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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,828 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,828
Reviews: 1,875
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 455
Gots: 1,638 | FT: 32
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:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 08-26-2007

19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,828 | Reviews: 1,875
Photo of tjk135
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Malty sweet and a load of pumpkin spice. This beer teeters on the edge of over doing it however the spices are so well done it works. Like pumpkin pie in a bottle, this is a great dessert beer.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with a Barrelhouse Brewco Snifter glass
Noted on 12/24/2014

Received in trade from mdfb79 – Cheers Dan!

A: The Pumking pours a bright peachy orange body. It actually looks the color of pumpkin flesh. Quite a bit of cloudy disturbance to it. Thin layer of ecru foam comes to rest above. Slowly fades out to a crown leaving a few dots and ribbons of lace left behind.

S: Vanilla custard with graham cracker and pumpkin pie filling and spices. Like a crème brulee with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg added. Getting some strong alcohol in the nose. Has an almost solvent quality to it. Other than that this smells quite decadent.

T: The flavor brings through more pie crust than actual pie filling. I get an all encompassing vanilla caramel crème sweetness to this and loads of graham cracker crust notes to go with. The pumpkin is earthy and lightly vegetal with a healthy spice mix of the traditional holiday players. Low bitterness and not really as thick as I had expected. Still sweet and kind of boozy at times while remaining a likeable nature.

M: Moderate full body with a slight creamy consistency. Low actual bitterness with a rather sticky texture to it. Touch of drying in the finish and some leftover sugary coating.

D: A pretty intense Pumpkin dessert brew. Love the vanilla custard pie notes and the spices are blended well. I enjoyed this quite a bit but probably couldn’t drink much of ‘em. Really glad I had one sent my way none the less. I can see why they call him the King.

Photo of ArkyVaughan
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I never understood the high ratings for Pumking. In all fairness, I don't like pumpkin beers, but this one was particularly bad.

Photo of Andymac28
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some say it's too sweet, some don't, some like it some don't, this is the best Pumpkin beer on the market..that's all you need to know, it's actually brewed in a 30' by 30' pumpkin hollowed out, then they throw in spices and pie crust and stuff into it!

Photo of PintKing
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say that hasn't already been said. I have 2 bottles in my cellar waiting for Halloween! This is the bar by which all seasonal pumpkin beers are measured.

Photo of Demi
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flavor a bit too strong, bitter aftertaste, oily feel.

Photo of SunsetKay
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around solid pumpkin ale.

Photo of unklemike
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste like pumpkin creme brulee. Sweet dessert pumpkin taste with a nice punch.

Photo of mchegash
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a light copper orange with about one finger of head upon initial pouring. Dissipates down quickly. Extremely clear. Lots of carbonations can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Pumpkin, a bready, maybe slightly spicy aroma. Can't quite describe it. Maybe pie crust smell? Whatever it is, I like it. Maybe some cinnamon.

Taste - 3.75/5
The pie crust flavor is prominent here (now that I look at the bottle it says one of the flavors is pie crust). Sort of a cinnamony taste, along with other fall spices and some bready aspects. There are a lot of great spices going on here, but I can't really taste the pumpkin. Orange/citrus, along with some malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp.

Overall - 3.75/5
The pie crust flavor is a little weird but quite unique which gives it some points. A good beer overall.

Photo of Kishvier
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pumking is a fantastic brew, the taste of pumpkin is very evident, but not overpowering. Normally I am not a fan of flavored beers like this, but it is done quite well.

Photo of emtprincess
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely my favorite pumpkin beer. It's outstanding!

Photo of Ace08093
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My buddy gets this by the 1/4 keg whenever his local liquor store gets it in. And I mean every time. A bit over priced, but completely worth it if you really want a great pumpkin beer and you're lucky enough to find it. Has an amazing pumpkin taste that really feels like it's 100% brewed-in, no extra flavor added. The aftertaste is just as good, and it sticks around for a little. It's very smooth, very well carbonated - not too much, not too little.

I tasted it once and fell in love with it. No other pumpkin beer can hold a candle.

Photo of David-Schapira
1.48/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Every year the ABV drops, they brew more and more and of course the price goes up... Boooo Southern Tier, once great beer is lost in the shuffle with the hundreds of other pumpkin beers

Photo of kp29
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very strong pumpkin flavor. A little too malty for my liking.

Photo of cke44
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bitter, heavy pumpkin taste and aftertaste -- with alcohol too prominent.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a thin light head.
Smells a warm pumpkin cinnamon with malty undertones.
Tastes of hop vanilla, cinnamon and spice with a pumpkin taste dominating. Hop continues to resinate afterward. I do taste some orange rind.
Feel- Lots of things going on but quite drinkable.
Overall- this was poured from a bomber and was quite good, but when I had as a draft in the fall, it was great. Probably my favorite pumpkin beer.

Photo of Stefantheviking
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe a slightly biased review. But I do love this beer, my favorite out of everything I have had, actually. One of the few beers I get really excited to come out and that I will actively seek out. I tend to only try new things and Pumpking is definitely a huge exception.

Photo of carmi
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best pumpkin beer of them all

Photo of bigdaddyjerry
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

idk first time trying this....everyone was telling "aww, try this man it taste like a pumpkin pie in the bottle'...tried it and idk what kind of pie there eating but was far from any pumpkin pie i ever had, lets just say it ended up in someones corn field on the way home

Photo of derekgw123
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pumpkin beers I've had.

Photo of macbethkid84
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another rare pumpkin ale that feels nice all the way through. Quite heavy handed as well.

Photo of johnfantonius
2.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

This years Southern Tier Pumking was a huge disappointment. Over Spiced, Over Rated and tasted like line cleaner. The Warlock on the other hand was a 5 of 5.

Photo of GlacierSapien
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Pie in a bottle... absolutely delicious... not a session beer(far too sweet), but the bomber is the perfect amount. Satisfying desert after a hard day's work or a big meal...your choice

Photo of Coffdaddy
2.13/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Sickeningly sweet. Tastes like a Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte.

Photo of TheFox
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite seasonal beer in my favorite season. Everything about this awesome brew gets my blood boiling. Love it

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,828 ratings.