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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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510 Ratings

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 18.44%
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 DrinkingDrake
3.33/5  rDev -4%

Made a trip to where this gets brewed today and grabbed a bottle straight off the line. Clear and a burnt copper color. Small amount of head but left a thin lacing. Spicy nose with a lot of nutmeg shining through more than anything else. Flavor is toasty malts and the nutmeg and cinnamon. Close to a pumpkin pie. It has that sweet bread but is also spiced evenly. Nutmeg is again the dominate spice but everything is balanced like a good pie. Finishes without cloying at first but towards the end of the glass I'm starting to think I'm down with just the one bottle. Good beer but only for that one glass. Not a beer I'm going to drink a sixer of at a autumn bonfire.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

Review adapted from notes taken 11/12/10

Appearance: Very strange color for a pumpkin ale, but I like it - an amber tone that almost approaches a cranberry/ruby color - some nice lacing

Smell: Lots of spices, but they actually smell balanced - heavy on the cinnamon, some caramel and amber malts, lots of pumpkin pie smells

Taste: Uniquely balanced and flavorful - this beer manages to balance a lot of spices (again, particularly cinnamon) with some solid malts - kind of dry and earthy, a flavor that reminds me of pumpkin seeds - amber malts, some nice bitterness and sweetness

Mouthfeel: Smooth and on the light side - one of the lighter pumpkin beers I have encountered, but this isn't a bad thing

Overall: Unique and definitely worth a try

This beer should get some special recognition since it is labeled as a "spiced ale" but isn't a grotesque spice bomb. It's nicely balanced and flavorful. It's not my favorite, but I will probably be buying it again.

angrybabboon, May 29, 2011
Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark peach with a 1 finger off white head. Head lasted a few minutes before leaving a thin layer that clung to the sides nicely. Aroma was slightly sweet, with definite pumpkin aromas and hints of spice. Taste was smooth and fruity. It finished off with a peppery spiciness in the mouth. Occasional hops bitterness showed through. Very well balanced and nicely seasoned. Felt decent in the mouth, coated well and nicely carbonated. Slight overcarbonation occasionally lingered in the back of the mouth, but not enough to detract. Very good to drink, could go either as sipper or as a drinker.

mountdew1, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Brewed with locally grown Nantucket pumpkins.

Hazed tawny hue; light wisp of lace graces the top. A pretty complex nose, pleasant roundness of pumpkin and spice within an earthy yeast and sweet bready maltiness. Light carbonation yields enough smoothness to get by. At first sip, some mellow and vague spic- ing, as not one of the spices really jumps out. Pumpkin is hand in hand with the malt while the hops push everything down with a wild herb flavor and bitterness. Malt is toasty, a little roasty and mostly dry. Nutty, earthy yeast with some ripe fruit in the semidry finish.

Cisco hit all the right marks, balanced with a heavy hand of complex flavors. Big and bold, a wedge of aged Gouda would do very well here.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of a74gent
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%

This is very, very mediocre although it is worth noting that you must let it warm up.

The appearance is a somewhat dark yet translucent amber color. Not much foam to speak of hanging around.

The smell has some spice notes, but is not very memorable at all. Fades quickly and is rather weak although as it warms a slight carmel note comes out.

The taste is very empty with slight spiciness and a nasty aftertaste.

This one is drinkable, but becomes less so because of the flavor profile.

a74gent, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +19%

Picked this one up at Gordon's.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a thick creamy beige head that lingered just a little and left some spots of foam on the sides while settling in as a thin collar.

The aroma is, not surprisingly, heavy on the spices with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pie spices in general. There is some sweet pumpkin and sugary malts as well.

The taste starts out with the initial pumpkin spice kick, heavy on the nutmeg this time with cinnamon in the background. The malts form a solid backbone and the finish is spicy and sweet all in one.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and spicy and dry on the palate.

This is a very good pumpkin beer and one of the best ones I've had this season. Highly recommended.

gford217, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +15.3%

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours your standard pumpkin copper with a 1 finger buttery khaki crown that shows decent retention and lace. Clarity isn't perfect but not bad either.

Smell: Loads of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, doughy malt, etc.

