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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,704 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4704
Reviews: 1669
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%


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
Ratings: 4,704 | Reviews: 1,669 | Show All Ratings:
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JayBarnes10

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

have had this one a couple times, great notes of pumpkin and a yammy finish. it's a deserty beer, one that you'd drink just 1 or 2 of I feel but REALLY enjoy them. after having it on draft, and in a bottle, it's good either way. 1 of my favorite beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 22:18:41 | More by JayBarnes10
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber about 5 months old. Born on date is a little hard to find, bear the bottom under the etched label. Got it on sale for $5.

Rough pour gives you a clear orange beer with few chunks and a small silky head. Smell is powerful concentrated pumpkin, sickly sweet and vegetal, and some spice. Taste is thick malty yams, with the sweetness and spice of a pumpkin pie. Finishes with some english tasting hops. Feel is a slick medium, with a cloying bitter finish. High abv is imperceptible.

The hype is deserved as this is the most "pumpkinny" of the fall beers I've tried. It's not the best, tho. I'll take Indeed's yamma jamma over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 22:01:45 | More by jimmah120
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a sucker for "pumpkin" flavored anything in the Fall, including beer. Every Fall, I go to TotalWine and make my own 6-pack of various pumpkin beers. Out of all of the pumpkin beers I have tried, Pumking is definitely the king of pumpkin beers in my opinion.

Unlike some pumpkin beers, Pumking isn't just in your face candy-like pumpkin spice flavors, nor is it too malty. You get nice notes of the pumpkin spices but you do taste something slightly vegetabley and earthy as well - almost a true pumpkin / squash flavor. It's one of the few pumpkin beers I drink on multiple occasions over the Fall.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:09:06 | More by iheartmyTHO
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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Over all in my opinion a fantastic beer. I am a very big fan of pumpkin beers and in my opinion this one beats all others. It was a nice amber color with a white head. I have never tried this beer on tap only in the bottle but I would recommend it to any pumpkin beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:03:05 | More by Rhf9120
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NEdward

Rhode Island

2.39/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A: orange, slightly hazy

S: a pumpkin pie

T: a pumpkin pie and a nondescript beer

M: carbonated, unrestrained granulated sweetness, greasy finish

O: I don't understand why people look forward to the novelty of drinking the simulacrum of a seasonal dish rather than eating the real thing. I suspect having 9 months to forget how regrettable it actually is has something to do with it, but also the willingness of folks to buy into the idea of a beer representing picturesque pumpkin pickings and redolent autumnal vistas that it can't possibly deliver on shouldn't be discounted either.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 06:53:05 | More by NEdward
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No-date bottle at 40-42 degrees into goblet
Aroma - odor of roasted nuts overlaid with a spiceness
Head - average (4 cm), off-white, mostly diminishing
No lacing
Starts lightly bitter with no discernable hoppiness, just spicey
Ends lightly bitter, no hoppiness, still just spicy
Medium body, watery, fizzy carbonation

Overall, not to my taste. Tastes nutty and spicy, but not very good. Ended up with indigestion later. Different than most pumpkin beers because the pumpkin spices seemed to be absent.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 11:25:05 | More by Ozzylizard
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Nice clear orange amber color, 1 finger of white head dissapears to a thin film of bubbles, no lacing.
S - 4.5 - Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, whipped cream, almost a hint of chocolate in the background. This is a good example of what a pumpkin beer should smell like.
T - 4.75 - Immediate pumpkin, cinnamon sugar, and whipped cream. Like liquid pumpkin pie. Perfect representation of pumpkin pie in beer form. Bready, pie crust background.
M - 4.0 - light - medium mouthfeel, aftertaste is pumpkin, hop bitterness, and boozy. Alc covered for the most part though.
O - 4.25 - Great beer, perfect representation of a pumpkin beer. I think most October beers could learn from this one. This is a very good example of a high gravity pumpkin beer. As opposed to 2003 Bell's Eccentric Ale - a very BAD example of a high gravity pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:00:11 | More by ISmith87
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d5001986

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

This is my first Pumpkin beer, so I don't have anything to compare it with.

Appearance is deep golden orange. Clear with small, off white head.

Smell is pumpkin up front, followed by clove and very slight alcohol.

The first thing I taste is cloves, it's overpowering. I also pick up pumpkin and nutmeg, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Feels medium bodies and goes down smooth.

