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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,775
Reviews: 1,860
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 451
Gots: 1,576 | FT: 32
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:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 08-26-2007

19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling
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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 9/26/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into 'POOLBALL' pilsner glass (#13). Came in a 22 ounce bottle (650ml).

Pours a darker yellow/burnt orange in color that is slightly hazy. Very thin white head that leaves very little lacing. The aroma of fresh cut pumpkins hits you right up front with some grains/hop. Very nice actually. The taste was fantastic! Perfect balance of flavor. No harsh aftertaste either as one might think with the high alcohol content. Overall, one of the best pumpkin ales out there I tried. Love this time of year with all the autumn brews.

Photo of KYGunner
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pumpkin ale had an ultra crisp appearance, golden coloring and a filtered body. The head mounted to a creamy cloud from a rush of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is pure pumpkin bread or pie. There's the pumpkin, of course, but there's a crusty, bready, malty tone. Also, the nutmeg and cinnamon is truly outrageous in its precision.

Pumpkin pie in a bottle! I've heard it described as such but it really has all the components of pumpkin pie, ie Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and crust.

The one draw is that the feel is sharp, thin and tinged with alcohol. Nicely crisp but a touch abrasive this could use a bit of thickness.

Photo of twbeecher
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of cjpalist
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of kingmaker
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Averwo
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of timoteo833
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of instinct2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Lornee56
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of obrike
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Solid nose of fresh pumpkin pie - all that's missing is the freshly whipped cream. Taste is nicely toasted malts that suggest a thick, completely baked pie crust in the finish, a touch of light caramel, and the spices from the nose, most notably nutmeg, followed by some ginger and just a touch of cinnamon. Perfect to serve with Thanksgiving dessert.

Photo of ChrisYager39
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of nasboy
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BigOldOaf
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jabo134
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SamRoberts
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured gently into a brandy snifter, very light and average sized head. The hype for this beer seems to be mostly placed on the smell and indeed it somehow captures the most pleasant and creamy aspects of pumpkin pie spices. First sip was nearly all vanilla with a touch of spice, but the proceeding sips are increasingly complex with english ale, more spices, and even a touch of raw pumpkin meat drawing me in. As with the smell, I immediately and consistently got an exceptionally smooth and creamy texture. It's almost too drinkable considering the the complex flavors and high ABV. Pumking is a different kind of sipper due to the candy like flavor and mouthfeel. This beer is a special occasion in and of itself, glad I got to finally try this.

Photo of spedprof
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of EmpiricalBill
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I often tell people Pumking is my favorite beer of any style, hands down, even though I'm a hop head. This is one that I store so we can have a triple vertical every Thanksgiving, along with my pumpkin pie. It ages in an odd and inconsistent way: the booziness advances and retreats with time, as does the pumpkin flavor. It's arguable whether it's better after the pumpkin spice pulls back a little but what isn't is that it's absolutely amazing when fresh. It's all about the spice and the vanilla notes, just like my pumpkin pie, with the pumpkin crouching in the background. But don't bother drinking it with a cold: the wonderful aroma is 90% responsible for the great taste.

Photo of Beerme5
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of 07Bigben01
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tabhill
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of goldenM13
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,775 ratings.