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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Pumple Drumkin Spiced AlePumple Drumkin Spiced Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

593 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 35
Gots: 45 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, earth, and slight pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an aroma of something like an amber ale, but the taste of a pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.5%

djrn2, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +2%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle last night. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy caramel color with a thin off-white head without much retention of lacing. The nose brings a bit of caramel and actual pumpkin, though not too much on the spice front, which was nice. The flavor had some nice pumpkin puree character without the heavy spicing behind many in this style. Slightly chewy with a medium body. Pretty good.

Thorpe429, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +16.6%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of pumpkin spices in the nose—cinnamon and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular. Notes of pumpkin also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems to have a little more of a pumpkin flavor, especially as the beer begins to warm up. There is also a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This is an enjoyable pumpkin beer if you want some flavors of spices and pumpkins and something that doesn’t seem sweet and artificial.

metter98, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pumpkin color with a thick head that leaves a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Pumpkin and a nutty, toasted pumpkin seed element; subtle pie spicing

Taste: Opens with pumpkin and toasted pumpkin seed flavors which are joined, mid-palate, by the deft addition of cinnamon and hops; the finish is a nice balance of all the elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyed the balance in this beer; not the pumpkin-iest, not the pumpkin pie spice-iest but impressively drinkable; like the subtle spicing and the hop addition, well

Thanks, Bendurgin, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

ygtbsm94, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another gem of a New England brew that I was able to pick up recently. One of the last new pumpkin ales I have left to try this year, I decided to break this one out with dinner last night. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a pilsner glass.
Consumed on 11/02/2008.

The pour was decent. A nice and cloudy, light range tinted amber color was dropped into the glass at the first pour. Nice head of about two inches worth of lace then plopped up from the bottom and settled on a height of around an inch and a half before settling down to just a thin veil. Some nice carbonation was evident through the glass.

The aroma was loaded down with spice. Really tingling and prickling the nose as you went. Nice touches of nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice were all over this thing. Really some nice work here. Light grainy base made up the majority of it and that nice little spicy pop just would not go away. The flavor was more of the same with a strong presence of pumpkin spice and cinnamon all over the taste. Nice balance though with a good grain bill on the mid palate and an earthy, slightly dry hopped finish. Smooth and with good carbonation, this one had no trouble at all going down.

Overall not bad. This was one of the lighter in body pumpkin ales I had this fall, but still very good. Nice and session able, and went well with dinner. I don't think I would turn this one down anytime soon.

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a bright clear copper body. Aromas of caramel malts, hint of brown sugar and little in the way of pumpkin really.flavor is boring even for the style opening with caramel and toasted malts with brown sugar moving to a more fresh pumpkin over a spiced or pumpkin pie sweetness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall even for the style, this one is boring and under flavored.

kylehay2004, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a brownish orange color with a white head on top. The dead settles not leaving much behind on the glass. The smell of the beer is moderately spiced with a subtle malt profile to it. The taste of the beer has a decent amount of spices in there too, there is a decent malt base to this beer also. The mouthfeel is a little sharp on the carbonation, there is a bit of warming sensation going on too from the spices. Overall this beer is pretty good, not something I'd look forward too having each year but it was nice to try.

Knapp85, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Julian date code printed on the bottle: 2332

Dark amber orange with a steady column of rising bubbles. Lasting soapy skim, rings of drippy lacing. Surface is pitted with larger bubbles bursting and forming craters. Looks good by all accounts.

Smells good, some of the usual nutmeg and earthy squashy pumpkin.

Taste is alright, fairly mild and easy drinking. Seems a little watery and flimsy after sitting with it for a bit. Lacks much pumpkin character, though some mild spice does linger (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.). Plain and not over the top. Could do worse, though this beer isn't offering much in the originality department.

emerge077, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

I don't even know how to respond to the story on the side of the can... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, light graham cracker, brown sugar, clove, a pinch of cinnamon, and toast. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger toast component, this time almost seeming like toasted pumpkin seeds. For once, the spicing in a pumpkin ale is present but restrained, a welcome change, even for a sweet-toothed spice-hound like myself. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid enough pumpkin ale, one that tones down the spices compared to others while maintaining a healthy balance with the underlying malts.

TMoney2591, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of nickfl
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured with one finger of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper-brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only light traces of lace.

S - Lightly vegetal notes of squash with some cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - Brown, toasty malt up front. Some dry caramel and herbal notes in the middle with a finish of burnt toast and phenolic, but nondescript, spices.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a bone dry finish.

D - Yikes, the aroma is about what one would expect, but the flavor profile is really bland and the extra dry finish doesn't help things. Very little identifiable spice character, though there is some hotdog water like character in the background. I'm really unimpressed with this...

nickfl, Sep 21, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/20/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of pumpkin, caramel and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a pretty solid beer within its style, but overall I found it to just be mediocre.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of off-white foamy head. This sticks around with a thin and fizzy looking retention that fires up to about a ¼ finger when swirled, leaving back some foamy lace that quickly slides down. The aroma has a gentle floral feel in the nose, with notes of green citrus, pumpkin, and then some malt sweetness across the back. The freshness of the pumpkin flavor here really mellows this out nicely and while the spices that are present do have some assertiveness to them, they are not in the least bit overbearing feeling in the nose.

The taste is pumpkin meat up front, which melds with the flat greenness of that crisp citric bitterness. A malty blend of caramel and light toasted sweetness help balance this and give this something for those pumpkin and hop flavors to bounce off of. Spice flows throughout here, with the greenness of the flavors seeming to hold them tight in the profile. This finishes with an extra flush of pumpkin across the back, which lingers with some green bitter dryness and a touch of spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp sharpness that expands out into the mouth and works itself into more of a sharp creaminess by the time you swallow. I really like the pop this gives on the palate, as it nicely compliments the flavors here.

