Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by vikingmike:
2.28/5 rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I really, really wanted to like this beer. Since I first joined Beeradvocate, this has been high on my "need to try" list. I'm usually a huge fan of the bigger beers Southern Tier has to offer, and the reviews for this one were enticing ("Like biting into a pumpkin pie", "thanksgiving in a glass", etc).
I know you're supposed to rate a beer in line with its style, but since this is the first "imperial pumpkin ale" I've had, I have no precedent for it. I predict this review will be my biggest deviation from the average score of a beer, but I'm being completely honest with it.
(Drank out of Duvel Tulip)
Appearance: Surprisingly light and pale. I expected more of a rich, copper colour. A very thin head completely dissipated within minutes
Smell: Absolutely nauseating. Like being trapped in a compact car with 100 Vanilla air fresheners and 50 "Autumn baking scents" air fresheners (Not high quality air fresheners you'd buy at a quaint boutique, I'm talking air fresheners manufactured in a Bangladeshi sweatshop). No pumpkin whatsoever. There is nothing....literally NOTHING natural about this aroma.
Taste: It's almost like there is a hint of pumpkin trying to express itself here, but it's being completely overpowered by the permeating stench described above, almost like a timid, meek guy trying to have his voice heard at a Jersey Shore-esque house party. Two seconds post-swallow there are some noticeable hops, which offer a welcome but brief reprieve from the olfactory assault.
Mouthfeel: Thin and light. The fact that it isn't thicker makes the beer seem that much more artificial.
Drinkability: I'm a cheap bastard and will never drain pour a beer. Sometimes I will use a bad beer for cooking, but for the life of me I cannot think of a dish that this vile beer would lend itself to. It took me 4 hours to finish this. I wanted to share it with my girlfriend, who was a big fan of Creme Brulee and Choklat, but after one sip she gagged and pushed the bottle back to me.
I love Southern Tier, I love most of their offerings, and I love pumpkin beers, but this beer is flat out awful.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2010 16:06:59 | More by vikingmike
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