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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Added by BeerWizard on 07-30-2013

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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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A: 3.75 - Clear dark copper color with a moderate (centimeter) head.
S: 4.0 - Lots of cinnamon, a little allspice.
T: 4.25 - tasty! This is on the well-spiced range of pumpkin beers, with a lot of cinnamon, some faint nutmeg. It also has has a pleasant light tartness, which according to the label comes from cranberries. The taste isn't identifiably cranberry--in fact, I thought it was cherry at first--but it does give a subtle fruitiness. Well-attenuated with that finish that's not quite dry, but not sweet either.
M: 4.0 - Soft bodied,
O: 4.5 - NB continues to get further and further from their Belgium heritage, but this is easily my favorite new beer from them in the last few years. It's a well-done pumpkin beer that stands out from the crowd, and is highly drinkable. Too bad they jump from new beer to new beer, and this will probably never be made again. Get it while you can!

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Pumpkick from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 1,455 ratings