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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,280 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,280
Reviews: 1,791
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,286 | FT: 30
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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost clear honey color with a modest, but frothy head that leaves a reasonable splashing of lace

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sweetened cornbread

Taste: Opens with a rich pumpkin and spice flavor, which becomes increasingly spicey by mid-palate; after the swallow, the cornbread flavor builds, sweet and buttery; the finish has some alcohol on it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the swallow

Drinkability: A big, flavorful pumpkin brew; among the best if not the very best

brentk56, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***Guilty pleasures review coming right up***
Admitidly, I generally celebrate beers of experimental quality, but disguard those that seem more of a gimmic than quality. Pumpkin beers usually fall in this catagory for me, but beers like this one are quickly changing my perception of what Pumpkin Ales can be... or already are.

Pumpking is truely amazing with its bright copper (acturally orange) color, brilliant clarity and lively efforvescence. A creamy head carries a dainty structure yet retains with a sheet across the glass. Low on lace, the beer celebrates the oils and starch that encompass pumpkin beers.

From the onset, the beer demonstrates a sturdy backbone of amber (bread crusty) malts and large caramel sweetness. Freshly baked toast, roasted pumpkin, and graham crackers come to mind. A sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, and hazelnut do just enough to emphasize the pumpkin quality in complementary fashion. A buttery praline-like sweetness is just the pillow that the savory crust notes deserve.

The body is firm, rich, and non-waivering. Creamy, bready and with a robust spicy sweetness that I would not have expected from a beer this drinkable. The return of graham cracker dryness and aftertaste is all I need to keep comming back.

This beer is a gem, comming from a guy who has drank a ton of Pumpkin Ales and haven't enjoyed many.

BEERchitect, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep orange body with a tall-standing, frothy, white head.

Smell: All rights, friends, so, it smells greatly of oven-fresh pumpkin pie. Who's with me? Who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN is with me?

Taste: Sweet caramel malts plunged deep into fresh pumpkin puree and liberally coated in a pumpkin pie spice blend and smoothed over with a touch of vanilla creme. I'm sure it's been said dozens of times over, but it's rather pumpkin pie-like, with the malts even mimicking a flavor of rich, crisp graham cracker crust garnished with candy corn. Subtle hop presence and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiced pumpkin taste and some slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent for a pumpkin ale! Look, whoever is giving you advice like, "don't bother with Pumking" is no friend of yours. Take your vengeful fists and clock that mofo in the mouth and spit on their prone, beaten body, because they aren't helping you at all. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of chugalug06
1.08/5  rDev -73.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

For the record: I AM a Pumpkin Ale fan...

A - Very nice off-white foam head. Brew is delicious clean, crisp golden orange color. Medium viscosity.

S - WHOA! Smells like a cookie.... Lots of sugary cloves. Some overwhelming spice too. The worst smelling Pumpkin Ale I've ever had... Smells like pumpkin puke.

T - Horrible!!! Very rough and not too rounded... Lots of heat hidden by over-powering spice...

M - Slightly too much carbonation. Very bitter too. Lingers in a bad way; it doesn't finish clean.

O - VERY DISAPPOINTING! Up until this brew, I really enjoyed ST... Not too sure I'll be hunting their others, after this one... Drain pour.

chugalug06, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear light copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy orange-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one on the drink down. Kind of a disappointing appearance. Smell is very complex with caramel malt, biscuits, actual pumpkin puree, and a wide array of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Taste is of malt/bread/biscuit/crust, unsweetened pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and the aforementioned spices. There is a slight spice bitterness that sticks the the tongue after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and dry finish. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale that is somewhat different that I was expecting. I was thinking that this could be a creamy, sweet pumpkin milkshake of a beer but I like this one as it is.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber-orange in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled into a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are inviting aromas of sweet pumpkin pie in the nose, which almost makes this beer smell like a dessert.
T: While there is some malty sweetness and flavors of pumpkins and spices in the in taste, these are nicely balanced with some hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because the sweet flavors in the taste aren't cloying because of the underlying hops and the alcohol content is very well masked.

metter98, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up finally thanks to a very generous BA who sent me down a couple of them. I had been waiting forever to try this one, and missed out on it last year. Served cold, right out of the fridge per instructions. It was served in an oversized wine glass and consumed on 09/22/2008.

The pour was simply stunning. A very rich and very hazy looking orange liquid came gurgling out of the bottle, hitting the glass with decent enough force to throw up a nice two inch layer of off white head. Nice retention kept this one hanging around for a good long while before finally settling down into a thin layer of white across the top that stayed until the very end and left behind a very nice layer of side glass lace.