Taste: Spice isn't as dominant as it was in the nose which is good. Still a bit heavy handed with the spice but not so much that I would call this an unbalanced pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Fairly crisp and a bit uninspired until you let it warm a bit. Then the wonderful head retention and the body really come together.

Drinkability: Pretty sessionable.

koopa, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of morningthief
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a thick, two-finger, off-white head that dissipates slowly. Color is a deep amber, reminiscent of a brown ale.

Smell is spicy, floral, and strangely soapy. I am not immediate enticed by it, but such is the folly of the man who pours the pumpkin ale. Speaking of which, where is the pumpkin?

A complex flavor accompanies the first sip. The front end is spicy and floral, with some hop character in the finish. Not as sweet as some pumpkin ales. The back end is all malt and roasted vegetables. This tastes of autumn soup, but sadly, no pumpkin!

This beer is smooth on the tongue; light-bodied and crisp. I very much like the feel of it, it is quite refreshing with little bitterness.

I'm going to be honest, I quite like this beer. While not a fair representation of a pumpkin ale by any stretch, on its own, this beer is quite enjoyable. As a side note, I'd also like to express my love for the label's flighty, child-like illustration.

morningthief, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Brez07
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Had this a few weekends ago, so reviewing from notes. 22oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company logo class

A: Orange amber pour with a modest white head. This recedes quickly. No lacing present

S: A rather weak pumpkin scent. Some spice, nutmeg and brown sugar

T: Like in the nose, I can barely make out any pumpkin. There is a potent spiced sweetness that detracts from the normal pumpkin ale aspects

M: Light bodied. Bit of hop bitterness in the finish

D: A little thin, not enough pumpkin. A decent beer but not one I'd buy again

Brez07, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.33/5  rDev -4%

Dark copper, light tan head.

Slight spice, but with an intense alcohol burn that tingles. Fermented pumpkins is a good description.

Spice, with a bit to much astringency.

Light medium in body, slight carbonation.

Not a great example of the style, but not harse to drink.

EgadBananas, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of rudzud
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours a clear copper with a thin, fizzy half a finger head that quickly disolved leaving no lacing at all.

S - Lots of spices, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and numeg. You know, typical pumpkin type spices. There is a very light earthy/gourd type aroma.

T - Mimics the aroma nicely. Good spice notes as well as nice solid malts. That being said, the pumpkin is masked heavily by all those spices and definately the malt. The pumpkins there, but you really have to search for it on the backend.

M - Nice carbonation but this has a watery feel to it.

D - Eh, I'd buy this over Shipyard, but thats about it.

rudzud, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

Clear coppery body with a modest collar of whitish bubbles. Spicy aroma, pie spices, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, notes of allspice and ginger. Same in the flavour, but with a bit of malt sweetness to balance things out. Mild bitterness in the finish too. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly slick texture. A decent pumpkin ale and one that I'd purchase again, but not one of my favs since the spices drown out the gourd.

DrJay, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.4/5  rDev -2%

A: Pours a deep, dark orange, with off white head, looking almost silky, but not much head. Chunks of sediment.

S: Earthy pumpkin smell, with a strong malt presence. A certain hot hoppiness to it.

T: Heavy malt flavor, like a brown ale, the pumpkin spices come in the background. Has an earthiness to it, perhaps from real pumpkin? It's fairly tasty, but doesn't wow me.

M: Has a faint boozy heat in there that was unexpected and quickly noted. Not too carbonated, medium body.

D: It is okay, have had worse. Will not buy again, can't quite recommend, Cisco has better offerings.

mostpoetsdo, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +23.3%

Another somewhat early seasonal opportunity on tap at the brewery in Nantucket this week, this tasty brew shows a muddy dark chestnut brown with plenty of light tan head that fades to a wispy topping with lots of lacing. The aroma is a bitter swamp thing with vegetable malt and herbal hop evident. Very edible and intriguing. The flavor sticks to that theme which I love. Pumpkin is present but it's not precisely the dominant idea here. There's a malted milk and cinnamon flavor that mixes perfectly with the subtle pumpkin and finishes with the dry hoppy goodness of the advertised Nelson hops. Alcohol is not really notable but it upholds an ale idea and offers a beautifully mellow and dry, resinous, yet somewhat creamy feel. I get all sorts of vegetable hints with sweet malt blending in tastefully. It's medium bodied and unusually well carbonated for a cask. Drinkable enough by my tastes. What a great surprise at the Cisco Brewery.

