Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Allow me to preface this review by divulging that I am a pumpkin freak. Might explain my love of this pumpkin ale... which I chose to pour into a snifter at cellar temperature.
An extremely small head dissipates almost instantly, leaving nothing but a golden-orange luminescence of remarkable clarity. It just sits menacingly in my snifter with absolutely no head or bubbles, looking like an actual pumpkin... a pumpkin with an attitude that says, "What? You got a problem? I'm a pumpkin ale. Deal with it."
It smells like no other ale I've raised to my nose. I get UNMISTAKABLE, pungent pumpkin, along with an ensemble of spices. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, I think. It smells fantastic, and EXACTLY like I would ever want a pumpkin ale to smell like.
Impressions from the first sip... I just took a swig of pumpkin pie. No joke. The spices are also once again incorporated splendidly, but the most awe-inspiring aspect is the pumpkin taste. It's through-and-through, thorough pumpkin, from beginning to end. It emulates pure, pureed pumpkin, before it's mixed with any of the complementary things used to bake with pumpkin. And YET, those things (the spices) are also part of the flavor blend. It's marvelously balanced, totally unobtrusive and well-rounded, and yet brimming with unique flavor. Also, there's something magically clean, refreshing, and almost minty about the finish. Again, this is UNIQUE. And delightfully delicious.
The feel is dead on. It's full-bodied and inexorable as a big ripe pumpkin in autumn.
This is just unbelievable. Two of my greatest loves, pumpkin and craft beer, enmeshed together into a phenominal pumkin ale... Pumking reigns supreme.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2013 16:09:06 | More by Kuaff
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