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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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139 Reviews

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 1,039
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 15
Gots: 142 | 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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles slowly, but not completely. Nice beer ring lacing.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T: Roasty malt. Pumpkin is prominent. A bit of a bitter fruit flavor, and something of a mild hop bite... I think.

M: Earthy and grainy with a bitter finish.

D: Sip or session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Persistent head, and some solid lacing. Nose is pumpkin and fall spice. Roasted grain with hefty amounts of pumpkin and a bit of a bitter fruitiness, yet not sweet. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (612 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

T: Tasted of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, malt, a little bit of cinnamon, and some cranberry. It reminds me of drinking tea, with spice, and with some raspberry instead of cranberry. It's an orange, and amber color beer. It's not bad, but I've had better pumpkin beers. I like this beer, but you can't a lot at once. Max two beers from a 6pack. S: A decent aroma of pumpkin, spices, and fruit. (391 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear amber color, topped with a nice, thick head that drops to a thin covering. Tart, spicy aromas...nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, dried berries, and some bready grain. Slightly sweet, pie spice blend, and caramel. Smooth medium body, a bit sticky. Not great...too much spice, not enough cranberry. (309 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber hued. Head is a couple of millimeters thick. Great clarity with this beer. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a touch of cranberry following in the nose. The mouthfeel is moderate as their is some alcohol here, but it is pretty smooth considering all of those ingredients. I get the pumpkin and cinnamon on the palate. At the back I get the spiciness of cinnamon and perhaps from the hops I get the pinpricks on the tongue. I get just shiny of cranberry in the aftertaste. It was used subtly and that was wise. I like a but more pumpkin flavoring in my pumpkin beers, but it's a good brew. (603 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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 rawfish
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brassy orange, slight half finger white cap that has some retention. Scattered lacing left on the glass.

Like a yankee candle in fall. Fleshy pumpkin, autumn cinnamon, nutmeg and maple spice. Some funky, musty hops and Belgian yeast.

Light pale malt, slight grainy taste, lots of pumpkin spice and fleshy pumpkin meat. Not much cranberry, some light fruit and tartness near the finish. Balancing grassy hops.

Good carbonation and medium bodied ale. Not much in the way of bitterness or drying, nor is the sourness too much. Alcohol does rise a bit. Drinkable.

New Belgium was very careful not to go too overboard with this beer, the pumpkin is highlighted and the addition of cranberry juice slight. Otherwise it's a straight forward amber with some pumpkin and fall spice. Not as bad as I thought this was going to be. (831 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
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 scratch69
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy light amber color with peach highlights. Fingers worth of head with a light amount of lacing.

Smell- Light aroma of malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice.

Taste- Caramel malt flavor with the spices that were detected in the nose. Slightly tart finish, but I do not detect any pumpkin or cranberry flavors.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Decent but not the best pumpkin ale that I've had (nor is the best from New Belgium that I've tried. Needs more pumpkin flavoring. (578 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of mattsdenney
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up NB's new fall seasonal. Poured into globe glass. Nice pour, good coloring, burnt amber with a thick head. Faint scents of sweet pumpkin, spice, cinnamon. Not bad flavor. Pumpkin taste is subtle, not overbearing and not synthetic at all. The tartness from the cranberries is a nice touch. Nice balance with the overall maltiness of the beer. Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall a nice pumpkin ale and worth picking up. Very drinkable. (444 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's almost there. I want more darkness, more brown in a pumpkin ale. This is close, but it's a bit IPA looking. It's brownish orange instead of brown with an orange tint. The head is gorgeous, a couple fingers of white to slightly offwhite bubbles. Retains wells and leaves an attractive lace behind.

The smell works, though I didn't pick up anything resembling cranberry...or pumpkin for that matter. However, they got the spices down. Plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, allspice and some cloves thrown in (pumpkin pie anyone), but it never overpowers the malt bill. Still, no pumpkin and no cranberry.

Unfortunately, not only can I not taste much in the way of pumpkin, but even the spices are fairly muted and subdued. The cranberry makes an appearance, but it's mostly in the tart feel and not in flavor. Not awful, but somewhat disappointing; still it's clearly a fall seasonal (despite the mid-90 degree temps).

A bit spicy and slightly tart, which is welcome given the sweetness of the malt and pumpkin juice (why no real pumpkin?). No hoppy bitterness, though the spices and acid from the cranberry seems to take care of that. Medium bodied. Grainy. Carbonated, dryish finish. No sign of alcohol.

I liked this better than I expected (I'm not a fan of New Belgium). Most pumpkin ales are hit or miss and this is closer to hit than miss. A good beer, just could have done some things differently to make it better. Easy to drink, not a session beer, but the alcohol that is there is very well hidden. I bought a sixer and I'm pretty happy I didn't go for the single. (1,573 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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. (716 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of December 08, 2013 printed on the label. A new pumpkin beer from New Belgium and my third pumpkin beer this year. Expectations are slightly above average; I love pumpkin beers.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields three fingers of thick creamy beige head on top of a coppery orange body. Some fine white yeast sediment twirling around in the glass. No lacing.

