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RATINGS: 409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Whatís 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 itís the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your tastebuds sailing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
finn1918 (232) - Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Pours a hazy amber with a finger of fluffy off-white head. Aroma is malts and pumpkin. Taste is pretty much oktoberfest, pumpkin, and a nice cranberry tartness at the finish. This was much better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brewbattles (40) - - SEP 17, 2013
We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Billís Americaís Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out: http://youtu.be/pOZlhbi-0F0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CharmCityCrab (213) - Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Cranberries in a pumpkin beer is one of those things that you just wouldnít expect would come off too well. but this is surprisingly good. Pumpkin beers are a bit sweet for my taste buds these days (Too much spice and brown sugar), so the cranberry is a great counterbalance with just a bit of tartness. I also have missed having access to a cranberry beer since the Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic was discontinued or disappeared from the shelves a holiday season or two back. With all the crappy fruit beers out there, youíd think more brewers would give cranberry a try- itís much better than most of the fruits used after it comes through the brewing process (Even though Iím not one for raw cranberries). This beer comes off well. If I had one complaint, itís that Iíd like it to go a bit lighter on the sugar and spices, and a bit heavier on the pumpkin and cranberry. Iíd love to see a mainstream widely available and affordable craft fall seasonal that was a "naked" pumpkin beer- no sweet additives, just a beer with lots and lots of pumpkin brewed into it. Iíd get sick of this fast drinking it regularly, it goes a bit further from a regular four ingredient beer than i normally like, but as a seasonal that you pick up a 1-3 6 packs a year of? Good fit. Comes around occasionally and provides a change of pace. Of course, this is the first year Iíve had it and Iíve only had the one bottle, so I may go back and edit this a little as time passes and my thinking on it firms up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours orange with a pink hue. Smells of pumpkin spice with cranberry tart ness. Judging by the commercial deScription this is exactly what it should smell like, although this doesnít mean this is what Iím looking for. Taste has a definite cranberry tartness, obvious pumpkin spice, and a touch of toasted grains. I could see this being a good beer for the cool autumn nights. Why New Belgium came out with this beer for the summer, Iím not sure. (3821)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Pours a hazy amber with frothy lacing white head. Aroma contains a bit of pumpkin and all spice but not too strong. A hint of tart cranberry present as well. The flavor is sweet and a bit of tartness near the end. Overall, the body is a bit a thin and low on the carbonation. An average pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nuffield (3899) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Perfectly drinkable but this is a fairly shallow pumpkin beer. Thatís not a bad thing considering how off-putting some are but the aroma and flavor has just a light pumpkin touch and a rounded sweet maltiness. Fine. (on tap at Porter Creek, Burnsville, MN)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Pours a great amber color with little head. Smells of pumpkin and cinnamon. Tastes of pumpkin and cloves. I canít find the cranberry. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Thereís very little to distinguish this beer from the army of more established pumpkin brews. Very disappointing given the uniqueness of the ingredients.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3983) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Clear amber pour with ring of near white head. The pumpkin spices of nutmeg, and cinnamon are pronounced on the front end, while the slight tartness of the cranberry show up on the tail which makes for a pleasant bite on the end. Much better than Kick was alone. I actually liked this a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hman43 (693) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
There is a dominance in the aroma of nutmeg, Cinnamon, and other spices. There is a touch of lemon in the aroma as well. It has a light orange and golden color to it. The head is medium bodied and white. It has a pleasant blend of nutmeg and spices that dominate the pumpkin and cranberry hints.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
P: Fuzzy pale orange body with loads of floaters. Looks similar to pond water but lighter. No head formation but did have an off white swirly wake on top. S: Good pumpkin aroma, metal, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cranberry sauce. T/M: The spicy pumpkin that is present in the aroma is now shadowed by a big dose of sweet and bitter cranberry. It almost has a vinegar bite to it and interrupts the warming sensation of your typical pumpkin offering. The pumpkin and spices come through for a brief moment then are again masked by an intense metallic taste. Bitter baking cocoa in the midst of this flip flop of flavors. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation. O: Let me say that I appreciate and understand the concept behind this brew but I really can say it works for me. The cranberry is interesting but ruins the roasty and rich pumpkin and spice flavors expected in a pumpkin beer. This is not anything I would ever purchase again but it wasnt totally horrible considering the take on the style. Again I applaud New Belgium for stepping outside the box. Cheers!

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