1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,438 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,438
Reviews: 1,705
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 379
Gots: 871 | FT: 28
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pumking Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 5,438 | Reviews: 1,705 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TempeBeerMan


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
Photo of ekovacs3


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I'm always waiting for the pumpkin beer that can dethrone this one. Many have tried, none have succeeded.

09-01-2014 02:51:51 | More by ekovacs3
Photo of spoony


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

From a 650 ml bottle to a snifter.

A-The beer is surprisingly light in color, mostly clear, and sort-of orange. An aggressive pour produces only a half-finger of nearly white foam that fades quickly. No lacing and not much in the way of carbonation that I can see.

S-The aroma is probably the closest thing to pumpkin pie that I have smelled in a beer. Lots of pumpkin flavor, baking spice (nutmeg, ginger, clove, vanilla), solid sweetness that reminds me of maple syrup, and even suggestions of graham cracker crust. Unlike other pumpkin beers, this one doesn't try to disguise it.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely: strong pumpkin flavor, syrupy sweetness, tons of baking spice (nutmeg, especially), a graham cracker flavor, and just a hint of warming alcohol. I like pumpkin pie, so this works for me, but there is not much beer flavor here-just pumpkin.

M-The feel is medium in body with a solid, chunky carbonation that breaks up the slightly syrupy coating.

O-This beer is the best approximation of pumpkin pie that I have ever had. Take that assessment however you will. I like pumpkin pie and I thought this beer offered pure flavors and big sweetness that made me think of Thanksgiving at grandma's house. If that isn't what you want in a beer, look elsewhere. I should also note that I think the beer is well constructed.

09-01-2014 02:25:02 | More by spoony
Photo of Jordan444


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-01-2014 01:54:31 | More by Jordan444
Photo of 40ontarget


4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-01-2014 01:53:56 | More by 40ontarget
Photo of pao5035

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

09-01-2014 01:41:04 | More by pao5035
Photo of mmmDavelikesbeer412

4.64/5  rDev +14%

09-01-2014 01:10:19 | More by mmmDavelikesbeer412
Photo of Edhel

New Mexico

2/5  rDev -50.9%

09-01-2014 00:32:21 | More by Edhel
Photo of One1Asterisk


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2014 00:29:41 | More by One1Asterisk
Photo of Kevinpitts


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

08-31-2014 22:35:35 | More by Kevinpitts
Photo of masterofsparks


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-31-2014 20:22:20 | More by masterofsparks
Photo of Karibourgeois


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Clear golden pour with a small white head. Aroma is pumpkin and spices. Taste has spice flavors upfront of nutmeg and ginger backed by a nice pumpkin pie flavor. Light to medium body also has somewhat of a pie crust flavor. Finishes dry.

08-31-2014 18:52:57 | More by Karibourgeois
Photo of nickleeye


4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-31-2014 15:58:26 | More by nickleeye
Photo of Jaywalsh20


4.39/5  rDev +7.9%

08-31-2014 13:54:28 | More by Jaywalsh20
Photo of Duesler


3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-31-2014 12:51:35 | More by Duesler
Photo of AdmiralOzone


3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-31-2014 12:31:10 | More by AdmiralOzone
Photo of Itis142

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-31-2014 04:47:26 | More by Itis142
Photo of mspencerpc


5/5  rDev +22.9%

08-31-2014 04:37:57 | More by mspencerpc
Photo of ShoopKip


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

08-31-2014 03:28:45 | More by ShoopKip
Photo of grod1048

5/5  rDev +22.9%

08-31-2014 03:01:05 | More by grod1048
Photo of foci711


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Loved it just like eating a pumpkin pie you can even taste the pie crust!

08-31-2014 02:01:25 | More by foci711
Photo of Chemykal


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-31-2014 01:58:09 | More by Chemykal
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,438 ratings.