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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 jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 24 Jan 2016:

Pours slightly hazed orange amber with a fluffy, lasting head. Lacing sticks.

Mild-ish pumpkin spices, bread, very suble hint of cranberry juice.

The taste is of mild pumpkin spicing, (cinnamon, nutmeg) with light toasted bread. Subtle cranberry tartness (slightly metallic) finish.

Other than the cranberry twist it's pretty much a typical, average-ish lighter pumpkin ale.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Have had this multiple times, as it is a favorite of some friends for the fall. Disagree on that, so many better pumpkin ales out there. Not actually made with real pumpkin, many pumpkin ales aren't, but this one you can tell on the smell, artificially sweet. Cranberry, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice all help, but want more spice, very subdued. Feel is watery on the finish, missing fall crispness, but breadiness upfront is acceptable.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orangish amber or tea color. The head leaves pretty quickly. The smell definitely has the spices, and especially nutmeg, but you can also smell a tartness to it (some acidic quality, and it's surely the cranberry juice). The taste has a nice wintery spice to it, typical pumpkin fare, which is great, but it leaves that tartness of the cranberry in the aftertaste. I'm not a fan of that. It's almost a sickly taste to me. Overall it's good, but I'd rather have it sans the cranberry and lemongrass.

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Photo of Spacedog666
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I am not a fan of pumpkin beers. I tried to rate this fairly. This is the best pumpkin beer I have had. Not too much spice and has some real pumpkin flavor. I personally would not drink this again but might recommend to someone who is into this sort of thing.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is pumpkin pie and spice, cinnamon.
The taste is balanced, slightly sweet.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's okay.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turn the beer on its side read the description. Sounds kind of weird right if you think you will dig it give it a try. Spot on description. I liked it.

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Photo of JFrank78
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little spice is nice. It's light and fruity, in a pumpkin sorta way. I dig it. These pumpkin beers were a real hot thing when I lived on the East Coast, and I'm happy to see the tradition has taken root on the Left Coast. New Belgium does a good job with this one. A nice beer that I will grab seasonally. It's no Pumpking by Southern Tier. But I'll take it.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it's just the association of pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce, but this smells a bit like Thanksgiving turkey. If you want the perfect beer to accompany your T-Day dinner, this is it, but frankly, I'd pick one that actually tastes better. Too many odd flavors vying for attention, and putting the flavor of canned cranberry sauce in a beer is not a great way to introduce yourself in a wave of tasty seasonal brews.
Good news is that the beer is pretty mild and light, and interesting enough to not want to pour out. It's not really offensively bad, per say, just...confusing. And not in an enticing way. Anyway, I'll never drink it again, but I'm okay with finishing what's in the glass, so I guess that says something.

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Photo of Spikester
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with one fat finger of off white head that lasts . Some lace.
Smells like cinnamon rolls with pumpkin icing.
Taste is much more subdued than the smell. The sweet portion is beaten into shape by a tart almost sour fruit aspect. Ends up fairly well balanced which gives it a long bitter and sour finish. Carbonation level is good also.
Pretty tasty overall. One of the better and more interesting pumpkin beers this year.

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Photo of 57md
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with about a finger of head. The nose is a wonderful blend of pumpkin and pie spice. The flavor has an essence of squash but it is certainly on the sour side of "gourdness."

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Photo of gulli
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised that this beer wasn't overly sweetened with pumpkin nice zesty taste with spices. I definitely would reorder this nice beer for the fall season. Definitely can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg and some of the lemongrass

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of pumpkin pie spices but fairly muted. Not super inviting, but pleasant. Taste is of immediate cinnamon and nutmeg with some brown sugar malts. Pumpkin is subtle but present. There's also that tart fruitiness that other reviewers have noted. A bit of cranberry. Fairly smooth mouthfeel, a little watery though. Overall not a bad beer by any means, but still not quite the great pumpkin beer that I am still searching for.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a new belgium chalice: color is amber, a little dense with a nice fine bubbled light tan head, head laces the glass a bit.

Smell is simple, not too spicy (as pumpkin beers go) a nice bread/biscuit quality is hinting on the finish.

Taste is a little different for a pumpkin ale, but probably closer to real, original pumpkin ales: spice level is moderate, lighter notes of ginger/cinnamon/allspice, then the biscuit/bread malt comes through but is overtaken by a fruity sourness - not mouth altering but pleasant and seems to lighten the spice level and enhance the harder to distinguish pumpkin flesh flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little bit sharp on the tongue, hard to tell if its a dry fermentation or the spice/hop bitterness - not too detracting from the flavor.

Overall, a nice take on this style, fairly unique with a hint of sourness and simpler spice levels and not an overdone biscuit/bread note.

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Photo of spamNeggs
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh dear what were they thinking. More like a wine..erm beer cooler with the sweetness (cranberry).

Look, pumpkin beers are a certain thing. Maybe not a great thing but trustworthy and dependable thing that's worth a swing once year. Sure there is a range but it's still within "the box".

Pumpkick is like when that certain thing becomes...well, not a wild pitch, so much as an inside breaking ball intentionally fired at the batters head. Like if Steve McQueen guest starred on Sex in the City;

They knew where this was going.
They knew it wouldn't be pretty.
They threw the damn thing anyway.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Triple Digit glass. Best by 24 January 2016.
Fluffy, persistent head tops a dimly translucent beer.
It smells vaguely flat and metallic, with a distant fruity acidity.
Initially it's really spicy (one of my pumpkin peeves), but then it morphs into this tart fruitiness that's entirely pleasant. It's not a pumpkiny flavor, but it's close...yams? The spice doesn't persist, and for this I yam grateful.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one! It's not great, but it's just enough of a lot of things -- pumpkiny, sour, spicy, smooth -- that it is pleasurable to drink. Will have another, mostly because I have a sixer.

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Photo of Suds
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is an autum, Amber, orange color. The head is slim, and fades fast. The scents are very inviting ....pumpkin, spice, and sweet malt. Excellent. The taste has an unexpected tartness. The cranberry flavor is strong, and not as well blended with the aroma as it could be. Strange, and it really didn't do anything for me. Full in body and interesting, but not great.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First off, this is not a "traditional" pumpkin ale, and you'll be disappointed if that's what you're expecting. That said, this is a solid beer, and the sour note are not only interesting, but well-executed and tasty. If you're a fan of sour beers, as I am, this may fit allow you to pursue that taste, but also get in the fall spirit concurrently.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this fits the category of "interesting" more than "good" or truly drinkable. Looks slightly cloudy orange, light tan head. Smells fairly obviously of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Tastes like pumpkin spice with pronounced tartness, but not really picking up a cranberry flavor, just the tart. (Tart is almost sour, like NB Snapshot). Very dry, not very sweet. Spicing is sort of middle of the road in intensity for the pumpkin beers I've tried, so good that they didn't completely overdo it, but I still think this is mostly about the spice/sour play, and not the beer itself.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised by the subtle smell on this one; nonetheless, it's a thoroughly enjoyable pumpkin ale. Don't know where some reviewers are getting the cranberry taste from, but this is a simple beer, filled with spices and a bready, pumpkin consistency that makes it drinkable. Gotta drain my bank account to nab some others before stores run out.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try this for a while a pumpkin ale brewed with cranberries. Different!

A - Amber brown color somewhat hazy with a 1 inch head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Tart cranberries and cinnamon with a sweet vanilla like sweetness.
T - I guess it works the tart sweet body distracts one from the vegital bitterness one encounters in a pumpkin ale. Cinnamon and nutmeg bite balanced but tasty.
M - Crisp body with a medium body. Not bad!

Overall for a fruit beer its somewhat amazing but for a pumpkin ale it has very little pumpkin or spice flavor. Regardless its all kinds of interesting.

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Photo of Monkeefartz
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite from New Belgium. The cranberry tartness takes away from any pumpkin and spice flavor. Not in my preferred flavor profile (pumpkin, vanilla, spice) for a fall brew.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy orange, pillowy off-white head retains as a lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Tastes of pumkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mild tartness in the finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fairly good pumpkin ale, could stand to have a richer flavor and slightly fuller body. Not going to compete with the greatest pumpkin beers but not bad and worth a try.

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Photo of 98green
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid pumpkin beer. All the spice flavors are there, but not overpowering in any one way. I don't get much of the cranberry that is noted in the description.

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Photo of jera1350
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed with this one (2015 vintage). One of the better pumpkin beers out there. The pumpkin pie spices are really dialed in. Some in the style are just too heavy or lacking in one or more, but this is spot on in the nose and taste. The pumpkin is not gourdy, it's just right also. Fantastic looking beer as the lacing is thick and sticky like a DIPA. Mild tartness from the cranberry, which I wouldn't have picked up on if someone didn't point it out.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this poured into a pint glass. The appearance is an orangish-copper with an off-white head. A little thin. Flavor and color is pure pumpkin, but its not super strong and there are none of the spices or sweetness you might hope for in a pumpkin ale. The mouthfeel is nothing special, but not bad. Not my favorite pumpkin.

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