Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

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Ratings: 1,018 | Reviews: 142
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Photo of Webbey
5/5  rDev +47.5%

I know lots of folks aren't too big on Pumpkin Ales but my goodness you must try this beer. I drank it on tap at my local Pluckers Sports Bar and didn't even drink it slow enough to recall what it looked like.

A piece of liquid pumpkin pie but BETTER.

Photo of exx
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Rich opaque golden copper orange, faintly luminescent. Dense with particulate. Good head retention, no lacing to speak of.

S: Somewhat syrupy sweet smell, an expect-able amount of nutmeg and cinnamon scents but not of any remarkable quality. Mild smell of pumpkin juice. Label advertised as brewed with pumpkin juice rather than with whole pumpkin, so not surprisingly there is nothing complex or exciting here with regards to pumpkin smell, or regards to the cranberry smell. It smells as if Ocean Spray made a watery cranberry/pumpkin juice cocktail.

T: The ocean spray analogy is perfect here, mixed in with a tired and tasteless base. Brewing with fruits should bring out the complex tastes of the fruit and pair it with some exciting malt and grain flavors. "Pumpkick" does not accomplish this. Most notably, there is no "kick" to be found.

M: Shallow, watery. Rolls around the mouth without soaking in.

O: Very disappointing. Pairing pumpkin with cranberry is a fantastic idea and I'd love to see New Belgium do it right. This beer might pair well with a rich Thanksgiving dinner but on its own the shortcomings are too overwhelming to recommend.

Photo of MadScientist
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18%

Appears orange tinted amber in the glass, with a nice beige head forming thick…it looks great even spread lacing brilliant construction to the beer so far.

Aroma I get pumpkin flesh and subtle pumpkin pie spices the label lists them as cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. It mentions in addition to the pumpkin juice and spices that they add lemongrass and cranberry juice. Honestly I couldn’t have picked that up blindly based on the aroma so far. When I focus on cranberry I get a tart earthiness that’s about it no lemongrass notes for me.

Flavor is especially refreshing and well balanced compared to most modern day pumpkin ales on the market this gets high marks for the pure ease of each sip along with a solid balanced spice level and actual pumpkin flavor. Again the cranberry/lemongrass kick this beer has would be hard to pick out blindly but the faint tartness somewhat exotic flavor combinations are there after reading the description on the label.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, what’s beautiful is the semi dry relatively clean finish which lacks the perfume like spice additions that usually kill the finish for me in this style. Even flowing carbonation carries everything just right, I’m happy.

Overall, interesting little twist with masterfully brewed balance in this beer make it a winner in my book, New Belgium seasonals thus far have been a hit for me. I’m glad their token pumpkin ale could do my palate justice just like their hoppy Tour de Fest seasonal did with a nice change of pace from this malt monster fall seasonal slam that most breweries send out in force.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2014 bottle with a BB date stamp of Jan. 2015.

Quite a bit more spicing in the flavor than I get in the aroma. I see this has lemongrass and cranberries too -- these may create the cloudy aromatics. The odd combinations works well in tasting but, with some tartness and lemongrass, this is not your standard pumpkin ale.

Lively, medium-high carbonation befitting the light body.

O: Pleaseant and intersting beer: intersting for both the unusual flavor profile and the mismatch between aroma and flavor.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - burnt orange color coming out of the bottle with very little head on the pour.Lacy does not exist at all.

Smell - I get a bunch of nutmeg and cranberry in the smell

Taste - light cinnamon to begin with some nutmeg and pumpkin. There is a cran kick at the end for sure.

Mouthfeel -nothing outstanding, but very light and sessionable

Overall - this is a fun fall seasonal for sure. Could have called it cran kick. Fun session beer, but I would only drink in the fall. Reminds me of jumping into a pile of leaves

Photo of StuporJew
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Tulip, to capture the nose better.

A - Pours a clear, burnt orange, with a somewhat chunky 1-finger-head, that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a pretty decent amount of lacing that hangs on well.

S - Hints of pumpkin spice, such as nutmeg, and bits of allspice. The malts make an appearance, covering up any hint of the ABV that might be present in this 6% beer.
No cranberry or Lemongrass present, however; this beer hides all the fancy adjuncts well, on the nose. Honestly not too shocked by the aroma, seeing as it smells just like every other mediocre pumpkin ale out there. And why in the seven hells are breweries already releasing fall beers, when it's only August??? Don't they know it's still hotter than Satan's taint here in Texas???

T - Crisp, and smooth, with the spice leading the way. The cranberry DOES add a nice little nip of tartness, and the lemongrass also kicks in a tiny bit of herbal notes, hiding the almost tiny note of hops that likely went into this beer. (Can we say Noble hop varietals, kids??? Not earthy enough to be Styrian Goldings, or Fuggles.) Decent, but once again, nothing to make it stand apart from all the other pumpkin beers out there. Might make a decent pumpkin ale ice cream, though. (If that sounds good, I have a badass recipe I'd be glad to share, although I usually use DFH Punkin or Rogue.)
Meh.

