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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Added by BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

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3.44/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bushdere
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

A ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. No pumpkin.
I can only drink half of a glass before I am dreading my next sip. Good thing this is only a seasonal. Rare miss for New Belgium.
Pours like a brown ale. Nice deep color.
Nose is very Spivey with strong cinnamon. Gave me hope for good things to come.
The mouth is somewhat thick. Not terrible by itself.
Taste: see above
Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

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2.24/5  rDev -36.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.12/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bwood06
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

A - Blood orange amber in color. More orange than amber. Clear. Has a bit of a jack-o-lantern glow to it. 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing. 3.75/5

S - Heavy on pumpkin (raw) and cinnamon. Ever so slight hint of clove. Grassy and earthy. 3.75/5

T - Heavily cinnamon in the beginning. As the beer sits it develops more of a raw pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin squash throughout the profile. Slight tartness. Hefty bitterness from the pumpkin but the cinnamon distracts the palate away from this. Hint of grassy hops. 3.75/5

M - Very light and crisp. Refreshing. Finishes dry. Lingering flavor of pumpkin squash/bitterness. 3.75/5

O - Best pumpkin beer that I have had to date. At the start it reflects more of a pumpkin pie than pumpkin squash but this flip flops as the glass is drained. 3.75/5

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Appears orange tinted amber in the glass, with a nice beige head forming thick…it looks great even spread lacing brilliant construction to the beer so far.

Aroma I get pumpkin flesh and subtle pumpkin pie spices the label lists them as cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. It mentions in addition to the pumpkin juice and spices that they add lemongrass and cranberry juice. Honestly I couldn’t have picked that up blindly based on the aroma so far. When I focus on cranberry I get a tart earthiness that’s about it no lemongrass notes for me.

Flavor is especially refreshing and well balanced compared to most modern day pumpkin ales on the market this gets high marks for the pure ease of each sip along with a solid balanced spice level and actual pumpkin flavor. Again the cranberry/lemongrass kick this beer has would be hard to pick out blindly but the faint tartness somewhat exotic flavor combinations are there after reading the description on the label.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style, what’s beautiful is the semi dry relatively clean finish which lacks the perfume like spice additions that usually kill the finish for me in this style. Even flowing carbonation carries everything just right, I’m happy.

Overall, interesting little twist with masterfully brewed balance in this beer make it a winner in my book, New Belgium seasonals thus far have been a hit for me. I’m glad their token pumpkin ale could do my palate justice just like their hoppy Tour de Fest seasonal did with a nice change of pace from this malt monster fall seasonal slam that most breweries send out in force.

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
3.53 out of 5 based on 1,443 ratings.
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