Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I had been waiting for this one to come out again. Unfortunately I've been looking at a smattering of other fall beers for weeks now, especially the proliferation of pumpkin beers out this year. And yet I still don't think any of them touch Southern Tier's.
A: Pours a nice clear resiny amber with moderate head that didn't seem to linger all that long, though there were constantly tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. The coloring is much more vibrant than many of the other pumpkin beers that I've come across. Very attractive.
S: Just like I remember from last year. Very buttery and creamy, with tame spicy aromatics, and a nice caramel backbone.
T: A little more spice than the aroma would indicate, but the butter and toffee are there. There is actually a lingering bitterness after all the festivities subside, which I feel makes the sweet toffee and slight booziness more inviting to the next sip. Definitely a more balanced beer versus the all spice/pumpkin pie that you find with other beers of the style.
M: Has a thinner mouthfeel than other beers that I would consider dessert beers, but by no means watery. A nice carbonation that starts with a slight prickle which accentuates what little spice is there and gives way to a creaminess that solidifies the buttery goodness.
O: Still my favorite pumpkin beer. Definitely affordable for what you get. A tasteful use of pumpkin and spice, but with a different take on the style, than what I've seen. At least compared to the 14 or so commercial examples that I have access to here in Maine.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2011 04:26:58 | More by 4thmedbn
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3.66/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
July 2014 - Bottle dated May 2014. This years model seems less sweet, with a slight hoppy bitterness. The aroma is still highly spiced but it does not carry with the dryness left on the palate. I was expecting/hoping for something a tad sweeter. There have been occurrences when I was told it was "too sweet" for some tastes. This version should bring those to the fold.
As for me, I'll wait until I taste some on tap.
A last thought: I assume the appearance earlier in the year, each year is to garner maximum shelf space in the seasonal aisle, but it's 90+ with high humidity today in NYC & just as I resist making pumpkin pies until the leaves start to turn, I think this may strike me more pleasantly in a few months.
08/20/13 On tap. This years model. I'm a big fan of this brew. This time around it feels a bit tamer on the mouth-feel and lingers on the tongue. Still a wonderful thing.
12/06/11 Once again, if it's on tap I'm not that far away. Whether it's from a hoard in the cooler or a fresh batch Rattle n Hum is on the case.
2012 Why I'm here today. This is a destination brew. If it's on your radar make a bee-line. Don't dilly-dally because it won't be there long.
2012 So glad to find this so late in the Pumpkin season. IMO this one gets it right. It's unique without being a side show novelty.
11/06/11 The 2009 vintage. BULLS EYE! This really hit the spot. Rarely do I order a second of the same brew @ Rattle n Hum because they have such a wide selection, but this one just wouldn't let me go. So. Tier needs to run this from Sept to March & then some. If there is beer in heaven, have 1 of the taps running this stuff.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 00:59:23 | More by seedyone
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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