Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 37.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 215 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Webbey
5/5  rDev +43.7%

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.

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Photo of Myotus
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Best pumpkin ale I have tried so far. The spices mix exceptionally well with the pumpkin juice. The slight taste of cranberry seals the deal to create an ultimate pumpkin ale experience.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.79/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

despite critics i actallly looved this beer. Great pumpkin taste and it just hit the spot for me not the best pumpkin beer on the market but a great beer to have during a nice fall day and i think that accounts for something. so really dont knock this beer to you have tried it you could do a lot worse

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Photo of MattM
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

When I drink a pumpkin ale I want to know I'm drinking a pumpkin ale. This is what a pumpkin ale is supposed to taste like. There's nothing subtle about this beer. The pumpkin taste and aroma hit you right away along with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It's like a liquid pumpkin pie minus the terrible sweetness. And you can drink it guilt-free knowing they only use the best, freshest, non-GMO ingredients and sustainable business practices.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfect pumpkin pie aroma and appearance with the turbid orange-brown color. The taste was on target for a pumpkin ale, not too much spice but rich pumpkin with a slightly sour note from the cranberries. Will be picking up more of this one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6% ABV, serve at 45°F best by 15DEC13

A - Bright and clear bronzed amber in color, Pumpkick has a towering ivory head that cakes the glass in lace as it slowly descends.

S - Totally evocative of fall, the aroma is ripe with roasted pumpkin and a myriad of the classic spices from cinnamon and clove to nutmeg and allspice, the latter two posturing the most. Earthy hop notes and sweet caramel malt care underlying but it's hard to smell any cranberry in this pumpkin beer.

T - Surprisingly crisp and clean, the malt base adds little sweetness to this drinkable fall beer opting for the continued forward presence of spice which is trailed closely by pumpkin rind and a suggestion of tart cranberry skin.

M - Easy drinking due to it's lighter body, Pumpkick has a crisp and clean finish that feels more like a lager as it lingers with delicate spice and even more delicate cranberry tartness on the tongue.

O - The presence of the pumpkin and spice is top-notch in Pumpkick, really landing in a flavorful-yet-drinkable zone that's perfect for it's late fall release - not too heavy or sweet but just right. Without a doubt, one of my go-to fall beers this year.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was out visiting a friend in Ann Arbor, MI recently when I spied this on the shelf with my little eye. Never having had one and intrigued by both the upgraded label and the idea of cranberry juice in a pumpkin, I pulled the trigger and brought it back with me.

From the bottle: "What's that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. PUMPKICK is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it's the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that'll have you hunt[ing] and pecking for more."

I Pop!ped the cap and began a somewhat gentle pour since I was unsure if there might be any lees. I need not have worried as I still got just over a finger of dense, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup and a tartness that I would not have otherwise been able to identify as cranberry juice. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was mostly sweet - vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, but with a tart note running through the middle of it. I wonder what inspired the brewers to include cranberry juice. It certainly made it a different pumpkin beer than so many of the others that I have tried. I really overdid it last year, but this revived my interest in the style. Finish was semi-dry with the combination of the spices and the cranberry juice working in tandem to dry it out, but while still retaining some of the initial sweetness.

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Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cranberry was very subtle, but definitely works. More spice than true pumpkin flavor, but this on works and works very well. Had it in a 12oz bottle. I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of tvljr
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For whatever reason I really like this beer. The cranberry adds a perfect touch of sweetness and the rest of the spices are more subtle than most pumpkin ales. One of my favorites of the variety.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a narrow tulip glass.

Nice orange/amber color but poor head retention. Cooked pumpkin meat, cinnamon, and nutmeg on the nose, with just a little cranberry juice if you look for it.

Full bodied with a big pumpkin presence; not squashy and not pumpkin pie, kind of like cooked, slightly sweetened pumpkin puree. A little bright herbalness from the lemongrass, then the cranberry comes in at the end with a mild tartness. Just enough pie spice, and a light caramelly malt presence.

This is my pick for pumpkin beer of the year so far. Lots of pumpkin favor, well balanced, with an interesting contribution from the cranberry. I like it better than this year's DFH Punkin.

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Photo of mschipper
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured straight into pint glass. A: clear Amber with white, 2 finger head that dissipates very slowly. S: pumpkin, apricot, allspice, and a hint of cranberry. T: immediate apricot then the pumpkin and cranberry, and very fine notes of hops right at the end. F: very smooth, could drink these all night if I'm not careful. O: very upscale pumpkin brew, much better than most, another win by New Belgium.

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Photo of weaf
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Gold like a real pumpkin with excellent flavor. Very nice and one of the better pumpkins this season. Wasn't a big New Belgium fan beyond Fat Tire when they came to North Florida but the newer brews are really some of the best I've had from any brewer in a long while.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear dark orange color with off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Big cinnamon, cranberry, nutmeg, and bready notes. Very aromatic and festive.

T- Lots of cranberry, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Some light bready notes.

M- Dry, medium body, prickly carbonation, and smooth.

O- I really dug this unique pumpkin beer offering. The cranberry flavor really added a nice dimension of sweetness with the pumpkin spices.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkick pours a dark reddish color with a small but lacing head. There is a strong pumpkin and nutmeg aroma. The taste has a strong pumpkin and nutmeg flavor, with just hints of sweetness and tartness from the cranberries. Great full body, nice strong complex flavors. Overall a fantastic and fruity pumpkin ale.

