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.