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Pumpkin Beer
3.47 | pDev: 14.41%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 1,463 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 2/26/17"; drank 10/17/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque dark orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small eggshell head; frothy lace.

Pumpkin pie, graham cracker, mild cranberry & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Graham cracker & pumpkin pie flavors up front; faint cranberry notes on the finish. A cinnamon bite settled on my lips over the course of the quaff.

Mild, but enough to hold my interest; above average for the "pumpkin beer" genre.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 30, 2019
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3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pumpkick leaves a nice lacing around the glass & it is well carbonated. This is the first beer that I ever had that used the addition of cranberry puree in it & I like it. The taste is sweety & more tarty than usual for a pumpkin beer. I am glad that the cranberries are not overly done because that would just ruined things. This is not a beer that I plan on revisiting because there are plenty of better pumpkin beers on the market. Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Oct 05, 2018
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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle from the gas station that sold me the old turntable pils earlier. No date here either. Let's hope for the best.

Look - Pours a moderately murky amber with decent clarity. Head stacks to a finger and the carbonation appears to be pretty high. Low lace and stick upon a finished glass.

Smell - All the typical pumpkin spices you've come to expect. Touch of a sulfur aspect indicating it may be from last years batch. Can't tell quite yet.

Taste - Pumpkin spice dominate. Wow who ever would have guessed it in a pumpkin ale!. Clove, nutmeg minimal. Slight wet cardboard.

Feel - Well this is rare. The body is almost TOO heavy for the style. Carbonation wasn't much of a factor but this is one you really don't wanna let sit around the mouth for too long. For some unknown reason I nearly gagged on this as it sat around.

Overall - Another average pumpkin ale in my opinion. You could do much, much worse than this. Remember getting that shipyard or whatever pumpkin ale last year for $9.99 a case and that stuff was trash. Guess if you could get this at a similar price you'd catch a pretty damn good deal. Just don't let it sit around too much.

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Raime from Greenland, Aug 05, 2017
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3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange/amber color and leaves a two finger white foamy head, lacing is sporadic and spider webbed, the smell obviously has pumpkin up front with some clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, then as it warms a bit there is a slight scent of cranberry, the taste has the pumpkin dominating with all of the previously mentioned flavors and becoming slightly tart due to the cranberry, its fairly easy on the palate and drinkable, overall, this is a good Pumpkin Ale that I would come back to.

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3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Belgium globe

A: Pours hazy reddish copper with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: First smell you get the spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, comes off like cinnamon toast, then with a little agitation you get some tart cranberry and maybe a hint of pumpkin.

T: Mild cranberry tartness up front, followed with spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, earthy pumpkin, and a little lightly toasted malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Cool twist on a pumpkin ale. Would be a nice refreshing brew while working up a sweat raking leaves.

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RyanK252 from California, Nov 26, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear bright amber color with a small white head. The aroma is pumpkin, cranberries and spices. The taste is very similar to the nose. A solid pumpkin ale.

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ordybill from Georgia, Nov 05, 2016
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4.51/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the PERFECT pumpkin gose type beer. No, it's it officially a gose, but its cranberry flavor is much more reminiscent of a tart wheat beer than a typical pumpkin selection and the pumpkin flavor is just present enough to keep it a pumpkin beer.

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bmeehan from Pennsylvania, Oct 24, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at McLoone's Boathouse in West Orange. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg aroma. Similar overall flavor profile. Decent.

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dsa7783 from New Jersey, Oct 23, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkick is a seasonal offering from New Belgium, brewers of Fat Tire. And that's exactly what it tastes like, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. It smells like pumpkin pie. Pumpkick tastes like Fat Tire with a kick of pumpkin spices and a little cranberry. It doesn't knock my socks off or offend my palate. I would drink it again, but it's not the pumpkin beer I'd reach for among others.

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shreha from Ohio, Oct 20, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, still fresh. Pours a murky amber color, thin white head to form a cap.

Smell is pretty spicy, getting cinnamon and allspice, some malty sweetness and yeast. Flavor starts with this odd puckering tartness, middle is like an amber ale with caramel sweetness, and then honest to goodness pumpkin pie finish, doughy. After reading the label I figured out the initial tartness was created by using cranberry juice. This is a good Thanksgiving beer, very much like pumpkin pie in the flavor.

An odd combo, but I think the finished product is good, an easy drinking beer for the fall.

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BranfordBound from Connecticut, Oct 18, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The tart of cranberry gives this an almost Thanksgiving-esque flavor. The tart of the berry works into the spice of the beer giving a sharp, puckering, sour note to an otherwise smooth, marlty-brown-sugar ale. Its a bit strange, but it grows on you

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Zimmerman from Louisiana, Oct 12, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: October 2, 2016... OCCASION: a good weekend finishes with an October-worthy brew... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse pokal... pours a nearly opaque, medium amber body that bubbles convivially from its base... head is soapy, white and bubbly as well... lacing arcs and streams....the immediate "kick" of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, as the label promises, is full... pumpkin spice and cookie dough make for a dessert suggestion, as does some subtle ginger... vibrant palate activates the tongue, with a medium-bodied presence that drinks amiably... the cranberries add a tartness that makes this a slightly puckering, warming finish... this drinks wonderfully well for a beer with this much to unpack... some citrus hints blend with cookie malts to balance a robust profile--quite a treat... enough uniqueness here to carve its own niche in the season...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Oct 03, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Strong pumpkin pie aroma, with only a tinge of cranberry. The taste is more restrained with pumpkin, light seasonal spices, lemongrass and tart cranberry. It balances very well but the mouthfeel is a little thin and the flavor could use a slight boost. What is here is tasty though, and I like the light tartness.

