Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by KKB:
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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3.66/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
As for me, I'll wait until I taste some on tap.
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.
08/20/13 On tap. This years model. I'm a big fan of this brew. This time around it feels a bit tamer on the mouth-feel and lingers on the tongue. Still a wonderful thing.
12/06/11 Once again, if it's on tap I'm not that far away. Whether it's from a hoard in the cooler or a fresh batch Rattle n Hum is on the case.
2012 Why I'm here today. This is a destination brew. If it's on your radar make a bee-line. Don't dilly-dally because it won't be there long.
2012 So glad to find this so late in the Pumpkin season. IMO this one gets it right. It's unique without being a side show novelty.
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 00:59:23 | More by seedyone
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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