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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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77
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724 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerWizard on 07-30-2013)
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MadScientist

New York

3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:05:11 | More by MadScientist
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:37:38 | More by beatenbyjacks
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kyle86

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-15-2013 20:56:10 | More by kyle86
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-15-2013 16:25:28 | More by jklecko2
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adam_e

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-15-2013 12:53:44 | More by adam_e
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Tiernan

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-15-2013 03:53:32 | More by Tiernan
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Gerred

Colorado

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-15-2013 03:23:48 | More by Gerred
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-15-2013 02:57:47 | More by MSandahl23
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rolandblais

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-15-2013 02:05:23 | More by rolandblais
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Red_Chaos1

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-14-2013 23:40:54 | More by Red_Chaos1
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-14-2013 23:00:18 | More by Immortale25
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

08-14-2013 17:47:47 | More by OregonGrown7
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emwild12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-14-2013 12:25:53 | More by emwild12
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bigpoppa67

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-13-2013 23:58:36 | More by bigpoppa67
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StuporJew

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Tulip, to capture the nose better.

A - Pours a clear, burnt orange, with a somewhat chunky 1-finger-head, that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a pretty decent amount of lacing that hangs on well.

S - Hints of pumpkin spice, such as nutmeg, and bits of allspice. The malts make an appearance, covering up any hint of the ABV that might be present in this 6% beer.
No cranberry or Lemongrass present, however; this beer hides all the fancy adjuncts well, on the nose. Honestly not too shocked by the aroma, seeing as it smells just like every other mediocre pumpkin ale out there. And why in the seven hells are breweries already releasing fall beers, when it's only August??? Don't they know it's still hotter than Satan's taint here in Texas???

T - Crisp, and smooth, with the spice leading the way. The cranberry DOES add a nice little nip of tartness, and the lemongrass also kicks in a tiny bit of herbal notes, hiding the almost tiny note of hops that likely went into this beer. (Can we say Noble hop varietals, kids??? Not earthy enough to be Styrian Goldings, or Fuggles.) Decent, but once again, nothing to make it stand apart from all the other pumpkin beers out there. Might make a decent pumpkin ale ice cream, though. (If that sounds good, I have a badass recipe I'd be glad to share, although I usually use DFH Punkin or Rogue.)
Meh.

M - Not heavy at all. Decent carbonation. A little lactose sugar might not have hurt this brew, and helped to make it stand out a bit more. Smooth, and easy to drink.
Once again, Meh.

O - Not a terrible experience, but not an amazing one either. This beer delivers what the label promises, at least. In a world full of up-and-coming breweries who push the envelope with fall seasonal / Pumpkin beers, this one stands right in the middle of the road for me. With monsters like Southern Tier Warlock & Pumpking, Saint Arnold Pumpkinator, Rogue Pumpkin Patch, and DFH Punkin out there, this one is decent, but not mind-blowing. However; if you want a pumpkin beer that is light and easy to drink, that also packs a decent punch that just might club you over the head, and then take your wallet when you aren't looking, give it a try. You might not be too impressed, but you won't necessarily be let down either. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:53:52 | More by StuporJew
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Alright, is there some place where I can get a bottle (or can or carton or whatever) of pumpkin juice? Am I missing something? I didn't even know you could juice a pumpkin... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear auburn-bronze topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises white toast, a pinch of clove, a half-pinch of cinnamon, a half-dash of brown sugar, mild caramel, and a strange mini-undertow of what seems like chicken gravy. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices all blending together into a muddled stream of near-nothingness that culminates in a gulf of rather hard water. This also serves to water down the caramel a bit. Still no sign of the cranberry (though there is a tinge in the back of the finish, but that could just be psychosomatic). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty meek little beer, one that not only doesn't bring the spice, but one that doesn't really try to express itself in much of any way. Boo this.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:28:42 | More by TMoney2591
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +19.4%

08-13-2013 02:26:10 | More by ortie
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-13-2013 01:40:40 | More by crobinso
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light copper with a thick 3-finger head of tenacious foam head; lacing was good when the head finally subsided.

S: Grain, fresh hay, allspice, white pepper, and a slightly fruity aroma that I don't recognize (but I'm pretty sure pumpkin doesn't come to mind).

T: Malt is more grain than sweet. There's a fair amount of tart fruit (citrus, and maybe a little bite from the cranberries they list on the label), but not much that I'd identify with pumpkin. Start to finish, the pumpkin pie spices are there without overpowering. But the experience suffers from a watered down flavor, like they mixed in an extra 20% water to make it go further.

M: Moist, decently carbonated, but pretty thin.

O: Not bad, but there was no "kick" as the label suggested. A higher ratio of malt and pumpkin to water may have elevated this from forgettable to truly tasty. It's a shame.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:17:08 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$2 single bottle poured into a mini-pint glass that's probably 8oz or something...

Appearance: Orange. A finger of a half soapy, half creamy head that's about eggshell colored.

Smell: Highly vegetative to me... really smells of brined vegetables. If I weren't told this were a pumpkin beer, I probably wouldn't guess it right away. Pumpkin and spices are there in the background, for me. Not all that appealing.

Taste: Heavy pumpkin right away with spice, and then a tartness (not specifically getting a cranberry flavor), and then it's basically just gone. The aftertaste is malt with the pumpkin pie sort of spices, and it's also where the cranberry flavor comes through a bit. The carbonation is light/medium, and the feel is quite a bit lighter than I thought it might be. Doesn't drink as big as I was expecting it to.

It's alright. It's different than typical pumpkin ales, and I'm okay with that. I like the tartness in this beer, though I barely get a hint of a fruit flavor, and it all tastes rather mild overall. Relatively forgettable, though I'd probably choose this over some of the super spicy pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 14:19:23 | More by Alextricity
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-12-2013 13:57:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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Roland45s

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

08-12-2013 11:24:21 | More by Roland45s
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-12-2013 02:58:00 | More by TheBishopco
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

08-12-2013 02:27:35 | More by larryarms847
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BrewSTL

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-12-2013 01:35:33 | More by BrewSTL
Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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