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New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Pumpkin Beer
3.46 | pDev: 14.45%
Wednesday at 07:08 AM
Jul 30, 2013
Notes: None
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Essence of gingerbread, amber with very thick creamy head. Else it’s not as rich as some of the other fall pumpkin beers I’ve tried recently. Not bad, but not great.
Wednesday at 07:08 AM
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Trying to not write too scathing of a review. You see, there was Kick, and that was a good beer, the predecessor to this. Then they gave us this instead, and it is nowhere near as good.

Pours a burnt orange not unlike a pumpkin itself but darker. 1/3" off white head. Aroma of pumpkin and a little bit of nutmeg, but I miss the notes of wood and cranberry tartness alongside the old version.

Taste, aw shit, this is just a bland pumpkin ale. No sourness, no tartness, no oak influence, little cranberry contribution, no feeling of fall leaves in the background. Carbonation is higher than I would like for something like this. Chill it out man. What a disappointment. You can still pull some cranberry for it, but it really needs the wood and bugs to make it work, instead you just get two kinds of fruit that are a shell of their former selves in the kick beer.

Significant downward departure from Kick here. Kick is fun to drink with friends and family at Thanksgiving. This is a chore.
Jun 22, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 14, 2019
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.

Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.
Jul 30, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by Dalbeast from Wyoming

May 11, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by ndrwmngn from New York

Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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-
Oct 05, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by isaac_barrow from Indiana

Jul 20, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by poppopintheattic11 from South Carolina

May 06, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 3.63 by adusso415 from Colorado

Jan 31, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 3 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by Walnut from Missouri

Oct 15, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Python6586 from Pennsylvania

Aug 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Aug 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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.
Jun 23, 2017
Rated: 3.52 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 3.4 by rsuarez1982 from Texas

May 16, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by OriginalWayOut from North Carolina

Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by J-Dog86 from Louisiana

Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 3.27 by Jeremiah87 from Colorado

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by spycow from Illinois

Dec 25, 2016
Rated: 3.38 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio

Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by vitaminsteve85 from Georgia

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Dec 06, 2016
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Rated by mitch3114 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Interesting "kick" with the cranberries. Something different in a pumpkin beer.
Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by rydev24 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2016
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.77/5  rDev +9%
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.
Nov 26, 2016
Rated: 3.51 by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 19, 2016
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Rated by pencilelitist from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, cranberry, and fat tire. Love it.
Nov 10, 2016
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +9%
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.
Nov 05, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Nov 02, 2016
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