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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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Reviews: 178
Hads: 624
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 34.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 66 | 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 Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours golden-orange color with a big creamy two-finger off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lace behind.

S- more of a hoppy nose than a typical pumpkin ale with some herbal and woodsy aromas. Typical pumpkin spices are there with some raw pumpkin and toasted bread malt

T- well balanced pumpkin flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon, bready malt balances with a subtle pumpkin flavor, herbal and grassy hops close it out

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a smooth mouthfeel and a silky dry finish

O- a different take on the typical pumpkin ale, the increased hop bitterness played well with the pumpkin spices

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Photo of Boto
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draught: This one pours an orangish-gold color. It has a bit of a white head on it. Not much lacing. The aroma is OK. Some pumpkin spices, hint of malt. Not much else. The taste is very similar. Some pumpkin spices, a bit of malts. Rates a "Meh" at best.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.23/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Aroma: Nutmeg and ginger are present along with an earthy almost rotting bark-like aroma. Some maltiness present, but not a lot. No hop aroma. Slight fruity esters as it warms. Overall mild aroma for a spiced beer.

Appearance: Gold to light orange in color. Has a fine but large white head. Very good clarity.

Flavor: Initial malt flavor but lacking in sweetness. Quickly turns to a bitter harshness. Has a very thin body and ends with an astringent and metallic finish. Not much spice is tasted beyond those off-putting flavors.

Overall: This beer is not good. To be honest it has the harsh and metallic flavors that I associate with old-style homebrew (before we really understood the need for fresh ingredients and sanitation...) Sj and I had to pour this out after a couple sips. Not a great start from this brewery, but I'd still try another of their beers before boycotting them.

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Photo of crc1935
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - dark orange-brown. slightly hazy. head reached just over an inch after first pour. quickly dissipated in about 5 minutes.

S - predominantly pumpkin and malt. also has 'earthy' scent. light spices too.

T - primarily darker malts and pumpkin. though, it left a slightly metallic aftertaste which flattened its potential.

M - lightly carbonated.

O - solid pumpkin brew. pumpkin beers tend to be (1) overly sweet or (2) make up for taste with higher alcohol volume.

drumkin tastes better after it's had a chance to warm slightly.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We have begun getting distribution of Cisco Brewers' beers here in PA and when I saw a CAN of this over at The Fridge back in late-August (!), I knew to pick it up and set it aside for the advent of October. The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues in search of good seasonal beers as a result.

From the CAN: "On Nantucket, a Pumple named Drumkin, brewed up some great ale with his pumpkins. One and all came to savor the delicious flavor, then wobbled around like bumpkins. At Cisco they thought, 'This is De-Lish! This is the best ale that we [CAN] accomplish![']"

Mr. Drumkin emitted a loud Crack and cried out for an inverted Glug, so I indulged the happy little fellow. I was rewarded with three fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Dense lacing was beginning to form pretty quickly and Mr. Drumkin was cautioned that he would have to clean up his mess when he leaves. Nose was mildly spicy, primarily cinnamon, but perhaps also nutmeg or allspice. It was fairly weak in terms of its nose, especially given the style. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a definite immediate cinnamon presence on the tongue, followed by a ginger-like flavor, which combined with the malt, made me think more of a gingerbread cookie than a pumpkin pie. Finish was semi-dry, mostly due to all of the spices, but I was still thinking Christmas, not Hallowe'en.

Did anyone else see today's "Brevity" comic strip in which Linus goes into shock upon hearing a young woman exiting Starbucks say, "This is a Great Pumpkin Latte!" Ha!

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Photo of russpowell
2.28/5  rDev -35%
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

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Photo of DrinkNewport
2.26/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This pumpkin beer smells great. I popped the cap off the bottle and took a whiff and it got my hopes up. Lots of pumpkin spice comes through.

Then I poured it out into a pint glass. Once again, great appearance. That dark orange/brown that declares "I AM A PUMPKIN BEER AND I'M PROUD!"

