Island Reserve: Rumple Drumkin | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: Rumple DrumkinIsland Reserve: Rumple Drumkin

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with smoked pumpkins and spices, then aged in ex rum barrels.

Added by Jason on 05-12-2013

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Creamy thick almost 1 finger head fades semi slowly decent lacing, hazy yeast chunk reddish brown color.

Nose spices, lots of spices, light sour infection-like aroma, sweet candy malts, caramel, light baked pumpkin pie and smoked gourd.

Taste lame vegetal flavor, bitter spices and plenty of them, bitter earthy spicy hops with the candy baking spices, chewy nougat and caramel, some baked pumpkin but not a lot, weird syrupy mess. Also some smoked flavors, again the vegetal gourd that was smoked, and a tannic bitter taste with that. Touch of a rummy flavor. Finish is sweet but drier, more bitter spices and light sourness, bit more smoked gourd.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall blech. Not very tasty, I even had trouble finishing my small pour. Lots of poor flavors crammed into one bad beer.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of MRsojourner
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

orange/brown and hazy with a thick three inch head that sticks around for some time.
aroma is superb with an array of vanilla, cinnamon, mulled cider and some island rum.
taste is definitely pumpkin in a squashy way but it comes across as organic with a touch of smokiness and some earthy hops. woody tannins make the beer feel dry
it's a medium mouthfeel leaning toward the thin side but definitely quaffable,
I find myself wishing it was a bit thicker in the mouthfeel and wanting to taste the rum barrel more. excellent thought, decent execution. hope the abv gets bigger next year

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Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured from the 750ml into a large chalice. Dark amber bodied with a creamy off-white head. Retention is nice and fairly thick webs of lace surround the glass.

S- Heavily smoky, campfire feel along with notes of pumpkin pie spices. Fruitiness with an apple feel, fresh oak wood and really not much here for me. The smoke makes everything else hazy. Brown sugar and caramel malts.

T- Like the nose, the flavor opens up with notes of burning logs of wood and the strong smoke that results, it has a distinctly different feel from smoked malts. The base beer is comprised of some fruity yeast byproducts, light toasted malts and some pumpkin feel, maybe accentuated by the smoking process, burnt campfire vegetables. The barrel adds some oak and light rum hints. Slight tartness, not sure where that comes from.

MF- Foamy, silky moderately thick body. Carbonation is a at a medium level and overall everything is smooth. Smoky bitter feel lingers on the palate.

The smoked pumpkins throws this whole thing off for me. An aroma of burnt logs and smoke really overshadows everything else. What I can pick out of the base beer doesn't really impress either. Seems oxidized as well.

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Smokey grapefruit hop nose, flavor is spicy, smokey, not much pumpkin with a lingering grapefruit hop aftertaste. $11.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Smells like it's going to be sour. Doesn't taste sour. Mostly getting clean wood smoke and a hint of cinnamon spice. Not getting any hint of rum flavor. Short, dry finish. Not particularly flavorful but I expected this to be a 1000 times worse. It's drinkable for me.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of SFC21
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of JKV96
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Burnt red-orange color, hazy. Beige head retains well, and can be revived by swirling the glass even after it settles. Small dots of lacing.

S: Pumpkin and allspice. Smoked malts are very subtle, as is the faint woody barrel contribution and hollow whiff of light rum. Very muted and drab considering what is expected of such bold ingredients.

T: Pumpkin and plenty of allspice on the attack. Smoked malts take over rather quickly with a rush of campfire and smoke that comes on just a tad too strong. Malt is hard to perceive underneath the smoke, but it lends a nice toastiness. Drying oak toward the back end with a ghost-like taste of light rum. Dry smokey finish with pumpkin and plenty of allspice.

M: Lightish medium body. Creamy and smooth, though perhaps too thin. It does just enough. Moderate carbonation.

O: The base beer just is not robust enough to lend enough character. The smoke comes on a touch too strong and tips the balance. At least they were careful not to let the barrel overwhelm it. I'd like to see a heftier malt body next time around.

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Photo of MA08
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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2/5  rDev -39.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/15/13 notes. Had this on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. 14 oz. pour into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber-orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks as expected, same as Pumple Drumkin.

s - Smells of rum, sticky sweet dark fruits, pumpkin, dough, spices, pepper, some light smoke, and bready malts. Pretty nice, liking the sweetness from the rum barrels and the smoke.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, dough, rum, oak, vanilla, sticky sweet dark fruity malts, earthy notes, spice, smoke, bready malts, toasted malts, and light caramel malts. Taste definitely has more pumpkin, and less smoke, with about the same amount of rum and sweet fruit as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, body is pretty smooth and creamy. Pretty easy to drink body.

o - Overall while this isn't my favorite pumpkin ale or Cisco beer, I think it is miles above the base beer, Pumple. Less spice and pepper and more sweet rum and fruit makes this a much better beer for me. Girlfriend loved it, would suggest checking out if you like pumpkin ales.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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Island Reserve: Rumple Drumkin from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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