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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,411 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,411
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 376
Gots: 856 | FT: 27
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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3.71/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Hazy golden-yellow, with a two finger snow-white head, which dissipated to NOTHING very quickly. NO lacing to speak of. Surprised this beer wasn't darker.

S - Strong aroma of squashed pumpkin, spices (nutmeg, allspice) and even graham cracker pie crust. An odd hint of "wet paper" odor underneath.

T - Taste follows the nose, with pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, ginger, and allspice) taking center stage; especially heavy on the ginger and the allspice. Pumpkin seed flavor lingers underneath. Malts blend with the spices to produce a pie crust flavor, which is nice. Doesn't hide it's ABV particularly well.

M - Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Seems like it could have used a fuller body.

O - Tasty, but didn't live up to the hype for me. Nothing really off putting, just really didn't come together as well as I would have hoped. (a little too much ginger, a little too light of body). I'm sure I will be in the minority here, but I like Sam Adams Fat Jack better.

08-14-2014 03:47:41 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of GreaseShark

New York

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%

A-Pours a brilliant orange color like a fresh pumpkin, frothy white head with loads of bubbles throughout.

S-Fresh baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla ice cream seriously delicious to smell

T-Pumking is right this is not light on the flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon is there as well as a kind of vanilla cream taste.

M-Good throughout medium body, to me it has a bit of a sharp finish that im not particularly fond of maybe from the spice, flavor hangs around for a bit which is nice makes me want to comeback for more.

O- My favorite pumpkin beer, it's one i get excited to drink for both the flavor and the time of the year it signifies. Delicious taste, beautiful color.

10-16-2013 15:25:46 | More by GreaseShark
Photo of NOLTERN


5/5  rDev +22.9%

There are no words to express the perfection of this brew, but I will try. As soon as you pour this brew, you are delighted with the aroma and colour it has as it hits the side of your goblet from the bottle and the smooth head holds nice lacing and has very beautiful retention. You take a whiff. This is pure delight. Autumn has sprung! This is fresh pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. Nothing is overdone here. The spices are perfect, the colour is perfect, and the head is beautiful. The only test left now is the taste. As this liquid hit my lips, my eyes rolled back in pure ecstacy. The mouthfeel is cream and the taste is superb. This is pure thanksgiving that you remember as a child. This is your grandmothers pumpkin pie served to you on your favorite plate as you gazed out the window at the changing coloured leaves while simultaniously opening your first christmas gift.

I first experienced the pumking 3 years ago, and I have tried over 70 pumpkin beers since then. No pumpkin beer compares to the Pumking.


09-11-2013 07:34:47 | More by NOLTERN
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking Ale 9.0% alcohol seasonal. Given to me as a gift. Festive Halloween decor with a "king" pumpkin on the label and presented in a 22oz. bomber. Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful amber colored fluid that produces a inch and a half head that gently falls to a frothy top and decent patch lacing.
Excellent for the style.

S- This is one hell of a pumpkin ale when it come to smell. Overall the closest scent to a pumpkin pie i've ever smelled no lie! All spice, cinnamon, light caramel, and fresh cooked pumpkin.

T-M- Not overpowering but to the point fresh pumpkin ale... Quirky bites of pumpkin pie and all spice followed by cinnamon with notes of tangy caramel malts with stiff alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation to smoothly roll over the strength of the flavors. Overall taste and mouthfeel is good with little to prevent you from likeing this beer unless pumpkin isn't your thing.

D- All and all this is one excellent holiday beer with smooth and sweet qualities that make it a great addition to a turkey dinner or any large meal. Cheers to the innovations of the craft beer movement!

12-21-2010 23:32:46 | More by wesbrownyeah
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

This is what a seasonal beer should taste like, just what the label says.

08-30-2014 18:28:02 | More by Drewz
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

08-30-2014 18:11:34 | More by Deezwart
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4.88/5  rDev +19.9%

08-30-2014 15:55:31 | More by Duffman5000
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-30-2014 11:46:45 | More by Fakexican
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4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

08-30-2014 11:25:11 | More by JoshS18
Photo of Auraan


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured a nice semi-clear copper color with no head. It looks like a pumpkin beer, nothing too special, but pleasant enough. Scents of rich, buttery pie crust, pumpkin, nutmeg, hints of vanilla and low levels of cinnamon. Overall impression of aroma is wonderfully rich aroma that captures the entire profile of a pumpkin pie quite nicely. Very good. Flavor begins with a wonderful flavor of pumpkin, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and some malty sweetness, with a low, yet present bit of bitterness balancing the sweet pumpkin, malt and spices. This moves into a middle that adds a rich, buttery pie crust flavor, continues with flavors of pumpkin and spice and still balances it with a low yet present hop character that is mostly earthy and floral, a hint alcohol is also noticeable. Finish is moderately sweet, with notes of pumpkin, buttery pie crust, pumpkin pie filling, alcohol at a moderate-low level and a bit of hop flavors with low bitterness. Aftertaste is pumpkin, spices and some faint floral and earthy hop flavors. Overall impression is of a flavor profile that is remarkably like pumpkin pie, but kept by becoming cloying by a nice balance of hop flavors and alcohol. This allows the beer to be sweet and dessert-like, yet still very much identifiable as a beer. Quite well executed and very pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-light carbonation and smooth. Very nice and quite easy to sip, hiding the ABV well, despite the alcohol in the flavor. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale, of the variety seeking to be pumpkin pie-like. It has a rich, wonderful aroma and flavor, but is balanced enough to avoid becoming cloying. It also avoids the all too common trap of being too watery or one note in flavor that many such beers fall into. The end result is a finely crafted pumpkin ale that is extremely enjoyable to drink. If you like pumpkin ales this one is highly recommended.

08-30-2014 09:04:24 | More by Auraan
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4.68/5  rDev +15%

08-30-2014 07:53:04 | More by Deggar
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-30-2014 04:09:23 | More by Aeroscorp
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Crystal clear pumpkin/copper color. Thin white head that quickly disappeared.
S - Sweet malt, pumpkin pie, spices, and vanilla.
T - Sweet malt, pumpkin pie, spices, and vanilla.
M - Nice. Dense froth that you can chew. At least, I can pretend to chew the stuff.
O - I usually do not drink pumpkin beers, but I heard quite a bit about this, that when I saw it a few hours ago, I bought a bottle. I am a new fan.

08-30-2014 03:50:03 | More by mabermud
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

08-30-2014 03:47:23 | More by leslybgood
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

08-30-2014 03:20:11 | More by Rod_J
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

08-30-2014 02:17:47 | More by GMcNE
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

08-30-2014 02:16:39 | More by bfitzge2
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

08-30-2014 02:11:27 | More by Rosethoj
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-30-2014 01:31:45 | More by MattGrimley
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-30-2014 01:24:52 | More by Musineer
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-30-2014 01:21:09 | More by psweendogg
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

08-30-2014 01:17:12 | More by jdkitchi
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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

08-30-2014 00:50:11 | More by Mikedhoppy
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4.56/5  rDev +12%

08-29-2014 23:50:38 | More by tekuniversity
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-29-2014 23:39:05 | More by wjoelbrooks
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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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