In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into this year’s limited release from New Belgium and it is Pumpkick Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this employee owned brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this pumpkin ale brewed with cranberries.
It has a clear copper to bronze color with a white constant head on this fall seasonal. The smell has a pumpkin to cranberry notes. The taste has a slight pumpkin but the cranberries take over the taste profile. The aftertaste is a heavy cranberry notes. 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’ll have you hunt and pecking for more.
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. Available in September and October 2014.
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In the end, this is the beer that brought me back into trying and retrying New Belgium’s beers. I will be up front and say I did not like their beers or most of them. I was excited to see this beer coming back for at least one more season. New Belgium Brewery makes the same seasonal for at least two years and then switch to a new one. They wanted to see if they could get one more season out of this brew. There is lack of cranberries this season. The new fall seasonal is Tour De Fall. I might try to get a review up before the end of the season. Pumpkick was my favorite fall beer from last season. This year was a little disappointed. I felt that my bottles did not have enough of the cranberry notes. I loved last years more. There was not as much cranberry notes as this year’s brew. It is still a great brew. I highly recommend this brew. Go get some before it disappears again. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser