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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

977 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 106 | 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 smalenberg:
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

smalenberg, Sep 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
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.

Webbey, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of exx
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

exx, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mojohawk21, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Turbo, Nov 03, 2013
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.

MadScientist, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Tiernan, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

tbryan5, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +18%

sabitu, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of jonny1138
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of beaversfan12
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

beaversfan12, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of equinox1
3/5  rDev -11.5%

equinox1, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of chip26
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

chip26, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Beaver13, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -11.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of dgfool
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Beerswag, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jason, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

reitzbrewing, Wednesday at 01:47 AM
Photo of ryancl
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ryancl, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of thaghost
3/5  rDev -11.5%

thaghost, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Hugh37, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of NOLTERN
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Franziskaner, Sep 02, 2013
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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.