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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,748
Reviews: 1,730
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 398
Gots: 1,039 | FT: 29
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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Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a golden orange to amber color with a thin, but generous white head.

Aroma consists of pumpkin, spices such as nutmeg, bread, and wheat. Cinnamon and other spice becomes more abundant as the beer warms, not to mention, more enjoyable.

Pumpkin and cinnamon are dominant flavors with somewhat of a grassy or straw flavor as well.

Surprisingly creamy and slightly thick. Little carbonation to speak of, but plenty of character.

This beer improves as its body warms. Nice balance of traditional ale characteristics blended with seasonal spices and flavors. I will be seeking this again next fall.

CHADMC3, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a clear medium orange color with one finger foamy white head, couple spots of lace. Smell: canned pumpkin ready for making pie, a little spicy hop, pale malt, and pie crust (!?). Taste: pumpkin pie if you left out some of the sugar...similar to a belgian pale with a bunch of pumpkin dumped in. Pretty great. Drying, pie spice finish.

babaracas, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of joeseppy
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a clear orangey copper with half inch head.

Smell is pumking sweet with spices of nutmeg and clove.

Taste is pumpkin pie spice probably more than pumpkin flesh. Definite clove, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon stick.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Had this been thick it may have lost its luster. Carbonation lower which helps the flavor profile be itself. Character more pronounced at warmer temps which I enjoyed also.

I like this better than last years and looking forward to having more. What a fantastic pedway into the fall and pumkin beers. Excellent job!

joeseppy, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

I keep searching for a great pumpkin beer; this one was pretty good.
Per instructions on the bottle, the beer was poured into a goblet. It was the color of a new penny with a medium sized off-white head.
The aroma was exactly like a pumpkin pie.
Nice depth in the taste. Pumpkin pie with all the spices, good malt backbone. The alcohol was noticeable.
I wanted to give this a higher mouthfeel rating, but I thought the alcohol was a little intrusive.
I liked the beer.

lordofthewiens, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

650 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Beer pours with a nice 3 finger fluffy white head. There is already some nice lacing occurring as well. The beer is a solid amber colour with minimal carbonation.

Smell - this beer is what it say, a pumpkin explosion. Solid pumpkin base smell, along with some sweet nodes. Its funny, smells like a piece of pumpkin pie on my plate, crust, sweet, pumpkin and spices.

Taste - Am i eating a piece of pie or drinking a beer? Add the whip creme here and this your PUMKING! Nice tasting beer, goes down smooth and you can really taste the base of the beer.

Mouthfeel - Not a lot of added carbonation but some bitterness near the end. The aftertaste is like a piece of pie stuck in your teeth! Overall, not a lot added, but some taste.

Drinkability - I am pleased with this beer, its solid and delivers what I came for, PUMPKIN! There is a reason why this is the king, it will forever be a memory to me!

Swedes21, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

The beer pours a beautiful golden or copper color. There isn't an incredible amount of head, but it is there. It diminishes quickly however and leaves very little lace. This doesn't bode well for the beer, but things get better from here on out.

As for smell, the beer is very sweet and very pumpkin-like, much more so than any other of the style I've tried. There's a bubblegum aroma present but it's not off-putting in the least. It's very much like pumpkin pie, complete with the crust and whipped cream.

The flavor continues these trends, but there's a nuttiness to the beer and subtle allspice, both of which tastefully add to the complexity of the beer. It's really a treat to drink and I can see why people make such a fuss about this beer. There is a slight booze taste, but it really only reminds you of the potency of this beer and does not assault the palate.

Overall, the beer is smooth, creamy, complex and drinks easy. A great beer.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of trafordboy
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Clear amber orangewith a thin white head and spots of lacing.

S - Fresh baked pumkin pie, fresh baked ginger bread Very fall holiday smelling. Smells fresher and less spicy than other pumkin beers.

T - Fresh pumpkin, some spices like nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon but very fresh tasting.

M - On the light side of medium with nice carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - Best pumpkin beer I have tried. Not sure how many other places use real pumpkin but I think you can really tell the difference. The real pumpkin creates a fresher taste and a different spicing.

trafordboy, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of vrazionale
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

22 oz. (650 mL) bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. 2009 bottling.

