In this beer blog, we are going to get into the new Fall Seasonal from New Belgium Brewery. It is their Pumpkick Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog on their Imperial IPA, you will know the history of this brewery. If you have not, please, read that beer blog post to get to know this Colorado brewery. Let us get into the beer.
It has a light copper color with a constant white head on this fall seasonal beer. The smell is heavy pumpkin with slight cranberry notes. The taste of this light to medium body is a cranberry and pumpkin notes with a pumpkin aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer 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 taste buds sailing.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
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 taste buds sailing.
Birthdate: July, 2013ABV: 6.0%Hops: TargetMalts: Pale, Munich, CaramelFruits/Spice: Pumpkin juice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Cranberries, Lemongrass
Here is a video on their website (www.newbelgium.com) about food pairing:
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, I am not a really huge fan of this brewery, however, the last few new brews that they have release. They are winning me over pretty quick. I love their Rampant Imperial IPA and Shift Pale Lager. This beer that is being feature is really good gives me hope more for this brewery and all fall seasonals. This pumpkin beer is pretty well balance with the complex favors in it. There is a ton going on in this brew. It is not over the top from the pumpkin and cranberry. I highly recommend this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser