Cider Review: Woodchuck – Gumption

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Woodchuck has been a constant source of cider for most cider drinkers in America, for a long time it was the easiest cider to find in a bar or liquor store. Gumption is one of their newer releases, trying to get closer to the traditional cider that educated cider consumers are looking for with less sugar in a year-round release.

The Woodchuck marketing people say something about Gumption: “Legendary showman P.T. Barnum once noted, “everybody drank cider-spirits called ‘gumption’.” Our Woodchuck GUMPTION™ celebrates the spirit of P.T. Barnum and those with the gumption to follow their own path. We pair the fresh juice of common eating apples with dry cider apples to bring you a bold and unique drinking experience.”

12 ounce bottle, fun and fancy graphics with that P.T. Barnum vibe and 5.5% abv. Gumption pours a deep goldish orange with visible bubbles that hang around longer than most cider carbonation. Aroma of cooked apples, fresh apples, dessert appples, apple skin, brown sugar, butterscotch, jolly rancher, pear drop, spices, licorice, cinnamon, earthy-barny.

Light medium body with a fair amount of sticky syrupy sugar. Overall it seems like the dry cider apples take backstage to the sweeter ones, but their presence is definitely appreciated. Hints of out of balance tartness and acidity. Finish is sweet with subtle tannin astringency, bittersweet apple notes.

In the end, maybe it is sweeter than I expected but I would likely enjoy Gumption on a Wednesday, which is spaghetti day. Possible pairing potential? Pepperoni Pizza! Perfect?!