The aroma was about as rich as you can get. This was the most decadent, dessert like beer that I have ever run across. This smelled more like a pumpkin pie then my grandma's ! Super sweet with lots of gingerbread, and sweet cookie goodness. This was about as good as it gets. Translated over as perfectly as you could have imagined into the flavor. Huge notes of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, gingerbread, everything you could imagine. This was just colossal with no hint at all of any abv. Rich and decadent in the taste and well as the feel,. The only drawback was this was soo rich with sugar it was hard to drink too much of it as it became a little bit tough after a bit. Aside from that this was about as good as it gets.

Overall, wow. I have never tasted anything like this it was just tremendous. This was the most perfect fall dessert I could think of. Rich, sweet, decadent. This was better then I ever imagined it would be. Overall I was floored and would have to recommend this to anyone!

mikesgroove, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know where this came from or even who bought it but it was on the table at a friends place last week when we were sampling beers and man was it a find. Don't know anything about the brewery but after trying this and their Hoppe Pale Ale I'm gonna do some research on these guys.

It came from a 22 oz bottle with some pretty cool artwork on it. The beer poured an orange/rust color that was very clear and had an off-white, almost orange head that faded quickly. Smelled strong of pumpkin pie (as all these types of beer do) but with some extra spices that really made it stand out from the other 6 or 7 pumpkin beers ive tried.

It tasted great, that is it tasted like pumpkin pie and good beer. No idea what the alcohol content is and the website doesn't say either but it was balanced well with the flavors. It also had a thick body that was both good and bad depending on if you want to chug this beer or sip on it with thanksgiving dinner. Overall its a pretty drinkable beer and I would like to find more of this stuff.

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of jah2
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

jah2, Today at 11:48 AM
Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't have the recommended snifter for this one so I used a weizen glass. This one poured a burnished gold with faint orange at the heart. The two finger, rocky, ivory head quickly dissipated leaving a thin ring around the edge and not much more. I could see thin streams of bubbles rising to the top, releasing more of the pumpkin pie spice aroma that initially greeted my nose. Closer inspection of the nose revealed the light scent of pumpkin and a touch of banana (according to my elder daughter's more sensitive nose. The younger simply said, "beer.")

And now the most important part, tasting this bad boy. Initially sweet, followed by the aforementioned spices and pumpkin, all done with a firm, yet restrained, hand so as not to be overpowering. I detect ginger, nutmeg, clove and possibly cinnamon and very little hop flavor or aroma. There's also a bit of a bread-like flavor as well. The spices have a balancing bitterness that goes nicely with the sweetness of this brew. There's so much going on that one doesn't even notice the higher alcohol content.

The mouth feel was a little thin for this strong and busy an ale. I wanted it to be creamier, smoother, more warming and fuller in the mouth. Instead, it tended to being lighter bodied with a definite tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall, the total effect is actually higher than one might expect from the component parts. The flavors work very well together, enhanced by the aroma. The mouth feel, as mentioned is on the thin side, but doesn't distract the other senses. It is excellently enjoyable and definitely worth sharing with friends over a slice of pie or a pumpkin mousse.

mnredsoxfan69, Today at 11:13 AM
Photo of Tony_Leon
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Not my usual cup of...beer, but trying my girlfriend's I was impressed. A bit too sweet and forward. Tasted more of gingerbread than pumpkin.

Tony_Leon, Today at 10:54 AM
Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

deonreds, Today at 07:48 AM
Photo of AaronDio
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%

AaronDio, Yesterday at 10:30 PM
Photo of R11415
5/5  rDev +23.2%

R11415, Yesterday at 08:26 PM
Photo of alcohline_trip
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

alcohline_trip, Yesterday at 02:24 PM
Photo of gadam33
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Good beer but the warlock is a better pumpkin beer

gadam33, Yesterday at 01:57 AM
Photo of Vitar
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Vitar, Yesterday at 12:01 AM
Photo of BurningTreeMufen
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance- An orange almost honey appearance that is much lighter in color than most pumpkin beers I have had. A pleasant surprise.
Aroma- Spices that smell like a freshly baked pumpkin pie.
Taste- A nice malt backbone that is complemented by pumpkin pie spices. The sweetness is balanced by a bitterness that is somehow still pumpkiny.
Mouthfeel- Medium body and very light carbonation. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall- The best pumpkin beer that I've had.

BurningTreeMufen, Tuesday at 11:26 PM
Photo of swgwilt
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

swgwilt, Tuesday at 09:48 PM
Photo of jrschaef
4.75/5  rDev +17%

jrschaef, Tuesday at 09:07 PM
Photo of Cmpunk434
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%

Cmpunk434, Tuesday at 08:24 PM
Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kyrojack, Tuesday at 08:23 PM
Photo of 603to843
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

603to843, Tuesday at 06:27 PM
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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,280 ratings.