Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing
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3.14/5 rDev -6%
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.)
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!
08-13-2013 23:53:52 | More by StuporJew
2.8/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
08-13-2013 02:28:42 | More by TMoney2591
3.39/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-13-2013 00:17:08 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
3.39/5 rDev +1.5%
$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.
08-12-2013 14:19:23 | More by Alextricity
4.19/5 rDev +25.4%
Pumpkick pours a dark reddish color with a small but lacing head. There is a strong pumpkin and nutmeg aroma. The taste has a strong pumpkin and nutmeg flavor, with just hints of sweetness and tartness from the cranberries. Great full body, nice strong complex flavors. Overall a fantastic and fruity pumpkin ale.
08-10-2013 03:06:59 | More by vette2006c5r
3.03/5 rDev -9.3%
A: has a nice half inch quickly dissipating foamy white head, with a great clear copper tinged golden color.
S:different from any other pumpkin ale I've tried, can still smell the spices of any other pumpkin ale - the cinnamon, nutmeg and whatever else they use but has this odd sweetness, probably from the cranberries that highlights the aromas quite nicely.
T:pretty good once you get past the carbonation, you get more of the cranberry than desired which isn't a bad thing....but not welcoming either....
M: ahhh waaay tooo carbonated!! ick! almost tastes like a champagne, very tingly on the tongue with bubblyness
O.A. don't know what i'm gonna do with the other 2 bottles I have, glad I was able to split it with someone, wish I could had split it with 2 people....
08-10-2013 02:21:30 | More by Beerlover
Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.