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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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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 650
Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Cannot explain it but this one really didn't settle with me at all.
Poured a brownish orange hue with two finger head.
Aroma was minimal pumpkin spice and sweetness with some graininess.
Light, almost watery, to me the beer tasted like your average pale ale with grainy hops and minimal sweetness but then had some pumpkin notes added it (and the pumpkin is minimal at best).

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Photo of NonSequitur
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Was so disappointed by this beer that I created a BeerAdvocate account.
First of all, the labeling on this is very misleading - it is not a pumpkin beer whatsoever - not even a pumpkin spiced beer. It is an IPA plain and simple. I thought I had a mislabeled bottle, so I called Cisco Brewers, and they said it is "not a very pumpkin-y beer". You are right Cisco, and when I buy a pumpkin beer, that's what I'm expecting. Wish I had stayed with tried and true "pumpkinhead", which is great stuff.

I can only hypothesize that the 90-pt rating from "the bros" is because if I was sitting with a bunch of pumpkin beers, and had taste fatigue, I might find a plain old IPA to be a refreshing change. But when I come in from work for my one beer (not one of a tasting panel), this one sorely disappointed me.

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Photo of ordybill
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a spicy marginal pumpkin smell.
Appearance- The beer is a dark amber color with a small off-white head.
Taste- Has a small amount of pumpkin flavoring, not very tasty
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Completely unimpressed with this beer. I have had many pumpkin beers that tasted better than this.

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Photo of joncob
1/5  rDev -71.5%

I rarely - if ever say this about beer. I've been drinking craft beer whenever i can find it and found this at a grocery store near me that sells mixed 6 packs where you can choose them. This was the last one I picked out since I hadn't had it before. It was in a can, not a bottle - so maybe this contributed to the flavor of the beer - or got a bad banch of it. When i first smelled it - it smelled like it had skunked or been sour, but tasted it and it tasted just plain horrible. The pumpkin spice that its advertised as being a "pumpkin beer" was missing, and tasted very, very watered down. This was the second time I've ever poured out a beer - after my horrible experience with a 3 year old can of Narragansett Bock...it tasted almost just like that. Perhaps it wasn't fresh - or in a can like I said (I've had Cisco's Whale Tale, and Grey Lady and they're alright) but I will have to follow this up sometime in another form. I do not recommend!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazed copper color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. I'm not impressed by the retention, or the minimal lacing left behind. (2.75)

Smell: The brewers have kept both the pumpkin and spices subdued. Cinnamon and gourd only appear as subtle kisses on the nose. It's more redolent of a typical amber ale, featuring notes of caramel, wheat (wha?), and toffee. Aromatically, it's overly subdued, but not offensive. (2.75)

Taste: Follows the aroma fairly rigidly. The spices are very subtle - I can tell they exist, but I really have to concentrate. That's good, because overspicing can ruin a pumpkin ale. Unfortunately, that leaves this beer with very little: it's practically a bland amber ale with a touch of gourd, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Again, not offensive. Just really damn boring. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: To give it credit, it goes down rather easily. It isn't hampered by excess malt/spice obstructiveness, and the finish is dry and surprisingly crisp. Carbonation is medium. (3.25)

Overall: This might appeal to beginner craft drinkers, or haters of the style. It's very mild and inoffensive, with just enough of a pumpkin essence. And therein lies the problem. It's friggen' boring. It doesn't stab the palate, it just puts it to sleep. Put simply, I'd rather be drinking something else. (2.75)

2.8/5: Ehhhhhhhhh...

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Photo of Randygroves
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Worst beer I ever had last year. Dumped the rest but one down the drain to save some other soul from having to endure the taste. Tried the one I saved again just too be sure and it hit the drain too. Too scared of loosing my beer palate to attempt buying it this year..... Yuck..

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a clear orange color with a head that dies quickly. The aroma is fu of pumpkin pie spices. The taste has a fair bitterness along with spices and a but if vegetal pumpkin. Hoppy pumpkin ale, interesting. Still, had the spice and pumpkin notes. Easy to drink, not a bad ale.

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Photo of mynie
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

The can gets points for the adorable little pumpkin man who adorns its front. It loses points for the really awful attempt at a Halloween poem on the side. I get that it's trying to be cutesy doggerel, but good god--you could have crowdsourced this out to a kindergarten class and gotten something ten times more appealing.

Moving on... this is an east coast pumpkin. Meaning, unlike the midwest variety of pumpkin ale, this is supposed to taste like beer, not pie spice and diabetes.

Starts out with light spice and good kick of fleshy pumpkin. This moves into a middle that's like an east coast pale, with a bit of cinnamon and some uncomfortable barely bitterness in the back.

Not... not bad. But a strange flavor, the beginning dully sweet and the end sharply bitter. Just doesn't hit my pallet quite right.

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Photo of trianglebrew
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Good pumpkin beer that complements slight pumpkin and spice well, as well as keeps the integrety of a beer flavor ( not overkill on the cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc). Medium mouth feel with more pumpkin aromas than taste. Good session pumpkin beer overall and would recommed for those who dont want too much spice in their pumpkin seasonals.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Where some newer pumpkin ale makers are instant on making a beer that tastes identical to pumpkin ale, and then others that want to create a beer first and nuances of pumpkin flesh and spice to accent; the Cisco brewers split the difference in a taste that's just as beery as it is pumpkiny.

Its bright copper hue takes on the tinge of orange pumpkin to sell "taste with your eyes first" very well. Spicy nutmeg and clove leads the way with cinnamon and brown sugar following closely behind. Its sweet malty upstart supports the spices in a sultry and flirty kind of way.

What insures is a light caramel and confection taste that coats the palate and prepares it for the spices that quickly follow- those allspice medleys symphonize over the middle with the same cinnamon, nutmeg and clove character that charmed the nose. Its rich palate is lightly starchy and sweet though a drying and warming finish looms.

Despite its medium-bodied upstart dissolves quite effortlessly in its finish, a spicy, heated and drying tactile sensation follows to offer a moderate sense of drinkability and sociability to the session. Its dry starchiness is laden with skeletons of spice and sweetness that aridly reminds the palate and memory of pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

[Appearance: 4.0] Reminiscent of Autumn, this beer's color is bright golden orange and full of clarity. A foamy, strong off-white head reaches and maintains one finger of height, staying strong and leaving good lace.
[Aroma: 3.75] The nose offers plenty of earth up front, some toast and a certain nuttiness, some fruits and the impression of squash that solidifies with time into more of a pumpkin impression overall, as light spicing eases its way in.
[Flavor: 3.5] On the front it's tart but not sour and with no lingering pucker at all. It's earthy and bitter, surprisingly so given the mildness of the bitter notes in the aroma. There's not as much pumpkin as there is spicing, which itself is well done. It's a touch soapy at times.
[Mouthfeel: 4.0] This beer has a creamy, smooth flow but is strongly crisp at the same time in its medium body. There's a lingering bitterness in the finish.

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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 larryarms847
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber gold with minimal carbonation.

Lightly spiced and pumpkin earthiness.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin.

Light-bodied, low-medium carbonation, spiced.

Overall, decent but nothing spectacular.

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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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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.51 out of 5 based on 650 ratings.
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