Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Pumple Drumkin Spiced AlePumple Drumkin Spiced Ale

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by corey0212 on 09-22-2008

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Photo of DyrtyByrd
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was a fantastic full bodied pumpkin flavored and spiced beer. The flavors are not too overwhelming, but compliment the beer in a fantastic way. Cisco Brewery makes a great select of beers include Grey Lady and Whale's Tale Pale Ale. I wish Cisco Brewery made kegs.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.99/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served out of a can.

A bright pumpkin orange color beer with a one finger head of tiny, finely compacted off-white bubbles. Minimal retention and lacing.

The aroma is delicious, with a slight yeast profile and big notes of fresh baked pumpkin pie and gingerbread. Aroma is predominantly caramel malt dominated. Big notes of sticky toffee and butterscotch alongside ginger and cinnamon spice in the background.

Upfront you get sweet flavors of savory toffee and light butterscotch candy. Gradually, a restrained but noticeably pungent pumpkin, cinnamon and gingerbread flavor sets in midpalate, finishing with more malty notes of creme brulee and caramel syrup, drizzled over french toast. There is also a moderate yeast profile lingering somewhere amongst the palate with flavors of vanilla, clove, parsley and mild bubblegum. Lightly hopped with notes of mildly bitter pine resin throughout so as to counteract the sweetness. It's important to note everything is in perfect balance here. At no time does this become overtly sugary or cloying

Creamy in body with medium weight and moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp. Highly drinkable. Abv non-existant.

Overall Comments: An extremely delicious, creamy, mid strength, pumpkin ale that offers sessionability and doesn't compromise on flavor. This is definitely up there on the list of my top 10 pumpkin ales.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.77/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of SFC21
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a nice, fall burnt orange color. Heavy pour produces some head that fades very quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Cinnamon scent jumps out complemented by some nutmeg and floral notes. Very appealing.

T - Taste doesn't disappoint. Cinnamon and nutmeg up front followed by the pumpkin. Slight bite at the end that doesn't overwhelm the flavors. Great balance here.

M - Medium mouthfeel, very smooth.

O - An excellent pumpkin ale. Jumps into my top 5, possibly top 3.

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Photo of BetterDarker
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of corey0212
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with a cool little Pumpkin-man wearing a Cisco shirt on the label. "Brewed with Nantucket pumpkins" printed on the bottom of the label.

Pours a nice auburn color, darker than most pumpkin ales I've had. Big foamy tan head, settling very slowly into a nice layer atop the beer, lots of sticky lacing in the glass. Lots of pumpkin pie spice in the nose, doughy, and some full-on meaty pumpkin flesh aroma. This is the goods! Lots of nutmeg and spice flavors, pumpkin pie (crust included!), and actually more robust and bitter than overly-sweet. Delicious! Mouthfeel seems spot-on for the style, on the heavier end of medium-bodied, lingering spice and bitterness. I must have more!!!! Likely the finest pumpkin ale I've ever had.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
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 plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet fleshy pumpkin with highlights of spicy cinammon and nutmeg.

The taste consisted of a strong pumpkin flesh flavor - moreso than most pumpkin ales. Strong spicy strains of cinammon and nutmeg were accompanied by a soft caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a very good pumpkin ale. Seems that there really was an emphasis on actual pumpkin flavor here. I only wish I had more.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick, creamy eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - a hint of cinnamon and spice but it was very understated. pumpkin comes through very well.
t - very much the same as the aroma.
m - crisp and medium.
o - this is what a pumpkin beer should be. i'm not a fan of ones that dominate with spices and don't let pumpkin flavor and aroma come through. this is very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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 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 Cavanaghty
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brownish copper color, with an off white head of about two fingers. Very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, Hops, and some mild pumpkin and spices.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied and very smooth and dry. Taste mostly of malts and hops with mild pumpkin and spices in the backround, enough to be tasted but not overpowering.

Overall: Very enjoyable brew. certainly one of the better pumpkins ales.

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Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP:Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very nice, clear dark amber liquid. Almost brown. Two finger head with decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Very nice pumpkin smell is prominent. Smells like real pumpkin flesh. Typical spices are here, also. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice. A touch of ginger. Good presence of sweet maltiness. Somewhat biscuity.

