Wednesday, August 14, 2013
New Belgium Pumpkick Beer Review
This year New Belgium Brewing introduces a new fall seasonal release called New Belgium Pumpkick, which is a Pumpkin Ale with 6% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). They are putting a unique spin on the standard pumpkin ale though, adding cranberries and lemongrass in addition to the more standard pumpkin beer spices.
New Belgium Pumpkick would be a clear, deep amber colored beer, but a fine particulate matter suspended throughout the body creates a bit of a haze. A fairly large white head tops it off, with stray lacing clinging here and there on the glass.
The nose is fairly evenly split between pumpkin and cranberry, accented with cinnamon and nutmeg.
The cranberries assert themselves as the dominant force in the taste, complemented with lemongrass, creating a lightly tart and fruity accent to traditional pumpkin beer spices, especially allspice and cinnamon. The mouth is fairly lightly carbonated and a touch fuller than medium bodied.
New Belgium Pumpkin is a fairly interesting twist to a traditional style of beer, but I suspect that it will find a mixed reaction. The pumpkin itself is pretty subdued, and the spices play a supporting role to the fruity centerpiece. I'm glad I checked out Pumpkick due to its uniqueness, and some people will probably love it, but I don't believe it will be a repeat purchase for me.
New Belgium Pumpkick : C+
New Belgium Pumpkick Specs
Fruits/Spices: Pumpkin Juice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cranberries, Lemongrass