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:
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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 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 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 wattoclone
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pleasant mild aroma of roasted pumpkin with caramel notes. Taste is mild pumpkin with weak spice that fades into a predominant floral, grapefruit, grassy bitter finish. I felt like I was drinking a pumpkin IPA if there is such a thing. I cannot speak for all pumpkin beer lovers, but when I think of pumpkin beer, I am thinking of the flavor of pumpkin pie which is not bitter.

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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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Photo of MistahBeah
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost ruby brown with kakhi-ish head. Borderline hazy. Little retention. Mildly carbonated. Some lace here and there

Smells like the typical pumpkin spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Funky bready yeast

Tastes like drying spices. Chalky. Yeasty. There's some sweetness from the pumpkin but its more earthy vegetal than I would have expected. The spices aren't really pronounced enough...more or less just a hodge podge of powdery, almost medicinal tasting dryness

Feels chalky and dry. Bite of carbonation and spice. Medium bodied but very coating

Overall not like I remembered this from last year. Not well-balanced. The flavors don't mesh well together. No sweetness. A real letdown

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

I don't even know how to respond to the story on the side of the can... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, light graham cracker, brown sugar, clove, a pinch of cinnamon, and toast. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger toast component, this time almost seeming like toasted pumpkin seeds. For once, the spicing in a pumpkin ale is present but restrained, a welcome change, even for a sweet-toothed spice-hound like myself. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid enough pumpkin ale, one that tones down the spices compared to others while maintaining a healthy balance with the underlying malts.

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Photo of notchucknorris
1.62/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a one finger tan head. Looks okay at first, but when I hold it up to the light, I notice huge green floaties swirling everywhere. Eventually, they settle to the bottom, leaving a thick layer at the bottom of the glass. Uggghhhh.

S: So....it's a rum barrel aged pumpkin ale that smells like a bag of hops. Okay... A weird vegetal smell that smells like acorn squash, iron-y malt (seriously, it smells like blood), and some ammonia. Great!

T: Oh my sweet lord. What the hell is this??? Tastes like someone dragged a pill of aspirin through a litter box. Bitter with a truly horrible chalky yeast meets pet dander flavor. Leaves a gross, rotten vegetable flavor on the tongue that I don't forsee going away for at least the remainder of tonight. What a mistake. Stay away my friends, stay far, far away!

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a very dark ruby red/copper color with dark orange edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately dissapears.  No lacing.

Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with zesty autumnal spices and vanilla.  Pumpkin purée along with cinnamon, brown sugar, clove and nutmeg.  There's a subtle vegetal quality but it smells more dessert like than anything.

Medium bodies with a strong zesty spicy presence up front that lingers over the sweet pumpkin notes into a dry finish.  Slightly more vegetal than expected but still sweet with prominent autumnal spice.  Not as dessert like with lots of clove, pepper and allspice followed by pumpkin purée, nutmeg and bready malt.  ABV is well masked with no alcoholic heat making it decently drinkable.  Could be a touch sweeter but it's not a bad interpretation of the style.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. No bottled on date present, just a code. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a nice copper color with a strong one a half finger head that goes down semi-quick. Steady stream of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Cinnamon / nutmeg smell is dominant in the beginning, followed by a more wheaty malt backbone. Very fresh baked cinnamon smell is interesting.

T - Extremely malty with the traditional Halloween spices: allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Not the best taste, that's for sure. Not enough actual pumpkin flavor, and too heavy on the spices. Slight carbonation tickles the tongue.

M - Tingly, carbonated mouth feel. Some spices lingering.

Overall, not too impressed, but not a bad beer at all. However, there are better balanced and more intense pumpkin brews to be had.

Cisco Pumple Drumkin ---3/5.

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Photo of jpro
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz single from Total Wine. Poured into a shaker pint glass...

A: Murky, dusty copper; one finger of off white head on a stiff pour; a few splotches of lace.

S: Pie crust; pumpkin; fall spices.

T: Bleh... Watery. Not much malt or any sort of backbone; some all-spice on the end, but pretty lackluster.

M: Medium-bodied; low carbonation; no finish.

O: Never again - worst pumpkin ale I think I"ve had.

*from notes: 9/19/12

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a bright clear copper body. Aromas of caramel malts, hint of brown sugar and little in the way of pumpkin really.flavor is boring even for the style opening with caramel and toasted malts with brown sugar moving to a more fresh pumpkin over a spiced or pumpkin pie sweetness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall even for the style, this one is boring and under flavored.

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Photo of LeRose
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh...not much going on IMHO. Kind of an orange/amber color - pleasant enough. Aroma didn't seem like anything much - not getting the pumpkin pie or much in the way of the gourd aroma. Flavor overall seemed quite lackluster. Lacking pumpkin flavor an maybe they waved some spices over the brew kettle. Just tasted like a plain old ale. Would not buy again, would not recommend as an example of a pumpkin fall seasonal.

