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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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date of 01/18/15

Appearance - Pours semi-clear and rusty orange in color with a half finger of off-white head. Sub-par retention results in a broken layer of surface suds and a thin ring around the edges.

Smell - Pumpkin and cinnamon hit the nose first, along with a healthy amount nutmeg and pie crust. Faint berry tartness from the cranberries begins to surface a the brew warms.

Taste - Pumpkin kicks things off, but is quickly met by the cranberry tartness and the spice combo of cinnamon and nutmeg which peak mid-taste. A baked pie crust / bisquit-like character hits near the finish, while hints of minty freshness touch in the finish and roll into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair carbonation. Goes down easy enough and with a decently crisp finish, but nothing too outstanding.

Overall - A damn solid pumpkin brew from New Belgium. The cranberry twist livens up this pumpkin ale without compromising its integrity to the style. If you're looking for something with a unique take on the usual pumpkin ale, give this one a go.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2014 bottle with a BB date stamp of Jan. 2015. Then revised with a fresh 2015 bottle in September 2015.

Quite a bit more spicing in the flavor than I get in the aroma. I see this has lemongrass and cranberries too -- these may create the cloudy aromatics. The odd combinations works well in tasting but, with some tartness and lemongrass, this is not your standard pumpkin ale.

Lively, medium+ carbonation befitting the light body.

O: Pleaseant and interesting beer: interesting for both the unusual flavor profile and the mismatch between aroma and flavor.

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Photo of MadCoBeerMan14
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of johnnywalker99
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kalebharris
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mbrandlein
4.52/5  rDev +28%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of busternuggz
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a narrow tulip glass.

Nice orange/amber color but poor head retention. Cooked pumpkin meat, cinnamon, and nutmeg on the nose, with just a little cranberry juice if you look for it.

Full bodied with a big pumpkin presence; not squashy and not pumpkin pie, kind of like cooked, slightly sweetened pumpkin puree. A little bright herbalness from the lemongrass, then the cranberry comes in at the end with a mild tartness. Just enough pie spice, and a light caramelly malt presence.

This is my pick for pumpkin beer of the year so far. Lots of pumpkin favor, well balanced, with an interesting contribution from the cranberry. I like it better than this year's DFH Punkin.

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Photo of BeerQuest36
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of charlesjwinkler
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Paul_Zills121
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jellikit
3/5  rDev -15%

A: copper. Thin, fuzzy head.
S: pumpkin pie filling.
T: meh. Bitter, weird-spicy, alcohol, cinnamon and nutmeg.
M: medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
O: I'm not a huge pumpkin beer fan. Now I remember why. I am rating this 3, but if you are a fan of this style, maybe it is good to you. Not me.

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Photo of RobTheKnob
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anvilx
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Oops
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of MJHolsey
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Brams17
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of RyanByorick
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
3.53 out of 5 based on 1,445 ratings.
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