A - Orange copper body with a thin head formation, even with an aggressive pour.

S - The resemblance to pumpkin pie is remarkable. The spiced pumpkin flavor is well balanced by a bready, sweet malt that is strikingly similar to the crust of a pumpkin pie. If you have a soft spot for pumpkin pie, you'll totally dig the nose on the brew. If you don't like pumpkin pie, then why would you be interested in drinking a pumpkin beer anyway?

T - Spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, even a touch of black pepper) and sweet. The finish is malty, and the spice slowly fades off, producing a lingering and enjoyable finish.

M - Noticeably low in carbonation, but the sweeter flavors linger without becoming too cloying on the palate. Fairly full-bodied and brooding, especially in comparison to the more readily-available pumpkin beers out there.

D - This is my favorite pumpkin beer. I have been excited to drink it this season, ever since tasting it for the first time at Cambridge Common last fall, late in the pumpkin beer season. I'm excited by the idea of drinking this brew with some crispy sweet potato fries for the perfect autumn fatboy pub fare. Hooray for deliciously quaffable pumpkin beer!

vrazionale, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of auxiliary
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

appearance - Clear golden-copper color. Just a ring around the glass her, no lace.

smell - mmm Can I start drinking it now? This is like the best smelling beer ever. Pumkin, cinamon, and has this candy sweetness smell. Like a desert.

taste - Nice taste of spices, pumkin, and cinamon here. Ting of hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body, very few bubbles here.

drinkability - Real nice sipper. Its goign to take a long time for to finish this. All I want to do is smell it and savor the taste.

Goes good with pumkin seed :) Happy Halloween!

auxiliary, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking

Appearance: pumpkin colored, small to no head, and no lacing.

Smell: incredibly delicious pumpkin pie.

Taste: prominent pumpkin spice followed by a malty light fresh hop.

Mouthfeel: medium but feels more like a soft drink.

This is quite a different October brew. It is heavy in pumpkin spice and can be initially delicious, but it goes down like a soft drink (soda/pop/cola/whatever the yankees call it). I'm on the fence with that feeling. The alcohol is almost not detectable in the aroma or taste to myself.

megahurts4, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A: A clear orange color with a very thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A big pumpkin aroma with some clove and nutmeg.

T: More of the same in the flavor. A nice pumpkin flavor with a touch of clove and nutmeg. The finish is sweet and a tad bitter from hops and a little bit of booze.

M: Light with low carbonation. Easy drinking beer.

O: One of the best pumpkin ales out there. Big flavors that hide the high ABV.

Kromes, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a couple pint glasses, shared with my girlfriend.

Pours a pale orange, half a finger of white head that dissipates to a small collar, no lace here. Nose is of pure pumpkin pie, absolutely no doubt about it. The crust, pie and some spicing are completely evident and it epitomizes the smell of ACTUAL pumpkin pie. Impressive. Taste follows the smell, nothing new to be discovered. I can't get over the resemblance to pumpkin pie, its like a liquid version. Crust is evident foremost, and tons and tons of pumpkin follow with some spicing too. Highly carbed and a medium-heavy body. Drinkability was limited to half a bomber, difficult to finish even at that. Really filling and distinct. Difficult to have this as one would have a 'normal' beer, I find it hard to find anything in this that makes it more than a novelty for the Fall season. 3/4/4/35/25

EDIT: Revisited over a year later (10/08/11), better nose and flavour than I recall initially. One of the ebst pumpkin beers going - loads of crust, ginger snap and true pumpkin pie notes. Awesome. 35/45/4/4/45

liamt07, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Lalepro
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

This beer is something to write home about. Im not a beer expert. I just have a good palate. I know that everyone who tastes it loves it. I like the finish when the oxygen hits your mouth after you swallow. The beer is only sold in large bottles, i think that is to make sure you pour in a bottle, however, it could also be to make sure you have a good time.

Lalepro, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of smokeypeat
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

smokeypeat, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of lightindarkness
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Thank you kasper, thank you.

Pours a clear ambery orange color with an initially whispy head that eventually fades to the tiniest of thin rings around the glass.

