Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cisco Pumple Drumkin

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (999) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013


I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. I couldn’t 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: There’s a certain expectation I have with pumpkin beers. And while I appreciate those that don’t taste like every other example of the style, Cisco Pumple Drumkin would be improved upon if it were generic. I’m not quite sure how this is a pumpkin beer as it really doesn’t have any of the usual pumpkin flavors or spices. It’s 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 mélange 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. There’s a strong dry bitterness through the middle with a linger astringency. The taste isn’t repulsive, but it’s not all that appealing, either. I’m not sure what the brewers intentions were with this one.

Drinkability: I’m surprised to see that Cisco Pumple Drumkin is 6% ABV, as it doesn’t 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. It’s easy to drink, but I see no reason to have another. 
Grade: 5/10