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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,971 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,971
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 334
Gots: 600 | 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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neophilus

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with some tawny tones. Decent white head and lacing. Sweet scent of candied nuts dominates the aroma - maybe some nutmeg? The cracker like malt underneath evokes images of fresh baked pie crust.

Medium hop bitterness up front brings some grassy flavors that are immediately drowned in sweet spiced ale. Good balance of spices, the Allspice leads the pack with hints of ginger and nutmeg underneath.

Medium, slick body with enough carbonation to cut a heavy malt flavor after the spices die down.

Easily one of my favorite pumpkins although this one might be polarizing. The sweet scent and flavors almost overpower and the spices definitely dominate. Much different than many pumpkins that lean too heavily on ginger or cinammon, I enjoy an allspice-like taste to the beer. The combination of smell and flavor are about as close to a real pumpkin pie as I've ever tasted a beer. If you like pumpkin pie you might like drinking one too.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:12:47 | More by neophilus
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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.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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