While I guess I should have expected it to smell like this, somehow I was still a little surprised. Pumpkin, dough, vanilla, a little faint spice and some harvest fruity apple aroma. I get a very nostalgic hit from this one, with vivid flashbacks of staying in a cabbin tucked neatly on the side of an autumn colored mountain, a digression from the beer, but that's what it reminds me of.

Mild spice up front, with a soft malt base that somehow evolves into a doughy bread middle. True pumpkin flavor seems to rise toward the finish with the best of subtle autumn spice. Notes of vanilla and brown sugar sweetness are also present. Soft full pumpkin flavor peaks right at the swallow and fades nicely with a faint touch of hoppiness.

Feel is definitely medium body with some thin carbonation.

Becoming sweeter and stronger as it warms past the 40 degree suggested serving temp, it's a novelty in itself that ought to be shared around a campfire, at a seasonal party, or after raking leaves. Sneaky high alcohol has its effects and should be noted. Another impressive Southen Tier flavored beer. A new reason to look forward to fall!

lightindarkness, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of MandatoryJimmy
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Probably my favorite pumpkin beer so far. Smelled delicious, tasted like nutmeg cinnamon pumpkin cake, and looked like fall poured into a glass. A beautiful orange color with an off yellow foamy head. I love this brewing company and will definatly have another if my local shop gets more. Drink next to fire with a dog at your feet.

MandatoryJimmy, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Douglas14
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a super clean, clear orange color with an orange head that is thick, dense, and fluffy. Immediately, the presence of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and "pumpkin" hits your nose. The flavor mimics the aroma profile...liquid pumpkin pie...absolutely awesome. The flavor helps to solidify what you are trying to detect in the nose. It has a medium body, and a finish that lasts for a long time even after you swallow. Also, the 9% ABV is a nice treat...I guess you would say it's the whipped cream of this serving.

In typical Southern Tier fashion, this beer offered me more direct pumpkin pie flavor than any other Pumpkin Ale I have tried.

Douglas14, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Imbibed at FFF Brewpub on Halloween.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange hue with one finger of creamy parchment head.

Smell -- Pureed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, some vanilla, flaky glazed pastry.

Taste -- The flavor brings to mind a pumpkin pastry: pureed pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, flaky pie crust coated in candi sugar. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Could stand to have a fuller body.

Drinkability -- This is the best pumpkin beer I've had to date, possibly the first I've really enjoyed. My only quips is that the sweetness needs to be dialed back (I've heard that this year's batch has been especially sweet) and the mouthfeel could stand to be fuller. Aside from this, the spicing is on point and pumpkin flavor is in the forefront. There's a reason this beer has been singled out as one of the top-rated pumpkin beers. A must-try.

yeahnatenelson, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

grabbed this at the grocery earlier today.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ommegang chalice. poured a transparent orange with a thin fizzy head that fizzed out pretty immediately.

s - as soon as i opened the bottle a sweet pumpkin filled the air, once i went in for a closer look the pumpkin was joined with hot apple pie. the caramel malt shows itself in a big way, but the wonderful sweetness just brings autumn and that craft store vibe. just phenomenal.

t - the taste is just like the nose. it is a bit intense at first. very sweet, very pumpkin, and pretty bitter.

m - mouth is good, pretty sweet.

o - remember crocodile dundee, when he says that's not a knife..THIS is a knife? well, that's not a pumpkin beer, THIS is a pumpkin beer. like most of what i've had from southern tier, this is a style to the max. extreme pumpkin beer.

cosmicevan, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A - The color on this one was nice...a deep orange/amber body but it was very clear...not much of a head but left some lacing

S - Southern Tier knows how to make their beers smell...this one is full of your typical pumpkin pie spices...clove, nutmeg, cinnamon...spot on

T - This is one of the best pumpkin beers I've had (not my style)...it takes you through every ingredient...the pumpkin pie spices roll around the palate very pronounced...clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon...some sweet notes of vanilla are mixed in...and those spices linger throughout the whole thing...at the end is the real kicker...you don't notice it right away but there is an oh-so subtle hop presence at the very end...I love the complexity and balance of this beer

M - Medium bodied...smooth, creamy, spicy, and a nice hop bite

D - This isn't my style...but I really liked this one...the nose is amazing and the flavor all mix together nicely...this one tastes like a pumpkin pie...but just watch out for that 9% ABV!

