Beer: New Belgium Pumpkick
Type: Pumpkin Ale brewed with cranberry juice and spices
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Availability: Fall Seasonal – Limited
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
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.
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).