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Pumpkin Beer
3.47 | pDev: 14.41%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 1,462
Photo of Libeertarian
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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 +13.5%
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 +33.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +2.6%
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 -31.4%
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 +22.8%
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 +9.8%
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 +16.7%
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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Photo of infinitebruner
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +22.5%
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 +15.6%
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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Photo of Myotus
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date 10Jan16) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that shrivels down into a line after 40 seconds. Dull orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is an abundance of small, brown particles floating around. Rising bubbles are small in size and hardly exist. This is an extremely physically unattractive beer. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel, and nutmeg that meet with subtle aromas of cranberries, pale malts, and lemony zest.
TEST: Initial taste is of mild pumpkin, caramel, and nutmeg flavors. Mild cinnamon and pale malt flavors enter right after. Mild lemony zest and subtle cranberry flavors enter lastly as all flavors perist, except for cinnamon, which grow slightly stronger. As all flavors being to fade into the aftertaste, lemon zest flavors grow much stronger. This results in a lemony spice taste that isn't exactly tasty.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated (worst possible combination). Goes down rough. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: Tone down the lemony zest and amp up the cranberries. You'll have a much better brew if you do.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

EJD 1/17/16. Hazy light amber pour with a hint of garnet. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and world class lacing.

Interesting nose of pumpkin, cranberry and mixed spice, but a bit light in intensity.

Heavy light body with a fairly smooth texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a slightly stronger finish.

While not quite outstanding due to a lack of intensity, it is complex and very well balanced. Slightly tart cranberry adds a nice twist to this otherwise light brew. Cranberry is the main component while light spice and pumpkin rest underneath. There is enough sweetness to balance the tartness, but sweet is never really perceived. Bitterness is a mere hint. The finish is slightly dry and a mild tartness lingers over a hint of pumpkin.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of the better pumpkin beers I have had this Fall. The pumpkin taste is dominant as well of the cinnamon. It is a bit on the sweet side but not cloying.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange amber color with a tint of red within and a big fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sweet brown sugar tainted pumpkin smell mixed with a whole lot of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There is a little bit of a grainy and grassy smell along with hint of sourness in there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a decently spiced, light brown sugar sweetened pumpkin flavor that has just a hint of roast. The spice is heavy of a cinnamon and clove taste with these remaining throughout the taste and being joined some clove and cardamom later on. With the spice transitions, also comes some transitions in the sweetness, with the brown sugar fading and being replaced by some sour lemon and bitter cranberry tastes. With a little bit of grain and grass joining the tastes that persist to the end of the taste, one is left with a slightly sour and funked, moderately spiced, light roasted pumpkin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the mix of slightly sour and pumpkin spiced flavors the feel seems rather decent, although since it is sort of a weird combination, I am not 100 % sure if it is appropriate or not….

Overall- A decent drinker, but nothing that I am al that wild about. With the pumpkin and brown sugar, the sourness in some ways does not go. Overall and OK beer, but not one I will go back to again and again.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unexpectedly different take on the usual seasonal pumpkin fare. The expected bright copper orange color is present, but with more head than many of its competitors. Glass lacing is also a standout with this offering. Nose has the same usual / expected seasonal flavors, but there something else here; That something else is "tartness," which really comes into focus when tasting. That quality more or less overtakes the initial seasonal spice flavors and carries thru to the finish, almost like going down a slide. (Very effervescent.) Not sure if I would want more than 1 of these in a sitting or if I'd even want an entire six in the house: But again, it's a refreshing, welcome, and enjoyable deviation from the other beers in this style / class with similar ABV's.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a massive cinnamon fan, so love that it takes the lead here. Brewer's notes confirmed the virtual lack of pumpkin, but attending spices, and a shadow of cranberry, help keep the taste from being totally one-dimensional. Also delivers a creaminess and froth, and an overall mildness that makes it a relatively quick and pleasant drinker. Not stellar, and really only "pumpkin" in name, but a nice Fall, spiced beer.

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Photo of puck1225
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy dark brown pour from a bottle into a pint. Decent head and lacing. Not big on smell. The taste is good for a pumpkin beer, not really a style I go for (Someone else bought it.) It has a nice spice profile that reminds you of fall. A good beer.

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Photo of uvachief
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Pours a light pumpkin orange with fluffy off white head. Smells great. Lots of pumpkin pie spice smell. Taste was a little let down. Some spice but not enough. Not sweet. Little too thin in the mouth. Otherwise a good pumpkin ale. Just not outstanding.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper, slightly hazy
Odor: Malt with a hint of nutmeg and pumpkin
Taste: Malt undertones with up front nutmeg and pumpkin. Very light mouthfeel and carbonation.
Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel and carbonation
Overall: New Belgium’s Pumpkick brings all the standards to the table in a Pumpkin beer, but the added cranberry flavor really brings something different to the table. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of schwansmantr
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

New Belgium threw a twist on this beer. It has a nice orange tint with very little head and filtered. Smell of pumpkin and nutmeg is strong. Light bodied but not really smooth. Has a strong pumpkin and nutmeg taste fallowed by cranberry, yes cranberries.

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Photo of abastias
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz glass bottle pour to shaker pint glass. ABV: 6% BBD: 02.21.16

A: Clear, pale amber
S: Sweet, spicy, apple sauce, cranberry,.
T: Apple butter, clove, allspice, sourness,
M: Slightly tangy, excellent carbonation, wet with bite.
O: Excellent sweet, sour, spicy profile! Every sip is a revelation. A fall favorite.

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Photo of Moose90
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip for tasting

A — Pours a rather vibrant and bright orange hue, almost reminiscent of the label color. There is a creamy off-white colored head that forms, settles to a thin layer, and leaves behind some adequate lacing.

S — Smells of pie spices and is quite pungent, big notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and a bit of a sweet and tangy fruitiness underneath, some cranberry and almost cherry character.

T — Tastes quite spicy and is predominately focused on cinnamon and pie spices. There is an unmistakable tart fruit component here as well, not entirely refreshing.

M — Thin bodied, ample carbonation here as well, pretty quick finish.

O — Fair overall, definitely a bit different with the added cranberry twang, very light bodied.

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