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Pumpkick | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of colts9016
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint at 40.

Appearance: A one finger head that has fair retention. The color of the head is white, and creamy. The color of the beer is medium amber color with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque. The beer has a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

Nose: Toasted caramel malts, biscuit, pumpkins, lemons, floral hops, and yeast.

Taste: A toasted malt with caramel, biscuits, yeast, lemons, floral hops and yeast cranberry.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and dry.

Overall: The beer has an okay pumpkin flavor and cranberry . A descent tasting beer the cranberry offers a dry tannin to the finish.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-05
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pumpkick was New Belgium's "fall" offering for 2013 (though this arrived in early August) and comes across as a malt-meets-dried-leaves-and-slight-tartness beer. The spices used are rather indistinct, aside from the aftertaste, and one could hardly guess this was an autumnal ale. Fairly strange and not particularly tasteful, this was complex, but in a negative, "what the heck is in this?" sort of way. I would not seek this out again.

Pours a 1.5cm head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is average, the head declining in about one minute to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a modest island of foam lingering atop the body. Lacing is quite good, with a complex, dense mix of small dots and larger blotches clinging to the walls of the glass. Body is a medium-dark golden orange color with a slight reddish hue, light bringing out brighter golden-orange hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, quite numerous and active.
Aroma of dried leaves and medicinal herbs, with toasted bread undertones and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cranberry is nowhere noticed, and the aroma itself is fairly muted.
Flavor is heavily malty and dried-leaf-like, with mild tartness (supposedly from cranberry) and very subdued spices. Front of palate is of dried leaves and dark brown bread, with slight hints of cinnamon. Mid-palate of dried leaves, toasted bread, very mild light caramel, and light tartness. Back of palate experiences sharper spices and phenols, with a modest hint of dark brown bread and dried leaves. Aftertaste of spicy phenols, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a modest graininess in the background.
Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy, calming to a gentle foaminess on the palate. A bit less carbonation would have suited this beer better. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice, rusty orange color with a surprisingly thick head that hangs around for some time. Respectable lacing and possibly the most amount of carbonation I've seen to date in a beer. Light sediment.

Allspice on a light caramel malt. Faint hints of pumpkin flesh and cranberries are present.

Quite dull, considering the potential. Spice up front and cranberry tart on the finish.

Body is thin and uninspiring. Although the appearance of carbonation is admirable, there isn't much present.

The potential is there and I wanted to like it, but I wish everything was more potent and more expressive. Worth a try, but there are much better pumpkin beers available - hopefully the tweak this one for next year.

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Photo of hardy008
1.75/5  rDev -50%
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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Photo of Nugganooch
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 12-JAN-14 poured into my Sierra Nevada balloon glass
*Notes from 11/08/13

A: Dark orangish amber body with some pretty fine clarity considering the adjunct ingredients. Poorly sustaining brim of off-white froth with only some meager streaks and dots of stick.

S: Smells of pumpkin bread with holiday spices and a tart cranberry note that carries on into some light yeasty character. Nice aroma with the pumpkin and cranberry evident.

T: Tart cranberry juice and bready malts lead over Pumpkin fruit mixed with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Nice tart punch from the cranberry with some earthy minerals on the finish. There is a low perceived bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is completely disguised. Not bad. Spices are kind of washed out by the cranberry. Does have some nice refreshing pumpkin flavor to it.

M: Lighter body with a bit of a thin watery texture. There is some definite drying and light spritzy carbonation to counter however. Creamy overall with a finish that falls a touch watery with a light tart pucker that hits the palate.

D: Nice little holiday offering. Not something that I would drink on the reg but I do like that the key ingredients are noticeable without being overly so. All in all the pumpkin cranberry thing works.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.79/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

despite critics i actallly looved this beer. Great pumpkin taste and it just hit the spot for me not the best pumpkin beer on the market but a great beer to have during a nice fall day and i think that accounts for something. so really dont knock this beer to you have tried it you could do a lot worse

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Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing 'Pumpkick' @ 6.0% , first tasted on tap @ GCBF '13 , this review from a couple of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $2.75 each

A-pour is a pale yellow gold from the bottle to clear light amber/orange in the glass with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-sweet smelling Pumpkin Ale ,

T-the addition of cranberries adds a certain tartness to this brew

MF-mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok/good beer , one of the tartest Pumpkin Ales you can find to enjoy this season

prost LampertLand

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Photo of emyers
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a two-finger off-white head.

