Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Chiefy770:
2.93/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Poured from a bottle (DEC 22 2013 freshness date) into a nonic pint glass.
A foamy, bubbly white head sat on top of a golden-orange body, a color very similar to apple cider. The head dissipated quickly and left good lacing.
Sweet spices, cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin pie filling dominate the nose. I picked up a slight hint of malts too. The taste is quite similar. The spices hit the tongue first. You get a subtle hint of the cranberry juice in the aftertaste. The body is relatively light. Pumpkin does not necessarily dominate this beer, much more flavor from the spices. Carbonation is mild, leaning towards the high side.
Overall: Pumpkin ales are pretty hit-or-miss. Pumpkick is definitely not as heavy as other pumpkin ales. The flavors are good but they seemed a little off to me. New Belgium's take on the pumpkin ale is a solid effort but they seem to focus more on infusing this beer with a pumpkin desert flavor rather than a more straight-forward hit of pumpkin... this is not bad, it is just something to take note of.
Bottom Line: Pumpkick strikes me as more of a novelty seasonal beer, jumping on the Pumpkin flavored (insert food or drink here) bandwagon. It is not bad, in fact it is much better than I expected. Obviously those who do not like pumpkin flavored drinks or food should avoid this beer. It is not overwhelming but this tasted more like a spiced fall beverage than a beer. If you are a fan of the style, go for it.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2013 22:41:10 | More by Chiefy770
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