Overall not a big fan of this one. The spices were too dominating, I would have enjoyed this more if not for that.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:29:53 | More by d5001986
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So smooth and flavorful. Not at all too sweet. A whole bottle does whack you pretty good. But it's delicious, with the right feel and burst of spices. I think it's as good in the bottle as it is fresh on tap. But I can't wait to see how it does after aging a couple more months. So solid and consistent. Goes great with food or as desert.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:47:18 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I remember seeing. However, I do know that this bottle is from the 2013 release of ST's annual pumpkin beer. Poured into a small goblet/wine glass hybrid.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields not much in the way of head--just a half finger of off-white bubbles that fades quickly, leaving sparse filmy bubbles across the top and no lacing. Body is a translucent orange with hints of burnt umber in places.

Smell - Like so many of ST's "sweeter" beers, this one has a very distinct caramel-corn, buttered popcorn aroma to it. I get a similar characteristic from both Warlock and Crème Brûlée, so it must be something in the spicing they add to get the flavors. It's intoxicating, but a little bit one-note. I don't get much distinction of pumpkin in the aroma at least. In addition to the caramel-corn, there is fainter elements of nutmeg and allspice.

Taste - Here, the bonafide pumpkin element comes in a bit more strongly. I still get a sweetness, partly because that caramel smell is just so cloying that it really impacts the flavor. I also get elements of butternut squash and caramel malt sweetness. Easy drinking for an almost 9% beer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly viscous and medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation. Lingeringly sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a solid beer. I've seen people suggest that Warlock is just Pumking with more bitter, roasted components, and I'm inclined to agree. If I want a pure pumpkin beer (rather than a pumpkin stout or something), there are others that I'm likely to reach for first. However, this one is pretty solid and worth a try for anyone who hasn't sampled it before.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:47:55 | More by LambicPentameter
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reebtaerG

Maryland

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a light creamy orange color with a one finger white head
S- an overall smell of pumpkin, cinnamon and spices
T-great creamy pumpkin flavor toasted spice
M- very well balanced
O-this beer is what every other brewer is trying to become. Can't believe ABV it's hidden well

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 02:30:30 | More by reebtaerG
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Love the golden pumpkin like color of the beer. and has some of the bes and has some of the best lacng I've seen on any beer. Just a touch of cloudiness to it.
S- This is all pumpkin. I could smell it wafting from the glass from two feet away. Huge natural pumpkin smell. Not a ton of spice like most pumpkin beers. Just straight pumpkin. Maybe just a bit of molasses too.
T- again this is dominated by a smooth strong pumpkin flavor with just a hint of spice and a bit of caramel. Bit of mineral in the finish and aftertaste. Not to bad.
M- creamy and smooth. Just a medium body. Nothing crazy. imple and well rounded.
O- what I like the most about this is it stays true to the style of the beer. When it says pumpkin, that is what I want to taste. It's not masked up with pie spices and fake flavors. This one is as pumpkin as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 18:17:02 | More by stckhndlr
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking

Appearance: pumpkin colored, small to no head, and no lacing.

Smell: incredibly delicious pumpkin pie.

Taste: prominent pumpkin spice followed by a malty light fresh hop.

Mouthfeel: medium but feels more like a soft drink.

Overall:
This is quite a different October brew. It is heavy in pumpkin spice and can be initially delicious, but it goes down like a soft drink (soda/pop/cola/whatever the yankees call it). I'm on the fence with that feeling. The alcohol is almost not detectable in the aroma or taste to myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:46:13 | More by megahurts4
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Southern Tier has an effective pumpkin pie-like beer recipe with Pumpking. I found the graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust aromas/flavors to be the most prominent, with sweetness and pie spices more tuned down in the mix. The combination unites for a fairly enjoyable and unique pumpkin ale, one that I would return to each season. That being said, I find it hard to finish a single bottle by myself in one sitting - this is too big, sweet, and rich for that.

Pours an ephemeral, whitish head that barely lasts after the pour, never reaching higher than a half centimeter, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small islands of foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, a small string of dots that ring the perimeter of the glass. Beer's body is a semi-hazy (40-50% opacity), deep golden orange color, a much paler golden orange when near light. Small amounts of carbonation are visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of graham cracker butter crumb pie crust, so: grain scents, malt sweetness, and well-placed diacetyl. Could probably throw in some essence of sweetened, condensed milk and the smoothness of pumpkin pie batter, but the overwhelming aroma I get is of a very aromatic and mouthwatering pie crust.

