Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing
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1.73/5 rDev -48.2%
Orange with a one finger off white head with decent retention and lacing. the aroma has cranberry juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and something I couldn't pick out until I looked at the bottle - lemongrass. I had no idea all this was in the beer when I picked up the single bottle, or I would have left it on the shelf.
I can taste the cranberry juice, lemon grass, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin, as mentioned on the bottle. Wow, this is really bad. The only thing going for this beer is the fact that it is also somewhat bland. Not a good combination of flavors. A regular pumpkin beer with no cranberry juice or lemongrass would have been a lot better.
Light bodied and over carbonated. Not worth seeking out.
11-14-2013 00:54:17 | More by hardy008
2.2/5 rDev -34.1%
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.
09-29-2013 20:53:51 | More by exx
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
2.3/5 rDev -31.1%
It's fucking August and not only is this out, but nearly sold out at my local. I hate beer.
Best by 01DEC13
Amber with a solid quilt of near bone white foam. Smells of allspice, cranberry juice, some grain and plenty more cranberries, but sweet. Too bad the cranberries aren't more like Serendipity - that was a yummy beer. Flavor is malt, mild spice, raisin, sweet, muddled overall and kinda bland....even for a pumpkin beer. Medium bodied with light carb and a wet finish. This beer was subpar.
08-21-2013 06:24:13 | More by harrymel
2.38/5 rDev -28.7%
A: A thin white head of small white bubbles rests atop a body the color of burnished gold. Small islands of lacing forms to the glass but only a few bubbles stay. The body has very good transparency.
S: It smells like cooked pumpkin. Not the spices of pumpkin pie, but more specifically the pumpkin. If you've ever just cooked pumpkin you'll recognize it. I'll probably sound crazy for saying this but it smells like the drippings from an oven cooked turkey as well...a bit of clove comes through and that probably contributes a good deal, but it's more than that. That's just how it smells to me. Mostly it's very muted when it comes to scents though. Again it doesn't really smell like the "standard" pumpkin pie spice smell of pumpkin beers.
T: There is very little flavor here and it is highly disappointing. There is a hint of light earthy flavor and extremely mild hop bitterness. I pick up a hint of what might be cinnamon but it's not worth even trying to identify it at this point. The label says it's brewed with cranberry juice...I have to call them out on that one because I don't taste it all. The spices are barely there, the beer itself hangs around like a wallflower, and the flavor of pumpkin (as weak as it is) is stronger than anything else. It's just off-balanced and not pleasant tasting.
M: The mouthfeel is nearly there. It's very light and thin, but the mild hop bitterness contributes positively to the mouthfeel. I would say that they need to increase the mouthfeel, but they are dead on with bitterness. Carbonation feels right too, but again the beer is too thin.
O: I would not feel honest if I rated this beer at anything above 2.5 overall. The flavor isn't there, the mouthfeel is nearly there but too weak, and there is much to be desired on the scent. I wouldn't recommend the beer.
08-09-2013 23:58:52 | More by teromous
2.41/5 rDev -27.8%
1 finger head lasts 1 minute. Smells tinny at first and then after a few wiffs I can smell the cranberry. Lots of tiny small cranberry bits at the bottom. Cloudy appearance. Fruity aroma but without the fruity taste. Nice reddish orange color. Fresh taste that is a bit thin and dry. Slightly acidic with a fair amount if carbonation. I can't taste any pumpkin nor anything else for that matter. Refreshing but not much going on. Still don't know why they call this pumpkick as there is absolutely no pumpkin whatsoever. Should have called it cranberry kick. It's a so so beer that to me is better enjoyed in the summer. If you are a pumpkin fan this will be a big disappointment. But not too bad as a dessert beer paired with fruit.
11-26-2013 02:38:25 | More by Richardbeerlover
2.45/5 rDev -26.6%
Appearance: Amber beer on the darker side. A little bit of head on the edges and on the surface of the beer. Why is there lemon in a fall pumpkin beer? But non the less resembles most of the pumpkin ales.
Smell: Spices, and pumpkin. A little bit of lemon too. Exactly what i'd expect from a pumpkin ale.
Taste: Spices are very obvious as you sip this beer. Then there is an alcohol taste. This isn't sweet, nor is it bitter. Almost no pumpkin tasted. A bit disappointing.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, and a thick beer to boot. This is a bad combination.
Overall: I wasn't expecting much from this beer. And i am not surprised. Great start, but tough ending. Taste brings down mouthfeel, and thats all she wrote.
08-26-2013 00:25:39 | More by Fergyx825
Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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