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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
77
okay

941 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 99 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.4%

Alexincj7, Aug 18, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

Brokejaw, Oct 08, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of IPhantom
1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

IPhantom, May 03, 2014
Photo of hardy008
1.73/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

hardy008, Nov 14, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -48.2%

MinorThreat, Aug 30, 2013
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1.76/5  rDev -47.9%

Jessica509, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Sazz9
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Sazz9, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of SassieCassie
2/5  rDev -40.8%

It's definitely not bad tasting, but it is a poor representation of the style. The fruit juices added and the abundance of cinnamon make it taste more like a mulled cider than a pumpkin beer.

SassieCassie, Oct 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

ninaturner, Sep 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

wiegs4life, Oct 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

dougfir, Oct 10, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Gotti311, Nov 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

I bit to much of a pumpkin taste for me. I prefer something more subtle pumpkin taste. I like pumpkin ales with some other spice taste to compliment the pumpkin.

gilstrac, Sep 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

e30todamax, Aug 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

BeerMeColorado, Sep 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Notacraftdrinker, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of exx
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
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
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2.24/5  rDev -33.7%

Woppy5, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
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
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

switzer, Sep 13, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Oct 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

bongobeer, Sep 14, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

Roland45s, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

harrymel, Aug 21, 2013
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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.