Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by dali27:
3.43/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Served on-tap in a snifter glass
A: Deep orange in color with nice thick off-white, soapy head.
S: This is the best part about this beer! The smell is fantastic. Rich, sweet pumpkin pie aroma which is almost better than the real thing. Spices of cinnamon and nutmeg balance well to make this the best beer I've ever smelled.
T: I wish I had the same enthusiasm for the taste as the smell. It started off well enough, after the build of the beautiful sweet aroma, but it faded quickly for me after that.
Too much sweet, spice and booze flavor turned this beer to a rather unenjoyable experience. As it warmed the booze flavor overwhelmed the taste and it was a struggle to the finish.
M: Active carbonation, with a borderline thin watery mouthfeel. Not bad, just was.
O: This was the first Pumpkin Ale that I've ever tried. It's probably me, and I just might not like the style, but I would never try this beer again. That being said, this beer had THE BEST aroma that I've ever smelled in a beer. Even an amateur like me can catch a glimpse of some of it's greatness. I can see why it's considered excellent, I just don't consider it that myself.
Serving type: on-tap
12-21-2011 00:11:37 | More by dali27
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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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