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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,808
Reviews: 1,740
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 402
Gots: 1,076 | 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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.7%
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 t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 JohnLeMay
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JohnLeMay, Today at 07:56 PM
Photo of diverite
3/5  rDev -26.3%

diverite, Today at 07:50 PM
Photo of kellyej
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

Pumking pours a beautiful hazy coppery, honey color. The head is fairly light, with some bubbles piling up around the sides of the glass. The nose is fantastic- distinct notes of pumpkin, graham cracker, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove), earthiness, and something that makes me think of spiced black tea (chai). Pumking is medium bodied, smooth throughout the middle with a nice crisp finish.

On the pumpkin beer spectrum that ranges from pumpkin pie to gourd in flavor, Pumking is certainly more toward the pie side. However, unlike many pumpkin pie beers the crust taste really stands out. There are also notes of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar cookie, roasted pumpkin, and a little bit of alcohol.

kellyej, Today at 07:25 PM
Photo of Dag95
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Dag95, Today at 07:02 PM
Photo of sully22
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sully22, Today at 04:09 PM
Photo of Hoh7691
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Hoh7691, Today at 04:08 PM
Photo of InkedinRi
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

InkedinRi, Today at 12:54 PM
Photo of M_chav
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

M_chav, Today at 12:52 PM
Photo of Bapplebaum
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Bapplebaum, Today at 11:53 AM
Photo of HappySunny
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Very tasty, but I had trouble getting over the sweetness of the pumpkin crust, which could have been toned down. Otherwise, very delicious and drinkable.

HappySunny, Today at 04:07 AM
Photo of mda080
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

mda080, Today at 02:14 AM
Photo of dmking
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%

dmking, Today at 02:09 AM
Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

drtth, Today at 01:39 AM
Photo of Jwk11
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Jwk11, Yesterday at 11:43 PM
Photo of ThaneMcC
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Appearance: Pours rust, amber with fair white head which quickly resolves to fine thread with good carbonation

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, over ripe apple

Taste: Pumpkin and cloying spice flavors ,weirdly flat flavor, sweet with increasingly metallic taste; alcohol burn and then a lingering (unpleasant) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Fair carbonation, really syrupy texture and sticky residue

Overall: Too much spice, far too cloying, sadly I had half the glass and tossed the remainder. Would not recommend.
Drinkability: A big, flavorful pumpkin brew; among the best if not the very best

ThaneMcC, Yesterday at 10:50 PM
Photo of Fiach
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Fiach, Yesterday at 08:04 PM
Photo of KRussell
5/5  rDev +22.9%

I don't typically like pumpkin style beer but this is awesome. When people ask me what it tasted like, tell them it tastes like someone took the best pumpkin pie you've ever had topped with cinnamon and sugar whipped cream and poured it in a glass.

This is my most favorite beer. I wish it was available year round.

The alcohol content is extremely well masked. You have to keep good count of each glass you drink of this.

KRussell, Yesterday at 04:59 PM
Photo of Rgarcia1473
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%

Rgarcia1473, Yesterday at 04:41 PM
Photo of gfg0020
3.5/5  rDev -14%

gfg0020, Yesterday at 07:57 AM
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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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