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Pumpkick | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 1,416
Photo of shreha
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of BranfordBound
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Zimmerman
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of dacrza1
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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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Photo of TH28
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +14.4%
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 +22.9%
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 +19.3%
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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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +26.3%
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 +17.6%
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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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +13.3%
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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Photo of Riff
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of MACrist
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +10.8%
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 bnes09
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +30.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +0.8%
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 -32.6%
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 +20.7%
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 +7.9%
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 +14.7%
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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