Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 129 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 12/1/13.

Pours an murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin pie spice, and slight cranberry aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart berry and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells pretty good with the pumpkin pie spices working well with the cranberry, but the taste of these two aspects does not mesh all that well in my opinion.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Halloween is for armatures. Real Pumpkin Ale aficionados prefer Thanksgiving! -at least that's what New Belgium is going for in its new fall classic- PumpKick!

The common camel coloration takes on an orangy tinge to play toward the pumpkin influence. But as a somewhat amber-ish ale it stands tall with a creamy off-white head. With semi-stern retention and broken collars of lace, the ale casts a frothy sense for a classy ale appearance.

Sharp and spicy in aromas, the notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all balance against a caramel and nuts in its initial aroma. As it warms, a notion of graham crackers and zinfindale emerge. The graham crackers are all about the malt character and spice but that wine-like note is a tangy sense of cranberry and alcohol- who knew?

To taste, the beer is less intense than the aromas or its appearance suggests. Its light caramel and cola nut taste is lightly buttery, biscuity, nutty and toasty- seemingly of bread crust. And the layers of spice contribute bold cinnamon and milder clove, nutmeg and allspice in order to achieve balance in the absence of meaningful hops. Trailing with a lightened taste, none of that lingers in finish. Instead the beer shuts close early with only an echo of spice and starch.

Its texture is light, airy and playful. Even as the carbonation fades, so does the sweetness so that the ale grows together over the course of the session. Its middle is spicy on the soft tissues of the mouth while the malt structures are slow to recede. To finish, the ale is malty-dry, spicy and highly drinkable- largely due to the forgotten acidity that cranberry leaves behind.

Let the beginners have Pumpkin Ales for Halloween. But the pros will reserve a few of the best ones for Thanksgiving. And that's where this ale belongs. We get the links of food flavor to beer flavor and get an added bonus of carbonated acidity to cleanse the palate: making it ideal for that savory and variant Thanksgiving dinner!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

why such bad reviews? this is made with pumpkin juice and cranberry juice. never heard of juicing a pumpkin, but it seems to work well in this new seasonal. the pour is as one would expect, orange tinted, mostly clear, bubbly, and with an inch of so of lazy white head. it smells a little tart from the cranberry, and I taste that element first too. the pumpkin is in the second half of both aroma and flavor, and its gentle, not overly spiced or covered up with sugar or too big of a malt, I think that aspect of this beer is quite well done. there is lemongrass too supposedly, which I guess must contribute this tropical lightness that's not usually found in fall beer. well carbonated too, it stays light despite all the robust flavors. pumpkin beer with a twist, not totally successful, but an enjoyable take on the fall classic. I will buy more this season for sure.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Beer Revolution - this one was a bit hard to track down around here.

This beer appears a clear, medium copper amber colour, with one thick finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a decent array of snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly dissolve.

It smells of semi-sweet, fleshy pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon spice, bready caramel malt, and tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sugary, pastry-like caramelized malt, pureed pumpkin, rather mild earthy seasonal spices - maybe some ginger, maybe some allspice - a touch of white pepper, and leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly peppy, with a swirling frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and plainly smooth, the spices affecting things seemingly from beyond. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin continuing to meld into the base caramel malt, as the pie-friendly spices carry on fading out.

A so-so, and kind of underwhelming version of the style, as the pumpkin and spice alike seem to be phoning it in. Not sure that I'm overly content paying premium Canadian prices for this, when I could have had it for a song a few weeks ago in Denver.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Alright, is there some place where I can get a bottle (or can or carton or whatever) of pumpkin juice? Am I missing something? I didn't even know you could juice a pumpkin... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-bronze topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises white toast, a pinch of clove, a half-pinch of cinnamon, a half-dash of brown sugar, mild caramel, and a strange mini-undertow of what seems like chicken gravy. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices all blending together into a muddled stream of near-nothingness that culminates in a gulf of rather hard water. This also serves to water down the caramel a bit. Still no sign of the cranberry (though there is a tinge in the back of the finish, but that could just be psychosomatic). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty meek little beer, one that not only doesn't bring the spice, but one that doesn't really try to express itself in much of any way. Boo this.

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Got this as part of a mixed sixer, BBD date of 22 Dec 13

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed orange/caramel with a thumb of cram colored head. Slightly better than average head retention & lacing

S: Big-time pumpkin pie spicyness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of cranberry tartness up front. More cranberry & too much spice as this warms, plus a bit of lemon juice. Finishes thin with cranberry tartness

MF: Light bodies with lively carbonation

This had some flavors that might've panned out had it not been so thin & devoid of body.
New Belgium has really let me down lately, this is one to avoid, a bad example of a style that has plenty of clunkers

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18%

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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Ale brewed with pumpkin juice, Cranberry juice and spices." Fall seasonal. 6% ABV confirmed. Best before: 01/12/14. Serve at 7 C/45 F.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical New Belgium label art and standard branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given both the brewery (whose seasonals tend to underwhelm) and its current ratings.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Decent frothiness. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent transparent pale yellow-copper of average vibrance. Abundant floating particles of some sort are plainly visible suspended in the beer, but they look nothing like most yeast particles I've seen. Curious.