So I took a sip...and it was informed by my taste buds that this was not a pumpkin beer, but some kind of terrible beer mixed with cleaning fluids. I kept trying to drink it, but it was just terrible. There wasn't a hint of pumpkin. Just bad beer.

I had to pour most of it down the drain. I don't know if this was a bad batch or if this was what Pumple Drumkin is supposed to be, but it was not an experience I'd want anyone to have to repeat.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Three fingers of sea foam head on top of a copper amber body. Tons of bubbles streaming throughout the beer. Good lacing.

S- Spicy pumpkin notes with a good allspice finish

T- malt and pumpkin that seems to get blocked out by a heavy metallic ending.

M- A bit thin and on the watered side.

O- It’s drinkable, Really looks good but I would have to admit the flavor profile on this is off. The metallic finish doesn’t do it justice.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a fairly bubbly and vigorous head that is slightly off-white. The beer itself is a clear dark amber.

Lightly roasted pumpkin with nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. The spices and pumpkin are surprisingly light for a pumpkin ale.

Very little pumpkin flavor with slight cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste feels a little bit diluted with a cardboard taste (OXIDIZATION?). Other than the cardboard taste, decent if not a little acidic.

Watery and fairly thin for a pumpkin ale.

An okay pumpkin ale even though it's not as rich or as thick other ales.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.02/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Clear deep orange with tiny stream of bubbles. Thick, rich two finger foam cap with elegant lacings.

Aroma of spices, cinnamon, cloves , pumpkin.

Twang of spices, strong spices, bitter start, smooth finish. Bitter on the sides of the tongue, almost sour or tart taste.

Light mouthfeel.

It's October and time for pumpkin beers. Halloween is just around the corner. This beer scares me.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a nice dark orange amber. Thin off white head.

Decent caramel and spice on the nose. Little maltiness. Nice.

Taste is pretty light and soft. Get a little bit of pumpkin spice up front, but a lot of light straw maltiness to follow. Finish is a little weird with some spice and some really bitter, light malts.

Feel is medium thin.

Just seems a little unbalanced overall. Decent flavors but not well united unfortunately.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Spicy pumpkin nose and flavor has only hints of pumpkin with more pepper and hops. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear orange-pink with a good amount of bubbles. Foamy off-white head is tenacious.

S: Mostly hops, surprisingly, but even those are somewhat faint. Clean, but not what I was hoping for.

T: Disappointingly, mostly malt, with citrusy hops being a close second. Pumpkin and spice flavors take a far back seat. Finish is quick.

M: Crisp and bitter from the hops, would be good if this wasn't supposed to be a pumpkin beer.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a good representative of the already under-siege pumpkin style. Don't know what happened with this beer, but you can do better.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Brezzy24
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bitter flat non carbonated pumpkin tasting ale, the appearance is the best part of this ale. This is my first time drinking it and to me doesn't taste anything like pumpkin. The label I think is the best part of the beer the little pumpkin dude is the cutest little thing.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle that I picked up at Vineyard Liquors (Plano, IL) about 2 weeks ago. Finished with yardwork for the day, this is the reward (poured to a 375ml glass ~ Oregon Brewers Festival 2013). Very cute label: a cartoon-ish jack o' lantern in a green shirt.

A: Orange-copper pour with a smattering of head; what was 1-finger tall disappears in seconds. Pretty auburn color, hardly any carbonation and just an ivory ring of head. Bland, really.

S: Mmmm. "Pumpkin spices' = cinnamon + nutmeg. Grainy/biscuity breadiness and good 'pie spice' aroma, add in some apple/grape/raisin. Pretty strong, pretty enticing.

T: Lovely spicing and an apple tartness that may be the most memorable part about this pour. The more I sip, the more the (green) apple comes through. A hint of orange and a sweeter, breadier finish.

