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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 613
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 38
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: corey0212 on 09-22-2008

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very cloudy burnt orange with a foamy two finger head. Slowly dissipates to a good lacing and cap.

S - Mostly breadiness in the nose, light pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mild sweetness.

T - Starts out sweet and ends to a satisfying bitterness. Very mild pumpkin and brown sugar followed by the spices.

M - Medium body and carbonation, nice and crisp. Good for the style, though a little less carbonation would serve it well.

O - A decent pumpkin ale, the sweetness to bitterness is the perfect combination. However, a heavier flavor would improve it immensely. Still, I would certainly recommend at least trying a bottle. (638 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer may have the greatest name I’ve ever heard. Sent by augustiner719 and poured into a tulip.

Pumpkin orange, clouded almost to the point of opacity. A fizzy, watery and all-around pathetic head pops away after just a few seconds, leaving without a trace.

Brown sugar and piquant allspice notes lead the aroma, complementing pumpkin puree beautifully. Floral English hops make up the background. An very solid pumpkin beer aroma.

The pumpkin in the flavor is more roasty, met with toasted bread. It’s also way more subdued. The hops lend a fairly high bitterness that lingers between sips, and a sweeping dry finish wipes the mouth clean after each sip.

Carbonation is pinching and medium-high, activating the runny medium-light body. The dry finish quenches thoroughly and alcohol is only noticeable as a buzzing in my head.

If only there was a touch more sweetness, Pumple Drumkin would live up to the righteousness of its name. Solid and drinkable, but not too exciting. (991 characters)

Photo of micmillon18
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - The beer has a deep amber hue while the head is very chunky and lasting. It seems to have the perfect look of a pumpkin ale. Lots of lacing.

S - I might as well be in a pumpkin patch. However its not an artificial pumpkin scent; its very much the real thing and a good thing at that. Some light hints of nutmeg are roaming around as well.

T - Big robust malt character tasting very much of ripe pumpkins with some faint nutmeg spiciness. There's almost a vine-like flavor to it, as though you're tasting every part of the pumpkin. I don't believe Cisco added any kind of concentrate to the beer and that definitely shows. This tastes and feels like a true pumpkin ale. Bitterness is present, a quality some more mainstream pumpkin ale drinkers might not prefer. Ends with flavors similar to dark breads and finishes semi dry.

M - Medium to full bodied; my bottles seemed slightly over carbonated.

O - A good and very natural tasting pumpkin ale. This will be a welcomed addition to my refrigerator each Fall. (1,066 characters)

Photo of capeannbass36
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a super clear, orange amber,
topped with a 2 finger creamy white head that dissapates slowly. Head lasted 3/4 way through drink, leaving medium light lacing throughout.

S- Immediate sweet pumpkin and spice. Believe it or not I am smelling something like a cross between mold and buttered peas on the end??

T- Faint pumpkin, spice, and nutmeg.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Quite light overall feel. Almost too light.

O- Very easy to drink. Decent pumpkin ale. Better than most that I have tried. (510 characters)

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (368 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a 3/4 Pint, 12 fl oz bottle of this from LarryG in a trade. Poured from the cartoon drawn picture with a "Pumpkin Man" carrying pumpkins w/ the Cisco Brewing Symbol on his chest into my 0,4l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date & enjoyed during Game 1 of the World Series- STL vs. TX. Go Cards!

Aroma- Has a huge pumpkin aroma from the beginning and light spices in the background. What I like most about the aroma of this one is that the pumpkin was so huge! Enjoyed smelling greatly!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that dies soon afterwards. Has a dark orange, cloudy body and the lacing is thick afterwards.

Flavor- Has nice spice and then finally pumpkin but very light with both of them. Very sweet also and malty.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and goes down almost too easily...

Overall Impression- Thanks for the try Larry! Not sure its in my top 5 of Pumpkin brews (except for the aroma). Too light bodied and not enough pumpkin flavor. There even could have been more spice included. I never would have been able to enjoy if I didn't trade for this. If you can, go for it! Its still very good for the style! (1,188 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a tumbler.
It pours a copper-hued amber with a medium-sized off-white head, along with some patchy lacing.
Smells of pumpkin bread are upfront. A nice raw malt and dried hay smell carries some hop, spices and, of course, pumpkin.
The flavors mirror the aromas in every way. A faint grainy alcohol taste sneaks into the aftertaste.
Very nice spiced pumpkin ale. (410 characters)

Photo of gdkersey
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, 2011 bottling

A - cloudy amber-light brown beer, visibly unfiltered, with a thin head that leaves nice lacing

S - fresh hops, toasted maltiness, not much in the way of spices or pumpkin, maybe some light cinnamon

T - pumpkin and...lavender? for a pumpkin beer, this seems pretty subdued. not picking up a whole lot of pumpkin or spices you'd expect from a pumpkin ale. the pumpkin is there, but I get this overwhelming lavender, floral taste. it finishes almost soapy, kind of strange.

