Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by malty:
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bomber that's been hiding in the back of my garage beer fridge since last November. Since it's snowing/raining/blowing outside, and I've got a fire roaring in the fireplace, seems like a great time to enjoy this.
Poured into my Duvel glass a beautiful full orange color with the slightest chill haze. The white, full, fluffy head settles to 3/4" with lots of craggy ringed remnants 2" above it. Sparse, slow rising fine carbonation lets me know this is a heavier, meatier ale.
The smell on this gem is heavenly. I swear this smells EXACTLY like my mother-in-law's homemade pumpkin pie. FRESH, FRESH , FRESH notes of everything that makes pumpkin pie wonderful. All the way down to the masterful nuances of nutmeg and the actual scratch-made buttered, flakey crust. Allspice, cinnamon and roasted pumpkin scents are very organic, balanced and perfectly showcased in the nose. Honestly, I cannot ever remember smelling a better pumpkin beer. Ever.
Wow! Wow! Wow! This luscious bombshell really bangs it home. There is a surprisingly dry/spicy attack at the onset of the flavor. It's got an almost gingery taste, put it's got to be a healthy hop bill. Nonetheless, the ginger element fits in nicely with all the aforemention scents that translate perfectly into their actual 'flavors'. This is one beautifully balanced, yet burly, boisterous and superbly accurate tasting pumpkin ales I've had the pleasure of tasting.
Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but that's to expected being 9% ABV. The carbonation is very fine and perfectly placed; not too much, but enough to keep the flavors bouncing and dancing. The finish is full flavored and a bit spicy/dry.
Overall an absolutely stunning rendition of a fall favorite. While a lot of examples of this style come off contrived/fake tasting, this one rings true and as natural as can be. You can actually taste a heavy whipped cream dollop on the top and the flakey buttery crust too. Just perfect!
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2011 20:35:59 | More by malty
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4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Looking for a good Thanksgiving beer, Bucky was pointed in the direction of Southern Tier Brewing Company's Imperial Pumking ("Pumking") by a fellow craft beer enthusiast. In operation since late 2002, Southern Tier Brewing of Lakewood, New York, has grown to produce around 50,000 barrels of beer annually. Its hand crafted ales are now available in more than half of the United States, as well as parts of Australia, Denmark, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Ontario, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom.
Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen Yahn started the brewery with equipment purchased from the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Southern Tier began production in the Stoneman Business Park just outside of Lakewood, New York, and by 2003, select varieties of small batch ales were distributed locally. By 2005, sales covered the majority of New York State and Pennsylvania, and in 2009 a new 20,000 square foot facility was built for the purpose of brewing innovative, high-quality beer to accommodate an expanding customer base. Throughout 2010, it became clear that more beer needed to be produced, and 800 barrels of fermentation vessels were added to the production area and a 7,500 square foot addition was added for use as a conditioning room. The constantly running brew house was also expanded and updated.
Bucky purchased Pumking from his local LCBO in a brown, 650 ml bottle with a bottling date of July 11, 2012. Pumking has been brewed since 2007, and is 8.6% alcohol by volume. Pumking poured a hazy dark orange colour, with the orange becoming much brighter when backlit. A fairly aggressive pour produced about 1" of fizzy white head, which burned itself out within 3 minutes, leaving no spotting or lacing. The beer's aroma was wonderful; pumpkin pie spices and graham cracker pie crust...I swear! Its taste was sweet and dominated by the graham cracker pie crust, with distinct pumpkin pie spice flavours and maybe just a hint of vanilla. No bitterness here at all. Pumking was characterized by a medium level of carbonation, just right for its type, and a smooth mouth feel. It is light to medium bodied, but actually feels a bit heavier than it is due to the rich flavours. At $8.95 per 650 ml bottle the price tag is fairly steep, but a few bottles as a seasonal indulgence won't break the bank. Overall, I can't wait until next fall for the new seasonal batch!
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 22:57:28 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,704 ratings.