S - Smell is almost nonexistent. Initially I got a blast of nuttiness, but then nothing. Maybe a light brown sugar coating and the faintest hint of spice rack, but that's about it. Some very subtle medicinal cranberry / alcohol fumes as the beer warms.

T - Taste also seems to have a sort of earthy nuttiness to it, lots of malt, a tart edge to it from the cranberry juice, but no actual cranberry flavor. Not getting much in the way of pumpkin juice, either. Pretty lacking in flavor, if you ask me.

M - Feel is crisp, carbonated, smooth, and wet. Bit of a hazelnut / tree nut type aftertaste.

Overall, it's an interesting concept: a sour pumpkin beer. But the cranberry juice tartness isn't as strong as it should (could) be, and sort of throws the whole thing off balance. It comes off kind of sloppy, yet still manages to be smooth, clean, and highly drinkable. Give it a shot if you are into pumpkin beers, but it's nowhere near the best, and not something I would want again.

New Belgium Pumpkick ---3/5. (1,444 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of quaybr
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An ambery-orange body with a modest white head that dissipates into a thin yet lingering covering of bubbly white foam.

Smells of allspice and sweet caramel with a faint hint of nutmeg. A bit sweeter than what the style typically is, and too much so to be enjoyed.

Caramel malts are a little too heavy on the front of the tongue, as are the cranberries on the back. Leaves a relatively unpleasant resin at the back of the mouth. Seems even more unbalanced as the beer warms: too malty, which is interesting given the fact it isn't a brown.

A slight under-carbonation leads to a slimy and oily feel.

I am a little confused by this beer and what NBB is going for. I wouldn't suggest spending your weekly beer money on this season. (732 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Appearance is a bright pumpkin orange color with nice clarity, velvety white head with heavy lacing a nice retention. Nose starts with heavy fleshy pumpkin character that comes off in a vegetal way. Mild notes of allspice and clove follow that and not much cranberry character to speak of, maybe a tinge of cran tartness at the finish. Taste is very nondescript in terms of pumpkin character. There is a wave of light cranberry tartness that seems to neutralize the pumpkin spices. The spice picks up a bit towards the finish with allspice being the most prominent note. The flavors are a little muddled which seems to make this beer lacking in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is a very mild flavored pumpkin ale and he cranberry doesn't come through in that thanksgiving dinner kind of way. Come to think of it, I'm not really sure why cranberry is being paired with pumpkin in the first place... It works with turkey and stuffing, but can't say I've ever really paired it with pumpkin pie. But I digress, this one is very forgettable. (1,125 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First out of the chute for the pumpkin beers this year.

Orange and slightly hazy, little head, sparse lace.

Aroma is pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, clove, allspice, a little cinnamon. Flavor follows, not a lot of really pumpkin flavor, but more the spices from pie. Cranberries are detectable but not overpowering.

Body is mildly to medium carbed, good for the style, with a medium body and a malty, spicy finish.

Overall it's not a bad pumpkin beer at all. Not my fav, but pretty tasty. (488 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apperance: Pours a medium amber with an off white head that fades quickly, chunky lace on the glass.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice; typical of the pumpkin style beers. I do get some pumpkin and a surprising tartness, ostensibly the cranberry. Reminds me of thanksgiving.

Taste: Spicy with a bit of pumpkin but not too much, which I like in a pumpkin beer. The tart flavor of cranberry comes through in the finish. The malt brings a nice sweetness too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and easy drinking with a bready mouthfeel but not too filling. Could use a bit more body perhaps.

Overall: This is by no means great, but my expectations were pretty low. This is a pretty good fall seasonal that I will likely buy a couple more bottles of. (743 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
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 (660 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
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 StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (3,737 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pretty hazy medium copper beer with an orange hue. My head is a thin raft of long lasting off-white bubbles but I don't know if how the glassware was cleaned could be at fault.

S: Medium pumpkin and caramel malt with some bread malt and spices supporting. There is a moderate fruit ester that much like the spice is complimentary and not oblivious as to the origin.

T: The malt and spice take the led at a moderate level with a blend of pumpkin, crystal malt and some fruit close behind. Some of the lemongrass and cranberry flavors a distinguishable with a light tartness. The spice and some hops bitterness provide the balance against the low malt sweetness. It's a dry beer with a dry finish and a spice aftertaste that mixes with some fruit and pumpkin.

M: Medium bodied with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A good example of a spice, herb, veg beer. A bit more to offer than the typical pumpkin with some interesting additions; I like that neither the spice nor malt took over to overwhelmed the flavors. (1,020 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - burnt orange color coming out of the bottle with very little head on the pour.Lacy does not exist at all.

Smell - I get a bunch of nutmeg and cranberry in the smell

Taste - light cinnamon to begin with some nutmeg and pumpkin. There is a cran kick at the end for sure.

Mouthfeel -nothing outstanding, but very light and sessionable

Overall - this is a fun fall seasonal for sure. Could have called it cran kick. Fun session beer, but I would only drink in the fall. Reminds me of jumping into a pile of leaves (526 characters)

Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.