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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,265
Reviews: 1,685
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 367
Gots: 779 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 08-26-2007)
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3.71/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Hazy golden-yellow, with a two finger snow-white head, which dissipated to NOTHING very quickly. NO lacing to speak of. Surprised this beer wasn't darker.

S - Strong aroma of squashed pumpkin, spices (nutmeg, allspice) and even graham cracker pie crust. An odd hint of "wet paper" odor underneath.

T - Taste follows the nose, with pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, ginger, and allspice) taking center stage; especially heavy on the ginger and the allspice. Pumpkin seed flavor lingers underneath. Malts blend with the spices to produce a pie crust flavor, which is nice. Doesn't hide it's ABV particularly well.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Seems like it could have used a fuller body.

O - Tasty, but didn't live up to the hype for me. Nothing really off putting, just really didn't come together as well as I would have hoped. (a little too much ginger, a little too light of body). I'm sure I will be in the minority here, but I like Sam Adams Fat Jack better.

08-14-2014 03:47:41 | More by TempeBeerMan
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New York

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%

A-Pours a brilliant orange color like a fresh pumpkin, frothy white head with loads of bubbles throughout.

S-Fresh baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla ice cream seriously delicious to smell

T-Pumking is right this is not light on the flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon is there as well as a kind of vanilla cream taste.

M-Good throughout medium body, to me it has a bit of a sharp finish that im not particularly fond of maybe from the spice, flavor hangs around for a bit which is nice makes me want to comeback for more.

O- My favorite pumpkin beer, it's one i get excited to drink for both the flavor and the time of the year it signifies. Delicious taste, beautiful color.

10-16-2013 15:25:46 | More by GreaseShark
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking Ale 9.0% alcohol seasonal. Given to me as a gift. Festive Halloween decor with a "king" pumpkin on the label and presented in a 22oz. bomber. Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful amber colored fluid that produces a inch and a half head that gently falls to a frothy top and decent patch lacing.
Excellent for the style.

S- This is one hell of a pumpkin ale when it come to smell. Overall the closest scent to a pumpkin pie i've ever smelled no lie! All spice, cinnamon, light caramel, and fresh cooked pumpkin.

T-M- Not overpowering but to the point fresh pumpkin ale... Quirky bites of pumpkin pie and all spice followed by cinnamon with notes of tangy caramel malts with stiff alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation to smoothly roll over the strength of the flavors. Overall taste and mouthfeel is good with little to prevent you from likeing this beer unless pumpkin isn't your thing.

D- All and all this is one excellent holiday beer with smooth and sweet qualities that make it a great addition to a turkey dinner or any large meal. Cheers to the innovations of the craft beer movement!

12-21-2010 23:32:46 | More by wesbrownyeah
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Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +22.9%

As a pumpkin beer, this one is delightfully unique.

Appearance -Dark gold, reminiscent of honey. Negligible head.

Scent - Pumpkin (of course), Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Very sweet smelling

Taste -Pumpkin and nutmeg come through, and suddenly the flavor of homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream becomes apparent! So distracted by the savoriness of this beer that I cannot detect the 8.6% of alcohol whatsoever. Roasted pumpkin seed's mild earthy bitterness as an aftertaste.

Mouth Feel - Medium bodied, but still very buttery and goes down smooth. Carbonation applicable for a pumpkin beer.

Overall -In the last couple of years I have tried many of the pumpkin ales growing in availability, and until now I was sold on Dogfish Head's version. However, this year's Southern Tier Pumking will be hard to beat! That perfect "pumpkin pie" flavor, with just the right portion of each spice, is not something I've encountered so brilliantly in a beer before. I certainly could not ask for a tastier pumpkin ale.

08-23-2014 08:00:29 | More by SpatenPony
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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,265 ratings.