Kickin' Knowledge (Pumpkin)
Barrier Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #1,853
Ranked #15,726
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Barrier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Milkshake IPA brewed with Vanilla, Coconut, Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Coriander, All Spice & hopped with Mosaic, Motueka & Citra.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of izraelc
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is quite unique. Pours hazy orange. Big foam. Juicy hop aroma. Very creamy with bold pumpkin and vanilla and also bold tropical hop flavors. They don't really go together but the contrast isn't bad at all. It's almost like drinking two different beers at once.

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Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first impression was that a pumpkin ale and an IPA would not meld well together. After sampling this offering, I confirmed that my presumption was correct.

The pumpkin flavor is there but the body is not hearty enough to balance out the creaminess and gourd-like qualities.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, bright orange yellow with a tremendous, four finger head. Nose is floral with notes of white pepper and grassy hops. subtle undertones of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is excellent. The pumpkin and spice does not overpower the hops. Citra hops come in first with a clean, tangerine and grapefruit juicy bitterness that is complemented soon after by blueberry and sweet orange flower, a distinctive characteristic of mosaic hops. Only at the end do warming notes of sweet vanilla, savory toasted coconut and pumpkin/thanksgiving spices come into play. . . maybe even some banana and bubblegum? The finish is protracted and elegant, constantly evolving. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Tacoma223
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what an amazing seasonal ipa, the color is gorgeous and the foam is also beautiful , color is of course a nice warm orange and the smell is of pumpkin and vanilla. The taste is incredible it’s like a vanilla pumpkin pie. I’m not really a fan of barrier but this ipa is delicious !!! Absolutely nailed it

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Photo of EMV
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed golden pour with thick foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Pumpkin and pie spice... clove and nutmeg. Dominates the hop aroma.

T.F: Not at all like the aroma. Some sweetness and a hint of spice up front with juicy citrus and fruit. Very mild on the pumpkin which compliments the lactose driven NEIPA way better than I would have expected. Creamy carbonation... sticky on the tongue. Vanilla and very faint coconut at the finish with more citrusy fruit.

O: A very odd little beer. Smells like a pumpkin brew with some pie and spice... tastes like a creamy NEIPA with a hint of spice and again the whole thing kind of works. Not one I'd want every day but a cool beer. Glad I got to try it.

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Kickin' Knowledge (Pumpkin) from Barrier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 11 ratings