Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

BA SCORE
80
good
654 Ratings
Pumple Drumkin Spiced AlePumple Drumkin Spiced Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
ciscobrewers.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
654
Reviews:
186
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 654 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of JayKay412
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 EmmetD
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Screper
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of rjvanston
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of iamdw
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ripweblo
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of nick_asian
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GFD400
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Rasa
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of beerman999999
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 prdrums77
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of ujsplace
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.51 out of 5 based on 654 ratings.
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