M - Not heavy at all. Decent carbonation. A little lactose sugar might not have hurt this brew, and helped to make it stand out a bit more. Smooth, and easy to drink.
Once again, Meh.

O - Not a terrible experience, but not an amazing one either. This beer delivers what the label promises, at least. In a world full of up-and-coming breweries who push the envelope with fall seasonal / Pumpkin beers, this one stands right in the middle of the road for me. With monsters like Southern Tier Warlock & Pumpking, Saint Arnold Pumpkinator, Rogue Pumpkin Patch, and DFH Punkin out there, this one is decent, but not mind-blowing. However; if you want a pumpkin beer that is light and easy to drink, that also packs a decent punch that just might club you over the head, and then take your wallet when you aren't looking, give it a try. You might not be too impressed, but you won't necessarily be let down either. Cheers!

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Almost a rusty sort of orange with pale red and light brown highlights, this beer's dark color combines with a little haze to bring it very near opacity. The head is a thin, bubbly layer of nearly white foam that keeps at least that, ringing the glass where the beer initially settles and following with spotting.
The nose offers a nicely spiced bouquet with pretty much all the cinnamon and nutmeg one could want without giving too much. There's a hint of crust and a slight inkling of tartness under it.
The flavor brings more of the tartness out, pretty much even with the spicing. Just a ghost of vegetal flesh lies underneath, and the malts do make for a somewhat crusty (but not exactly dry) note. Some dryness does come in with esters and the tang.
The body is an equally crisp and smooth one in a body that starts medium and, while remaining there, drifting toward light as it goes. It starts with little action on the tongue in terms of dryness, which comes into the middle along with something that's not quite acidic but feels similar, though light.

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden/orange color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that or I’m stuffed up. I get very faint notes of malt, brown sugar, and a little bit of pumpkin, but nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Interesting. Much more sour than I was expecting from a pumpkin beer, even more sour than the other pumpkin beers that I’ve had that have included some sourness to their profiles. There is some maltiness with this beer as well as some sweetness, but the sourness just overpowers everything. Not balanced at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is only an OK beer. I’m a big fan of New Belgium, in fact, Fat Tire, Abbey, and 1554 are three of my favorite beers, but I’m not a fan of this beer. In my opinion, there’s no balance here at all, the sourness of this beer just overpowers everything, and I can’t taste much of the malt or sweetness. Sour fans will probably love this beer, but alas, I do not. Sorry New Belgium, this one was a strike out for me.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The beer has a nice copper orange color and a healthy head. The head persists well and leaves a good lacing on the glass. Carbonation is apparent when looking at the beer, but it's not overly fizzy.

The smell is incredibly muted and I really had to search out different aromas. I got a bit of pumpkin and sweetness, but little else. Fortunately, the taste was fuller, offering some pumpking, some cranberry and a bit of nuttiness. There wasn't much in the way of spice and this was a welcome change from most other pumpkin beers.

There was a bitter dryness at the finish for this beer and that wasn't something I was crazy about. Also, the carbonation and thin body weren't what I look for in a beer. A bit too much like drinking a soda.

This beer is just okay and not something I'd have again, not even in the fall when pumpkin beers are all the rage.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Beer Revolution - this one was a bit hard to track down around here.

This beer appears a clear, medium copper amber colour, with one thick finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly dissolve.

It smells of semi-sweet, fleshy pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon spice, bready caramel malt, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sugary, pastry-like caramelized malt, pureed pumpkin, rather mild earthy seasonal spices - maybe some ginger, maybe some allspice - a touch of white pepper, and leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly peppy, with a swirling frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and plainly smooth, the spices affecting things seemingly from beyond. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin continuing to meld into the base caramel malt, as the pie-friendly spices carry on fading out.

A so-so, and kind of underwhelming version of the style, as the pumpkin and spice alike seem to be phoning it in. Not sure that I'm overly content paying premium Canadian prices for this, when I could have had it for a song a few weeks ago in Denver.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date of 01/18/15

Appearance - Pours semi-clear and rusty orange in color with a half finger of off-white head. Sub-par retention results in a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edges.

Smell - Pumpkin and cinnamon hit the nose first, along with a healthy amount nutmeg and pie crust. Faint berry tartness from the cranberries begins to surface a the brew warms.

Taste - Pumpkin kicks things off, but is quickly met by the cranberry tartness and the spice combo of cinnamon and nutmeg which peak mid-taste. A baked pie crust / bisquit-like character hits near the finish, while hints of minty freshness touch in the finish and roll into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Goes down easy enough and with a decently crisp finish, but nothing too outstanding.

Overall - A damn solid pumpkin brew from New Belgium. The cranberry twist livens up this pumpkin ale without compromising its integrity to the style. If you're looking for something with a unique take on the usual pumpkin ale, give this one a go.

