Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Southern Tier Pumking
Appearance: Southern Tier’s much-lauded seasonal pours a beautiful bronze. Unfortunately, this great-looking start is dragged down by a lackluster half-finger of head that cannot get out of the beer fast enough. There is a miniscule ring of very small, tightly packed bubbles at the top that accompany very small alcohol legs, a surprising find in an 8.6% ABV beer. There is also evident, active carbonation. The color is really great, but the lack of any head is a lack of half the presentation in an ale.
Aroma: Short and sweet: this smells like fresh-baked pumpkin pie, crust and all. It is remarkable what Southern Tier does with their emulating beers (Crème Brûlée comes to mind). This aroma is impossibly delicious.
Taste: One might make the assumption that the taste could not possibly match the aroma; one would be mistaken. This beer hits hard with cloves, allspice, cinnamon (which gives it the crust quality, along with what can only be assumed are biscuity and sweet malts), and, of course, pumpkin, along with the aforementioned sweet malts. It follows that delectable pie taste with a nice balancing of slightly bitter hops that mingle perfectly with the pumpkin pie and remind the drinker that they are not drinking a beer and not carbonated pumpkin pie batter.
Mouthfeel: Sadly, the hits do not keep coming. While the mouthfeel is not bad by any means, it is slightly disappointing. The carbonation is playful and does its job of spreading the flavors around the taster’s tongue. The beer is a bit watery, and some creaminess would certainly have helped a lot in furthering the bottled-pumpkin-pie-mix charade. Like the appearance, the mouthfeel is very average, and “average” hurts beers that are otherwise stellar.
Overall: This is easily one of the best pumpkin ales on the market if one is looking for sweetness. Those that do not like a sweet pumpkin ale need not apply. Southern Tier has done a great job bottling pumpkin pie as a flavor and aroma, but sadly fall short in the appearance and mouthfeel (the latter of which would really sell the beer). Still, taste is what beer is all about, and in that respect this beer is a runaway success. I could probably forgo making pumpkin pie this year and just buy a case of these instead. 15.5/20
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2012 02:28:21 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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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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