Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I remember seeing. However, I do know that this bottle is from the 2013 release of ST's annual pumpkin beer. Poured into a small goblet/wine glass hybrid.
Appearance - Aggressive pour yields not much in the way of head--just a half finger of off-white bubbles that fades quickly, leaving sparse filmy bubbles across the top and no lacing. Body is a translucent orange with hints of burnt umber in places.
Smell - Like so many of ST's "sweeter" beers, this one has a very distinct caramel-corn, buttered popcorn aroma to it. I get a similar characteristic from both Warlock and Crème Brûlée, so it must be something in the spicing they add to get the flavors. It's intoxicating, but a little bit one-note. I don't get much distinction of pumpkin in the aroma at least. In addition to the caramel-corn, there is fainter elements of nutmeg and allspice.
Taste - Here, the bonafide pumpkin element comes in a bit more strongly. I still get a sweetness, partly because that caramel smell is just so cloying that it really impacts the flavor. I also get elements of butternut squash and caramel malt sweetness. Easy drinking for an almost 9% beer.
Mouthfeel - Slightly viscous and medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation. Lingeringly sweet aftertaste.
Overall, a solid beer. I've seen people suggest that Warlock is just Pumking with more bitter, roasted components, and I'm inclined to agree. If I want a pure pumpkin beer (rather than a pumpkin stout or something), there are others that I'm likely to reach for first. However, this one is pretty solid and worth a try for anyone who hasn't sampled it before.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2013 04:47:55 | More by LambicPentameter
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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 4,701 ratings.