Pumpkick | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
80
good
1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,445
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.16%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
357
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -71.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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1.53/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Truly terrible beer masquerading as craft. Tastes funky and stale. Bitter and sour in all the wrong ways.

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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Orange with a one finger off white head with decent retention and lacing. the aroma has cranberry juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and something I couldn't pick out until I looked at the bottle - lemongrass. I had no idea all this was in the beer when I picked up the single bottle, or I would have left it on the shelf.

I can taste the cranberry juice, lemon grass, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin, as mentioned on the bottle. Wow, this is really bad. The only thing going for this beer is the fact that it is also somewhat bland. Not a good combination of flavors. A regular pumpkin beer with no cranberry juice or lemongrass would have been a lot better.

Light bodied and over carbonated. Not worth seeking out.

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1.76/5  rDev -50.1%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

It's definitely not bad tasting, but it is a poor representation of the style. The fruit juices added and the abundance of cinnamon make it taste more like a mulled cider than a pumpkin beer.

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

I bit to much of a pumpkin taste for me. I prefer something more subtle pumpkin taste. I like pumpkin ales with some other spice taste to compliment the pumpkin.

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.06/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.1/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
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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2.24/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
3.53 out of 5 based on 1,445 ratings.
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