Durge, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

22oz into Newport Storm pint glass. $5.59 @ Nikki's in Providence.

A- Amber/orange, as expected, nice sandy head with pretty good density and retention. Minimal lacing.

S- Heavy pumpkin and nutmeg. Earthy though, pretty nice.

T- More of the same. Good earthy real pumpkin taste. Some pumpkin pie spice on the back end.

M- A bit thin. Pretty good carbonation.

D- Moderate. I like this beer, I'll def. buy some more.

ShogoKawada, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

A nice dark amber orange, very small white head. Aroma, is slight, a little malt and nutmeg. First sip is a little bitter, flavors of malt, nutmeg, a little pumpkin. Not sure where the bitter comes from. As it warms the bitter fades and the beer mellows becomes more malty with some more spice overtones. Not a bad Pumpkin ale, but nothing spectactular.

Liverpool08, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a dark amber brown under a small white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Subtle pumpkin surrounded by pumpkin pie spice. Balanced but could probably use a little more "oomph".

T: Maintains a decent malt backbone before giving into a mildly sweet pumpkin and spices. Nice balance.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is about medium, very nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is nice. Not an over the top or in your face beer, but nice and balanced from start to finish.

NCSUdo, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of sliverX
3.85/5  rDev +11%

Presented with a copper hued brew with a slight white cap.
Smell is pumpkin spices think pie or spice cake.
Taste is a stronger version of the spice cake vibe with a touch of pine hops.
Medium bodied could just be a tad thicker tho
I love spice cake and the like so this is enjoyable but could get cloying

sliverX, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Nipitato
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

From notes taken on 3.1.09

Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate amber hue. A thin persistent off-white head. Good clarity.

S: A subtle aroma for pumpkin ale. Nutmeg and allspice come out but are restrained.

T: Malt backbone is there but relatively undefined. Spicy - nutmeg and ginger. Spiciness is well done - not overpowering. Beyond the spiciness I'm not picking up much spice character.

MF: Medium body. Mildly carbonated. Dry finish.

D,notes: Good drinkability. Simple straightforward. Not cloying, which I tend to find to be a problem with pumpkin ales. I would have liked a little more pronounced flavor however.

Nipitato, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%

Thanks to markwise for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark shade of orange with a small cream colored head. No real retention or lace.

S: Aromas of mostly spice. Hints of pumpkin, and a dash of roast.

T: Fairly heavily spiced, pumpkin, light bready malt, and a bit of a chemical taste.

M: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

D: Just okay, not one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

tpd975, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.8/5  rDev +38.3%

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Clear amber color with an off-white head that stayed as a layer and left good lacing.
Nutmeg and other spices fill the nose, it smells like autumn.
Taste is excellent, the blend of spices works well with a solid roasted malt flavor in the background, the best tatsing 'fall beer' I have ever had.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel.
Excellent, I want more!

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of BetterDarker
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%

Appearance - Deep orange almost amber color. Decent beige colored head that dissipates quickly. Very clear. Beautiful looking beer.

Smell - Nice spicy and floral aroma, not pumpkin pie but autumn invoking. Very inviting.

Taste - Absolutely delicious, earthy flavors, pumpkin with a light spice. Nice malt and very little bitterness, but not sweet. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, and a very good beer. If my wallet agreed I would have many more.

BetterDarker, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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 smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%

Crystal clear, dark amber color. Thick off-white head that leaves a sheet of lace on the glass.

Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar are the strongest smells. Reminds me of pumpkin bread, not pumpkin pie.

Tis the season for the Pumpkin Ales, especially in New England. This one is better than most. Good hop presence, lots of pumpkin bread flavors. The "pumpkin" seasoning takes a back seat here, which is refreshing from the usual fare of over-spiced autumn offerings. While I'm reluctant to describe this as a spiced pale ale, it has elements of both.

In short, I'd describe this as a beer lovers Pumpkin Spiced Ale. It is far easier to enjoy than the "pie" beers. I think it's my favorite of this style.

smcolw, Oct 10, 2009
Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.