New Belgium is going through a bit of a backlash these days from hardcore beer snobs and it's unwarranted.
Just like in the music business, when a beer is percieved to be "too big" or "too mainstream" people want to dismiss them for whatever reason.
When NB first hit the DMV everyone was on a mission to find some Fat Tire and be the first of their friends to have tried it.
Now that NB products are everywhere, the snobs have moved on to the next "underground" beer.
Samual Adams has to fight this perception as well and I just don't get it. Good beer is good beer...no matter how hard it is to find it.
This rant was just to get you good and thirsty for New Belgium's pumpkin entry.
You ready to drink it?
Look-Cloudy copper orange-ish with lots of bubbles
Smell-Spice. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ya know...spice. Also pumpkin. There's a tartness in the nose that I can't place.
Taste-The cranberry (yes, cranberry) hits you (subtly) right on the lips. Then the spice comes out...and it's fairly strong.
Mouth-Light to medium bodied. Tart in the mouth with a slightly bitter, dry finish.
Overall-This is way down my list of pumpkin beers. I appreciate that they tried to mix it up with the cranberry but it's not very powerful and the spice in the mouth is just kind of blah. Average.
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 tastebuds sailing.