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

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +7.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +12.5%
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 +0.3%
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 +15.1%
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 +8.3%
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 +14.5%
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 -17.1%
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 -22.8%
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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Photo of nandemo1
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- A little darker than most pumpkin beers. Pours a dark orangish brown color with an off-white head.

S- There is some pumpkin in the nose along nutmeg and spices along with some hops.

T- The taste has is malty up front some pumpkin and spices along with some hops in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a solid pumpkin. What sets it apart from many pumpkin beers is that it is a little hoppier than most. Recommended.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in a 12 oz pint glass. Yep.

A: Typical cider orange/brown color with a finger of eggshell white head and little bluffs of lacing.

S: Pungent yeastiness, caramel and pumpkin pie with a touch of cloves and nutmeg.

T: Hmmm. Where's the spice? Caramel malts mingle with faint pumpkin flavor and are topped off by leafy bitter hops. Comes off less as a pumpkin ale and more as a less-sweet brown ale. Not bad, but it just doesn't seem like a pumpkin ale without the spice.

M: Medium, crisp and dry. Compares favorably to a cold night in fall, to put it in an overly poetic way.

O: I guess this is for the folks out there who want a milder pumpkin beer. I like mine spiced and sweet. Decent, but I only have a few pumpkin ales each year and I'd rather go for something with a heavier flavor.

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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 Tomdee74
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On word... Worthy!! yeah it's not over the top and i do like over the top.. i loved the ST pumking a few years ago when it was like pumpkin pie in a glass.. this is not that... but it's pretty damn good.. I give it pretty good grades and am glad to drink it.. I would recommend getting this brew...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle last night. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy caramel color with a thin off-white head without much retention of lacing. The nose brings a bit of caramel and actual pumpkin, though not too much on the spice front, which was nice. The flavor had some nice pumpkin puree character without the heavy spicing behind many in this style. Slightly chewy with a medium body. Pretty good.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, the artwork on the label had me in stitches. I love it.

Pours a burnt orange with minimal head. Lacing on the glass fades away quickly.

Some floral/grassy hops on the nose. Mainly noticing spices though. Cinnamon, nutmeg being the easiest to notice.

A nice blend of pumpkin, spices, and bitter hop bite. It's like a harvest ale procreated with pumpkin ale.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall it's an awesome pumpkin ale. It's not like the ones that try to taste like pumpkin pies. While I appreciate both styles, this is one of my favorite of the spicier style.

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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 VaTechHopHead
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown with an average white head. Nothing too exciting.

S - Very spicy with cinnamon with bittering pumpkin as well.

T - Starts off with lots of spices as the main flavor and pumpkin playing second fiddle. Not as pungent as some pumpkin beers or as dynamic in taste profile.

M - Medium body with nice carbonation. Finishes dry on the palate because of all the spice.

O - An average pumpkin beer, not too sweet and not too spicy. Nothing to write home about so depending on the price there might be better options out there.

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Photo of Burt
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 8 oz tumbler.

Dark amber that is clear, thin white head that dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Light pumpkin pie spice with a toasted graininess.

Light caramel sweetness in the beginning, with a light pie spice in the middle then turns like a well done pie crust. It finished clean a crisp on the tongue.

This was an interesting beer. Did not have a big pumpkin pie spice that some of them do but it was well made. Will be revisiting this one again.

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