Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 22 ounce bomber split into tulips.
"Pours a blood orange color with about a centimeter of pure white head. Comprised of numerous small bubbles, the head dissipates rather quickly leaving a scant ring and some legs across the surface. Little to no lacing.
The aroma is of nutmeg, cardamom, chai, marshmallow, toffee, caramel, all spice, a bit of clove, and some herbal tea. Hard to pull any actual ""pumpkin"" out of it, but I suppose that's not atypical. Reminds me of a chai latte someone might get at a local coffee joint.
Flavor is loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and toasted marshmallow. Some vanilla, caramel, toffee, clove, coriander, and even raisin come through later on. Loads of spices in this one, but they integrate well and make for a complex beer.
Mouthfeel does well not to be overly sweet, but a few of the spices linger for a while longer than hoped (the nutmeg and cardamom, primarily).
Overall, this is a great ""pumpkin"" beer, even though it doesn't have much in the way of genuine pumpkin flavors (realistically though, the flavor of raw pumpkin isn't all that exciting). If you're looking for pumpkin pie in a glass, this is the one you seek."
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2012 00:12:44 | More by eclipse54
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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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