Pumpkick by New Belgium brewing is New Belgium’s take on Pumpkin Ale this season brewed with plenty of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of cranberries and lemongrass. Yes, we said lemongrass and it is an amazing pumpkin ale for the 2015 season called Pumpkick. Real lemongrass not the hop flavors of sorachi ace but real lemongrass with a blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cranberries. The hop was a bit of a surprise as they used nugget which actually went very well with all the other flavors and with a modest 6% ABV it all comes together smoothly. Pumpkick by New Belgium brewing is one of this seasons seasonal brews that is really worth trying. Even with the extra froth we saw the overall flavor was excellent and worth the purchase for this fall season. I will agree with most reviews that the overall aroma was almost non-existent but the flavor more than made up for it with a nice mouth feel and excellent pumpkin with mild hints of spice and although I really didn’t take notice to the cranberries there was a hint of tartness and the lemongrass seemed to smooth out the overall flavor. As for the pour you can see it was a bit heavy on the head but the color was a excellent light amber in color.
There are a lot of Pumpkin ales being released this year with a few great ones, a lot of nice ones and a ton of o.k. to below average ones. With that said I was extremely exited after my first sip of Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing as this is the closest Pumpkin Ale to true pumpkin pie, with no exaggeration this amazing Punk’n harvest pumpkin ale is just like drinking real pumpkin pie from fresh harvested pumpkins. I’ve been a big fan of Uinta craft ales shortly after discovering them in North Florida well over a year ago so it is always a great thing when a quality brewer amazes you with yet another greatly crafted quality brew. Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing should be on the top of your list for pumpkin ales to try before the season is over, which I will agree it seems the season came very early this year. Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Uinta Brewing is an extremely easy drinking ale at only 5% ABV and 10 IBU allows the roasted pumpkin and spices of the season with hints of vanilla and honey to shine through. Not 100% sure of all the flavors but roasted pumpkin is the main flavor with a bit of vanilla, honey, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and nutmeg as if you were eating a slice of some of the best fresh pumpkin pie with every sip.