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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,959 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4,959
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 333
Gots: 592 | 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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KKB

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – A lovely deep copper appearance with tinges of bright orange and yellow playing around the edges in the direct sunlight. A tall bone-white head that clings lovingly to the side of the glass just makes it look about perfect. Beautiful looking beer.

S – It smells like pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie or pumpkin…something. I’m leaning towards pumpkin bread. The smell is just absolutely delightful, what you hope a pumpkin beer smells like. Creating a good pumpkin beer is such a difficult thing to do and this just smells like how you dreamed it would be your first time with a pumpkin beer. Yes, please.

T – The taste is basically an exact replica of the nose but with a bit more alcohol on the palate and a really intensified pumpkin taste. The taste is not absolutely outstanding but it is easily one of the best pumpkin beers that I have had. I get that it is doing exactly what you hope a pumpkin beer would do to your taste buds and dancing all over them with pumpkin flavor, but at the same time I find myself not absolutely loving it. It’s good, no doubt, but it isn’t fantastic…but you know what, it’s growing on me big time. With each consecutive sip I am enjoying it a bit more than the last sip. And by the end…ahh, what a lovely pumpkin beer. I am sorry for having doubted you for a moment my love. Don’t hate that.

M – The mouthfeel is good actually. It has a fuller body with lighter carbonation which is all the things that you want from a well crafted pumpkin ale. Very nice.

O – Overall this is probably the second best pumpkin beer that I have had after DFH Punkin (and the two are incomparable). It is a very good beer and I will certainly come back to it but it doesn’t enter into my top echelon of beers. Nonetheless, a big tip of my cap to southern tier. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 17:09:03 | More by KKB
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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,959 ratings.