Pumpkick | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of JFrank78
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -24%
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 +15%
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 +6.5%
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 -5.6%
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 +13%
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 +8.2%
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 -15%
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 +1.1%
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 -7.3%
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 +3.7%
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 -0.3%
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 -5.4%
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 +12.7%
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 -24.6%
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 +6.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +16.7%
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 -20.3%
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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Photo of Samwasnthere
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite pumpkin beer. The cranberry came out strong for me- providing a welcome balance to the sweetness of the pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin I usually run from. The tartness I tasted throughout the beer where the pumpkin pie was a strong aroma but a minor note in the actual taste of the beer.

It was a nice amber with about a 1/4in head that was a nice toasted marshmallow color. Its a very bubbly beer, almost foaming out of the mouth which tells alot about how they carbonated it. I'll be picking this one up for the remainder of the season.

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Photo of Timmmmaaayyy
4.31/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cranberry was very subtle, but definitely works. More spice than true pumpkin flavor, but this on works and works very well. Had it in a 12oz bottle. I will definitely get this again.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfect pumpkin pie aroma and appearance with the turbid orange-brown color. The taste was on target for a pumpkin ale, not too much spice but rich pumpkin with a slightly sour note from the cranberries. Will be picking up more of this one.

Update 9-27-2016: Ages well, the case I picked up last year with "ENJOY BY: date of 10 JAN 2016 is still excellent. Still has the tartness and sour note from the cranberries.

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Photo of do_ob
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally containted in a 12 oz. bottle. Served at 48 degrees F in a 3 Floyds pint glass. Pours a moderate/deep amber and settles a very clear, deep orange-red in the glass. Outstanding carbonation. Initially 1/2 a finger of white foam; this dwindled down into a dense lacing after about a minute. Pumpkin spice, vanilla, ginger, hazlenut, and cream on the nose. Reminds me of pumpkin pie batter prior to baking. Not strong, but definitely present. I would've liked to've seen a huge, engulfing pumpkin aroma on this beer. Still plesasnt as-is, albeit a bit weak. Medium weight with a carbonated, yet relatively creamy mouthfeel. Pumpkin and baking spices up front with a type of pie crust middle. I got a decent amount of wheat on the back end in addition to the pumpkin flavoring, which at this point, takes a turn for the organic. What I mean by that is, the taste retrogrades from 'semi-baked pumpkin pie' to, 'raw pumpkin squash'. Upon experiencing a carbonated, bubbly finish, I'm left with a watered-down raw pumpkin aftertaste. Not...bad..but not really good, either.

This is the first pumpkin beer I've had, so take it with a grain of salt if you must. But for me, the initial taste was the best part of this beer. Sweet pumpkin pie & crust. But unfortunately, if was downhill from there. This beer went from Thanksgiving dinner dessert to Halloween carvings' remnants real quick.

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Photo of MrCee
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty good offering into the overcrowded pumpkin beer market. The color is nicely orange and makes a modest head. It falls on the pumpkin pie taste,instead of spicy. It has a light acrid aftertaste that a lot of pumpkin beers have but it doesn't last long.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by 1/3/16 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a 1/2-finger head
S: This smells like a pumpkin pie before it's baked. The pumpkin, pie spices and notably evaporated milk are all there, just not roasted
T: Tastes fairly authentic, pumpkin and pie spices, the cranberry is there if you look for it but subtle
M: Fairly light-bodied, smooth
O: Middle of the road pumpkin beer

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
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