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Pumpkick - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 14
Gots: 125 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

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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.

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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....

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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!

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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