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Photo of mchegash
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A clear dark orange color (when held up to a bright light, it's a fantastically brilliant pumpkin orange), with about 1 finger of head upon initial pour, dies down within a minute or so. Can essentially see no carbonation rising through the beer. Normally I like to see a lot of carbonation rising in my beer, but the fact that there is so little in this beer actually makes me intrigued. It makes the beer look super tranquil.

Smell - 4.15/5
Strong nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin smells. The cinnamon seems most prominent. Smells like a nice creamy pumpkin pie.

Taste - 4.2/5
Sweet malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, a tiny bit of hops. Has a bit of a juicy feel to it...I assume this is from the added cranberry juice. I really like how I can still taste the malts in this beer. Given the strength of the aroma, I was really worried about the spices overpowering this beer, but that turned out to not be the case. So many pumpkin ales are just overpowered by the fall spices. But this beer seems like a really nice balance between malty beer taste, and the fall spices. I am really happy with the taste.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
The beer is medium bodied. The carbonation is very light. The beer is nice and creamy, although near the end of the sip there is a more crispy carbonation kick. I think the beer could use a tiny bit more carbonation.

Overall - 4.1/5
Overall, I was very happy with this beer. The color, aroma, and taste of this beer are great. And the beer has great balance in the taste. Normally I don't like New Belgium beers very much, but this one is an exception.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%

A: 3.75 - Clear dark copper color with a moderate (centimeter) head.
S: 4.0 - Lots of cinnamon, a little allspice.
T: 4.25 - tasty! This is on the well-spiced range of pumpkin beers, with a lot of cinnamon, some faint nutmeg. It also has has a pleasant light tartness, which according to the label comes from cranberries. The taste isn't identifiably cranberry--in fact, I thought it was cherry at first--but it does give a subtle fruitiness. Well-attenuated with that finish that's not quite dry, but not sweet either.
M: 4.0 - Soft bodied,
O: 4.5 - NB continues to get further and further from their Belgium heritage, but this is easily my favorite new beer from them in the last few years. It's a well-done pumpkin beer that stands out from the crowd, and is highly drinkable. Too bad they jump from new beer to new beer, and this will probably never be made again. Get it while you can!

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 4.13

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Photo of jera1350
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed with this one (2015 vintage). One of the better pumpkin beers out there. The pumpkin pie spices are really dialed in. Some in the style are just too heavy or lacking in one or more, but this is spot on in the nose and taste. The pumpkin is not gourdy, it's just right also. Fantastic looking beer as the lacing is thick and sticky like a DIPA. Mild tartness from the cranberry, which I wouldn't have picked up on if someone didn't point it out.

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Photo of abastias
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz glass bottle pour to shaker pint glass. ABV: 6% BBD: 02.21.16

A: Clear, pale amber
S: Sweet, spicy, apple sauce, cranberry,.
T: Apple butter, clove, allspice, sourness,
M: Slightly tangy, excellent carbonation, wet with bite.
O: Excellent sweet, sour, spicy profile! Every sip is a revelation. A fall favorite.

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Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pumpkin, hops, sweet malt, nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, hint of sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pumpkin, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight nutmeg, hint of earthy malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, I really like how the pumpkin is more of a addition than the dominant flavor. Also, I enjoy the spices being as subtle as they are in the body; the blend is amazing.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with one fat finger of off white head that lasts . Some lace.
Smells like cinnamon rolls with pumpkin icing.
Taste is much more subdued than the smell. The sweet portion is beaten into shape by a tart almost sour fruit aspect. Ends up fairly well balanced which gives it a long bitter and sour finish. Carbonation level is good also.
Pretty tasty overall. One of the better and more interesting pumpkin beers this year.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing 'Pumpkick' @ 6.0% , first tasted on tap @ GCBF '13 , this review from a couple of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $2.75 each

A-pour is a pale yellow gold from the bottle to clear light amber/orange in the glass with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-sweet smelling Pumpkin Ale ,

T-the addition of cranberries adds a certain tartness to this brew

MF-mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok/good beer , one of the tartest Pumpkin Ales you can find to enjoy this season

prost LampertLand

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed September 21, 2013 at 1418. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nearly no head which whatever it did have dissipated quickly into nothing. Clear goldenrod body.

S: That aroma is outrageously delicious for the season. Cinnamon and nutmeg just boom into the nostrils.

T: Nice pumpkin pie taste pop in throughout and even lingers a bit on the tongue. That nutmeg is the lasting taste of this beer. Grassy bitter notes leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: Don't let this drink warm up too much because that bitterness gets fairly strong. This brew even though delicious should just be classified as a herbed / spiced beer. The pumpkin barely stands out. Quite delicious if not looking for a pumpkin ale and instead looking for a nice spice holiday brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of AnnieMichaele
4/5  rDev +14.9%

This is a GREAT beer. Some pumpkin beers are overpowered by cinnamon and while delicious are not beers you can drink more than one of. Pumpkick is delicious. It has lemon and cranberry undertones and tastes more like a slice of pumpkin bread. It is by far one of the best pumpkin beers I've had!

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