Brew Review: New Belgium Pumpkick

by Kelli H. on October 22, 2013

Beer: New Belgium Pumpkick
Date: 10-11-13
Type: Pumpkin Ale brewed with cranberry juice and spices
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Availability: Fall Seasonal – Limited 
Alcohol: 6%
IBU: 18

Appearance: Golden orange, not much head retention

Aroma: Tart, pumpkin, warm spices

Body & Texture: Light to medium bodied, tart but smooth

Aftertaste: Pumpkin and spices

Overall Impression:
This definitely tastes like a pumpkin beer, but it’s much more tart, and that’s gotta be from the cranberry juice. At first I was a little apprehensive of the thought of cranberry juice mixed with a pumpkin beer, but I actually think it works! The more I drank it, the more it grew on me. It’s definitely drinkable, and the color is truly beautiful. The appearance of the beer really just screams fall, and of course, Halloween! From the label itself to the beer in a glass, it makes me want to throw a Halloween party and serve this beer. While I wouldn’t want to buy a whole six pack for myself or keep it regularly stocked, it’s kind of one of those fun beers to share with people and find out what they think of it. I’m not a huge pumpkin beer drinker myself, and don’t regularly seek out pumpkin beers, but I was happy with this one. I’m really glad our friend Kyle gave us this beer to taste. I would say I liked it better than New Belgium’s Red Hoptober from last year.

Have you tried Pumpkick? What’d you think? 
Do you like pumpkin beers or are you a pumpkin beer hater?

There’s Ryder providing me with some laughs while doing this brew review. His recent new obsession is standing by the fence and watching the neighbors kitty. Their cat just sits by the fence, and I swear it waits for Ryder to come out so it cant taunt him. It’s pretty hilarious though, because he won’t leave the fence. Even when he’s in the house, he’ll look out the sliding glass door at the fence. He’s such a hunter (not).

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Dana October 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

This looks delish and so refreshing! That color is gorgeous, too! I’m not really into beer, except this sort of fancy stuff. I also love cranberry juice and pumpkin. win win?


Made in Sonoma October 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Sadly, I couldn’t taste the cranberry juice, but it makes a gorgeous color!

Reply October 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I love the label (you always pick beers with great labels πŸ˜‰ ) I would definitely serve this at a Halloween party or enjoy while passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Sounds like the perfecct pumpkin beer! πŸ™‚


Sarah Cook October 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Yum! I love pumpkin beer. Ryder is so funny! Maybe he wants a kitty friend?


Made in Sonoma October 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm

He loves kitties. Actually, he thinks they are small dogs, so he’s not that good with them. He’s not gentle enough with them. πŸ™


Marin mama cooks October 23, 2013 at 3:04 am

Love the pumpkin on this bottle! I have to say that I’ve never tried pumpkin beer, but it sounds pretty tasty. I love anything pumpkin! πŸ™‚

Reply October 23, 2013 at 3:59 am

I just started the pumpkin beer thing this year with the Shock Top version. So now I know I’m a pumpkin beer fan! I love New Belgium’s bottle label artwork.

OMG, Ryder! That’s awesome.


Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes October 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

That is so funny of Ryder. I don’t know if Enzo has ever seen a kitty. haha. By the way, you look GORGEOUS in your new profile picture. Is that from your wedding?! I’d love to see pictures!!


Made in Sonoma October 24, 2013 at 1:44 am

Thanks, Annie. No, the picture is from our engagement photos. I hope to share wedding photos when my photographer blogs the wedding, but I have no idea when that will be…


Janine Ryan October 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

Mmmm I can see how the cranberry might add a depth of flavor that I think is missing from a lot of pumpkin beers! I’ll keep an eye out for this one πŸ™‚


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