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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,965 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,965
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 334
Gots: 597 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 08-26-2007)
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jampics2

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Poured into my La Fin Du Monde Tulip.

Looks great! Nice head finally settles to a frothy ring, leaving behind great lacey debris. If this color was a Crayola crayon, it would be called "autumn" - a beautiful mix of fire and caramel.

Smells amazing. Nutmeg is the rule of the day, with cinnimon, clove, and ginger taking a supporting role. Not really getting much else - a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Taste is great! An extreme pumpkin ale - nutmeg and allspice start, a nice caramel malt flavor carries it forward, and a buttery pie crust flavor melts into a splash of bitterness. A really unique beer - it's all spices on deck for this one.

Mouthfeel is good. Dances wonderfully across the tongue.

Drinkabiliy is average, I do rate on a curve with imperials with tons of forward flavor, but lacks the allure of others I have had due to it's extreme nature.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 18:58:06 | More by jampics2
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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.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,965 ratings.