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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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137 Reviews

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 1,031
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 15
Gots: 137 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

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Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, coppery orange with a fair amount of particles floating throughout. Foamy, off white head.

Cinnamon, allspice notes. Bready, lightly caramel malt base. Pleasant, but a bit subdued overall.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done pumpkin ale. The taste and aroma are pleasant, but I would have liked them to be a bit more predominant. (369 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on All Hallow's Eve and Samhain. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces a creamy, frothy, pale tan head that reduces to about 1/4 and sticks around, leaving ghostly apparitions of lace on the sides. These seem to map out one's possible destiny, as the beer progresses....The beer is a burnt orange in color, with plenty of carbonation.

A definite pumpkin aroma wafts on the nose, along with a bit of citrus and cranberry, as advertised. The pumpkin spices are evident, but not overdone. I don't get much of a cranberry flavor on the tongue. The hop flavors are more bittering than aromatic, but do lend some subtle citrus qualities. Overall, the flavors mesh and balance each other well, and nothing is overbearing.

A very good beer that balances the pumpkin, spice and fruity flavors quite well. I feel the pumpkin and spices could even be ramped up a bit. However, I prefer the understated flavors of this beer over some others where the spices are overdone. (1,014 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before 16th of Feb, 14.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy pumpkin aroma with hints of spices along with berries and citrus. Upfront earthy hints of pumpkin. Fall spice hints including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Juicy hints of the cranberries and lemon come through. Bready malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Subtle earthy hop hints. A pretty solid and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a solid earthy taste of pumpkins along with notes of fall spices and added fruits. Upfront taste of pumpkins. Mix of spices including notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. Fruity taste of cranberries along with some lemongrass. Pale malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Earthy hop notes linger in the background. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and fairly drying and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a pumpkin ale. The added fruits mix well with the pumpkin and spices. (1,294 characters)

Photo of ChrisFugiel
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am a fan of pumpkin so, naturally, this was a beer to accommodate my pallet. Unlike other beers with pumpkin flavor, this had some of the "spiciness" that one would expect from pumpkin pie. Further, it had a strong finish. Being somewhat thick, it's not a brew to chug. (271 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice head with pretty good retention, eventually falling to a thin cap. Some lacing. Color is a deep hazy copper and slightly reddish hues.

S - Citrusy, a little bit of pumpkin spice, some hops citrus smell but also the cranberry smell.

T - A lot of flavor here but at the same time not overpowering at all. The flavor is very layered. Up front the I get the pumpkin flavor, followed pretty quickly by the cranberry flavor. Behind that I get just a hit of cinnamon that fades quickly, and finally after the other flavors have faded I get an aftertaste of hops bitterness.

M - creamy and full, very good for a fall seasonal.

O - One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried. I really like the variety of flavor I got from this one. The cranberry juice is a great complement to the pumpkin spice and really gives this beer some complexity that other pumpkin ales lack. I enjoy pumpkin flavors but am not as obsessed as some seem to be, but I usually give one or two of these ales a try every season. This is one that I would buy again. (1,049 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a slightly hazy orangish copper color. A sudsy cream colored head calms to a film with a thick patch in the center. Light consistent lacing.

The aroma is almost citrusy, but cranberry comes through the most. Faint cinnamon on the back end.

Taste is more of a pumpkin body than was ever found in the aroma. A spicy note on the backside with tart cranberries.

Mouthfeel is both bright and slightly creamy.

Overall, I like this version of the pumpkin ale a lot. The cranberry is refreshing. (544 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color, with a thin off-white head. Smells of apple cider, with a strong cinnamon component. There is some nutmeg as well. Taste begins with a sweet cinnamon, then some light beechwood, then some cranberry juice, and a earthy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall a pretty good pumpkin ale. (317 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very simple yet cool looking label in the New Belgium traditional style with a nice looking color scheme and nice graphics. Label gives brewery info, ABV info, serving temperature info, a small description of the beer, web info, and states “Fall Seasonal”, “New Belgium Brewing is wind powered and Employee owned”. Awesome embossed bottle!