Smell: Tart cranberry hits first followed by pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, along with some lightly toasted malt. This is followed by another round of cranberry. There is an intricate balance between the pumpkin and cranberry here. Very well done.

Taste: My first impression is that it seems muted compared to the smell. The pumpkin and cranberry are still there, but seem pretty mild. Very little tartness, which is a bit disappointing as this was one of my favorite parts of last year's version of this beer. Some caramel malt on the finish. No alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery, which does not help the mild flavor profile. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I had this beer last year when it was just called Kick and a part of the Lips of Faith series, and it was fantastic. Sadly, in turning it into a seasonal 6-pack I feel they seriously toned it down in order to give it more mainstream appeal. I will not be buying this again in future years.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer and it has a light color body with not much head to it. The aroma has a slight spice to it. The taste has slight pumpkin flavor and some spice. I also get a very light tart hint of the cranberry. Mouthfeel is weak and overall this beer is ok.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Light orange with ok lacing. Looks nice in the the snifter. Definitely too thin for a pumpkin though.

Smell: Lots of nutmeg and not much else. Nice sweetness but too one-note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More nutmeg. Very citrusy. Orange juice and rind are both present. Slightly acidic and sour. Probably the lightest mouthfeel of any pumpkin beer I've had.

Overall Drinkability: It's not that there is too much nutmeg, it's that there is really nothing but nutmeg. Reminds me of an extra-spiced Blue Moon.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter.

Pumpkick builds a decent fingers width of airy, white foam, while sporting an amber body.

It is spiced, but not how a pumpkin ale usually is. There are no notes of cinnamon, or nutmeg, or clove. There is a little bit of ginger, some graham cracker, and the subtle tang of cranberries.

This is an interesting combo of pumpkin meat, lemongrass, and cranberry.. A slightly bitter tingle rests on the corner of the tongue after every drink. This beer is also very malty, bready really, not like the graham cracker on the nose. This also gives a pretty big dose of mineral water mid-drink.

I like that the drink is relatively smooth, but it does not feel very hefty. I could appreciate this more if it felt bigger.

Pumpkick certainly has some interesting spicing going on as you let it warm. I feel that if you go into this beer expecting to find a pumpkin ale you are going to be let down. The spices are a little light, and err more towards the lemongrass and cinnamon than a pumpkin pie sweetness.

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Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, coppery orange with a fair amount of particles floating throughout. Foamy, off white head.

Cinnamon, allspice notes. Bready, lightly caramel malt base. Pleasant, but a bit subdued overall.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done pumpkin ale. The taste and aroma are pleasant, but I would have liked them to be a bit more predominant.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on All Hallow's Eve and Samhain. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces a creamy, frothy, pale tan head that reduces to about 1/4 and sticks around, leaving ghostly apparitions of lace on the sides. These seem to map out one's possible destiny, as the beer progresses....The beer is a burnt orange in color, with plenty of carbonation.

A definite pumpkin aroma wafts on the nose, along with a bit of citrus and cranberry, as advertised. The pumpkin spices are evident, but not overdone. I don't get much of a cranberry flavor on the tongue. The hop flavors are more bittering than aromatic, but do lend some subtle citrus qualities. Overall, the flavors mesh and balance each other well, and nothing is overbearing.

A very good beer that balances the pumpkin, spice and fruity flavors quite well. I feel the pumpkin and spices could even be ramped up a bit. However, I prefer the understated flavors of this beer over some others where the spices are overdone.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best before 16th of Feb, 14.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy pumpkin aroma with hints of spices along with berries and citrus. Upfront earthy hints of pumpkin. Fall spice hints including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Juicy hints of the cranberries and lemon come through. Bready malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Subtle earthy hop hints. A pretty solid and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a solid earthy taste of pumpkins along with notes of fall spices and added fruits. Upfront taste of pumpkins. Mix of spices including notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice. Fruity taste of cranberries along with some lemongrass. Pale malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Earthy hop notes linger in the background. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and fairly drying and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a pumpkin ale. The added fruits mix well with the pumpkin and spices.

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Photo of ChrisFugiel
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am a fan of pumpkin so, naturally, this was a beer to accommodate my pallet. Unlike other beers with pumpkin flavor, this had some of the "spiciness" that one would expect from pumpkin pie. Further, it had a strong finish. Being somewhat thick, it's not a brew to chug.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice head with pretty good retention, eventually falling to a thin cap. Some lacing. Color is a deep hazy copper and slightly reddish hues.

