annunz123 (745) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lot of pumpkin beers seem to be in an arms race to figure out which can be the most over-the-top, pumpkin pie in a glass out there. Ciscoís effort is a lot more understated, and, to me, better than most. It starts with a solid base beer flavored primarily with pumpkin, with some nice but not overpowering spice in the finish. If youíre looking for a pumpkin beer rather than a dessert, this is worth checking out.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. I couldnít decipher the freshness date code. It cost $2.50 ($0.21).
Appearance: Flame-orange hue, nearly crystal clear with plenty of active carbonation visible. Pours to a large, eggshell, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Strong aroma of soap and general autumn fall spices - none of which I can individually identify.
Taste: Thereís a certain expectation I have with pumpkin beers. And while I appreciate those that donít taste like every other example of the style, Cisco Pumple Drumkin would be improved upon if it were generic. Iím not quite sure how this is a pumpkin beer as it really doesnít have any of the usual pumpkin flavors or spices. Itís remarkably bitter and has a soapy taste not unlike the aroma indicates (and yes, my mason jar was quite clean).
The base palette is pretty standard for a fall seasonal. A general mťlange of spices, but nothing too intense. No single spice or ingredient seems to stand out, either. The taste is akin to yellow lollipop - slightly sweet and somewhat lemony. Thereís a strong dry bitterness through the middle with a linger astringency. The taste isnít repulsive, but itís not all that appealing, either. Iím not sure what the brewers intentions were with this one.
Drinkability: Iím surprised to see that Cisco Pumple Drumkin is 6% ABV, as it doesnít have all that much body or weight. It drinks and feels like something in the standard sessionable ale range. The mouthfeel is a little thin, rather crisp, with some dryness in the aftertaste. Itís easy to drink, but I see no reason to have another.
N3lson1 (66) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Drank orginally out of a pumpkin into a mug, then drank out of the can. Definitely better when sitting inside a pumpkin for a little bit.
BeerandBlues2 (8481) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can at Velvet Lounge. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma cinnamon, vegetables, cookie and straw malt with earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with light hops and bitterness, spices and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice light spice aroma that has a hint of pumpkin but not too much. This is a pretty tasty pumpkin beer that is light and quite drinkable.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Every year, I try every new pumpkin beer I can easily get my hands on. I donít like pumpkin beer particularly and yet I do this anyway. Is there something wrong w/ me? I say no.
This particular pumpkin ale is a pretty decent one, as far as pumpkin ales go. It is more ale than pumpkin pie and that is a good thing. I like beer better than pumpkin pie. I have beer every single day and pumpkin pie like twice a year. I think this goes for most people around here, call it a hunch. This stuff pours a nice orange amber w/ a thin head of mostly fine bubbles. The nose is a bit of malt, ale yeast and earthy hops. There is a touch of spice but not too much and what I am getting is a very subdued clove but itís really just kind of a general spiciness where you canít pick anything in particular out, which I think works. There is a touch of sweetness here, verging on a little too much, but it is still pretty drinkable overall. The carbonation is gentle and the texture is thick and subdued. I can get behind a bottle or two of this stuff a year, which is probably all I will drink.
Luvystypotables (214) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild almost non-existent aroma, amber caramel colour with a gray head. Mild taste, with a bit of spice. Spicy finish of cinnamon.
bmsulliv (129) - - OCT 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just ate Mahmoud so my taste buds are weaker than usual. Standard red ale with slight pumpkin spice, nothing special
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micmillon18 (25) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - The beer has a deep amber hue while the head is very chunky and lasting. It seems to have the perfect look of a pumpkin ale. Lots of lacing.
S - I might as well be in a pumpkin patch. However its not an artificial pumpkin scent; its very much the real thing and a good thing at that. Some light hints of nutmeg are roaming around as well.
T - Big robust malt character tasting very much of ripe pumpkins with some faint nutmeg spiciness. Thereís almost a vine-like flavor to it, as though youíre tasting every part of the pumpkin. I donít believe Cisco added any kind of concentrate to the beer and that definitely shows. This tastes and feels like a true pumpkin ale. Bitterness is present, a quality some more mainstream pumpkin ale drinkers might not prefer. Ends with flavors similar to dark breads and finishes semi dry.
M - Medium to full bodied; my bottles seemed slightly over carbonated.
O - A good and very natural tasting pumpkin ale. This will be a welcomed addition to my refrigerator each Fall.
smaynard6000 (472) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish gold color with cream colored head. Aroma is wheat with spices and pumpkin. Subtle pumpkin flavor. Light to medium bodied. Decent.