M - excellent carbonation and body, makes for an extremely drinkable beer

I've been trying as many pumpkin ales as I can this year, this one falls a bit short for me. Doesn't come across as a fresh pumpkin beer, and is maybe just a bit too subdued in flavor. By no means a bad beer, but falls in the middle of the pack for me. (830 characters)

Photo of Genuine
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumple Drumkin poured from the bottle a nice hazy amber/orange that left a slight ivory head in my duval tulip.

The aroma of this beer is something you'll notice while pouring. It's spicy, lots of real pumpkin aroma, bready malts are noticed as well.

Taste - This is where it all comes together. Medium bodied that carries a lot of flavor with it, and real pumpkin flavor as well. This is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Everything seems to be in balance...it's creamy with just enough spices for you to notice, but not over powering..with a very nice bitter finish. Wow, really impressed by everything I'm picking up from this beer.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and creamy.

Overall - This is a new favorite for me and a new standard for Pumpkin Ales. I wasn't sure what to expect but Cisco has surpassed what a pumpkin ale means. This is a solid autumn offering. I will need to stock up before it's all gone. (920 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy copper amber. Some white foam resides at the top. Strong pumpkin spiced smell - cinnamon, nutmeg, and notes of paprika. Rich pumpkin taste, like a pie aftertaste. Full flavorful mouthfeel. Little, if any bitterness.

Very tasty pumpkin ale. Nicely done. (320 characters)

Photo of Stockfan42
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and hazy orange body with a thin foamy white head dicipitates down to almost nothing.

Smells of pumpkin, spices and a bit a bread like or yeasty undertone.

Taste has a nice bite of spice, but not too spicy and the pumpkin is also there. Nice and malty and very well carbonated. Theres even a nice bite of bitterness at the end. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is pretty light yet creamy and as I said before, well carbonated. Goes down easy and has a nice spiced and bitter like aftertaste.

Overall i'm real happy with this one. Certainly one of the better fall selections i've bought recently and its just an easily drinkable and tasty beer. A must try to pumpkin or spiced beer lovers. (702 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumple Drumkin pours a hazy dark orange/red color with a very small creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It's somewhat bready and musty, but pleasant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with a firm carbonated fizz on the back of the tongue. Unlike other pumpkin beers, I can actually taste pumpkin in this one. Besides pumpkin there's hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. The spice definitely doesn't dominate this beer. Some pale malt and a touch of caramel balance out the spices. It finishes spicy with a lingering cinnamon/Nutmeg flavor when gone.

This is an easy drinking beer that's not overly spiced like other pumpkin beers. Quite tasty, but it has a 'musty' flavor from the pumpkin. (816 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange-brown pour with a small white head.

S: The aroma is full of pumpkin, spices, gingerbread, caramel malts.

T: The taste follows the smell pretty accurately. Big hit of pumpkin and caramel malts, with the spiciness complimenting everything and finishing the beer off.

MF: Carbonated well, light in body, sort of a weird aftertaste is the only thing off putting here.

O: Good, easy drinking pumpkin beer. Just another reason to love fall, these beers are back and better than ever! (496 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange amber beer poured into my trusty snifter. Small white head forms without much retention. Small ring leaves legs but no lace.

S- Not very strong for a spiced pumpkin ale but made up of brown sugar, nutmeg and pumpkin flesh, some fruit as well.

T- Like the aroma but everything comes out nicely. The brown sugar, pumpkin and spice are nice. Slightly roast earthy flavor, from spices? Hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Bread. Some hops.

MF- Silky light body with high carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

Spice flavor is big eventually but it tastes very fresh and isn't burning cinnamon, I have to give thm credit for this. A nice pumpkin ale overall. (658 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange amber color with a thin head of off-white foam that settles quickly and leaves some decent, soapy lacing.

S: Very spicy and sweet aroma, like rich, baked pumpkin bread topped with cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Roasted malt flavor up front with some fruity, vegetable spiciness and a little caramel sweetness to balance it out. Herbal and earthy hops come through mid-palate to dry things up a bit and the brew washes down with a spicy, semisweet and roasted pumpkin aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied ale with a slightly acidic and dry finish.

O: A nice, pure, pumpkin-flavored ale with ample spices added in. Not the greatest malt body on this ale, but its still very drinkable. The aroma and initial taste are the finest qualities, but the real pumpkin flavor is undeniable. A nice choice in the sea of fall seasonals. (893 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy brownish orange. Head disappeared instantly, with a faint bubbly ring leaving no lace.

Toasted malt, some floral hoppiness, faint pie spice in the nose.

A mild spiced brew, with very light pie spices and some pumpkin flesh in the background. You definitely catch the pumpkin, but only for an instant before the toasted malt pushes it aside and the hop bitterness asserts itself. Bread/toast is dominant here, although the aftertaste is very mild pumpkin. I like my pumpkin beers to be a bit reserved in flavor, and this one is actually too reserved. This is Whale's Tale with a hint of spice.

Medium bodied. I like the tingle of the carbonation on the palate to cut thru the bitter and the mild spice. Beer has good structure and ok balance.

