Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by 4thmedbn:
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
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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4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Looking for a good Thanksgiving beer, Bucky was pointed in the direction of Southern Tier Brewing Company's Imperial Pumking ("Pumking") by a fellow craft beer enthusiast. In operation since late 2002, Southern Tier Brewing of Lakewood, New York, has grown to produce around 50,000 barrels of beer annually. Its hand crafted ales are now available in more than half of the United States, as well as parts of Australia, Denmark, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Ontario, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom.
Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen Yahn started the brewery with equipment purchased from the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Southern Tier began production in the Stoneman Business Park just outside of Lakewood, New York, and by 2003, select varieties of small batch ales were distributed locally. By 2005, sales covered the majority of New York State and Pennsylvania, and in 2009 a new 20,000 square foot facility was built for the purpose of brewing innovative, high-quality beer to accommodate an expanding customer base. Throughout 2010, it became clear that more beer needed to be produced, and 800 barrels of fermentation vessels were added to the production area and a 7,500 square foot addition was added for use as a conditioning room. The constantly running brew house was also expanded and updated.
Bucky purchased Pumking from his local LCBO in a brown, 650 ml bottle with a bottling date of July 11, 2012. Pumking has been brewed since 2007, and is 8.6% alcohol by volume. Pumking poured a hazy dark orange colour, with the orange becoming much brighter when backlit. A fairly aggressive pour produced about 1" of fizzy white head, which burned itself out within 3 minutes, leaving no spotting or lacing. The beer's aroma was wonderful; pumpkin pie spices and graham cracker pie crust...I swear! Its taste was sweet and dominated by the graham cracker pie crust, with distinct pumpkin pie spice flavours and maybe just a hint of vanilla. No bitterness here at all. Pumking was characterized by a medium level of carbonation, just right for its type, and a smooth mouth feel. It is light to medium bodied, but actually feels a bit heavier than it is due to the rich flavours. At $8.95 per 650 ml bottle the price tag is fairly steep, but a few bottles as a seasonal indulgence won't break the bank. Overall, I can't wait until next fall for the new seasonal batch!
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 22:57:28 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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