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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,954 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,954
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 333
Gots: 591 | 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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GusDom

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

 Let me start off by saying that I love me some pumpkin pie and anything else pumpkin. I was first introduced to this beer by a coworker of mine, he described the taste and I was filled with excitement soon after. 

I bought a bottle right away. Opening the bottle unleashes a strong smell of sweet spices. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon dominate the smell. The beer itself is a clear copper color. Not much of a head, it has a faint ivory color. Tasting the beer is like eating dessert and drinking at the same time. The pumpkin really shines in the taste and gives it a full flavor accompanied by a very "bready" taste, almost like gingersnaps or pie crust. The hops are apparent and strong enough to remind your brain that this is still a beer. Oddly enough the alcohol doesn't show up much on the taste buds, it almost masks the alcohol completely making this a very easy to drink beer. It is very sweet on the mouth, very sweet. The after taste is both sweet and spicy with the kick coming from the cinnamon and the nutmeg. Its pretty complex in flavor and aroma, but not too much so. 

I would definitely drink this with a Thanksgiving meal for a massive taste bud orgasm. This is my favorite "fall" beer and hope everyone tries it at least once in their lives. Remember, this has an ABV of 9%, the alcohol is not present in the taste so drink slower and savor the beer, as it should be done regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:42:04 | More by GusDom
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July 2014 - Bottle dated May 2014. This years model seems less sweet, with a slight hoppy bitterness. The aroma is still highly spiced but it does not carry with the dryness left on the palate. I was expecting/hoping for something a tad sweeter. There have been occurrences when I was told it was "too sweet" for some tastes. This version should bring those to the fold.

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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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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,954 ratings.