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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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76
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739 Ratings
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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerWizard on 07-30-2013)
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Reviews by Hopswagger:
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

2.84/5  rDev -15%

P: Fuzzy pale orange body with loads of floaters. Looks similar to pond water but lighter. No head formation but did have an off white swirly wake on top.

S: Good pumpkin aroma, metal, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cranberry sauce.

T/M: The spicy pumpkin that is present in the aroma is now shadowed by a big dose of sweet and bitter cranberry. It almost has a vinegar bite to it and interrupts the warming sensation of your typical pumpkin offering. The pumpkin and spices come through for a brief moment then are again masked by an intense metallic taste. Bitter baking cocoa in the midst of this flip flop of flavors. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation.

O: Let me say that I appreciate and understand the concept behind this brew but I really can say it works for me. The cranberry is interesting but ruins the roasty and rich pumpkin and spice flavors expected in a pumpkin beer. This is not anything I would ever purchase again but it wasnt totally horrible considering the take on the style. Again I applaud New Belgium for stepping outside the box. Cheers!

09-15-2013 01:29:38 | More by Hopswagger
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mojohawk21

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-04-2014 02:41:23 | More by mojohawk21
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-03-2013 14:54:21 | More by Turbo
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MadScientist

New York

3.46/5  rDev +3.6%

A: A pretty hazy medium copper beer with an orange hue. My head is a thin raft of long lasting off-white bubbles but I don't know if how the glassware was cleaned could be at fault.

S: Medium pumpkin and caramel malt with some bread malt and spices supporting. There is a moderate fruit ester that much like the spice is complimentary and not oblivious as to the origin.

T: The malt and spice take the led at a moderate level with a blend of pumpkin, crystal malt and some fruit close behind. Some of the lemongrass and cranberry flavors a distinguishable with a light tartness. The spice and some hops bitterness provide the balance against the low malt sweetness. It's a dry beer with a dry finish and a spice aftertaste that mixes with some fruit and pumpkin.

M: Medium bodied with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A good example of a spice, herb, veg beer. A bit more to offer than the typical pumpkin with some interesting additions; I like that neither the spice nor malt took over to overwhelmed the flavors.

08-16-2013 03:05:11 | More by MadScientist
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Tiernan

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.2%

08-15-2013 03:53:32 | More by Tiernan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

08-07-2013 04:01:38 | More by tbryan5
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jonny1138

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

06-21-2014 21:50:17 | More by jonny1138
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beaversfan12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

09-25-2013 16:20:32 | More by beaversfan12
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equinox1

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -10.2%

10-05-2013 01:59:55 | More by equinox1
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chip26

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

07-13-2014 23:44:34 | More by chip26
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) with some malt.

The flavor is some vegetative pumpkin and light spice (mostly cinnamon) with a bit of medicinal bitterness. I don't get much cranberry or lemongrass. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, a bit of a letdown. Might be better if they waited and used real pumpkin rather than releasing in July.

08-06-2013 22:42:19 | More by Beaver13
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

08-28-2013 11:22:57 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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dgfool

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

09-13-2013 05:46:36 | More by dgfool
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Beerswag

California

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-04-2013 03:44:37 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev +4.5%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright amber color, good lacing all the way. Pumpkin, cranberry tannin, spice, bread, and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Solid smoothness, modest but noticeable spicing, pumpkin, light cranberry tartness, muted hops, bread, dry finish.

Pumpkick has a slight edge over the usual pumpkin ales ... the mild cranberry character and good use of spice is just that. Worth a go.

09-22-2013 02:33:12 | More by Jason
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thaghost

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.2%

10-24-2013 03:28:34 | More by thaghost
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Hugh37

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-14-2013 02:27:06 | More by Hugh37
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NOLTERN

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-19-2013 21:07:27 | More by NOLTERN
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-04-2013 01:58:49 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Reddish amber hued. Head is a couple of millimeters thick. Great clarity with this beer. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a touch of cranberry following in the nose. The mouthfeel is moderate as their is some alcohol here, but it is pretty smooth considering all of those ingredients. I get the pumpkin and cinnamon on the palate. At the back I get the spiciness of cinnamon and perhaps from the hops I get the pinpricks on the tongue. I get just shiny of cranberry in the aftertaste. It was used subtly and that was wise. I like a but more pumpkin flavoring in my pumpkin beers, but it's a good brew.

09-02-2013 02:58:02 | More by Franziskaner
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +23.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before 16th of Feb, 14.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy pumpkin aroma with hints of spices along with berries and citrus. Upfront earthy hints of pumpkin. Fall spice hints including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Juicy hints of the cranberries and lemon come through. Bready malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Subtle earthy hop hints. A pretty solid and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a solid earthy taste of pumpkins along with notes of fall spices and added fruits. Upfront taste of pumpkins. Mix of spices including notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. Fruity taste of cranberries along with some lemongrass. Pale malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Earthy hop notes linger in the background. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and fairly drying and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a pumpkin ale. The added fruits mix well with the pumpkin and spices.

10-29-2013 07:20:30 | More by MattyG85
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-14-2013 01:48:45 | More by amstokesdb9
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Hopinho

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-13-2014 00:57:12 | More by Hopinho
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dmk91

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-13-2013 20:39:49 | More by dmk91
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-09-2014 04:49:05 | More by Jeffwildcat
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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.