Tieton Cider Works Smoked Pumpkin Cider

Tonight’s selection is a cider that Val picked out. I’ve never heard of them or had anything from them or even seen them in Jersey before Val brought it home. I will say that a smoked pumpkin cider is unique, if not anything else.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our fresh pressed juice comes from apples grown in the Pacific Northwest. We blend American heritage, English and French cider varieties with our organically grown dessert apples to capture the best of what each variety brings to the bottle: sweetness, acidity, tannin and aroma. The results are ciders with body and a depth of finish.”

Random: This is released in July.

This cider poured with no head on top of a clear, light orange body. There was mild carbonation visible. The nose had pumpkin, spice (specifically ginger, cinnamon and allspice). then sweet baking apples and light brown sugar. The taste was awful. At first, I had issues trying to identify what the flavors were because I was so taken aback. Once I got past that, I found it to have pumpkin puree and old apples that didn’t offer much sweetness. It had a really musty taste that made it undrinkable. It also had old, spoiled apple juice. Whatever spice was in there was overwhelmed by the mustiness. The body was thin with moderate carbonation. The finish was unfortunately lengthy with the same flavors as the taste. A 16-ounce bottle of this was $8.49, which broke down to $.53 per ounce. I really tried to get through more than a few sips of this, but I lost the battle and had to drain pour it. I don’t know if it was a bad bottle, but I wouldn’t have this again if someone handed it to me.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0