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz imperial pint led to a 3 finger golden white head of medium density atop a slightly hazy bright amber orange colored beer. Excellent retention at 4min 35sec before fading to a thick coating and right with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon are all very prevalent with a very slight bready malt aroma and a very slight actual real pumpkin smell. Very little if any cranberry could be detected. Smell is very good.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of slightly tart cranberry on the front end along with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and nutmeg also coming through. Midpoint is dominated by pumpkin spice and bready malts that finishes with a tart pumpkin spice aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp refreshing mouthfeel that finishes dry. Very Very drinkable and tasty.

Overall/Comments: This was a very good beer that was very refreshing and drinkable however had nothing that really made it stand out except for maybe the tartness; While not my favorite pumpkin beer this is still a very good and respectable offering. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale @ 6% ABV. Consumed 9/20/2013. (1,602 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Halloween is for armatures. Real Pumpkin Ale aficionados prefer Thanksgiving! -at least that's what New Belgium is going for in its new fall classic- PumpKick!

The common camel coloration takes on an orangy tinge to play toward the pumpkin influence. But as a somewhat amber-ish ale it stands tall with a creamy off-white head. With semi-stern retention and broken collars of lace, the ale casts a frothy sense for a classy ale appearance.

Sharp and spicy in aromas, the notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all balance against a caramel and nuts in its initial aroma. As it warms, a notion of graham crackers and zinfindale emerge. The graham crackers are all about the malt character and spice but that wine-like note is a tangy sense of cranberry and alcohol- who knew?

To taste, the beer is less intense than the aromas or its appearance suggests. Its light caramel and cola nut taste is lightly buttery, biscuity, nutty and toasty- seemingly of bread crust. And the layers of spice contribute bold cinnamon and milder clove, nutmeg and allspice in order to achieve balance in the absence of meaningful hops. Trailing with a lightened taste, none of that lingers in finish. Instead the beer shuts close early with only an echo of spice and starch.

Its texture is light, airy and playful. Even as the carbonation fades, so does the sweetness so that the ale grows together over the course of the session. Its middle is spicy on the soft tissues of the mouth while the malt structures are slow to recede. To finish, the ale is malty-dry, spicy and highly drinkable- largely due to the forgotten acidity that cranberry leaves behind.

Let the beginners have Pumpkin Ales for Halloween. But the pros will reserve a few of the best ones for Thanksgiving. And that's where this ale belongs. We get the links of food flavor to beer flavor and get an added bonus of carbonated acidity to cleanse the palate: making it ideal for that savory and variant Thanksgiving dinner! (1,971 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single poured into a New Belgium globe...

A: copper-gold; a smallish, perhaps one-finger head of cream foam builds on the pour, leaving approximately three specks of lace.

S: pumpkin; gingerbread; hard candy; but nothing overly distinctive, really.

T: Moravian cookie-esque; pumpkin; light crust; lightly tart finish... from the cranberry, I guess; kind of an odd mix of flavor for a beer.

M: average.

O: an interesting beer, but definitely not in New Belgium's upper tier of brews; kind of tastes like they messed something up and somehow wound up with this beer.

*from notes 09.29.13 (596 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with orange hues and a frothy cream head that dissipates slowly.

Allspice, cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin form the initial aroma. There's a touch of floral hops. The balance between pumpkin and spices is fairly even.

The tartness of the cranberry juice is evident initially in the flavor, with spices and pumpkin overtaking mid palate, and extending into the nutty, toasted malt finish. Hints of lemongrass become evident as it warms.

Body and carbonation are moderate, accompanied by light alcohol warmth.

I liked this better than I expected. The cranberry character is subtle enough to allow the pumpkin and spices to shine. (655 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The beer has a nice copper orange color and a healthy head. The head persists well and leaves a good lacing on the glass. Carbonation is apparent when looking at the beer, but it's not overly fizzy.

The smell is incredibly muted and I really had to search out different aromas. I got a bit of pumpkin and sweetness, but little else. Fortunately, the taste was fuller, offering some pumpking, some cranberry and a bit of nuttiness. There wasn't much in the way of spice and this was a welcome change from most other pumpkin beers.

