Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
2.98/5 rDev -14.4%
From: Binny's, Des Plaines
Date: "2332 08:30" stamped on bottle
Cisco's pumpkin ale is an interesting version of the style, relying more on hop and herbal flavors to complement the malt and pumpkin bill. While intriguing, I found the flavors somewhat off-putting, while the weak mouthfeel does little to make me want to sip more of this. In general, a pumpkin beer I'll avoid in the future.
Pours a nice, 2cm head of off-white foam composed of small bubbles. Recedes to a thick ring around the glass with some whispy foam lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing is moderate, with a few choice swatches along the glass' edges. Body is a transparent copper color with medium-intensity carbonation, streaming up from the bottom center of the glass.
Aroma is moderately hoppy with an herbal tinge, vegetal, a bit compost-like, along with a biscuity, bready aroma that's heavier in the background. An interesting aroma, definitely different from the sweeter, pie-spiced, but perhaps too vegetable and herbal like, and not bready or pie spice enough.
Taste is overall kind of like a pumpkin-y, herbal-hoppy, slightly watered-down caramel malt soup. There's a distinct lack of pie spices here, instead herbal hops are the dominant spicing candidate. Tasting opens with toffee-like malt sweetness with a bit of bitterness and a slight Mid-palate is herbal, modestly bitter, and slightly sweet. Back of palate is more bitter with continued herbal undertones. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, a bit grainy and sweet, with small hints of herbal flavors.
Beer is medium to medium-light bodied with medium to medium-low level carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is a fairly smooth, somewhat creamy and foamy beer, but it is also disappointingly watery as the glass wears on. Finish is semi-dry.
10-17-2012 05:03:19 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev +8.6%
I have to admit I"am not big on drinking pumpkin ales when it's 90 degrees still outside but I bought the first one of the year today.Poured into a nonic a clear deep burnt orange with a 1/2 finger white head that left no lace as it settled pretty quickly.This is a spiced ale no doubt with aromas of cardamom and clove dominating,a little sweet alcohol and cinnamon sharpness comes into play but is on the lighter side.Flavors are as well spiced with cardamom being the major player,there is a bit of drying in the finish.Well the label says a pumpkin spiced ale and that is what it is no doubt,spiced but not overly sweet so not bad.
09-01-2012 01:19:24 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +15.8%
had at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell NJ. nice looking amber brew, a tiny bit of head. nose was spicy, some slight citrus present. taste was a little lacking in pumpkin, but otherwise a nice ale. good mouthfeel, velvety. overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I have consumed. Wish I could have quaffed more...
10-29-2012 20:56:17 | More by 71ADub
4/5 rDev +14.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):
Brewed with locally grown Nantucket pumpkins.
Hazed tawny hue; light wisp of lace graces the top. A pretty complex nose, pleasant roundness of pumpkin and spice within an earthy yeast and sweet bready maltiness. Light carbonation yields enough smoothness to get by. At first sip, some mellow and vague spic- ing, as not one of the spices really jumps out. Pumpkin is hand in hand with the malt while the hops push everything down with a wild herb flavor and bitterness. Malt is toasty, a little roasty and mostly dry. Nutty, earthy yeast with some ripe fruit in the semidry finish.
Cisco hit all the right marks, balanced with a heavy hand of complex flavors. Big and bold, a wedge of aged Gouda would do very well here.
11-15-2010 21:59:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
Nice-looking beer. Cherry amber color. Small off-white head with a little bit of lace.
Average aroma. Mostly pumpkin, a little bit of spice.
More in the taste. Pumpkin still at the forefront, but the nutmeg and spice came through much more.
Fairly nice mouthfeel. The spice did build up a little bit.
SWould try this again.
09-26-2011 20:57:42 | More by lordofthewiens
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
12 ounce can.
The pour is hazy lighter amber with a dull orange hue. Ample darker eggshell head, stays pretty well, then slowly starts to go to a thicker low film and leaves some decent looking slippery low bands of lacing.
The expected pumpkin pie spiced nose.
Spiced ale, with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, lite pumpkin and some equally light pepper comes to mind.
Easy drinking fall beer. Decent sessioner. Bonus points for being put in a can. Good one for the cooler at a fall game/event/outing/picnic.