Front of palate finds graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust, sweetness, vanilla, and modest pie spices (cinnamon) that are thankfully relegated to the background. Mid-palate continues the graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust with vanilla, adds some baked pumpkin/squash, and reduces the pie spices to a fairly low level. Back of palate tastes continued graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust, baked pumpkin/squash, vanilla, faintly spicy nutmeg and allspice, and a minor hint of ethanol. Aftertaste of baked pumpkin/squash, graham crakcer and butter crumb pie crust, and vanilla.

Beer's body is medium-heavy to medium, with carbonation in a range of medium to medium-high, resulting in a mouthfeel that borders fizzy, but never quite reaches it, resulting in a smooth, foamy mouthfeel overall. The carbonation complements the body's thickness quite nicely, the beer is quite pleasant on the palate. Finish is dry and leaves a lingering dryness and substantial sweetness on the palate, compelling another sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 07:44:27 | More by falloutsnow
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Golden pour with one finger of white head. Good carbonation, spotty lace, finger retention.

S - Pumpkin pie! Banana bread, canned pumpkin, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. They pretty much nailed the pumpkin element on this one.

T - Pumpkin pie filling, mild sweet spice. Very interesting stuff. A bit sweet. Pie crust.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - Great drinkabiliity. Lovely pumpkin element that really worked. I don't typically enjoy pumpkin beers, but I love pumpkin pie, and this did it for me. A really neat beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 15:46:47 | More by tbeckett
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jonesmr

Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a 22 ounce bottle. This beer is one of the better pumpkin seasonal beers that I have tried. The beer is a copper color and has nutmeg/allspice/cinnamon aroma. The beer is sweat, yet it has earthy undertones.

The beer tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:21:15 | More by jonesmr
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the 22oz. bottle a light copper color with a 1 1/2 finger slightly off-white head. Lively carbonation is observed, there are quite a few bubbles rising in the glass. The room is almost overwhelmed with the aroma of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) and a sweet caramel-like aroma. A slight aroma of pumpkin is picked up. 1st sip brings a dry dose of the aforementioned spices...a little TOO dry for my tastes. This could use some more malt or maybe a hint of brown sugar sweetness to even out the dry bitterness! Mouthfeel is medium, not watery or heavy. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. WAY too dry & bitter, almost unpleasantly so! Perhaps I got a bad bottle, unfortunately (or maybe not) it was among the last ones of the season, at least at Total Wine and More @ Claymont, DE. I'll have to look around and see if there's more somewhere out there, otherwise i'll have to wait a year to give this another chance. From all the reviews i've read, I was expecting something much better.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:41:06 | More by CJfromPhilly
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: November 2, 2013... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet... OCCASION: post-Halloween weekend relaxation... APPEARANCE: beautifully clear, orange body that frames a bubbling cauldron of steady effervescence; a thin ring of white head produces a dearth of lacing--appropriately dramatic and dark... AROMA: sugary pumpkin, almond nut/butter scents weave with vanilla/cinnamon/nutmeg--complex and rewarding...PALATE: at 8.6% ABV, impressively smooth and medium-bodied; goblet-worthy smoothness with a delayed warming texture ...TASTE: brilliantly caramelized malts that provide a formidable base for the pumpkin puree; bewitching, even/especially for those of us not entirely agog over pumpkin flavored anythings...OVERALL: a victory in the genre...hate to make generalizations, but Southern Tier is bold, flavorful and easily drinkable in seemingly all of their beer profile--a possible Top Five US Brewery, if I were to draft a list...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:21:12 | More by dacrza1
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Powerful malty nose with a perfume-like vanilla and pumpkin-flesh aroma intertwined. I actually smell pie crust! Perfumy fruity esters present and a whiff of alcohol. Possibly some nutmeg as it warms.

Appearance: Light orange in color with crystal clarity. Large white head with fine bubbles that lasts for some time.

Flavor: Strong malt that was noted in aroma, but not cloyingly sweet. I get some hop flavor and bitterness in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium, but the taste ends with a slight astringency from pumpkin and hop. I do taste vanilla, nutmeg and cooked pumpkin. Some alcohol warming as it goes down.

