Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 1,191
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 37.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 215 | 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 AnnieMichaele
4/5  rDev +14.9%

This is a GREAT beer. Some pumpkin beers are overpowered by cinnamon and while delicious are not beers you can drink more than one of. Pumpkick is delicious. It has lemon and cranberry undertones and tastes more like a slice of pumpkin bread. It is by far one of the best pumpkin beers I've had!

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Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Surprised to see so many mediocre ratings for this tasty fall beverage. From the first whiff, you can tell this beer is exactly as advertised... a pumpkin beer with a twist. A lot of pumpkin pie in the aroma up front with the combination of spices and pumpkin, before the cranberry really reveals itself. First sip shows more of a balance between the sweet and tart, with a nice malty note in there as well. Overall, a nice twist on the standard pumpkin beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date of 01/18/15

Appearance - Pours semi-clear and rusty orange in color with a half finger of off-white head. Sub-par retention results in a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edges.

Smell - Pumpkin and cinnamon hit the nose first, along with a healthy amount nutmeg and pie crust. Faint berry tartness from the cranberries begins to surface a the brew warms.

Taste - Pumpkin kicks things off, but is quickly met by the cranberry tartness and the spice combo of cinnamon and nutmeg which peak mid-taste. A baked pie crust / bisquit-like character hits near the finish, while hints of minty freshness touch in the finish and roll into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Goes down easy enough and with a decently crisp finish, but nothing too outstanding.

Overall - A damn solid pumpkin brew from New Belgium. The cranberry twist livens up this pumpkin ale without compromising its integrity to the style. If you're looking for something with a unique take on the usual pumpkin ale, give this one a go.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2014 bottle with a BB date stamp of Jan. 2015. Then revised with a fresh 2015 bottle in September 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+ carbonation befitting the light body.

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

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Photo of busternuggz
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a narrow tulip glass.

Nice orange/amber color but poor head retention. Cooked pumpkin meat, cinnamon, and nutmeg on the nose, with just a little cranberry juice if you look for it.

Full bodied with a big pumpkin presence; not squashy and not pumpkin pie, kind of like cooked, slightly sweetened pumpkin puree. A little bright herbalness from the lemongrass, then the cranberry comes in at the end with a mild tartness. Just enough pie spice, and a light caramelly malt presence.

This is my pick for pumpkin beer of the year so far. Lots of pumpkin favor, well balanced, with an interesting contribution from the cranberry. I like it better than this year's DFH Punkin.

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Photo of jellikit
3/5  rDev -13.8%

A: copper. Thin, fuzzy head.
S: pumpkin pie filling.
T: meh. Bitter, weird-spicy, alcohol, cinnamon and nutmeg.
M: medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: I'm not a huge pumpkin beer fan. Now I remember why. I am rating this 3, but if you are a fan of this style, maybe it is good to you. Not me.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange/amber, with some opacity. Nice head of fine bone white suds, and an attractive treeline lacing.

Aroma: Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and some pumpkin for sure. Very Autumnal, and very appealing.

Taste: Spice and pumpkin dominate the mix, but aren’t overpowering as some pumpkin ales tend to be. There’s also a pleasant tartness from the cranberries adding a lighter aspect to the spices here, surely a unique edge. This pumpkin ale is among my favorites, and is a delicious and easy-drinking ale for the Fall. Prost to NB for keeping this one going for several years straight now. Don’t stop offering this one!

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Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a beautiful deep golden-brown-orange color. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Decent head and lacing. Too much spice and it took away from the pumpkin flavor which was hard to distinguish. Ok, but not one of their best !

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Photo of bushdere
2.75/5  rDev -21%

A ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. No pumpkin.
I can only drink half of a glass before I am dreading my next sip. Good thing this is only a seasonal. Rare miss for New Belgium.
Pours like a brown ale. Nice deep color.
Nose is very Spivey with strong cinnamon. Gave me hope for good things to come.
The mouth is somewhat thick. Not terrible by itself.
Taste: see above
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bwood06
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

A - Blood orange amber in color. More orange than amber. Clear. Has a bit of a jack-o-lantern glow to it. 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 3.75/5

S - Heavy on pumpkin (raw) and cinnamon. Ever so slight hint of clove. Grassy and earthy. 3.75/5

T - Heavily cinnamon in the beginning. As the beer sits it develops more of a raw pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin squash throughout the profile. Slight tartness. Hefty bitterness from the pumpkin but the cinnamon distracts the palate away from this. Hint of grassy hops. 3.75/5

