Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by smokeypeat:
4.18/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Split the 22oz bottle with my wife.
Pours a vivid orange color with nice 1/2 inch white head that dissipated quickly. Smell is filled with pumpkin up front. In fact of all the pumpkin beers I've tried this has the most up front pumpkin smell. Plenty of spice present as well with some vanilla present as well. Taste is in keeping with aroma. More pumpkin forward than I was expecting in taste as well. Has a nice spice mix to balance the pumpkin. I like the creaminess as well, really feels almost like a hint of whipped cream is there. Alcohol is well masked considering the ABV and the beer goes down easy. Can't say that I would want the entire 22oz beer myself, but it's perfect for sharing the bomber. Definitely going to pick up some to cellar for Thanksgiving.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2010 19:14:03 | More by smokeypeat
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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 4,705 ratings.