Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by endovelico:
4.03/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Second only to the much acclaimed Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Southern Tier's flagship Pumpkin Ale has awarded me with what I may only honestly describe as an awkward organoleptic experience; Confusing from the get-go with protuberantly salty, cookie and peanut butter aromatics that fascinate as aggressively cloy up the ol' sniffer, this monster evokes - with it's very unique character - visits to the local pastry shop or bakery.
No; You won't clearly discern the pumpkin. It might seem obvious enough if you're furnished by the indispensable facts beforehand, but it's a very unique aroma that doesn't fall neatly into one descriptor and is even more abstruse if you're having the beer in a more leasurely, less analytical eye.
In any case, the taste follows up on the nose and is not less of a mind blowing affair. Exceedingly saccharine and full but also very 'hot' it definitely qualifies as a sipper as it gets cloying very fast.
Just like the aforementioned odd case, this beer proves itself to be a incredibly hard to rate and examine. It strays so far from what ( even ) craft beer drinkers might think is the norm (or the norm 'spectrum' ) regarding balance and complexity that you really have no choice but to give in completely to the sensatory impulses and forget about checking criteria boxes.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 19:58:03 | More by endovelico
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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
91 out of 100 based on 4,950 ratings.