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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

976 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 106 | 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 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...

DrinkSlurm, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of jeremy_J
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jeremy_J, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of ECBS
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

ECBS, Sep 17, 2013
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

brewbattles, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +18%

redfox405, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Zuidman
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Zuidman, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of lccrunchy
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

lccrunchy, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of crownrl28
3/5  rDev -11.5%

crownrl28, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of jbfarris
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jbfarris, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Boverhof3
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Boverhof3, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of swaghawk
3/5  rDev -11.5%

swaghawk, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

NeverSettle, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

zbooks, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Radiosox
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Radiosox, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jbaker67, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

andrenaline, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

vcoggins, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

billab914, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

InspectorBob, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of jds8411
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jds8411, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a slightly caramel-tinged amber-tan color with big bubbles.

The aroma is unmistakably pumpkin-ny. Not spiced pumpkin, as in a pie, but more like that smell of sliced and peeled on the way to being boiled pumpkin. (Yes, I’ve prepped many a pumpkin for pie in my time.) It’s backed by a subtle cranberry tartness, and it’s not altogether unwelcome.

Where this beer falls apart for me is on the palate. What I was expecting was two great tastes which play well together. At least thematically. And the elements are there—I can taste the pumpkin (well, pumpkin extract?) as it lends a rounded malty sweetness to the beer, and contrasts with a tart cranberry sharpness. But they don’t play well together and the dry, lingering and somewhat unpleasant finish (like licking a piece of chalk) doesn’t help. Avoid.

elNopalero, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of rob119
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really surprised this isnt rated higher! Maybe its the tequila shots I took earlier, or maybe its the terrible pumpkin and oktoberfest beers ive had this season, but this is a nice refreshing change of pace. Well blended flavor, average look and smell, but an enjoyable brew. Im not a new belgium fan at all, but this beer is everything they promise. Just look at the name.... Pumpkick....

rob119, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

tommy5, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Fuzzy pale orange body with loads of floaters. Looks similar to pond water but lighter. No head formation but did have an off white swirly wake on top.

S: Good pumpkin aroma, metal, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cranberry sauce.

T/M: The spicy pumpkin that is present in the aroma is now shadowed by a big dose of sweet and bitter cranberry. It almost has a vinegar bite to it and interrupts the warming sensation of your typical pumpkin offering. The pumpkin and spices come through for a brief moment then are again masked by an intense metallic taste. Bitter baking cocoa in the midst of this flip flop of flavors. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation.

O: Let me say that I appreciate and understand the concept behind this brew but I really can say it works for me. The cranberry is interesting but ruins the roasty and rich pumpkin and spice flavors expected in a pumpkin beer. This is not anything I would ever purchase again but it wasnt totally horrible considering the take on the style. Again I applaud New Belgium for stepping outside the box. Cheers!

Hopswagger, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of jordanmckell
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jordanmckell, Sep 15, 2013
Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.