Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pour is clear golden orange with almost no head to speak of. A little dust on the top of the glass but that's it. Spiced nose, big time. Pumpkin notes, all spice, cinnamon, caramel, toasted grain, great nose.
Flavour is clean and toasty, the pumpkin is clearly there at all times, and is accompanied by light cinnamon and all spice, big on the bread, huge in fact. A very effective pumpkin brew.
The mouthfeel is a shade above average. It's a big beer, so it's naturally a bit thicker than normal, but I think it could have been improved with more carbonation (god forbid thinking how snazzy this would be on a nitro tap...). The drinkability is also a skosh above average, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had, and probably my favourite one with these spices since the long-dead Harry Magill's Spiced Stout from Bell's. That said, I can't see buying more than one or two of these a year and largely for the novelty. The flavour is also intense enough to be a bit much for one person. This is a good bomber to split with a friend come September and October though.
The bottom line: If you want pumpkin pie beer, then Southern Tier has got your brew. Very evocative of Fall, and a very effective pairing of the spices, pumpkin, and bread. If you like this type of beer, Pumking is a must try.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2008 02:31:41 | More by CortexBomb
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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
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I heard Pumking referred to as the absolute best autumn/pumpkin ale there is. I ran across this in a cooler at a bar in the month of February 2014. Bottle date was July 2013. So it wasn't "fresh" as I'm sure this ale is meant to be tasted. But I had to try it anyway.
Look: Orange. Head was white and foamy.
Smell: Pure pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, sugar, spice, nutmeg. The smell of thanksgiving dessert.
Taste: Pumpkin pie, for sure. A little buttery actually which isn't a good thing. Not sure if this is due to being a little old. But regardless, it wasn't a huge setback, as the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors were dominant. Sweeter than any pumpkin ale I've had previously.
Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy, which was a surprise. I expected this to be much thinner. I'd say it's medium bodied.
Overall: Thus far, best pumpkin ale I've had. I'd love to try one fresh, and in season, as I believe in season may have a placebo effect. My brain will tell me it's better in October or November, just because.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 01:23:02 | More by EvoRich
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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