Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing
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3.66/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from notes. 10/31/2013.
Poured from bottle into Sam Adams laser-etched glass.
A: Clear orange with small white head.
S: Fruity; sweet and tangy. Cranberry?
T: Surprising. Pumpkin with a kick of cranberry, as advertised. Pretty good and refreshing.
M: Some carbonation, fairly smooth. Medium body.
Overall: Good. Delivers as advertised. I didn't know if I'd like the cranberry infusion, but I did. A good offering from New Belgium.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 14:00:36 | More by ranger7
2.88/5 rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Pours a translucent amber color with a modest off-white head that soon dissipates. Ample quantities of visible particulate traverse the glass. Aroma is mild but pleasant, consisting of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin--a reasonable approximation of pumpkin pie.
Flavor resembles the nose at first blush, with the aforementioned spices and pumpkin, but the taste buds are soon walloped by a bold kick of a substance of indeterminate origin. Something foul precipitates aggressively on the tongue toward the middle, like a chemical reaction gone awry. The label would suggest cranberry juice, lemongrass, or some combination thereof, but cranberry juice proper is undetectable as far as I can tell. Lemongrass is more believable, as there is a slightly citric twang to the flavor in question. Body is on the lighter side, but appropriate for the style. Carbonation is moderate and quite suitable.
Overall, the avant-garde "kick" in Pumpkick doesn't do the beer any favors. It could have been passable as a more traditional pumpkin ale, but something funky throws it off kilter. Beer brewed with pumpkin juice and cranberry juice didn't sound good on paper, and it tastes just as good at it sounded. Still trying to figure out why New Belgium has such a considerable following...
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 01:58:42 | More by MaximalC
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
"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 send your tastebuds sailing." Brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale with cranberries and spices added. New Belgium's latest fall seasonal, released in 2013, based off of the Lips of Faith "Kick" release from 2 years prior.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a caramel cream head of a medium-thick foamy consistency over a fairly hazy deep orange amber body. Heavy flecked sediment lie in suspension, and carbonation is modest and relaxed. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4
(Smell) Undersweet pumpkin, somewhat raw with a very potent cranberry juice tartness, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice contribute a bit to the aroma to bring the focus back towards the pumpkin, although the end result is at the very best 50/50 with the cranberry generating a lot of aroma and tartness to question the beer's style. Perhaps a decent seasonal between the pumpkin beers of October and Thanksgiving dinner, it seemingly dedicates itself to neither season. Potency is medium+. 3.25
(Taste) Up front is raw pumpkin, mildly sweet with a mild clean caramel malt to pair, finishing with a strong tart spiced finish, carrying less cranberry flavor than the aroma predicted and more tartness and acidity. Spices are muted and mellow, some trace cinnamon, allspice and mace, although they are most notable on the dry, acidic finish where they don't blend into the malt profile as neatly. The tartness has a creative impact on this pumpkin beer, questionably so for those who usually crave sweet and viscous Pumpkin Ales, but for the adventurous this may be a favorable twist, especially for those who like a lighter bodied Pumpkin beer. Finishes tart, mildly acidic and quite dry. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, slick, mildly oily and tart. Carbonation adds some light froth but leaves the texture alone otherwise. Body is light/medium for a Pumpkin Ale and medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is light/medium. Balance is slightly tart over sweet, from the prevalence of cranberry in the recipe against the less sweet and weaker malt profile. Finishes dry and acidic. 4
(Overall) I find Pumpkick to be a divisive twist on a beer brewed in a style that is usually difficult to master anyways, and I commend New Belgium for exploring their creativity in what I could only refer to as an in-between-seasons seasonal. Expect a lighter-than-average malt and pumpkin profile with a thinner body in trade of a welcome inclusion of cranberry flavor and tartness- the latter comes through in the flavor. It may not be enough to crown Pumpkick champion of Pumpkin Ales, but it does win points for creativity, and any beer connoisseur who seeks creative twists on old classics should look no further. 3.5
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Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 03:34:42 | More by Jadjunk
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Never tried this so i gave it a go. 12oz poured into a snifter
Pours a hazy gold with lots of floating sediment. Hardly any head, just a few bubbles left over
Smell is faint but its mostly malt and maybe some pumpkin. no hops. Nothing offputting though.
Taste is ok, just kind of muted pumpkin and malt, can't taste cranberry. Kind of bland and average.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated and crisp. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Overall I wouldnt buy this again but it tasted clean. Maybe its old, dunno
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2013 00:47:15 | More by BastardKing24
Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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