It’s only been 4 years since I’ve gone gluten-free, so I still remember what real beer tastes like. At least, I think that I remember. Also, I’m a huge fan of seasonal tastes – for example, I’m a sucker for the Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks. So when Non-GFBF and I saw that Ace had released their pumpkin hard cider, we were so on-board.
Up front disclosure, I am not the biggest cider fan. I’ve had several ciders that I really like and many that I dislike and would rather just buy a bottle of Greens. This is one of those times.
I guess I was expecting something really pumpkin-y. I love the pumpkin flavor. I love pumpkins, period. However, this did not taste like pumpkins. This just tasted like Ace put their regular cider with a few spices into it. It kind of tasted like all of the great spices that you think you’d find in it – cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc. I really just expected it to be full of this spice flavor. I wanted to see more of it – bursting with pumpkin the way that other flavored ciders seem different than just the original flavor.
I’ll just tell you that we bought a six-pack and we’ve only had 3 of them. I’m not sure that I’ll drink the rest. If I were to have a flavored cider, I’d choose the Summer blueberry Woodchuck cider, or the flavored Fox Barrel ones.
I don’t think I’d recommend this one to someone who really wanted to experience the seasonal adult beverage time of Fall. I’m going to give this a 2 out of 5. If you’re a cider person, you’ll probably like this better – but I’m desperately craving something alcoholic and pumpkin-flavored, and so help me if I have to bring a flask into Starbucks (I won’t, but after this review it was an idea in the back of my head). I’m going to spend my 175 calories elsewhere.