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Woodchuck Fall Cider

Rainy Friday.  Long week.

What does this call for?  A delicious cider.  Cider is one of my favorite fall time beverages.  Sweet, dry, carbonated, still – I love them all.  The other day I spied a Woodchuck Fall release at my bottle shop, and cracked it open tonight.  This may be one of my most favorite ciders, ever.

Woodchuck Fall Seasonal

It pours a beautiful amber color, with only slight carbonation.  It smells sweet, of apples, and a bit spicy.  The first sip is slightly sweet, but also slightly dry.  Hints of cinnamon, clove, maybe even allspice are all found.  It reminded me of a well seasoned apple pie.

Woodchuck Fall Pint Glass

As it warmed up, more spices came though, but I drank it to fast to get a taste at room temperature!  I sure wish I could buy a case of this one its own!

 

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Cider, Uncategorized

 

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Southern Tier Pumking

Southern Tier Pumking.  I’ve heard this regarded as THE pumpkin beer to have.  That it would be impossible to get once October came around.  With all the praise floating around, I knew I had to make sure I snagged a few bottles for myself.  A dear friend was able to get two bottles for me, and I was able to find a cold one at a local bottle shop.  I’ve been hoarding these waiting for the best time to try one.  Yesterday was that day.

I had a long, tiring day of work and the fall chill was in the air, leaving me longing for summer nights, but a Pumking seemed like just the thing to turn the day around and celebrate the fall.

Southern Tier Pumking

I cracked open the bottle, and poured it into a 22 oz Goose Island glass, as I don’t have a goblet or a tulip glass.  The color was a beautiful hazy orange and it smelled almost like a pumpkin pie.  The first sip exploded with spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe even allspice and clove?  The second sip was good, I could really taste the sweetness come through.

Southern Tier Pumking in a glass

As it warmed up, it did start to taste a little boozy, and at 8.6% it is easy to see why.

Overall, it was tasty, but I think I was expecting it to be a little more phenomenal.  I will gladly drink up my other two bottles, but will continue on a quest for my favorite pumpkin beer this year.

Pumking in a Goose Island Glass

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Beer

 

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