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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Draft at Franklin Tap. Pumpkin pie smell is a little light; not as big on the nose as the Cisco pumpkin beer I had earlier. Deep autumnal orange color, thin head. It does have a pumpkin taste at the start, then spices build as I sip. The spice masks an overall sweetness like a bit of molasses, and kept me from guessing there was a tart fruit addition as well. Instead, I started to detect a bit of roastiness that might have come from the pumpkin, but now I see they used pumpkin "juice." Mild on the alcohol, but pretty filling. I would never mistake it for something besides a pumpkin pie beer, Iím pretty sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2014
Rated on 01-16-214 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium size very smooth off-white head that mostly diminishes, golden transparent body, very fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aromas are malt, sweetness, tartness, pumpkin, spice, ginger, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. The flavor mimics the aromas along with being lightly acidic. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is light-medium bodied favoring on the light side. This beerís flavors did not entice me at all to want to have this beer again as the tartness ruined it for me. I did not detect any cranberry juice as noted in the Commercial Description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
krumbum (410) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Slightly hazy amber with a light head. Squash skin scents. Mealy and bitter malty, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DialSquare (2316) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Hiding in the back of my fridge for a while now (got tired of pumpkin brews) - from one of the ABCís (Betton I think). Hazy deep orange pour with visible floaties. Aroma is even pumpkin spice. Tastes are heavy on the nutmeg with a strange tang to it. Kind of putters-out in the end, but not overly sweet which is good by me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 16, 2014
This bottled brew from a grocery store poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent dark orange colored body and an excellent lacing. The nice aroma was pumpkin. The smooth mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The balanced flavor contained notes of pumpkin and hops. An OK brew just nothing special.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (115) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Decent for a pumpkin style beer. The pumpkin is not overpowering but still present. There is also a decent amount of happiness on this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuskirk (305) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Got to give New Belgium credit for crafting a particularly bold pumpkin ale. Iím not usually keen on this style but admire the experimentation that went into this beer. It has a spice profile thatís intensely flavorful. Overall, the beer has a nice sweet/tart balance between the pumpkin and cranberry. One of New Belgiumís weirder offerings, but itís worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a thick white film.

Aroma: Pumpkin meat, pumpkin pie spice profile, toasted malt.

Taste: Toasty malt, nutmeg, subtle Eurohop spice, bread crust. Finishes spicy with a tart twang.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, prickly carb. Juicy.

Overall: This is a great rendition of a nearly played out style. The cranberries are what made this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of cranberry juice, tart berry, hints of slight cinnamon, spice notes with some caramel, very slight vegetal pumpkin, some slight floral notes as well. Taste is a mix of tart berries, cranberry, hints of pumpkin into some spice, floral, and herbal notes, slight caramel, finishing fairly sweet, slightly tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish with a vigorous head. Aroma is slight, with a bit of sourness and pie spices. Fairly typical pumpkin beer but that end with a touch of sourness from the cranberry makes for an inviting invitation for the next sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (610) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2013
12/30/13. Pours cloudy light amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy, pumpkin, earth, grass, slightly sour, nutmeg, all spice. Taste is elevated (lemongrass?), dry, bittersweet, lightly fruity, root vegetables, pumpkin, slightly sour; finish is earthy and pumpkin-spice like. Some nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Another pumpkin beer to add to the pile. Unfortunately, not an exceptional one. The light, sour, elevated flavors are interesting. But they donít do enough to make this beer one to chase.

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