M - Very light and crisp. Refreshing. Finishes dry. Lingering flavor of pumpkin squash/bitterness. 3.75/5

O - Best pumpkin beer that I have had to date. At the start it reflects more of a pumpkin pie than pumpkin squash but this flip flops as the glass is drained. 3.75/5

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%

A: 3.75 - Clear dark copper color with a moderate (centimeter) head.
S: 4.0 - Lots of cinnamon, a little allspice.
T: 4.25 - tasty! This is on the well-spiced range of pumpkin beers, with a lot of cinnamon, some faint nutmeg. It also has has a pleasant light tartness, which according to the label comes from cranberries. The taste isn't identifiably cranberry--in fact, I thought it was cherry at first--but it does give a subtle fruitiness. Well-attenuated with that finish that's not quite dry, but not sweet either.
M: 4.0 - Soft bodied,
O: 4.5 - NB continues to get further and further from their Belgium heritage, but this is easily my favorite new beer from them in the last few years. It's a well-done pumpkin beer that stands out from the crowd, and is highly drinkable. Too bad they jump from new beer to new beer, and this will probably never be made again. Get it while you can!

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 4.13

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Photo of gilstrac
2/5  rDev -42.5%

I bit to much of a pumpkin taste for me. I prefer something more subtle pumpkin taste. I like pumpkin ales with some other spice taste to compliment the pumpkin.

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Photo of weaf
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Gold like a real pumpkin with excellent flavor. Very nice and one of the better pumpkins this season. Wasn't a big New Belgium fan beyond Fat Tire when they came to North Florida but the newer brews are really some of the best I've had from any brewer in a long while.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours clear and golden color with a creamy and foamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lace behind

S- Cinnamon and nutmeg, raw pumpkin, wheat, lemongrass, earthy hay

T- cinnamon and pumpkin spice mixes with wheat and earthy notes, the cranberry flavor is barely detectable, but it does add a tartness to it, dry finish with the cranberry flavor becoming noticeable

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel, ending with a smooth finish

O- the cranberry adds a different kick to the style, I didn't think that I would like this one but it's actually pretty good

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Photo of ranger7
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
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...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of BastardKing24
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of rangerred
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, dirty gold with a one finger white head that fades quickly to just some spotty fizz on the surface of the beer.

Aroma is on the weak side but consists of some yeasty cinnamon and clove with some light fruity notes thrown in.

More light spice on the taste with ginger showing up. The fruityness is still there which I feel is caused by the yeast rather than hops. It definitely has that New Belgium character to it which is not bad, but not that great either.

Overall, just a very average, run of the mill pumpkin ale. Quite sessionable but all around unremarkable.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Malty sweetness blended with nutmeg and allspice. There is a tart zing in the aroma like lemon and grape tannin. A bit of fruitiness, perhaps from hops. As this warms I get more cinnamon.

Appearance: Deep gold to nearly orange in color. A very mild haze is present. Large white head that sticks around.

Flavor: Maltiness up front, but not really sweet. There is a tart finish from cranberry and lemon that dry the end of this up. A mellow nutmeg and cinnamon are left at the end. Excellent balance between the sweet malt and the spices. Not much true pumpkin picked up.

Overall: This was a nice way to end my experiment in pumpkin beers. This one has some unusual flavors, but everything is so well balanced that it rises to the top of my list.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.42/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

1 finger head lasts 1 minute. Smells tinny at first and then after a few wiffs I can smell the cranberry. Lots of tiny small cranberry bits at the bottom. Cloudy appearance. Fruity aroma but without the fruity taste. Nice reddish orange color. Fresh taste that is a bit thin and dry. Slightly acidic with a fair amount if carbonation. I can't taste any pumpkin nor anything else for that matter. Refreshing but not much going on. Still don't know why they call this pumpkick as there is absolutely no pumpkin whatsoever. Should have called it cranberry kick. It's a so so beer that to me is better enjoyed in the summer. If you are a pumpkin fan this will be a big disappointment. But not too bad as a dessert beer paired with fruit.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color lacks a heartiness that should accompany a pumpkin ale but it does hold a slight red cranberry hue. The head was tightly knit with an off white color and a great deal of carbonation.

The scent is so weak but once you really concentrate it holds a pumpkin spice, malt gourd and slight greatness.

The flavors at nice, not particularly pronounced, but appealing. The malt is biscuity, ala Fat Tire, with a cranberry sweetness and an acidic tartness. The pumpkin qualities are not spicy but more gourdish.

The feel is bubbly but not harsh and it ends very clean.

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.