Pumpkick | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of TH28
3.59/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of udfan07
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +23.3%
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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Photo of neenerzig
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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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Photo of JoLight
4.46/5  rDev +26.7%
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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Photo of DM1293
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of Riff
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of MACrist
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of Libeertarian
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A semi-hazy, bubbly, rich shade of orange. Head is a well-retaining, fluffy, sandy tan. Decent lacing. Pumpkin spice aromas, cinnamon and sugar predominate, bit of pumpkin in there as well, and earthiness. On the palate, about as much cinnamon as expected from nose, but less sweetness. Powerful, almost overwhelming, but not unpleasant tartness — as others have said, like cranberries almost — and very mild spiciness throughout. Pumpkin very subdued compared to other flavor qualities. As are the hops, though even more so. Finish is only moderately dry, and quite crisp. Medium-bodied, watery, refreshing, carbonation is a little spritzy.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased an individual bottle of this from a local Pick N Save grocery store. This beer pours a hazy golden hue with a moderate head that leaves behind a decent lacing. I can notice a small amount of sediment present as well. The scent of this beer gives off hints of pumpkin, cranberry and spices. The taste brings out all of those for a nice finish. Overall this is one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

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Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color. Light, creamy head. Nice pumpkin and spice aroma. Well balanced palate of pumpkin, yams, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Herbal grassy hop. Medium body. Crisp finish with lingering spice. Solid pumpkin beer. Love the balance.

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Photo of torrenju
4.62/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks exactly how a pumpkin beer should look; I love the smooth, pumpkin flavor and the slightly warming aftertaste of pie. The cranberry hints work well and none of the flavors are overpowering... Great beer; I'll definitely look for this one again!

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, light spices. Taste is pumpkin, cranberry, subtle spices, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable pumpkin beer with a cranberry twist,.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I poured this into a pint glass, the appearance was a hazy copper color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation seems to rise at a nice pace. The head dissipates quite quickly.
The smell starts off with the pumpkin breadiness and then a slight sweet to spicy blend.
The taste was mainly sweet with an underscore of the breadiness and a nice toasty to roastiness all around.
The mouthfeel takes a moderately speckled light to medium body to grind into the spices in which they hit my tongue. Carbonation is there, but doesn't seem to show enough oomph to hide the grind.
Overall, as a pumpkin ale, it mostly works, if you can stand a slightly harsher feel. Would I have this again? Maybe depending upon what other pumpkin ales were served.

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Photo of Rhine
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer tastes like someone made their first pumpkin ale homebrew (with unsanitized equipment), bottled it, opened a bottle a few weeks later, left it out on a table in the sun on a 90 degree day for 12 hours, put the cap back on and sold it as is. It just has a putrid aftertaste. I'm a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but this one sucks. Must be the cranberries, but I'm not really sure. The only thing I'm sure about is the fact I wold honestly rather drink a warm Icehouse than this beer.

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Photo of Sandhollow
4.26/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you're going to have a pumpkin ale, this is a pretty good one. Smooth and delicious.The other reviewers have handled the in depth descriptions accurately. I don't seek out pumpkin or other gimmicky beers, but this one is good. You can definitely taste the pumpkin, cranberry, and cinnamon/allspice. I'd have another.

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Photo of mlockman
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A great beer to start with: with a clean palate, the flavor is subtle pumpkin spice; definitely present, but not overpowering. Revisited after eating, however, while still smooth and easy to drink, the flavor was unremarkable and nearly imperceptible.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Aroma isn't very strong. Almost smells like a soda to me. Mild nutmeg and spices. The taste is actually very smooth and silky. Nutmeg and cinnamon spices at the end. I find it very good to tell you the truth. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Would drink again.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

October 28, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Medium to slightly dark amber, a lot of ruby red, mostly clear. Bone white head, maybe a quarter inch and slightly frothy, dissipates fairly quickly.

S – Nutmeg and allspice, along with light cinnamon and clove spice notes. A mild version of Christmas potpourri. Light caramel and bread crust malt. Perhaps some slightly fruity hop notes, seem to be obscured by the spices.

T – A lot of malty and slightly fruity sweetness, mostly bread crust and a berry note. No real hop flavor, but a wave of hop bitterness in the middle. Pie spices, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, are very mild and only really show on the finish, though they linger and strengthen on the aftertaste.

M – Medium-bodied with moderate to slightly moderate-high carbonation. Sweetness of malt and juice is balanced with moderate hop bitterness.

O – Not a pumpkin beer as much as a pie spice beer, as many of them are. Spices used in moderation are a plus, adding to what would be a good Oktoberfest/Marzen on its own. Solid.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color.

Overall: It has a interesting aroma of pumpkin, cranberry and mixed spice. While not an outstanding brew, it is complex and very well balanced. Features a cranberry as the main component while light spice and pumpkin rest underneath. Good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a darker orange/ amber color with a decent head that lasts five or so minutes. nice lacing
S-smells like pumpkin with the subtle tartness of cranberry following up. getting cinnamon and spices also
T- both pumpkin and cranberry are present in the flavor and work well together. taste is very much a match to the smell, which is a good thing
F- light medium feel in the mouth with light carbonation
O-I like the label on the bottle, and the combination of flavors in this one. Over all a pretty damn good beer and one I will be happy to buy again next year.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ready to take a shot at this one.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy amber to glossy orange color with a thin white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Lacing, eh, there really wasn't much there, to be honest.
The smell started off with some light pumpkin and then takes on some cranberries, a little bit of ginger, allspice and an ever so slight cinnamon. Interesting combination, but not bad, moving on.
The taste was a nice blend between the sweet and the spicy slapping against my tastebuds as the previously mentioned spices take on a bit more character. Gentle cranberries assist in a light tartness, but prove themselves to be nice and balanced.
The mouthfeel sharpens with the cranberries and spices against the soft pumpkin to enable about a light to medium on the body and an okay sessionability. Carbonation remains mostly in the background to allow all of this to happen.
Overall, this turned out better than I thought. Having low expectations may have been good as it turns out that I want some more of this for Thanksgiving.

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