Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #21 & #20

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #21 and #20 in the countdown!

Cisco pumple drumkin

#21: Cisco Pumple Drumkin

Producer: Cisco Brewers; Nantucket, MA
Beer Name: Pumple Drumkin
Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz)
ABV: 6%
Appearance: Pale amber, hazy, small foamy off-white head
Aroma: Pumpkin, faint spice, cinnamon, nutmeg
Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a pale, hazy amber with a small foamy off-white head.The aroma is faint with pumpkin and spice, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through. The taste is light with bitterness from the pumpkin and spice in the middle. It finishes smooth with some faint lingering bitterness on the palate. It is medium-bodied, enough to hold up the flavor, but not overly heavy. It is slightly effervescent but has a nice mouthfeel, coating the palate. This beer is solid, but I wanted a little more out of it. It has a nice malt backbone and a good balance of pumpkin and spice but it could have gone bigger and bolder.

 

 hardywood pumpkin

#20: Hardywood Park Farmhouse Pumpkin

Producer: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery; Richmond, VA
Beer Name: Farmhouse Pumpkin (Reserve Series)
Price Range: $12.99/bottle (750 ml)
ABV: 8.5%
Appearance: Pale orange, slightly hazy, very little to no head
Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg
Virginia Pour House Review: This beer pours a mostly clear but slightly hazy pale orange with very little head. The aroma isn’t very strong but I get hints of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste contains a lot of pumpkin spice with slight hints of pumpkin fruit. The most distinguishable flavors are cinnamon and nutmeg, with slight hints of ginger. The description of the beer says that it was brewed with rye, wheat, and barley, fermented with saison yeast, and flavored with Virginia sugar pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger root. I think the problem with this beer is that there are too many flavors in it. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger overwhelm the overall flavor and you end up only getting hints of the toasted pumpkin. As with other pumpkin beers that I have tasted this year, there simply isn’t enough pumpkin flavor, but it’s still a pretty solid offering.

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #21 and #20 in the countdown! #21: Cisco Pumple Drumkin Producer: Cisco Brewers; Nantucket, MA Beer Name: Pumple Drumkin Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz) ABV: 6% Appearance: Pale amber, hazy, small foamy off-white head Aroma: Pumpkin, faint spice, cinnamon, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a pale, hazy amber with a small foamy off-white head.The aroma is faint with pumpkin and spice, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through. The taste is light with bitterness from the pumpkin and spice in the middle. It finishes smooth with some faint lingering bitterness…

Review Overview

Cisco Pumple Drumkin - 80
Hardywood Park Farmhouse Pumpkin - 84

82

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