Overall, not bad. Not the best, and a far cry from the worst pumpkin beer out there (and there are a few). The beer is built to be sipped, and the unique flavor is built into the finish. Some will bitch that this is not enough. It pretty much works, though. This is not a brew where the additional spice et al will stand up to food. You'll get the malt, but the rest will disappear. Worth a try as a change in the autumn beer menu. (1,188 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper to almost ruby color with orange hues beneath the frothy, off-white head that is very patient to dissipate and leaves a creamy layer of lacing behind.

Rich aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon float from the glass and offer just the right amount of spice.

The flavor is similar with pumpkin and cinnamon. There is a touch of earthy hop bitterness buried beneath the seasonal spices.

A touch light in the body versus many of its counterparts, and perhaps a touch high in carbonation, it is still crisp and tasty.

Overall a highlight of the category with very nice flavors and aromas. (611 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pour is a healthy off white head with little lacing.

S: light brown ale presence, some lightly roasted malts and pale malt mostly with a light noble hopping, no distinctive yeast presence.

T: Brown malt and very little caramelization. Not much spicing. Most prominent is probably the cinnamon and I didnt really detect any allspice or nutmeg in here. This really is a less spiced pumpkin beer than most others that I have had. Even Shipyard's pumpkin Ale I had thought had a bit more flavor in it.

M: Light body with a medium to high carbonation in it.

O: Not very impressed. Light spicing which some may say is a plus as i have heard some people complain of overspicing, but I didn't think this was a good brown ale even. Not enough hopping, not enough flavor. Pumpkin ales in my opinion should add more flavor complexity to what is already a good brown ale. This one just didn't seem to be on that level. Not a good brown ale, not a good pumpkin ale. (962 characters)

Photo of Pahn
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2011 bottle (I think they just started writing "3/4 Pint" on the bottles this year). Supposedly it's around 6% ABV.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch, frothy, just off-white head that dissipates slowly. Pours a semi-translucent orange and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Some pumpkin and cinnamon at first. Eventually some herbal hops come out. Pretty weak smell overall, though what I get smells decent enough.

Taste: First sip is very bready up front, moving to a light spice (cinnamon) and a suggestion of pumpkin at the end. Malt-forward for sure. Clean finish.

From the next sip on, the spices are nowhere to be found... Not sure I'd know this is a pumpkin beer were I not told by the label. Two dominant flavor sensations emerge: a lager-like yeast/malt tanginess, and some character-less bitterness. As notes among spice, hops, and malt, they would taste fine, but as the stars (and often only perceptible tastes) they are unpleasant. They're occasionally bolstered by some toast at the end along with indistinguishable spice (could be hops, could be spices). Beginning is kind of soapy.

The 6% ABV is well hidden, though the thin flavor profile leaves you asking what the 6% is doing in the first place. That's a fair amount of alcohol for so little flavor. There's occasional flashes of grassy/floral hops and cologne like notes mixing with a mild sweetness, but again, the average sip is just tang, bitterness, clean finish, done.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Clean finish. Perfect carbonation. Unpleasant bitterness/tang.

Overall: A real let down of a beer. Doesn't work as a pumpkin beer, but doesn't seem to want to be anything else either. I like my pumpkin beers subtly spiced, but "subtle" would be a real euphemism for this beer. (1,788 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a finger of off white head. Head recedes quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is highly spiced and smells sweet. The sweetness doesn't translate over, but the taste has some bite to it thanks to the spice and some hop bitterness. Good pumpkin flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

While I prefer the big, sweet imperial type pumpkin ales like Weyerbacher and Schlafly, this is a very sessionable brew for the cooler months. (472 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a cool little pumpkin man on it in my hotel room in Westfield, Mass.

Poured a hazy bright orange with a finger of cream colored head.

Pretty good smelling beer. Getting some pumpkin flesh with lots of spice in the aroma. Nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice and some brown sugar.

The spice is a little harder to dissect in the taste. Pumpkin flesh forward with some sweet malt with the spices making up the background. Definitely missing something though... Could be a little bolder...

Lighter in body and well carbonated. A little thin... Could definitely use a little more body.

Overall, I'm glad I picked this up as a single. I enjoyed drinking it but won't be seeking it out again in the future. Definitely could use a little boldness and some more body. Worth a taste if your curious. (811 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (327 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice amber color with minimal head retention. Decent looking brew.

S-Heavy on the pumpkin, mild spice, bread.

T-Nutmeg, spice, and pumpkin all blend together at the front. Malt and spice on the back end. Nice taste, not too overwhelming.

M-Easy drinking, nice balance of the spice and pumpkin.

O-This a solid pumpkin brew. Decent balance of flavors and easy to drink. (382 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a copper-ish orange color. Off white head, small traces of lacing.

S: A good dose of spice..nutmeg, cinnamin. Floral hop additions and malt sweetness also apparent.

T: Standard dose of pumpkin flesh and spices up front. Fleshy pumpkin mid palate, rolling into a "sour mash" finish. Reminds me of a standard oktoberfest in the end.

M: Lighter side of medium, carbonation is right on.

O: A good pumpkin offering, though not my favorite this year. I found the finish to clash slightly with the rest of the beer. (521 characters)

Photo of far333
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (511 characters)

Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.