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bsp77 from Minnesota, Oct 02, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 1/29/17 best by date. Appearance: Light golden, hazy, with a light off white foam cap. Aroma: Strong pumpkin spicing, heavy on cinnamon and allspice, with a slight touch of berry. Taste: Bready, toasty maltiness with nutmeg, turning to a sharp cinnamon, and ends with a tart berry note. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Bready maltiness with a cinnamon and nutmeg pumpkin spicing that pops up retronasally. Overall: Fairly standard pumpkin ale that differs by adding a touch of cranberry. The berry character is very minimal, adding a slight tartness on the swallow. There is a nice bready and toasted malt character as well. Nice beer, but not sure I’d order a 2nd

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TH28 from Florida, Sep 25, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank this straight from the bottle. Smelled really good. Smelled of cinnamon, pumpkin, and hint of cranberry. Very drinkable and flavor was mixed well.

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Photo of seedyone
4.34/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. Dated best by 12FEB17. This is one pretty beer. Great deep amber with a rich, thick head that yields a fair lacing. The aroma is subdued compared to others I've had this year. The texture is superlative. Rich, smooth. a real joy. The 6% will be hard to monitor with this stuff sliding down so pleasantly. Problem is, I've only seen it here in NYC at 1 retailer.

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seedyone from New York, Sep 23, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium copper color with a slightly off white head that's only about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch thick when first poured. The head makes a fizzing sound and settles very quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with just a slight hint of lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, all spice, pumpkin, and hints of cranberry. The taste is pretty much the same, but has a toasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to the cinnamon, all spice, and pumpkin that are rounded out with some cranberry that gives this a nice hint of funky sourness that compliments all the sweet and spices quite nicely indeed. Has a mainly crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. easy to drink in a good way. This was a good fir pumpkin ale for me to have this season.


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3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is typical of pumpkin brews maybe a shade lighter, aroma is of pumpkin, not clove and nutmeg, and a faint cranberry, sort of like cranberry sauce. I really like this different version of pumpkin brew. Nice job.

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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania, Sep 18, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Marmalade/burnt orange body and hazy, with a medium off-white-to-beige frothy head that retains as a thin ring of foam and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: bullion cubes, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberry sauce, maybe a little allspice; raw pumpkin; yeast; graham crackers.

Flavor: same as the aroma, but no yeast, and a toasted grain underbody; a little paperiness.

Mouthfeel/finish: light-to-medium, nicely carbonated; crisp, dry, tangy.

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JoLight from Georgia, Sep 18, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice copper color, hints of cinnamon and cloves and pumpkin on the nose. Taste is surprisingly sharp, acute sweet pumpkin flavor with sharp cloves to round it off. Light cinnamon aftertaste. Easy drinking body. An overall solid pumpkin ale.

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DM1293 from California, Sep 11, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Let me start off by saying I hate cranberries, but I still bought this beer because I love pumpkin ales.
I wasn't quite sure how the cranberry juice would contribute to the flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised by how sparingly yet effectively they've used it here.

The beer pours a translucent rusty orange color with a two and a half finger beige head. It leaves almost no lacing.

Some of the lemongrass and cranberry juice comes through on the nose, but the aroma is predominantly full of cinnamon, allspice and gingerbread.

The taste is rich, but supple and not heavy handed or sugary. Flavors follow the nose with notes of graham cracker, ginger, clove and cinnamon. The cranberry and lemongrass provides a nice contrast of tartness to the rest of the palate.

The feel is light in body with light carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, you can tell it's higher than a typical 4.5% beer, but it isn't offensive.

Aside from some offputting metalic flavors I am detecting here and there, this is a refreshing pumpkin ale. Not bad, but not terribly impressive. The biggest thing I'll say this beer has going for it is it's drinkability, especially for a pumpkin ale.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a deep yellow/orange color with haze. Decent foamy head with minimal lacing. Smells of spice, pumpkin, brown sugar, and some mellow hops. Taste is full pumpkin/brown sugar, almost like a warm pie. Little bit of zip mixed in almost citrus in nature but mellow for sure. Overall a clean finish and tasty. I am not a big pumpkin guy but this was a nice beer, good change and good for fall season, well done New Belgium.

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4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tumbler glass. Hazy orange color with a creamy, tan, head about one finger thick. Smells of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Smooth, pumpkin flavors up front and cranberry at the finish. Medium body and finishes cleanly. Overall a very nice beer, certainly a nice take on the style.

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Riff from Virginia, Sep 03, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper/orange with lots of bubbles rising. Half finger of head that actually stays around. Nice bit of lacing down the glass. Has a nice aroma with the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice out front. These come out in the flavor on the back end. I don't think i would have guessed cranberry and lemon grass in the flavor but the beer does have a pleasant mild tartness to it. A little sticky up front and dry on the finish, carbonation is mild on the palate and the body is medium. Reminds me of the Fall and Halloween a little bit, so mission accomplished. Very mild and chuggable, overall.

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matcris from Arizona, Aug 31, 2016
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3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another disappointing pumpkin beer from a brewer I really like. Nose is authentic, but mild pumpkin, and very little pumpkin spice. Taste follows. Not impressed.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, May 05, 2016
Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1463 ratings