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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

993 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 12
Gots: 113 | 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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Photo of ssarah
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of tnflyguy
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pumpkin, hops, sweet malt, nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, hint of sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pumpkin, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight nutmeg, hint of earthy malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, I really like how the pumpkin is more of a addition than the dominant flavor. Also, I enjoy the spices being as subtle as they are in the body; the blend is amazing.

Photo of Furlinator
3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with little head and little lacing.

Smell is faint cinnamon and even less pumpkin.

Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and citrus (in that order).

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with medium carbonation.

A rather bland pumpkin ale.

Photo of frozenjogurt
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Heretic42
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A murky orange amber, very akin to baked pumpkin flesh. Some light white head on top albeit not the fluffy whip cream on top of a slice of pumpkin pie.

S: Pumpkin spice aroma's come out right away, although it seems to lack the depth of pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and cinnamon come right out with some lighter bread notes.. very little pumpkin aroma. Nice, but lacking richness and depth.

T: There is a little tartness from the cranberry, and the spice character does a nice little dance on the tongue with the bready malt flavors. I actually like the crispness of it, which is generally a departure for me considering the style. However the tartness seems a little out of place.. This definitely seems like more of a late summer type of brew.. something that gives you a hint of what is to come, but is still harkening back to the lazy saison days of summer.

M: Medium light in body, very crisp feel to it, and a very lively carbonation. Some lingering tartness in the finish with a slightly drying finish.

O: All in all decent, but it seems like it is holding on to summer instead of diving into fall.

Photo of WeisenForEisen
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of TruePerception
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Beligum's Pumpkick, an ale brewed with pumpkin juice (qua?), cranberry juice and spices.

Appearance: It starts out with maybe a half a finger's head. The beer is an orange-amber, reminiscent of the outside of a pumpkin.

Smell: There is a definite pumpkin pie aroma going on here. Nutmeg. Also, a cross between banana bread and pumpkin bread. Interesting.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is kind of complex and hard to immediately identify. There's a definite dry cranberry note towards the front. It fades into a pumpkin shell taste as it hits the back of the tongue, ending with a bit of pumpkin seed/stem. There is some acidity present, but it's more subdued. More of an accent than a feature. Finish is fairly short. This is very smooth and easy to drink.

Not the best pumpkin beer I've had, but a great everyday choice. And, feels very thanksgiving-y with the cranberry backing! I could even drink this at Christmas, I should say.

Poured into a pint glass, from a 12 oz. bottle.

And, I should call it cheating that they used pumpkin juice, but it seems to work well enough here. Still, I prefer when real, fresh pumpkin is used.

Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of n2185
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of eggshell head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: A lot of pumpkin spices up front but with some yeasty bread notes underneath. There is just a hint of the tart cranberries.

T: Pumpkin pie spices here as well with some bread flavors following. There is a tartness toward the finish that lingers.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and avoids being watery like many pumpkin ales.

O: A solid pumpkin ale overall. I'd like more depth and presence from the cranberries, but it's not bad.

Photo of sommersb
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted On: 09-17-2013
Freshness: Best by 12-08-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Pour Vous, Hendersonville, TN

A: Hazy and orange, with a finger of off-white head that has good lacing and an OK degree of retention.

S: Pumpkin fruit is first and foremost in the aroma, followed by a light nutmeg spice and some lemon.

T: The taste has notable pumpkin and fruit flavors. It's not really sweet or bitter, but has some tartness to it from the cranberries.

M: Moderate body and a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and somewhat tart, with some lingering vegetable notes.

O: Overall I thought this was OK, but I wouldn't call this one of my top pumpkin ales.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Orange pumpkin color with nice lacing. bready spice aroma..mild but pleasant. Taste is similar..caramel, biscuit, bready, spices...and a hint of chocolate. Well balanced and really easy to drink. Yet another pumpkin ale, but its actually a decent one. Not sure why there are so many bad reviews...its a good run of the mill pumpkin. Id get again if it was available in my area...

Photo of jeremy_J
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ECBS
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of brewbattles
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out:

http://youtu.be/pOZlhbi-0F0

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4/5  rDev +18%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.