New Belgium’s Pumpkick Fall Seasonal

2013-09-08 19.03.55

 From the bottle:

What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your tastebuds sailing

From my notes:

 Slightly cloudy amber color, thick tan head with very fine bubbles that quickly dissipated. The beer smells of cooked pumpkin with hints of cinnamon, no sweet on the nose. Refreshing mouthfeel, crisp. Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg taste, light malts. Alcohol taste and burn on the finish. 

It's starting to bother me that every bottle of beer I buy fails to fill my pint glasses...
It’s starting to bother me that every bottle of beer I buy fails to fill my pint glasses…

I drink pumpkin ale every fall. So, it is a little surprising to me to go through my BotW articles and realize that this is the first time I’ve ever reviewed one?! The standard for a long time, and the only one I could find in non-specialty stores, was Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale. It’s a competent ale but nothing you’d rush out to tell your friends about. I don’t think I’d rush out to tell my friends about Pumpkick either. It’s better than Buffalo Bill’s but I’d prefer a little less pumpkin and a little more cranberry.

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Author: falselogic

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