Pumpkick | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

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Ratings: 1,451 |  Reviews: 222
Reviews by Beejay:
Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A murky orange amber, very akin to baked pumpkin flesh. Some light white head on top albeit not the fluffy whip cream on top of a slice of pumpkin pie.

S: Pumpkin spice aroma's come out right away, although it seems to lack the depth of pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and cinnamon come right out with some lighter bread notes.. very little pumpkin aroma. Nice, but lacking richness and depth.

T: There is a little tartness from the cranberry, and the spice character does a nice little dance on the tongue with the bready malt flavors. I actually like the crispness of it, which is generally a departure for me considering the style. However the tartness seems a little out of place.. This definitely seems like more of a late summer type of brew.. something that gives you a hint of what is to come, but is still harkening back to the lazy saison days of summer.

M: Medium light in body, very crisp feel to it, and a very lively carbonation. Some lingering tartness in the finish with a slightly drying finish.

O: All in all decent, but it seems like it is holding on to summer instead of diving into fall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Webbey
5/5  rDev +44.5%

I know lots of folks aren't too big on Pumpkin Ales but my goodness you must try this beer. I drank it on tap at my local Pluckers Sports Bar and didn't even drink it slow enough to recall what it looked like.

A piece of liquid pumpkin pie but BETTER.

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Photo of exx
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Rich opaque golden copper orange, faintly luminescent. Dense with particulate. Good head retention, no lacing to speak of.

S: Somewhat syrupy sweet smell, an expect-able amount of nutmeg and cinnamon scents but not of any remarkable quality. Mild smell of pumpkin juice. Label advertised as brewed with pumpkin juice rather than with whole pumpkin, so not surprisingly there is nothing complex or exciting here with regards to pumpkin smell, or regards to the cranberry smell. It smells as if Ocean Spray made a watery cranberry/pumpkin juice cocktail.

T: The ocean spray analogy is perfect here, mixed in with a tired and tasteless base. Brewing with fruits should bring out the complex tastes of the fruit and pair it with some exciting malt and grain flavors. "Pumpkick" does not accomplish this. Most notably, there is no "kick" to be found.

M: Shallow, watery. Rolls around the mouth without soaking in.

O: Very disappointing. Pairing pumpkin with cranberry is a fantastic idea and I'd love to see New Belgium do it right. This beer might pair well with a rich Thanksgiving dinner but on its own the shortcomings are too overwhelming to recommend.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DanGeo
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MadScientist
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pretty hazy medium copper beer with an orange hue. My head is a thin raft of long lasting off-white bubbles but I don't know if how the glassware was cleaned could be at fault.

S: Medium pumpkin and caramel malt with some bread malt and spices supporting. There is a moderate fruit ester that much like the spice is complimentary and not oblivious as to the origin.

T: The malt and spice take the led at a moderate level with a blend of pumpkin, crystal malt and some fruit close behind. Some of the lemongrass and cranberry flavors a distinguishable with a light tartness. The spice and some hops bitterness provide the balance against the low malt sweetness. It's a dry beer with a dry finish and a spice aftertaste that mixes with some fruit and pumpkin.

M: Medium bodied with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A good example of a spice, herb, veg beer. A bit more to offer than the typical pumpkin with some interesting additions; I like that neither the spice nor malt took over to overwhelmed the flavors.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tbryan5
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden red with sediment
S- Spice, Apple, pumpkin is last.
T- More Apple than was on the nose. Kind of has a cidery feel to it.
M- Good carbonation but a different cidery, spicy feel.
D- I could probably only drink one but it's not bad.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jonny1138
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of heddar33
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chip26
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) with some malt.

The flavor is some vegetative pumpkin and light spice (mostly cinnamon) with a bit of medicinal bitterness. I don't get much cranberry or lemongrass. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, a bit of a letdown. Might be better if they waited and used real pumpkin rather than releasing in July.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Beerswag
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Mcangelo
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright amber color, good lacing all the way. Pumpkin, cranberry tannin, spice, bread, and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Solid smoothness, modest but noticeable spicing, pumpkin, light cranberry tartness, muted hops, bread, dry finish.

Pumpkick has a slight edge over the usual pumpkin ales ... the mild cranberry character and good use of spice is just that. Worth a go.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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