Photo of augustgarage
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before December 10th, 2013 - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Ruddy gradient of tangerine to burnt orange capped by four fingers of beige mousse. Dense rocky head creeps out of the glass. Superior retention.

The spices are center-stage in the nose, though gently so. Low vegetal notes from the pumpkin and a distinctive yet vague briskness reveals the cranberry for just a moment. Low malt, no real hop notes.

Cranberry cuts through the pumpkin on the palate, wiping out any nuances it might provide - even the spices only play a modest supporting role, barely detectable until the cranberry fades in the finish. Slight malt rounds out the flavor profile suggesting just a hint of toast and leaves which is fitting for an Autumn beer.

Creamy, medium-light bodied, and a bit over-carbonated (a problem I've only had recently with New Belgium's offerings - hopefully this will be corrected soon).

Once you adjust, this is a decent and almost refreshing ale, though it is decidedly a novelty beer which I am unlikely to revisit.

Photo of alphagnome
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pours a nice, rusty orange color with a surprisingly thick head that hangs around for some time. Respectable lacing and possibly the most amount of carbonation I've seen to date in a beer. Light sediment.

Aroma:
Allspice on a light caramel malt. Faint hints of pumpkin flesh and cranberries are present.

Taste:
Quite dull, considering the potential. Spice up front and cranberry tart on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Body is thin and uninspiring. Although the appearance of carbonation is admirable, there isn't much present.

Overall:
The potential is there and I wanted to like it, but I wish everything was more potent and more expressive. Worth a try, but there are much better pumpkin beers available - hopefully the tweak this one for next year.

Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep amber upon pouring, with an average-sized head of white foam. Attractive fence-row-lattice lace.

Nose is spices, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, and of course pumpkin. Little trace of the cranberry here, easily overwhelmed by the spice and pumpkin. Nice.

Taste - Mild pumpkin and spice, with a hint of tart cranberry underneath it all. It’s a well-balanced mix, and Pumpkick is an easy-to-drink, light-bodied pumpkin ale that maybe isn’t huge or overwhelming, but is quite drinkable and one I’d easily purchase again.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light orange with ok lacing. Looks nice in the the snifter. Definitely too thin for a pumpkin though.

Smell: Lots of nutmeg and not much else. Nice sweetness but too one-note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More nutmeg. Very citrusy. Orange juice and rind are both present. Slightly acidic and sour. Probably the lightest mouthfeel of any pumpkin beer I've had.

Overall Drinkability: It's not that there is too much nutmeg, it's that there is really nothing but nutmeg. Reminds me of an extra-spiced Blue Moon.

Photo of DoctorsOrders
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Subtle notes of nutmeg make this beer a nice reminder of fall, but not too overwhelming.

Photo of RickS95
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's almost there. I want more darkness, more brown in a pumpkin ale. This is close, but it's a bit IPA looking. It's brownish orange instead of brown with an orange tint. The head is gorgeous, a couple fingers of white to slightly offwhite bubbles. Retains wells and leaves an attractive lace behind.

The smell works, though I didn't pick up anything resembling cranberry...or pumpkin for that matter. However, they got the spices down. Plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, allspice and some cloves thrown in (pumpkin pie anyone), but it never overpowers the malt bill. Still, no pumpkin and no cranberry.

Unfortunately, not only can I not taste much in the way of pumpkin, but even the spices are fairly muted and subdued. The cranberry makes an appearance, but it's mostly in the tart feel and not in flavor. Not awful, but somewhat disappointing; still it's clearly a fall seasonal (despite the mid-90 degree temps).

A bit spicy and slightly tart, which is welcome given the sweetness of the malt and pumpkin juice (why no real pumpkin?). No hoppy bitterness, though the spices and acid from the cranberry seems to take care of that. Medium bodied. Grainy. Carbonated, dryish finish. No sign of alcohol.

I liked this better than I expected (I'm not a fan of New Belgium). Most pumpkin ales are hit or miss and this is closer to hit than miss. A good beer, just could have done some things differently to make it better. Easy to drink, not a session beer, but the alcohol that is there is very well hidden. I bought a sixer and I'm pretty happy I didn't go for the single.

Photo of J-beer
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

For this style I like it a lot. Not very heavy on the spices a tiny tart of cranberry and very smooth.

Photo of russpowell
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Got this as part of a mixed sixer, BBD date of 22 Dec 13

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed orange/caramel with a thumb of cram colored head. Slightly better than average head retention & lacing

S: Big-time pumpkin pie spicyness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of cranberry tartness up front. More cranberry & too much spice as this warms, plus a bit of lemon juice. Finishes thin with cranberry tartness

MF: Light bodies with lively carbonation

This had some flavors that might've panned out had it not been so thin & devoid of body.
New Belgium has really let me down lately, this is one to avoid, a bad example of a style that has plenty of clunkers

Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Pours a beautiful deep golden-brown-orange color. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Decent head and lacing. Too much spice and it took away from the pumpkin flavor which was hard to distinguish. Ok, but not one of their best !

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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