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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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4,961 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,961
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 334
Gots: 596 | FT: 20
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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BeerDocT

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance 3.5: Lovely golden-orange and completely transparent. Nice 1/4" head quickly faded.

Smell 3.5: Interesting bouquet. I smell a sweet malt and slight hoppiness followed by a strange coconut scent. No pumpkin that I can detect.

Taste 2.0: Front features a type of burnt cardamum flavor that is detestable and the overshadowing coconut scent and flavor makes it even worse. This fades quickly into a middle that is somewhat bitter, but even here the coconut and spice won't leave my palate alone. The finish is somewhat harsh with hints of saltiness and a strange marshmallow taste. In the aftertaste, some hops seep through, but the destination is not worth the journey.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Good. Certainly would enhance the taste of the beer but the taste is not...uh....not to my preference.

Overall 2.5: Not my favorite beer. I rarely (if ever) stop drinking a beer and get rid of it, but I did this time. In my opinion, there is just too much going on here in this brew and most of it is not to my liking. This Halloween pumpkin beer was certainly all TRICK and no TREAT for me. I'll never look at Pepe Lopez the same way.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 06:22:18 | More by BeerDocT
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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.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,961 ratings.