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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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 Hopswagger
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Fuzzy pale orange body with loads of floaters. Looks similar to pond water but lighter. No head formation but did have an off white swirly wake on top.

S: Good pumpkin aroma, metal, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cranberry sauce.

T/M: The spicy pumpkin that is present in the aroma is now shadowed by a big dose of sweet and bitter cranberry. It almost has a vinegar bite to it and interrupts the warming sensation of your typical pumpkin offering. The pumpkin and spices come through for a brief moment then are again masked by an intense metallic taste. Bitter baking cocoa in the midst of this flip flop of flavors. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation.

O: Let me say that I appreciate and understand the concept behind this brew but I really can say it works for me. The cranberry is interesting but ruins the roasty and rich pumpkin and spice flavors expected in a pumpkin beer. This is not anything I would ever purchase again but it wasnt totally horrible considering the take on the style. Again I applaud New Belgium for stepping outside the box. Cheers!

Photo of Jparker37
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a SA perfect pint.

A - Solid layer of white head falls to a small cap. Brilliant clarity to this amber beer. Spotty bits of lacing.

S - Has a nice authentic pumpkin pie aroma. Nutmeg, mild cinnamon. Sweetness seems right on target. Alcohol sits modestly in the background.

T - The initial malt layer is mildly tart. Toasty at times but never getting sweet. A flash of some fruitiness, probably that cranberry talking here. Leaves some spice (clove) flavors.

M - Carbonation is medium-high, giving it a prickly feel. Medium-light body. Mild sweetness midway but dry finish.

O - Good looking beer with great aroma that was deceiving before the taste. A strange layer of acidity was pretty much throughout the whole taste with very little sweetness. Prickly carbonation and light body through me for more clashing (gourd flavored beer) loops. Not sure the direction or interpretation they were attempting but this ended up being a miss when it started so promising.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Pours a golden brown with good clarity and carbonation.

S. pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins.

T. Pumpkin, raisins, cranberries, nutmeg. Light to medium body that has a bitter finish which balances the sweet spices nicely.

O. Very enjoyable pumpkin ale. I like how the cranberry cuts the sweet of all te spices. That is a nice take on this style.

Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Celtics17
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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 rawfish
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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 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 scratch69
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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 mattsdenney
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Fergyx825
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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 quaybr
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of harrymel
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of Mikecap
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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 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.

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