This was quite good and one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had this fall. I really like the lively and fresh mix of pumpkin and spice here and this had just enough of a well balanced hop presence to keep this crisp and easy drinking in the mouth. I should have grabbed a sixer of this one.

Kegatron, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Monde, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz bottle in a can-shaped glass.

The color is deep amber bordering on copper with light haze. The ale has a thin cream cap with fine bead, the lace sticks and retention is very good. The smell is very fragrant with spice aroma that brings to mind some ginger and nutmeg with a mild vegetal nose with some caramel malt scents. The feel is good with medium body with moderate carbonation and a very good spice level, not enough to overwhelm the malt yet enough sweetness to make it seem balanced with a semi dry finish and low alcohol influence.

The flavor is good actually it impresses me with more flavor than the aroma lets on with some gentle woodiness of ginger with a light nutmeg like aspect and perhaps some clove adding to the taste of slight fruitiness from the yeast. The malt takes a back seat but still supports the rest of the flavor profile adding some sweetness to the spice and yeast which is pretty seamless. Overall I recommend this to fans of the style since I enjoyed how balanced it was, I like the fact that you get the spice without it overwhelming the taste...it compliments in every way.

Slatetank, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

And thus continues my saga of the quest for pumpkin beer enlightenment. Oooh, and this has one of the best Pumpkin beer ratings yet, so I'm excited. This one also has a great story to go with it. So I'm workin on my grandparents cranberry bog farm, in the gift shop, and my grandmother tells me that someone from a vodka distilling place is coming by to promote their new cranberry beer and drop off a bottle for "display". I'm not much of a vodka fan, so I was somewhat agnostic. Next thing I know I see an old 70s VW van pull up with the Triple 8 logo on it. I've been to Cisco Brewery before, its the same company and building as Triple 8 distillers and Natucket Winery. A great place to visit by the way. So now I'm excited. The rep comes in and starts talking about the promo. When he's done I ask him about The Pink Lady and the Lady of the Woods (since the thread had just come up on BA the day before and I was curious) and I had to mention my failed clone of The Grey Lady (for which he told me the secret spice in it, which is <cough cough hack wheeze>). After a few minutes he runs out to the van, brings back a bottle of The Grey Lady and a bottle of this Pumple Drumkin, which I haven't tried yet (as well as a bottle cranberry vodka and vanilla vodka for my grandmother since she loves that stuff) just for us. I snagged the two beers and here is the Pumpkin that I was waiting to try.

Now if you stuck through that long story, here comes an awesome review. (I should have started drinking it before I wrote the story).

A: Pours extremely flat, perhaps the bottle he gave me was an experimental, or it was sitting in his truck for a while. It has a few large bubbles reminiscent of a cask beer. The crystal clear toasty brown color has a touch of red too, and some interesting bubbles rising up to the top giving it a light posthumous head that is bigger than the one from the pour... a first for me.

N: With that, I almost wonder if I should stop the review and buy one in the store before I finish the review... eh screw it. The nose has a light toasted pumpkin and some sweet malts. A very light fruity aroma sneaks its way through as well. I also don't get much for spice, which is a good sign. I get a slight bready aroma that makes me thing of the crust of a pumpkin pie.

T: Taste starts with some spices, unfortunately, but they're still tampered down. More toasty pumpkin flavors explode. I also get some bitterness and some light hints of alcohol. A bit of the spicey toasty hops. It definitely has a sweet and toasty pumpkin pie taste, but the spices are very mild after that first initial hit. It has a nice clean ale taste and refreshing enjoyment to it as well. A slight nutty taste also seems to find its way into my mouth. It also has a sweet syrupy taste that is a little mouth smackingly too much.

M: Not as light as I would expect, a little bit thick and slightly creamy, touch of spicey, but no carbonation and that's the real downfall of this beer.

F: Very dry and very bitter. It has a strong toasted earthy bitterness that really comes through on the end. The bitterness first starts a little contrasted to the original sweet pumpkin pie taste and a little eyebrow raising, but then seems to mellow down and really accents the beer well. The lingering toasty pumpkin seems to fade quickly, but the bitterness takes its time and its a nice long finish that is pretty enjoyable.

Final thoughts: A very nice tasty pumpkin ale, that has a slight sweet taste with toasty pumpkin, a little bready, pumpkin pie with crust taste, light on the spices, big on the refreshment, and a head scratching but inner smiling bitter earthy hop finish. It's only real downfall is the sheer lack of carbonation. However, I'll have to buy one (as I was planning to do anyways) and verify it has carbonation and I'll add on to this review. Thanks a lot for the beer, this one's for Cisco being such an awesome company and making great beers.

jlindros, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of russpowell
2.21/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer of this, now just wishing I opted for a single...

Pours orange/copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: All spice & vegtal notes , even some tomato & metallic notes

T: All spice, a little nutmeg, metallic notes & ever so faint squashyness. Nutmeg, pears & metallic notes as this warms. More tomato & metallic notes in the finish, nasty

MF: Prickly carbonation, thin body, thickened up a bit a as this warmed, but only slightly

A poor example of the style & none of the cisco beer's I tried as of late (purchased in Arkansas) are worth a damn. Not buying any more with doing a ton of research. The only thing I liked about this? The label...

This was fairly drinkable the other night after my tastebuds were fried, for what that's worth

russpowell, Oct 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.