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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

977 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of Webbey
5/5  rDev +47.5%

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.

Webbey, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of exx
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
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
Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +18%

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

Mitchster, Sunday at 02:19 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.28/5  rDev -3.2%

mattday25, Nov 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

cavmacb2s, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Rojada1988, Nov 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.72/5  rDev -19.8%

corywalston, Nov 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +47.5%

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.

Myotus, Nov 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Hellpop65, Nov 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.52/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

brotherloco, Nov 07, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

sawwsea, Nov 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.