Overall: Probably the best showcasing of the actual pumpkin flavor I've tasted. The pie crust flavor really takes this to the next level. The sweet flavors are well balanced by bitterness. I really like this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 21:55:10 | More by Jackofallbrews
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bizweasel

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A guilty pleasure. Very far afield from the imperial stouts IPAs or Belgians I might usually drink, but Halloween is but once a year? And this is like the dessert you might drink after another 'serious' beer was consumed as 'main course'.

For once brewer's blurb of 'pumpkin pie in a bottle' is pretty much right on. Suspect they put lot of vanilla in here (or whatever they put in the Crème Brulee, which I don't like) but the pumpkin body and nice cinnamon spice blend kept that sickly sweetness of the vanilla-ish base in proper check for this beer.

Nice deep amber color. The nose actually does not reveal that much of the spice or sweet so when you get the flavors in the taste it's pleasant surprise rather than smells better than taste.

There are many many bad pumpkin beers but this is one of the better. Stands toe to toe with any of Elysian or Dogfish efforts in the pumpkin quasi-style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 08:59:13 | More by bizweasel
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uvachief

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer may have been overhyped before I tried it. Friends loved it. Bars were draining kegs of it quickly and it was one of the most popular craft beers in Richmond. Found a local grocer who had a few cases of the big boss bottles left. Tried it as my only beer last night. For a pumpkin ale, I don't think it is nearly as good as alewerks pumpkin ale. Howevet, I am clearly in the minority. Strong and bold. Doesn't have the pumpkin aroma or taste you expect. Strong and overpowering in my book. Rough feedback/after taste. Needs more aging?

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 02:18:09 | More by uvachief
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BeerDocT

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance 3.5: Lovely golden-orange and completely transparent. Nice 1/4" head quickly faded.

Smell 3.5: Interesting bouquet. I smell a sweet malt and slight hoppiness followed by a strange coconut scent. No pumpkin that I can detect.

Taste 2.0: Front features a type of burnt cardamum flavor that is detestable and the overshadowing coconut scent and flavor makes it even worse. This fades quickly into a middle that is somewhat bitter, but even here the coconut and spice won't leave my palate alone. The finish is somewhat harsh with hints of saltiness and a strange marshmallow taste. In the aftertaste, some hops seep through, but the destination is not worth the journey.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Good. Certainly would enhance the taste of the beer but the taste is not...uh....not to my preference.

Overall 2.5: Not my favorite beer. I rarely (if ever) stop drinking a beer and get rid of it, but I did this time. In my opinion, there is just too much going on here in this brew and most of it is not to my liking. This Halloween pumpkin beer was certainly all TRICK and no TREAT for me. I'll never look at Pepe Lopez the same way.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 06:22:18 | More by BeerDocT
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sasky7777

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really was excited to try this beer, after reading so much about it, but it came up short. I got an overwhelming amount of graham cracker in the aroma, and the alcohol was just too up front. It was an easy drinker though, and the colour was true to style. The hops take a back seat to the malt, but I would have liked less graham cracker aroma and taste, less vanilla, more spices. The pumpkin was there in the background as well. I think this is one of those beers with so much going on that personal tastes really come into play. A few tweaks here and there and I would have loved it, but then it would have been a different beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:44:31 | More by sasky7777
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allengarvin

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass, this beer is a very light orange color, with a small head that fades pretty quickly away to just a film. The aroma offered is very nice: sweet malt, with a subtle spicy mix where no one component really dominates--I can pick out nutmeg, but barely--the blend is really nice. The flavor continues the perfect blend of spices, though it borders on being too sweet for me. There nice vanilla notes I didn't pick up in the nose. There's some bitterness at the end but overall it's on the sweet side. The body is delightfully light for the strength. Personally, I'd appreciate a smaller-sized bottle, but this is a very good pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:12:51 | More by allengarvin
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Mojo

Alabama

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bomber -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - clear gold with an initial thin head that doesn't last very long at all and no residual lacing.

S - Spicy nose with pumpkin and nutmeg notes.

T - caramel malts greet the palate giving way to dry and spicy finish with pumpkin flavors very prominent in the mix. For an 8.60% beer the alcohol is very well hidden.

M - thinner than expected with poor carbonation.

O - This beer made me believe that pumpkin ales are worth my consideration. My first two pumpkin ales were Shipyard <vomit> and Blue Moon <blech>. Then I had Terrapin Pumpkinfest and it was better than the aforementioned abominations, but it didn't convert me either. This offering may have made me a convert.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:33:59 | More by Mojo
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,704 ratings.