M: Mellow and smooth, lighter body. Clean finish with a malty/sweet chewiness in the finish.

O: Good taste and aroma, not so certain about the feel. I've had 'pumpkin ales' that transcend this in spicing and aroma; this is 'good' at best.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. A deep copper color with two fingers of white head--slightly hazy.

Smells of grain husks, pepper, some cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. slightly earthy.

A sip starts off dry and stays that way all through. Some peppery, yeasty notes with hints of spice. Earthiness, possibly from pumpkins lingers in the background. Firm hop bitterness and spiciness, but not much in the flavor. Finishes bone dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, which makes it easy drinking, particularly in the dry finish.

Overall a fair pumpkin beer. I like pumpkin beers that are either interesting beers with light spicing or complex, spiced beers with good balance. This is neither--it's a decent beer, but nothing stands out about it. The spicing is so much in the background, so it doesn't stand out as a pumpkin beer either.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pumple Drumkin
12 oz. can
Served in a 20 oz. tulip glass

Pours a light amber color. Transparent in appearance with a fluffy, white head on top. Awesome trails of sticky lacings decorate the glassware. This is my 3rd or 4th Pumple Drumkin of the evening that I've poured into this glass.

Spicy whiffs in the nose of baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon and chalky yeast.

Each sip provides a chewy caramel malt backbone with classic autumn flavors of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves that nicely intertwine. A touch of brown sugar or a caramel drizzle provide a definitive sweetness with each sip.

A solid Pumpkin Ale that has quickly become one of my favorites for the style. I'm gonna have to put this one right behind Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale for my new go-to Pumpkin Ale.

So glad the Fall season has returned, cheers!!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 19, 2013.

I enjoyed looking at this beer with its medium amber color and good clarity even though the off-white head faded quickly.

On the nose I get virtually no pumpkin spice. I do get some malts and butter with maybe a hint of earthy hops. But for a pumpkin brew-where is the pumpkin spice?

The body is medium and somewhat on the creamy side.

Like the aroma the taste is just rather bland. Some malts can be found but little sweetness. A short-lived low bitterness at the end. It has a cardboard-like character I'm sorry to say. I always look for the positives in every beer I review but this was quite frankly a very weak pumpkin brew. Maybe I had a bad bottle.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice-looking beer - golden and orange highlights, white head, very good lacing throughout the entire session. Not much doing on the nose. Nothing offensive, to be sure, but nothing overly special: some coriander, very faint pumpkin, orange peel. The taste is much more intense. For me and my preferences, this is a good tasting pumpkin spiced ale in that there's a heavier emphasis on the spice flavors and not on the pumpkin. So it's not like you're quaffing some beer out of a hollowed-out orange squash, but rather the spices and other ingredients used remind me of autumn: mulling spices, fresh ginger-snap cookies made with molasses, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice, corn, candied citrus. A lighter-bodies beer, and for me a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of whitty
2.43/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted like a big beer maker version of a watered down pumpkin beer. Understand that some may like an understated pumpkin beer, but this had almost zero pumpkin taste or spice taste. One of the worst performers in a specialty category I have tasted.

Perhaps if it was not labeled a pumpkin beer I would have liked it more, but given the expectations it was definitely a let down. One caveat is that I switched off drinking tastes of this with another brand's pumpkin beer version. The other brands pumpkin beer had much more pumpkin and spice taste which only served to accentuate such absence in the Pumple Drumkin.

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Photo of jaffers
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an awesome pumpkin beer. Appearance is a bit darker than most and the pumpkin flavor is very understated, which I prefer to the pumpkin-pie-in-your-face varieties. After a few sips I almost forgot I was drinking a pumpkin ale, it tastes more like a pale ale with a nice hop character and dry finish. But as the hops fade a lingering pumpkin aftertaste surfaces until the next sip. First time I've had this brew but it's quickly become one of my favorites.

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Photo of wattoclone
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.