S - Citrusy, a little bit of pumpkin spice, some hops citrus smell but also the cranberry smell.

T - A lot of flavor here but at the same time not overpowering at all. The flavor is very layered. Up front the I get the pumpkin flavor, followed pretty quickly by the cranberry flavor. Behind that I get just a hit of cinnamon that fades quickly, and finally after the other flavors have faded I get an aftertaste of hops bitterness.

M - creamy and full, very good for a fall seasonal.

O - One of the better pumpkin ales I have tried. I really like the variety of flavor I got from this one. The cranberry juice is a great complement to the pumpkin spice and really gives this beer some complexity that other pumpkin ales lack. I enjoy pumpkin flavors but am not as obsessed as some seem to be, but I usually give one or two of these ales a try every season. This is one that I would buy again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

The beer is a slightly hazy orangish copper color. A sudsy cream colored head calms to a film with a thick patch in the center. Light consistent lacing.

The aroma is almost citrusy, but cranberry comes through the most. Faint cinnamon on the back end.

Taste is more of a pumpkin body than was ever found in the aroma. A spicy note on the backside with tart cranberries.

Mouthfeel is both bright and slightly creamy.

Overall, I like this version of the pumpkin ale a lot. The cranberry is refreshing.

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Photo of tronester
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color, with a thin off-white head. Smells of apple cider, with a strong cinnamon component. There is some nutmeg as well. Taste begins with a sweet cinnamon, then some light beechwood, then some cranberry juice, and a earthy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall a pretty good pumpkin ale.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very simple yet cool looking label in the New Belgium traditional style with a nice looking color scheme and nice graphics. Label gives brewery info, ABV info, serving temperature info, a small description of the beer, web info, and states “Fall Seasonal”, “New Belgium Brewing is wind powered and Employee owned”. Awesome embossed bottle!

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz imperial pint led to a 3 finger golden white head of medium density atop a slightly hazy bright amber orange colored beer. Excellent retention at 4min 35sec before fading to a thick coating and right with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon are all very prevalent with a very slight bready malt aroma and a very slight actual real pumpkin smell. Very little if any cranberry could be detected. Smell is very good.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of slightly tart cranberry on the front end along with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and nutmeg also coming through. Midpoint is dominated by pumpkin spice and bready malts that finishes with a tart pumpkin spice aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp refreshing mouthfeel that finishes dry. Very Very drinkable and tasty.

Overall/Comments: This was a very good beer that was very refreshing and drinkable however had nothing that really made it stand out except for maybe the tartness; While not my favorite pumpkin beer this is still a very good and respectable offering. Classified as a Pumpkin Ale @ 6% ABV. Consumed 9/20/2013.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Halloween is for armatures. Real Pumpkin Ale aficionados prefer Thanksgiving! -at least that's what New Belgium is going for in its new fall classic- PumpKick!

The common camel coloration takes on an orangy tinge to play toward the pumpkin influence. But as a somewhat amber-ish ale it stands tall with a creamy off-white head. With semi-stern retention and broken collars of lace, the ale casts a frothy sense for a classy ale appearance.

Sharp and spicy in aromas, the notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all balance against a caramel and nuts in its initial aroma. As it warms, a notion of graham crackers and zinfindale emerge. The graham crackers are all about the malt character and spice but that wine-like note is a tangy sense of cranberry and alcohol- who knew?

To taste, the beer is less intense than the aromas or its appearance suggests. Its light caramel and cola nut taste is lightly buttery, biscuity, nutty and toasty- seemingly of bread crust. And the layers of spice contribute bold cinnamon and milder clove, nutmeg and allspice in order to achieve balance in the absence of meaningful hops. Trailing with a lightened taste, none of that lingers in finish. Instead the beer shuts close early with only an echo of spice and starch.

Its texture is light, airy and playful. Even as the carbonation fades, so does the sweetness so that the ale grows together over the course of the session. Its middle is spicy on the soft tissues of the mouth while the malt structures are slow to recede. To finish, the ale is malty-dry, spicy and highly drinkable- largely due to the forgotten acidity that cranberry leaves behind.

Let the beginners have Pumpkin Ales for Halloween. But the pros will reserve a few of the best ones for Thanksgiving. And that's where this ale belongs. We get the links of food flavor to beer flavor and get an added bonus of carbonated acidity to cleanse the palate: making it ideal for that savory and variant Thanksgiving dinner!

