Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 1,021
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 5.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 130 | 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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Photo of Webbey
5/5  rDev +44.1%

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. (252 characters)

Photo of Myotus
5/5  rDev +44.1%

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. (186 characters)

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.79/5  rDev +38%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of MattM
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

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. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
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. (1,596 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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. (704 characters)

Photo of weaf
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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. (268 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (1,597 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +19%

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 (947 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (1,294 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
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 (535 characters)

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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. (1,632 characters)

Photo of AnnieMichaele
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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! (295 characters)

Photo of AdrianAltine
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Very nice beer smooth pumpkin tastes with a heavy finish of Nutmeg. I like Nutmeg so I liked the beer others that were looking for a strong pumpkin need to look elsewhere, but I will buy it again. It also has a new label for 2014 that was quite entertaining. (258 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Brewed with Pale, Munich, Caramel malts, Pumpkin juice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cranberries, Lemongrass. Hopped with Target. 6.0% ABV

Pours out to a slightly chill hazed light amber, forming a nice big creamy light yellow head with superior retention and thick lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs or so. The aroma is quite nice, one gets the obvious cinnamon and ginger, but I actually get cranberry and orange as well. Delicate, very nice nose. Mouthfeel is smooth lightly tart, with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...the cranberry comes through nicely as well as the spices. Thankfully, the spices are not overpowering like many pumpkin beers. The malt base is a bit flimsy. I'd like to see mostly munich and some biscuit malt along with a little darker crystal like 40 to accent the toasty sensation of the pie crust. It needs a touch more residual sugars or perceived sweetness and body to be balanced, but still, this is much better than most pumpkin beers. Bitterness is very mild, which is a must in this style of beer. No perceptable off flavors or aromas.

A very nice fall seasonal. I don't think I've ever had a pumpkin beer that makes me want to buy a 6'er, but this comes pretty close.
L=4.25, A=4.25, T=4.0, MF=3.75, D=4.0 (1,276 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of pumpkin, spices, and fruit.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, malt, a little bit of cinnamon, and some cranberry. A solid flavor. You would think the cranberry would be intrusive, but its presence is fairly muted. Not bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly harsh finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a nice example of a pumpkin ale. I'm at a loss to explain the low score it has on this site. Still, a drinkable beer. (645 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is cinnamon/spices, mild vegetative notes and hints of pumpkin and cranberries. The flavor is pumpkin, cranberries, mild spices, fruit and a tart finish. The cranberries were different for the style; as a whole this was pretty good pumpkin ale. (250 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours slightly hazy amber with lots of visible tiny bubbles and a thin, off-white head. The aromas of pumpkin and cranberry are present. I also get some mild earthiness and along with the cinamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The taste follows the nose. The spice is present in the front and back along with plenty of pumpkin and cranberry. You would never guess this beer is 6% ABV. The body is medium to full with spritzy carbonation. This beer still drinks pretty easy despite that. This is a very good beer. (513 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a slightly hazy orangish copper color. A sudsy cream colored head calms to a film with a thick patch in the center. Light consistent lacing.

The aroma is almost citrusy, but cranberry comes through the most. Faint cinnamon on the back end.

Taste is more of a pumpkin body than was ever found in the aroma. A spicy note on the backside with tart cranberries.

Mouthfeel is both bright and slightly creamy.

Overall, I like this version of the pumpkin ale a lot. The cranberry is refreshing. (544 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

12 ounce bottle, enjoy by 18 JAN 15 on label (drank on September 13th). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like pumpkin, clove, and cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some nutmeg, tart cranberry and some earthiness. The cranberry gets stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. It's also easy to drink. I think it's a good pumpkin ale overall, the addition of the cranberry puts a nice spin on it. I enjoyed it! $8.99 a 6-pack. (674 characters)

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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