There was a bitter dryness at the finish for this beer and that wasn't something I was crazy about. Also, the carbonation and thin body weren't what I look for in a beer. A bit too much like drinking a soda.

This beer is just okay and not something I'd have again, not even in the fall when pumpkin beers are all the rage. (912 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by December 8, 2013) into a nonic.

A-The brew develops about a half-finger of grayish-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The color is orange-amber and there is a bit of chunky carbonation visible. I also note a lot of fine floaties in there (I poured the whole bottle).

S-As you might expect, the smell has pumpkin, pie spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove), and a bit of sweet caramel. I also get the impression of cooked vegetables (like cooked corn, I guess). No cranberries. Not bad for the style, but not mind-blowing.

T-The taste is a bit thinner and more metallic than the smell would lead you to anticipate. There is still some pumpkin (although it is mild) and pie spices (and a bit of cooked vegetable), but instead of cranberry, I get a light tartness at the front end that makes the rest of the beer taste sort of scattered.

M-The feel is pretty light for a pumpkin with mild to moderate carbonation that is semi-active on the palate.

O-This is not my favorite pumpkin beer. It smells alright, but it looks funky, tastes funky, and feels funky. The cranberries don't seem to add much and, in fact, I think the tart flavor sort of takes away from the rest of the flavor and gives it a sort of mixed-up profile. Meh. (1,279 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (DEC 22 2013 freshness date) into a nonic pint glass.

A foamy, bubbly white head sat on top of a golden-orange body, a color very similar to apple cider. The head dissipated quickly and left good lacing.

Sweet spices, cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin pie filling dominate the nose. I picked up a slight hint of malts too. The taste is quite similar. The spices hit the tongue first. You get a subtle hint of the cranberry juice in the aftertaste. The body is relatively light. Pumpkin does not necessarily dominate this beer, much more flavor from the spices. Carbonation is mild, leaning towards the high side.

Overall: Pumpkin ales are pretty hit-or-miss. Pumpkick is definitely not as heavy as other pumpkin ales. The flavors are good but they seemed a little off to me. New Belgium's take on the pumpkin ale is a solid effort but they seem to focus more on infusing this beer with a pumpkin desert flavor rather than a more straight-forward hit of pumpkin... this is not bad, it is just something to take note of.

Bottom Line: Pumpkick strikes me as more of a novelty seasonal beer, jumping on the Pumpkin flavored (insert food or drink here) bandwagon. It is not bad, in fact it is much better than I expected. Obviously those who do not like pumpkin flavored drinks or food should avoid this beer. It is not overwhelming but this tasted more like a spiced fall beverage than a beer. If you are a fan of the style, go for it. (1,454 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Pumpkick Ale has a very thick, soapy, yellowish-white head, a very hazy, yellow-orange appearance, with some bubble streams, lots of medium and powdery gray-orange chucks suspended throughout, and heavy lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mild, but one does get the spices and pumpkin pulp. Taste is of spiced pumpkin, bread, and just the slightest touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and New Belgium Pumpkick finishes wet, cloying, rich, and not particularly drinkable, with all of its richness. Overall, this is decent enough, and I suppose it’s worth checking out.

RJT (608 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange at the thinner end of the glass, transitioning to a pink-red at the top. Slightly cloudy, with ample carbonation. Off-white head is sticking around for a bit.

S: Juicy pumpkin, some sweeter malt and a touch of allspice.

T: Sweet pumpkin and malt, a dash of allspice and cinnamon. Very good harmony between everything, but the finish is pretty short and is somewhat dry.

M: A bit course and mouth-drying that makes you want another sip in a bad way, but is still crisp.

O: A solid pumpkin beer, has a few shortcoming but overall enjoyable. (552 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty rich copper/orange in color with a small white foamy 1-finger head that hangs around a while. Does leave some spotty lacing when sipped. The aroma is of pumpkin pie, spices and cinnamon. Slightly above average for carbonation as there was small streams of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass and sides even. The taste was about the same as the smell. A little watered down as this is a large commercial company (Fat Tire). Overall it wasn't that bad. (555 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow amber glass shows good clarity and a constant stream of bubbles that feed a white finger of foam that lasts and laces.