thain709, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Domingo
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to tacosandbeer for this bottle! Been wanting to try this for a long time.
Pours an amber orange with a creamy white head or sheen depending on your pour. Unlike a lot of day-glo versions, the color looks more natural.
The nose is heavy fennel heavy initially but then heads into a creamy pumpkin spice note. There's something "warm" in the smell, a little like cookies which is inviting. Heavy spices up front turn into something I really like.
Pumpkin (yup, the veggie) starts things off, and it heads into a nice mix of vanilla, allspice, and cinnamon. A creamy butterscotch note pops up...but it's a GOOD thing. No diacetyl character, but instead it's almost like the same malt note from a Czech pils. There's also a potent sugar cookie flavor I can't get enough of that keeps coming back.
This is a sipper for sure. Strong and thick, but it's too easy to keep coming back for more.
Truly great stuff! Best pumpkin ale? Maybe not as drinkable as milder ones, but that flavor is unmatched.

Domingo, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

22 oz bottle split with the MOUNTEE.

Pours orange/amber with two fingers of foam that fades relatively quickly. Aroma is potent - pumpkin, vanilla, cinammon - and some oatmeal flavor. Very aromatic.

Flavor is sweet. Cloves poke though, followed by vanilla. Hardly tastes like beer. 8.8% ABV is not apparent at all.

As far as pumpkin beers go, this is one of the best I have had. I don't typically prefer pumpkin beers, but this one is suprisingly drinkable and unique. Splitting a 22oz was easy.

FickleBeast, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of flowerysong
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Hazy light orange, off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Smells like pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust.

Taste: Highly spiced, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Caramel and grain notes, medium bitterness and a definite fleshy pumpkin taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent. Good flavour, fairly well balanced. Better with a meal than on its own.

flowerysong, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of cooncat
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Had a pint of this on tap today while at the UPICK6 beer store in Erie. Missed out on DFH Pumkin on tap by a couple days, the keg was killed in 2 days. Glad I got to sample Southern Tier's offering.

The beer is a golden copper in color, with an unimpressive head. Could have been the barman (or temp), but retention isn't great. Well, I guess I can understand that a 9% abv, but I do like a little head with my beer.

The nose is light, but definitely contains all the 'pumpkin pie' spice right up there. Also, in the nose is a sweet maltiness which smells exactly like pie crust .. I kid you not!

Taste is very much like the nose, but much more intense. Best I can describe it is that its like drinking a piece of pumpkin pie, complete with the crust. Nothing notable from the hops or the alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium. A very enjoyable beer, and since you don't feel the 9% abv at all, dangerously drinkable. I don't think I could drink this all night long (hey, I couldn't eat pumpkin pie all night long either), but I'd easily quaff 2 or 3 of these in a session .. which would probably be quite enough.

Excellent seasonal brew. Southern Tier is a solid craft brewery, with a line-up of great brews. PumKing is just another great example. Recommended, especially if you can find it on tap!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of eclipse54
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A 22 ounce bomber split into tulips.

"Pours a blood orange color with about a centimeter of pure white head. Comprised of numerous small bubbles, the head dissipates rather quickly leaving a scant ring and some legs across the surface. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is of nutmeg, cardamom, chai, marshmallow, toffee, caramel, all spice, a bit of clove, and some herbal tea. Hard to pull any actual ""pumpkin"" out of it, but I suppose that's not atypical. Reminds me of a chai latte someone might get at a local coffee joint.

Flavor is loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and toasted marshmallow. Some vanilla, caramel, toffee, clove, coriander, and even raisin come through later on. Loads of spices in this one, but they integrate well and make for a complex beer.

Mouthfeel does well not to be overly sweet, but a few of the spices linger for a while longer than hoped (the nutmeg and cardamom, primarily).

Overall, this is a great ""pumpkin"" beer, even though it doesn't have much in the way of genuine pumpkin flavors (realistically though, the flavor of raw pumpkin isn't all that exciting). If you're looking for pumpkin pie in a glass, this is the one you seek."

eclipse54, Sep 04, 2012
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,748 ratings.