A generally appealing beer for the style. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Generic pumpkin notes; quite underwhelming for a pumpkin ale. Where're the evocative gourd and skin notes? It doesn't seem to bring the pumpkin as much as it ought to.

I get a dash of cranberry. The spicing is nice, too, with notes off allspice, nutmeg, and maybe cinnamon. Plenty of bready malts as well as biscuit malts and a dash of brown malts. Any hop character is minimal and generic.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. The spicing is dominant, to its detriment.

A passable pumpkin ale aroma of mild strength. I hope the flavour profile brings more pumpkin to the table than the aroma suggests.

T: Starchy bland malts comprise the body (or lack thereof, I guess). Caramalt, biscuit malt, bready malts, clean barley. Spices are present but largely unevocative and shallow; I get allspice, nutmeg, and maybe some cinnamon. A dash of artificial cranberry juice comes through, but the pumpkin note is weak and pathetic - no gourd, no skin, no depth, just shallow pumpkin preserve. Quite a mediocre build for a pumpkin ale; why brew a beer in this style if you aren't going to emphasize the pumpkin? Has cohesion, but I wouldn't call it balanced per se. It's certainly not gestalt. Structurally, the third act feels pretty empty; there's not much happening.

Depth of flavour is quite shallow. Flavour duration and intensity are below average to average for the style.

No hop presence is obvious. I don't get any yeast character or alcohol. If I had to guess, I'd suspect an American yeast was used - it's clean enough to feel Belgian but doesn't have the rustic edge and full feel.

On the sweeter end. A boring and fairly bland flavour profile overall.

Constructively, adding some brown sugar and clove to the recipe might help. That, and more damn pumpkin - actual pumpkin.

Mf: Lightly coarse. Wet. Unrefreshing. Lacks body. Thickness is off. Bad presence on the palate; I don't feel like the flavours are being fully delivered. Not particularly soft. Even a biteen watery; it's certainly too wet. Quite shallow. Doesn't suit the flavour profile particularly well.

It's not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: It's downable, sure. But it's as uninspired a pumpkin ale as you'll come across. If you're going to brew a beer with pumpkin, brew a beer with pumpkin - own it. Commit to pumpkin as the core of the beer, or risk brewing something as bland and disappointing as this. It's a quaint change of pace for the casual drinker, but true appreciators of the style require more. A no-risk beer from New Belgium that I won't be trifling with again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

In its defense, it does hide its ABV well, and I think the idea of using cranberry as well as pumpkin was a good one. Ultimately, it's on the low side of average.

Would age poorly; the pumpkin will recede still further.

Low C

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 12/8/2013. Pours very hazy orange amber color with a small off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light cranberry, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes with slight cranberry presence; and good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and pumpkin flavors; with nearly zero cranberry presence and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale. All around well balanced malt, spice, and pumpkin flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2014 bottle with a BB date stamp of Jan. 2015.

Quite a bit more spicing in the flavor than I get in the aroma. I see this has lemongrass and cranberries too -- these may create the cloudy aromatics. The odd combinations works well in tasting but, with some tartness and lemongrass, this is not your standard pumpkin ale.

Lively, medium-high carbonation befitting the light body.

O: Pleaseant and intersting beer: intersting for both the unusual flavor profile and the mismatch between aroma and flavor.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mostly clear dark orangish amber in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark golden yellow + peach + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices (clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg stand out.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted malts with some light hints of brown sugar and caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and just a hint of cranberry tartness in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Another interesting spin on the pumpkin beer - the cranberry tartness is an interesting addition and makes the beer a little less sweet overall and a little easier to drink. Enjoyable though not the best (or the worst) pumpkin beer I have tried.

Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark amber colored ale with a very small white colored head. This one is dark enough to be called red.

Smells strongly of pumpkin pie spice. Scents of ginger, mace and cinnamon with the pumpkin scent. Not quite pumpkin pie in a glass though, no crust scent. Burnt sugar aroma smells a lot like Fat Tire.

Starts out with a slightly sweet flavor of burnt sugar. Ginger and mace are the strongest flavors here. Some wheat flavor you can taste the crust element. Mild pumpkin flavor but the taste is more spiced beer than pumpkin ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK Pumpkin ale. If you want a beer that is mildly flavored this is the beer for you. If you want bold flavors this isn't the beer you are looking for.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patchy foam and light ring around the glass, leaving patchy lacing. Aroma of cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, faint malt, very vegetal. Flavor brings in more of the cranberry juice, with pumpkin, grassy hops, holiday spices and malt that is covered by the pumpkin and cranberry. I bit on the sour side, as might be expected from cranberries. Light bodied with active peppery carbonation. An interesting take on an pumpkin ale, but not my preference for malt body; a bit too light malt and a bit too sour. The beer is only modestly sour, but perhaps unbalanced by it. Interesting, but not in my list of favorite pumpkins.

Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +15%

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Almost a rusty sort of orange with pale red and light brown highlights, this beer's dark color combines with a little haze to bring it very near opacity. The head is a thin, bubbly layer of nearly white foam that keeps at least that, ringing the glass where the beer initially settles and following with spotting.
The nose offers a nicely spiced bouquet with pretty much all the cinnamon and nutmeg one could want without giving too much. There's a hint of crust and a slight inkling of tartness under it.
The flavor brings more of the tartness out, pretty much even with the spicing. Just a ghost of vegetal flesh lies underneath, and the malts do make for a somewhat crusty (but not exactly dry) note. Some dryness does come in with esters and the tang.
The body is an equally crisp and smooth one in a body that starts medium and, while remaining there, drifting toward light as it goes. It starts with little action on the tongue in terms of dryness, which comes into the middle along with something that's not quite acidic but feels similar, though light.

Photo of sweemzander
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a slight hazed copper orange color. Some white froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A nice pumpkin spice aroma. Ever so slight tang from the addition of cranberries.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell, but with a bigger showing of the cranberry poking through on the finish. Good pumpkin and spice all-around.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good showing of pumpkin and spice, but that slight twang on the finish of cranberry is a pleasant surprise.

(O)- Its a solid pumpkin beer. I could see this going really well at your thanksgiving meal due to the pumpkin, spice, and cranberry in this. Very festive for the fall time.

Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with orange hues and a frothy cream head that dissipates slowly.

Allspice, cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin form the initial aroma. There's a touch of floral hops. The balance between pumpkin and spices is fairly even.

The tartness of the cranberry juice is evident initially in the flavor, with spices and pumpkin overtaking mid palate, and extending into the nutty, toasted malt finish. Hints of lemongrass become evident as it warms.

Body and carbonation are moderate, accompanied by light alcohol warmth.

I liked this better than I expected. The cranberry character is subtle enough to allow the pumpkin and spices to shine.

Photo of jzlyo
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a twelve pack of New Belgium's Pumpkick last week for $13.99 at Meijers. It's a little too early for Pumpkin beers, but I always like to try beers as fresh as possible so i'm not going to wait till October to give this a try, so lets see how it goes. Best by December 1st 2013. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a picture of a scared Jack O lantern being launched in the air, I would say it does a good job at sticking out. It poured a pretty clear orange/amber color that took on a darker orange and burnt orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, i have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some pumpkin aromas that impart a nice meaty and natural pumpkin aroma that's followed by the typical pumpkin pie spices with nutmeg seeming to stick out the most. After that I get a slight tart fruit aroma that i'm assuming is from the cranberry's, but it's not that noticeable. There's just a slight bit of bready malts and doughy yeast coming through but other than that the malt base hardly shows up. The aroma was nice, the natural pumpkin showed up nicely and the spices weren't too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that are very grainy tasting with only a slight bready flavor. Up next comes a real light meaty pumpkin flavor with a lighter amount of pumpkin pie spices the still seem to overpower the natural pumpkin flavor with nutmeg sticking out the most. Next comes a light fruity flavor with a slight amount of cranberry just barely coming through and imparting the lowest possible amount of tartness. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a very grainy and medium pumpkin pie spice aftertaste. The taste was decent, but the grainy malts seems to really stick out with the pumpkin pie and cranberry flavors coming up short.

M- Smooth, a little watery, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer, and a fairly average example of the style, the aroma was going in the right direction, but when it got to the taste all the malt aspects that were missing in the aroma showed up in the taste a little too much so pushing the flavors that were supposed to be showcased into the background. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth and not filling, but the taste didn't do a great job at holding my attention, one would be enough for me, but if I was offered a few of these I could probably dink them but I don't think I would enjoy them that much. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both nice and the highlights of this beer. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was pretty bland with not much life to it. I wouldn't buy this beer again, 12 is enough for me for the season and I think I'll save one or two of these for October to see if my opinion has changed. I wouldn't recommend this as a good Pumpkin beer, it's priced nicely, but it's not really a bang for your buck. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer and when it comes to Pumpkin beers it falls right in the middle, it wasn't great or memorable by any means but there wasn't anything offensive about it. New Belgium is a pretty solid brewery, but I think they missed the mark with this one and I would like it better if the pumpkin and cranberry flavors were highlighted more, better luck next time guys.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Orange pumpkin color with nice lacing. bready spice aroma..mild but pleasant. Taste is similar..caramel, biscuit, bready, spices...and a hint of chocolate. Well balanced and really easy to drink. Yet another pumpkin ale, but its actually a decent one. Not sure why there are so many bad reviews...its a good run of the mill pumpkin. Id get again if it was available in my area...

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.