Spicey! Man the spices shine through, proud and strong. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate with ginger and allspice following closely behind. Very nice pumpkin flavor presence. Roasted pumpkin seeds are represented, as well. Biscuity taste, almost like pie crust. Slight hop kiss on the back end. All supported by a nice, but not overstated, sweet roasted malt backbone.

Good medium bodied ale here. Nice creaminess. Not waterey thin, as some pumpkin ales tend to be. I'd say this one is pretty much just right.

Along with Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout, this is a tie for my fave pumpkin brews. Very drinkable and very tasty.
I'd like to know what the alcohol content is, though, as I feel it may be on the higher side. I can't taste it, but I can feel it.

Thanks so much to corey0212 for hooking me up with this one!

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Photo of BigCheese
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. First pumpkin beer of the year!

A: Pours a brilliant clear orange/amber. Nice thin creamy head that keeps, leaves nice lacing.

S: Very pumpkin forward, some pie spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon), also a hint of lemon grassyness.

T: Nicely balanced, pumkins up front, some of those same pumpkin pie spices, some slightly earthy/herbal hops at the end. Hints of honey and lemon in there too. Finishes rather sweet, with a buttered crust flavor. Definitely on the sweet side.

M: High carbonation, light in body, but has a nice syrupy/creaminess to it. A bit sweet to be a session beer but I could have a few.

O: Impressed with this one, kind of like a mix of smuttynose and Pumking. Its not overly spiced, pumkin flavor shines through, but theres definitely some pie sweetness going on. One of the better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of Genuine
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Jeffreysan
4.21/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, hazy, golden, brownish/orange with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a very thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that collected in the center of the glass.

Aroma: Very spicy! Lots of nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, and even notes of ginger. Malty too, like freshly baked ginger bread. Not much in the way of hops however.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma! Lots of pumpkin and spices! Strong notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Pumpkin pie in a glass. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Delicious beer! Tons of pumpkin pie flavors, but not too sweet. I’ll certainly get it again next fall.

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark amber color. About a finger and a half of an off white pillowy head. Head retention is good with a good amount of lacing left behind. There is a wonderfully strong, inviting nose to this beer. Most easily picked out is cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is fantastic! The cinnamon and nutmeg once again dominate the flavor but here is where the pumpkin comes in. Pumpkin flavoring mellows out the spices to give this beer a nice blend of flavor bursts with a mellow finish. Decent carbonation and a smooth feel make this beer once that I could sit with all night.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to corey0212 for this one.

A-Pours a clear, rather dark amber. Fluffy white head and some nice lacing.

S-Lots of nice nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices, along with some pumpkin scent. A bit of malt too.

T-My favorite pumpkin beer of the year. A great balance of pumpkin spice, pumpkin and biscuity malt.

M-Crisp and smooth with nice carbonation.

D-One and done is my usual with pumpkin beers, But I would certainly enjoy more than one of these. Very nice.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a globe. Pours a hazy brown with about a finger of beige head. Settles down leaving a nice cap.

The aroma is one of the better pumpkin aromas for me. It's full of a fresh pumpkin. It doesn't seem to have the seasonal spices that others would have but I feel like this is for the pumpkin purist. Pretty much liquid pumpkin here. Fresh pumpkin flavor with a little bit of slight nutmeg flavor to this.

The body is medium and the carbonation is where it should be. Overall this is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. I really like the simplicity of the flavors. I like the straight up no nonsense pumpkin.

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Photo of alexgash
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Medium copper body. Clear and clean. Small, gauzy, eggshell white head. Not much lacing. Nose of caramel malts, pumpkin pie, citrus-leaning fruit, and a mishmash of spices (cinnamon, clove, maybe allspice, orange zest).

Toasted malts up front. Singed caramel and pulpy gourd maltiness fills in. Again, as in the nose, there is a zesty citrus element livening up the palate. Peppery, floral, herbal hop bitterness in the latter half as well. Requisite pumpkin beer spices show up too, but they are not too brash and fit in nicely. Medium body with a lively feel. One of the better pumpkin beers so far this season.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. It has a rust copper color and it quite clear. There are some big bubbles coming up throughout. Some foamy white head and minimal lacing.

S. Very nice pumpkin malt scent.

T/M. It has a very nice pumpkin taste. Malty with a nice cinnamon spiciness. Some grassiness. It is very smooth and medium bodied.

O. As far as pumpkin's go, this has a good taste but a bit mild. So if you don't want an over the top pumpkin/cinnamon taste, this is a good start.

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