09-25-2013 22:27:40 | More by Billolick
3.63/5 rDev +4.3%
Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark orange-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: clove, cinnamon, earthiness, and pumpkin spice
Taste: clove, cinnamon, earthiness, pumpkin spice, and earthy hops at the end.
Mouthfeel: sweet start with spiciness in the middle and a bitter end, medium-high carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: A nice and solid pumpkin ale that is a bit more bitter than I am used to. Not my favorite, but a nice change of pace in a pumpkin tasting—so I will probably get this once a year for just that purpose. I could have a couple.
11-23-2011 14:43:42 | More by tigg924
4.28/5 rDev +23%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Brownish copper color, with an off white head of about two fingers. Very little lacing on the glass.
Smell: Malts, Hops, and some mild pumpkin and spices.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and very smooth and dry. Taste mostly of malts and hops with mild pumpkin and spices in the backround, enough to be tasted but not overpowering.
Overall: Very enjoyable brew. certainly one of the better pumpkins ales.
10-04-2012 17:34:35 | More by Cavanaghty
2.83/5 rDev -18.7%
Pleasant mild aroma of roasted pumpkin with caramel notes. Taste is mild pumpkin with weak spice that fades into a predominant floral, grapefruit, grassy bitter finish. I felt like I was drinking a pumpkin IPA if there is such a thing. I cannot speak for all pumpkin beer lovers, but when I think of pumpkin beer, I am thinking of the flavor of pumpkin pie which is not bitter.
09-10-2013 18:36:50 | More by wattoclone
5/5 rDev +43.7%
This beer was a fantastic full bodied pumpkin flavored and spiced beer. The flavors are not too overwhelming, but compliment the beer in a fantastic way. Cisco Brewery makes a great select of beers include Grey Lady and Whale's Tale Pale Ale. I wish Cisco Brewery made kegs.
09-15-2012 23:17:50 | More by DyrtyByrd
3.55/5 rDev +2%
Coppery apricot colored with a sizzly white head that settles out slowly. Aroma of pumpkin and squashy vegetal notes, plus understated spice. Flavors of pumpkin and squash upfront, some bready malt, followed by subtle spices, thankfully easy on the nutmeg. Punctuated with a spicy and herbal bitter finish, a bit peppery, and a decidedly unpleasant acrid note that lingers and detracts from the whole. Moderate carbonation, even mouthfeel, a bit average overall for me mainly because of the lingering acridness.
09-20-2011 22:24:24 | More by far333
4.33/5 rDev +24.4%
Silly label. 12oz
pours into my pint glass a handsome amber brown.
good head, decent retention. Lace is good.
smells of spices, cinnamon...a bit hop forward... nice
tastes of pumpkin, spice... a really nice hoppy feel to it. More so than most other pumpkin ales I have tried.
Overall, this beer took me by surprise. It totally impressed me. I will drink it again.
10-21-2011 02:07:16 | More by StevenBilodeau
3.91/5 rDev +12.4%
Loving the canned beer revolution, this one pours a copper bronze hue bright filtered large khaki tan head, forms thick and textured foam. Fine speckled lacing left behind is layered nicely in even patterns. Aroma is packed with pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, and hints of clove. Gourdy goodness with some actual vegetal pumpkin aromatics here. Refreshing quaffable pumpkin ale, not overly spiced but there's a great base beer underneath the pumpkin pie spice. It finishes rather clean the spices don't linger, thank God. Solid effort outta Nantucket, such solid beer made in a can I'm ready for more of this caliber of brewing offered in cans.
09-29-2013 17:48:07 | More by WVbeergeek
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
[Appearance: 4.0] Reminiscent of Autumn, this beer's color is bright golden orange and full of clarity. A foamy, strong off-white head reaches and maintains one finger of height, staying strong and leaving good lace.
[Aroma: 3.75] The nose offers plenty of earth up front, some toast and a certain nuttiness, some fruits and the impression of squash that solidifies with time into more of a pumpkin impression overall, as light spicing eases its way in.
[Flavor: 3.5] On the front it's tart but not sour and with no lingering pucker at all. It's earthy and bitter, surprisingly so given the mildness of the bitter notes in the aroma. There's not as much pumpkin as there is spicing, which itself is well done. It's a touch soapy at times.
[Mouthfeel: 4.0] This beer has a creamy, smooth flow but is strongly crisp at the same time in its medium body. There's a lingering bitterness in the finish.
08-22-2014 20:55:31 | More by Brenden
Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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