Smell: Heavy spices, pumpkin pie and Cinnamon are most pronounced. Drowns out any beer aromas.

Taste: Much like the smell, very heavy on spices which overpower any beer flavors. A little malt sweetness comes in, but it has a weak watery flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, slightly oily finish.

Overall: A lighter pumpkin beer. Too heavy on the spices, too light on the beer. (523 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.59
Purchased: Sept. 26, 2013
Consumed: Sept. 29, 2013
Misc.: Best by Jan. 12, 2014

Poured a copper orange clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of gray head. Below average lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top on the way down.

Smelled cranberry, raspberry, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and some other wintery spices. Faint note of bitter hops. Pleasantly surprised at the whiff.

Tasted cinnamon, nutmeg and gingerbread up front, reminding me of a winter beer with less heaviness. Also pumpkin seeds, yam, herb hops, cranberry (although not nearly as much as the smell) and peppery spices.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish.

Not too bad I have to say. I was expecting something a lot worse. A lighter version of a winter beer is what I would describe it as. I’d probably try it again. (966 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -

A: A touch of sediment in a mostly clear body with some lacing.

S: Light aromas of pumpkin, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice as advertised, but not overwhelming. Faint cranberry juice presence, with a hint of tartness. Plenty of bready malt sweetness, faint caramel and lemongrass as well.

T: Follows the nose, with the cranberry juice addition more apparent on the finish but honestly the tartness is pretty low. Again, more matliness and caramel mixed with holiday spices.

MF: Thinner medium feel, lower carbonation.

O: Pretty safe and simple and decent, not great but not bad. Easy drinking, though it still carries that patent New Belgium malt profile somehow through all the spices and cranberries. Pumpkin is pretty muted and definitely more balanced than other pumpkin ales. (809 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 12/8/2013. Pours very hazy orange amber color with a small off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, light cranberry, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes with slight cranberry presence; and good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and pumpkin flavors; with nearly zero cranberry presence and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale. All around well balanced malt, spice, and pumpkin flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,281 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a slight hazed copper orange color. Some white froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A nice pumpkin spice aroma. Ever so slight tang from the addition of cranberries.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell, but with a bigger showing of the cranberry poking through on the finish. Good pumpkin and spice all-around.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good showing of pumpkin and spice, but that slight twang on the finish of cranberry is a pleasant surprise.

(O)- Its a solid pumpkin beer. I could see this going really well at your thanksgiving meal due to the pumpkin, spice, and cranberry in this. Very festive for the fall time. (682 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber with a good head and decent lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin and spice.

Taste: Pumpkin, spice, cranberry, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, velvety, with a slight lingering bitterness from the cranberries.

The Verdict: Surprisingly good. The pumpkin is very muted, perhaps balanced from the bitter cranberries which give it a nice zest. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin beers generally, but I enjoyed this one. (429 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Pumpkick in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color, with a modest off-white head.

Smell is faint, a sweet malt aroma and some spices.

Taste is typical of a pumpkin ale, subtle but unmistakably pumpkin flavor, with a tartness from the cranberry and lemon grass.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall not a bad fall seasonal, but the adjunct flavors are a bit over done. There are better fall seasonals and pumpkin beers. (476 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale lightly cloudy amber color with small off white head even on aggressive pour not much in the way f lace either.

Aroma is fruity malt notes, funny more cranberry then pumpkin almost no spice in the nose. Spice is very light have to put nose into glass to get some cinnamon and what smells like nutmeg. OK didn't realize when i bought it that it was pumpkin and cranberry but if it has pumpkin on the label should have bigger pumpkin notes.

Taste is is better malt notes good pumpkin mixed with the cranberry. Kind of not bad light in the middle fruity and pumpkin. Finish is linger fruit and decent pumpkin spice. If the nose was like the Taste would of liked and rated it better, not bad but wish I had picked up the Cottonwood instead damn my always wanting to try something new.

Mouthfeel is good fine for the style light medium pretty average carbonation.

Overall eh worth a try if you like cranberry wouldn't buy a sixer though just one to try. (965 characters)

Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.