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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,964 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,964
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 334
Gots: 597 | 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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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber body with a tiny white head. Doesn't appear to have much carbonation.

Brown sugar is the dominant aroma. Not clove or nutmeg or cinnamon. Not even pumpkin. Not malt or hops. What it really smells like is gingerbread.

Seriously, gingerbread. It tastes like liquid gingerbread. But the more time I spend with it, the more I think it resmbles that subtle blend of flavor found in fresh pumpkin pie. It doesn't taste like the "pumpkin" flavor that most pumpkin beers have or the pumpkin pie spices that provide the primary flavor in others. That's probably why I like it so much, it doesn't have that out of place, over the top spice flavor or artificiality. Somehow it just tastes like the real thing. It comes closer to the flavor of actual pumpkin pie than any beer I've ever had.

Tastes like fall, but in a way I wasn't expecting. Works far better than most other attempts at the Pumpkin Ale style. In fact, it just might be my favorite. Would pair beautifully with Autumn desserts.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:50:21 | More by BradLikesBrew
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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.

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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.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,964 ratings.