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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

520 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 30
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: corey0212 on 09-22-2008)
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Photo of Randygroves
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Worst beer I ever had last year. Dumped the rest but one down the drain to save some other soul from having to endure the taste. Tried the one I saved again just too be sure and it hit the drain too. Too scared of loosing my beer palate to attempt buying it this year..... Yuck..

Randygroves, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Where some newer pumpkin ale makers are instant on making a beer that tastes identical to pumpkin ale, and then others that want to create a beer first and nuances of pumpkin flesh and spice to accent; the Cisco brewers split the difference in a taste that's just as beery as it is pumpkiny.

Its bright copper hue takes on the tinge of orange pumpkin to sell "taste with your eyes first" very well. Spicy nutmeg and clove leads the way with cinnamon and brown sugar following closely behind. Its sweet malty upstart supports the spices in a sultry and flirty kind of way.

What insures is a light caramel and confection taste that coats the palate and prepares it for the spices that quickly follow- those allspice medleys symphonize over the middle with the same cinnamon, nutmeg and clove character that charmed the nose. Its rich palate is lightly starchy and sweet though a drying and warming finish looms.

Despite its medium-bodied upstart dissolves quite effortlessly in its finish, a spicy, heated and drying tactile sensation follows to offer a moderate sense of drinkability and sociability to the session. Its dry starchiness is laden with skeletons of spice and sweetness that aridly reminds the palate and memory of pumpkin pie.

BEERchitect, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

AndrewBV, Today at 03:35 AM
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3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

Hootie159, Yesterday at 11:29 PM
Photo of BrooklynPanch
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%

BrooklynPanch, Yesterday at 10:26 PM
Photo of joncob
1/5  rDev -71.1%

I rarely - if ever say this about beer. I've been drinking craft beer whenever i can find it and found this at a grocery store near me that sells mixed 6 packs where you can choose them. This was the last one I picked out since I hadn't had it before. It was in a can, not a bottle - so maybe this contributed to the flavor of the beer - or got a bad banch of it. When i first smelled it - it smelled like it had skunked or been sour, but tasted it and it tasted just plain horrible. The pumpkin spice that its advertised as being a "pumpkin beer" was missing, and tasted very, very watered down. This was the second time I've ever poured out a beer - after my horrible experience with a 3 year old can of Narragansett Bock...it tasted almost just like that. Perhaps it wasn't fresh - or in a can like I said (I've had Cisco's Whale Tale, and Grey Lady and they're alright) but I will have to follow this up sometime in another form. I do not recommend!

joncob, Yesterday at 06:17 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Wasupmx, Yesterday at 02:57 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cmozz, Yesterday at 12:06 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Spreetaper, Yesterday at 12:05 AM
Photo of MJHolsey
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

MJHolsey, Friday at 11:06 PM
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazed copper color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. I'm not impressed by the retention, or the minimal lacing left behind. (2.75)

Smell: The brewers have kept both the pumpkin and spices subdued. Cinnamon and gourd only appear as subtle kisses on the nose. It's more redolent of a typical amber ale, featuring notes of caramel, wheat (wha?), and toffee. Aromatically, it's overly subdued, but not offensive. (2.75)

Taste: Follows the aroma fairly rigidly. The spices are very subtle - I can tell they exist, but I really have to concentrate. That's good, because overspicing can ruin a pumpkin ale. Unfortunately, that leaves this beer with very little: it's practically a bland amber ale with a touch of gourd, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Again, not offensive. Just really damn boring. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: To give it credit, it goes down rather easily. It isn't hampered by excess malt/spice obstructiveness, and the finish is dry and surprisingly crisp. Carbonation is medium. (3.25)

Overall: This might appeal to beginner craft drinkers, or haters of the style. It's very mild and inoffensive, with just enough of a pumpkin essence. And therein lies the problem. It's friggen' boring. It doesn't stab the palate, it just puts it to sleep. Put simply, I'd rather be drinking something else. (2.75)

2.8/5: Ehhhhhhhhh...

ThisWangsChung, Thursday at 11:45 PM
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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%

jarrett123, Wednesday at 10:12 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

WuBByG999, Wednesday at 05:41 AM
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

briandaube, Tuesday at 10:40 AM
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3.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Veleax, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours a clear orange color with a head that dies quickly. The aroma is fu of pumpkin pie spices. The taste has a fair bitterness along with spices and a but if vegetal pumpkin. Hoppy pumpkin ale, interesting. Still, had the spice and pumpkin notes. Easy to drink, not a bad ale.

Stinkypuss, Sep 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +44.5%

farleyte, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

paulish, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%

The can gets points for the adorable little pumpkin man who adorns its front. It loses points for the really awful attempt at a Halloween poem on the side. I get that it's trying to be cutesy doggerel, but good god--you could have crowdsourced this out to a kindergarten class and gotten something ten times more appealing.

Moving on... this is an east coast pumpkin. Meaning, unlike the midwest variety of pumpkin ale, this is supposed to taste like beer, not pie spice and diabetes.

Starts out with light spice and good kick of fleshy pumpkin. This moves into a middle that's like an east coast pale, with a bit of cinnamon and some uncomfortable barely bitterness in the back.

Not... not bad. But a strange flavor, the beginning dully sweet and the end sharply bitter. Just doesn't hit my pallet quite right.

mynie, Sep 11, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

DeadWalkerAir, Sep 11, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +4%

Ray_Hoffmann, Sep 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Soterios, Sep 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.