Understand this will be low on the curve here. My wife likes the pumpkin seasonals, so we've tried a bunch of them (at least a couple of bottles) and this one was not a fave for sure and our independent notes are in 100% agreement, strange but true :-)

Reviewed from notes

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a dark maerzen... great looking color beer, head is a bit bubbly... lots of carbonation... aromas are slight pumpkin spice hintes that this wont be killed and over done with spices.... good... flavor is sublte as well... amber ale base with flavors of raw pumkin and spices on the back. Not an over done spiced pumpkin... which i like, but the beer lacks complexity. Decent and i dont mind drinking because it not ruined with marketing spices.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy, copper colored. Relatively thin head with great retention. Really nice lacing.

Heavy spice in the aroma. I don't really like the blend of spice. Some roasted malt aroma in the background.

I'm not a big fan of the flavor in this beer. The spices are too harsh, and the bitterness is too high for this style. The sweet malt flavor is good, but unfortunately only lasts for a second as you swallow.

Medium to heavy bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel gives way to an overly dry, bitter, everlasting finish that attacks you tongue until the next sip.

I'm not really impressed with this pumpkin ale. The spice blend is all wrong, and it's really not sweet enough.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a copper-like orange color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A good deep and dense pumpkin aroma. Hints at a nice nutmeg spice. Touches of vanilla.

(T)- Not nearly as much pumpkin as the smell, but a more potent spice profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A bit disappointing in the pumpkin area, but light and easy drinking.

(O)- Overall, its decent for the style, but clearly lacking any big pumpkin flavor; plenty of spice though.

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Photo of 71ADub
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell NJ. nice looking amber brew, a tiny bit of head. nose was spicy, some slight citrus present. taste was a little lacking in pumpkin, but otherwise a nice ale. good mouthfeel, velvety. overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I have consumed. Wish I could have quaffed more...

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Photo of chefhatt
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this one into a pint glass, it has a clear copper color body with a small fizzy head that lays down quiet quickly. The smell has a spicey hoppy smell to it. The taste has a spicy hop flavor to it with some pumpkin spices coming through on the middle of the tongue. I get a slight pumpkin flavor but more malt on the back of the tonuge. The mouth feel is good smooth, a little more heavier than other pumpkins but good. Overall this is good but needs less spice and hops and more pumpkin.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite pumpkin by a long shot, but this is growing on me a bit as I drink through the sixer. Pours a dark amber with a head that sticks around as a thin cap. The smell and taste is quite gingery- and lacks a lot of the other pumpkin pie spices, and is also quite a bit thinner than I'd like. There is a chalkiness to the brew as well, as though raw spices were just dumped in. Completely lacks the silkiness of the pumpkin- either it wasn't used or not enough was, or perhaps the raw spices just overwhelm it. The spices leave a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth, but the ginger note is pretty tasty nevertheless. Needs more balance, or at least more integration.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Des Plaines
Date: "2332 08:30" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Cisco's pumpkin ale is an interesting version of the style, relying more on hop and herbal flavors to complement the malt and pumpkin bill. While intriguing, I found the flavors somewhat off-putting, while the weak mouthfeel does little to make me want to sip more of this. In general, a pumpkin beer I'll avoid in the future.

Pours a nice, 2cm head of off-white foam composed of small bubbles. Recedes to a thick ring around the glass with some whispy foam lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing is moderate, with a few choice swatches along the glass' edges. Body is a transparent copper color with medium-intensity carbonation, streaming up from the bottom center of the glass.

Aroma is moderately hoppy with an herbal tinge, vegetal, a bit compost-like, along with a biscuity, bready aroma that's heavier in the background. An interesting aroma, definitely different from the sweeter, pie-spiced, but perhaps too vegetable and herbal like, and not bready or pie spice enough.

Taste is overall kind of like a pumpkin-y, herbal-hoppy, slightly watered-down caramel malt soup. There's a distinct lack of pie spices here, instead herbal hops are the dominant spicing candidate. Tasting opens with toffee-like malt sweetness with a bit of bitterness and a slight Mid-palate is herbal, modestly bitter, and slightly sweet. Back of palate is more bitter with continued herbal undertones. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, a bit grainy and sweet, with small hints of herbal flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied with medium to medium-low level carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is a fairly smooth, somewhat creamy and foamy beer, but it is also disappointingly watery as the glass wears on. Finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a yeasty overtone and a hint of spice. Pours a clear, dark, bubbly amber with a thick pale wheat head. Malty flavor has a hint of pumpkin and more than a hint of hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has about average body and not a whole lot of fizz. If not the best pumpkin ale, worthy of at least a try.

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Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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