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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 654 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this one at home - poured into tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle
A - A very pretty copper color with 1 1/2 inches of off white creamy head that settles to about 1/8 inch; decent lacing and a healthy stream of carbonation rising through the glass
S - Very, very mild spice and maybe citrus, almost undetectable though, as are any other aromas; I'm struggling here.
T - This isn't too bad, easy going down, light hop, mild bitter, not much in the way of spice or pumpkin characteristics; not too bad, just doesn't wow me
F - I would say this has just about the right level of carbonation for me; good body,
O - This beer is really up and down. Great look, weak aromas, easy drinking taste, but average comlexity, good body.....seems like a mild IPA. If the label didn't have a pumpkin on it, I wouldn't know the difference.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lwillitz
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 1 finger off-white head over a slightly-cloudy body of deep amber, tons of visible carbonation

S - spices, pumpkin (not very prominent), citrus, grass

T - interesting mix of spices, pumpkin and grainy malt notes, citrusy and grassy notes from the hops, fruity and nutty character, bitter finish

M - highly-carbonated medium body

O - The bitterness is high and the pumpkin is low. Not exactly what I expected from a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of rorjets
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I have been drinking Cisco's beers since they started, but I had yet to try their pumpkin ale. On the pour everything looked great: rich amber color, really nice head, off-white in color, with fine lacing. The pumpkin aroma was very slight, and so, alas, was the taste, which was mostly a hoppy bitterness. I could only make out a little pumpkin flavor, and no spices whatsoever, as the bitterness overwhelmed. If you want your pumpkin ale to taste more like a pale ale, this is for you. But if I get a pumpkin ale I want to taste the pumpkin, and this beer didn't hold it's own in that regard.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Yancey82
3.3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of leansean88
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4/5  rDev +14%

Pours a dark orange amber. Not really any head
A nice well rounded aroma of pumpkin and spices.
The taste matches the aromas. Very good pumpkin ale,
Mouthfeel is good. I would get this one again

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Photo of Hopglow
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Dilbert65
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gww1864
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of tb4475
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a sort of rusty amber with a big eggshell head. Lots of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Spices are up front, along with a pumpkin/squash kind of smell. Also vaguely grassy.

Taste: This strikes me as a spice-forward pumpkin ale. There's some cinnamon and caramel notes, and a kind of clove-like essence throughout. Pumpkin is there, too, but it's not dominant. Definitely not sweet - it has a slightly dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, as one would expect. Easy on the palate.

Overall: Decent autumn beer. I like that it's spiced up front. I had this with some squash tacos and it was a nice autumnal pairing. Not my favorite pumpkin ale - that's still Smuttynose, as of now - but not half bad.

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Photo of Bolivar73
2.52/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of awesomea
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Burnt orange, opaque. An off-white half finger head that leaves fast. Decent lacing.

S: Pumpkin puree, cinnamon, clove.

T: Not much pumpkin here. More orange and citrus-y. Slightly bitter on the finish. A few spices like cinnamon and clove, but not much under the hood.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Some guy at Hop City in Atlanta convinced me to buy this one. He thought it was the shit in pumpkin beers. Wrong! A real waste of sip and money. Pass on this boring offering.

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Photo of dicookie
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BeerLoverCRM
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of Chvck1
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JLB025
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of RavenForBeer
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Hendry
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%

Copper pour, two fingers of khaki head dissipates quickly, minimal lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is classic pumpkin spices, seems well balanced.

Despite the reputation for being one of the hoppier Pumpkin Ales (one reviewer noted Nelson Sauvin hops were advertised: I've seen no such evidence of this claim on the Cisco website), it was not apparent to me. Not as sweet as some of the other offerings I've tried, there is a pleasant balance from sip to swallow that is satisfying.

Medium body, lower level of carbonation, non syrupy in the finish.

Noticing the Julian dating after purchase, I realized Pumple Drumkin was canned mid July, 3+ months before consumption. I'm wondering if there is a hop presence that may have been more noticeable closer to the canning date. Next season I'll seek this one out closer to the canning date to see if the hops are more of a factor. Easy drinking Pumpkin Ale, worth a shot.

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