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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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181 Reviews

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 636
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 34.86%
Wants: 39
Gots: 70 | 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 Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - I know that the label isn't what qualifies as "Appearance," but the Pumple Drumkin label is awesome. Regardless, this is actually a very nice looking pumpkin ale. Light amber body. Cloudy with a sizable head and decent retention. Lacing is decent, as well.

Smell - Pumpkin smell, but not overwhelming. Cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg round it out. Standard aroma, but nice. Not sweet or overly pumpkin-y.

Taste - Pretty bland, if I'm honest. Pumpkin and spice up front, but it drops off quickly. After the pumpkin falls out, there's a moderate earthy hop bitterness that fills the void, but is slightly unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with decent carbonation, but quite bitter with a slightly astringent dryness.

Overall - The flavor is somewhat bland, but what's there is good. The finish is off-putting, but it's a decent beer I had no trouble finishing.

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

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear, pumpkin orange color, with a thin white head. Aroma of pumpkin pulp and spices. Taste of light pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cloves, grains and hay, and a mild hoppiness that comes in for a drying finish. Not bad, but a little on the bland side. I like pumpkin ales that are big and in your face with flavor, as opposed to soft and subtle, which describes this one better. Light body, and despite lacking a bit in the flavor department, still quite drinkable.

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Photo of seesnow3
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bruges glass, $2.69/bottle in RI, no listed freshness

Pour-Deep translucent amber with extra orange, large effervescence bubbles that are scarce. A two finger creamy off white head that dissipates to a thick film rather quickly. Thin fizzy lacing with minimal cling.

Nose-From the bottle it smells like musty old laundry. Definitely a malty nose, very musty. Other than that, the spices take over, which I get nutmeg, clove and maybe ginger out of. Pumpkin takes a back seat but is noticeable.

Palate-A little bit sweet at first, light sour, bitter towards the end and is the dominant sensation. A musty pumpkin flavor comes in first followed by a matching spice flavor.

Body-Medium heaviness, very little effervescence, the lack of effervescence makes it close to syrupy even though not incredibly heavy. For some reason, this is the third beer in a row by these guys I haven’t liked. I can’t seem to figure out why but this is definitely the best of the three so far. If you want a beer that balances light hops, malt and the pumpkin and spice flavors without being very sweet, yet quite subtle, this is probably something you should try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this beer not only because it was a new Pumpkin ale but because of the childish drawn label. Cute.

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a slight haze. A light pour produced only a minimal of head with a slight lace ring after settling.

S - From the bottle I could have sworn I smelled actual pumpkin, earthy and sweet and in the glass it's heightened with nice spices.

T - Taste is pretty good but reminds me a bit of Autumnation just watered down. Starts off sweet and spicy, then slight earthy pumpkin and rounds out a bit hoppy. It's really not bad since the yeast is not nearly as cloying.

M - Light to medium it's pretty smooth.

Overall it's was a pretty obscure find and its overall pretty smooth but not worth the price of $3.50 a bottle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.