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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,280 Ratings

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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 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
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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
Photo of invalid665
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%

invalid665, Tuesday at 06:05 PM
Photo of jonrdunn
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

jonrdunn, Tuesday at 05:35 PM
Photo of Michael0311
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Michael0311, Tuesday at 04:29 PM
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Jmolenda, Tuesday at 10:23 AM
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

craigdb, Tuesday at 03:45 AM
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3.54/5  rDev -12.8%

BeerSnobery, Tuesday at 03:26 AM
Photo of rudeone
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

rudeone, Tuesday at 02:21 AM
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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,280 ratings.