Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV, 19° P, ingredients. Best served in Goblet @ 40° F, no date.
A - Pumking is a crystal clear shimmering orange amber topped by a well-formed off-white head. After lingering around briefly, the foam seemed to vanish in an instant leaving no lace in it's wake.
S - Pumking bursts fourth with vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream dashed with cinnamon and nutmeg abounding and a drizzle of warm caramel. If that weren't enough, it's all plopped on top of a rich, fresh slice of pumpkin pie. Biscuity malt creates a pie crust smell but the whole combination, which is truly exceptional, is knocked back just a peg by a cooked white rice nose.
T - Almost exactly like the aroma, Pumking is like pumpkin pie with a blob of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkled with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg, all drizzled with warm caramel topping. That's pretty much what's going on here...until the end when the hops kick in lightly and round out the sweet, creamy beer and give it a nice, moderately dry finish. It's not all dessert though. Grainy pale malt and caramel malt as well as a trace of alcohol spice crosses the palate through the back end.
M - Creamy and smooth at first, the carbonation is present and moderate but does well not disrupting the initial feel of the beer until the finish when there's a light bite upon swallowing. Spices dance on your tongue joyously through the long finish as the hop presence slowly dries out and creates a more crisp feel. Ever-changing and simply amazing, Pumking not only tastes delicious but feels great! And for those cool fall evenings, the faint alcohol also creates a nice warmth.
O - Pumking could be the quint-essential fall beer. Warm and soothing with alcohol, it'll make you feel good on a cold day and really adds to the best season in the universe. Not overly spicy, more pumpkin does the work in developing that sought-after pie-like flavor. Nicely balanced, this pumpkin beer, while strong and assertive, still carries beer characteristics with it,
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2012 23:48:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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
91 out of 100 based on 4,704 ratings.