Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by undeadozzy:
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Got on tap at local bar. Served in a Southern Tier goblet.
Appearance: Poured a rich dark amber color with a light peach colored head that stuck around but faded quickly. Looks almost like a lager, but much richer in tone.
Smell: When the goblet was set in front, it smelled pretty much exactly like a freshly baked pumpkin pie. I have yet to find any beer anywhere that has smelled as appetizing as this one to the point that smelling it actually made me hungry.
Taste: A sharp bite from the alcohol is dulled down from the huge flavor of the pumpkin. I also tasted some nutmeg, ginger, and a small amount of fruitiness, on top of the delicious pumpkin sucker punch.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, if that could really apply to a liquid. A very hearty and full brew definitely, and I can't really think of another way to describe how it felt in my mouth.
Drinkability: This beer screams fall, and I can't imagine drinking anything else but this delicious beer fresh off tap during the fall season. Pairs great with most of the food of the season as well. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2010 15:52:14 | More by undeadozzy
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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 4,709 ratings.