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Photo of jpro
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz single poured into a New Belgium globe...

A: copper-gold; a smallish, perhaps one-finger head of cream foam builds on the pour, leaving approximately three specks of lace.

S: pumpkin; gingerbread; hard candy; but nothing overly distinctive, really.

T: Moravian cookie-esque; pumpkin; light crust; lightly tart finish... from the cranberry, I guess; kind of an odd mix of flavor for a beer.

M: average.

O: an interesting beer, but definitely not in New Belgium's upper tier of brews; kind of tastes like they messed something up and somehow wound up with this beer.

*from notes 09.29.13

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Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with orange hues and a frothy cream head that dissipates slowly.

Allspice, cinnamon, clove, and pumpkin form the initial aroma. There's a touch of floral hops. The balance between pumpkin and spices is fairly even.

The tartness of the cranberry juice is evident initially in the flavor, with spices and pumpkin overtaking mid palate, and extending into the nutty, toasted malt finish. Hints of lemongrass become evident as it warms.

Body and carbonation are moderate, accompanied by light alcohol warmth.

I liked this better than I expected. The cranberry character is subtle enough to allow the pumpkin and spices to shine.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The beer has a nice copper orange color and a healthy head. The head persists well and leaves a good lacing on the glass. Carbonation is apparent when looking at the beer, but it's not overly fizzy.

The smell is incredibly muted and I really had to search out different aromas. I got a bit of pumpkin and sweetness, but little else. Fortunately, the taste was fuller, offering some pumpking, some cranberry and a bit of nuttiness. There wasn't much in the way of spice and this was a welcome change from most other pumpkin beers.

There was a bitter dryness at the finish for this beer and that wasn't something I was crazy about. Also, the carbonation and thin body weren't what I look for in a beer. A bit too much like drinking a soda.

This beer is just okay and not something I'd have again, not even in the fall when pumpkin beers are all the rage.

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Photo of spoony
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by December 8, 2013) into a nonic.

A-The brew develops about a half-finger of grayish-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The color is orange-amber and there is a bit of chunky carbonation visible. I also note a lot of fine floaties in there (I poured the whole bottle).

S-As you might expect, the smell has pumpkin, pie spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove), and a bit of sweet caramel. I also get the impression of cooked vegetables (like cooked corn, I guess). No cranberries. Not bad for the style, but not mind-blowing.

T-The taste is a bit thinner and more metallic than the smell would lead you to anticipate. There is still some pumpkin (although it is mild) and pie spices (and a bit of cooked vegetable), but instead of cranberry, I get a light tartness at the front end that makes the rest of the beer taste sort of scattered.

M-The feel is pretty light for a pumpkin with mild to moderate carbonation that is semi-active on the palate.

O-This is not my favorite pumpkin beer. It smells alright, but it looks funky, tastes funky, and feels funky. The cranberries don't seem to add much and, in fact, I think the tart flavor sort of takes away from the rest of the flavor and gives it a sort of mixed-up profile. Meh.

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Photo of Chiefy770
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (DEC 22 2013 freshness date) into a nonic pint glass.

A foamy, bubbly white head sat on top of a golden-orange body, a color very similar to apple cider. The head dissipated quickly and left good lacing.

Sweet spices, cinnamon, allspice, and pumpkin pie filling dominate the nose. I picked up a slight hint of malts too. The taste is quite similar. The spices hit the tongue first. You get a subtle hint of the cranberry juice in the aftertaste. The body is relatively light. Pumpkin does not necessarily dominate this beer, much more flavor from the spices. Carbonation is mild, leaning towards the high side.

Overall: Pumpkin ales are pretty hit-or-miss. Pumpkick is definitely not as heavy as other pumpkin ales. The flavors are good but they seemed a little off to me. New Belgium's take on the pumpkin ale is a solid effort but they seem to focus more on infusing this beer with a pumpkin desert flavor rather than a more straight-forward hit of pumpkin... this is not bad, it is just something to take note of.

Bottom Line: Pumpkick strikes me as more of a novelty seasonal beer, jumping on the Pumpkin flavored (insert food or drink here) bandwagon. It is not bad, in fact it is much better than I expected. Obviously those who do not like pumpkin flavored drinks or food should avoid this beer. It is not overwhelming but this tasted more like a spiced fall beverage than a beer. If you are a fan of the style, go for it.

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.
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