through the sip, the pumpkin spice (nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon) starts to come through, gradually increasing in intensity until reaching its climax at the end of the sip. As the pumpkin spice flavor intensifies, the apple flavor correspondingly decreases. The end of the sip also brings with it a return of the acidity, which had slightly toned down during the middle part of the sip. The pumpkin spice flavor remains into the aftertaste, as do the secondary notes of apple. Due to being unfiltered, this cider leans more toward medium bodied. It is semi-sweet, and its carbonation is in between medium and high, leaning more toward medium. I found that the carbonation had a cumulative feel to it: the more sips you took, the more carbonation you felt. Lastly, this cider had no tannin.
As a lover of pumpkin spice lattes, cupcakes, coffee -- well, pretty much anything pumpkin spice -- I really enjoyed Pumpkin Blend. It had just the right amount of pumpkin spice, and the acidity helped to balance out the sweetness, preventing the cider from becoming too sweet. A line on the outside of the can reads “If fall were a drink, it’d be this,” and I’m inclined to agree.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
I get a short but slightly sharp bite upfront that quickly fades into the rest of the sip.
This has a medium body feel to it, which is somewhat standard for a Downeast cider.
I get a lip and tongue tingling sensation from acidity that lasts for about the first half of the sip before trailing off. Say it felt about medium in strength.
Pumpkin Blend has a medium to high amount of carbonation, leaning more towards medium. You can feel it, but it never becomes uncomfortable or heavy feeling.
No tannin to speak of in this.
The flavor is what you came here for. First thing I got was an apple flavor mixed with pumpkin spice, which included notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other Chai spices. I found cinnamon to be the most prominent flavor of the group at the halfway point of the sip. These flavors all last throughout the sip, with the Chai flavor lingering the most in the aftertaste. The apple flavor is there, but it takes a backseat to the other flavors.
Definitely comfortable with saying this is firmly a semi-sweet cider.
Overall, I really enjoyed Pumpkin Blend. I admit, this time of year I am a sucker for pumpkin stuff. In saying that, this cider has the right amount of spices, which coupled with Downeast’s unfiltered style, really make this a nice drink to have with your other pumpkin treats. The sweetness might prevent me from having multiple in a sitting, but I will still be sad when they are off the shelves.