Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.68/5 rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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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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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