Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Hazy orange with a bubbly off white head. Reminiscent of a DIPA.
Aroma: Interesting in its uniqueness. Big pureed pumpkin presence along with a very buttery graham cracker or biscuit smell. Also a hint of the usual ginger and nutmeg that appear in most Pumpkin Ales.
Taste: The rumors I've heard about this beer are correct: It tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. What separates it from others of the style is how they are able to incorporate the pie crust flavor as well. There is even a buttery creaminess that reminds me of whipped cream. They do a fantastic job of hiding the modest 8.6% abv, but there is a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.
Mouthfeel: The upper end of medium bodied and very smooth.
Final Thoughts: This is right up there with the best Pumpkin Ales (which are few and far between). The added graham cracker taste sets it apart and makes it one to seek out as we head into October.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2012 03:21:42 | More by JamesMN
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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 4,709 ratings.