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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,740
Reviews: 1,849
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 444
Gots: 1,528 | FT: 31
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 DCH
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

A: Served Copper orange with a small head.

S: Pumpkin and nutmeg. Wow, so strong. A good strong though.

T: Lots of sweet pumpkin taste upfront followed by some spices, primarily the nutmeg. Finishes with a sweet taste.

M: Medium carbonation with a more syrupy thick feel.

D: If it wasn't for the high levels of alcohol, I could enjoy this one over and over in one sitting.

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of Nofear048
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Whimpers
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice lacing.. Good pumpkin color (how original right?)

S: Cinnamon, clove, hint of pumpkin. Buttered popcorn.

Side note time: I had this during a tasting the other day and I gotta say this is much better out of the bottle. On tap it tasted and smelled like buttered popcorn. Out of the bottle the smell seems more in control with only a little buttered popcorn note.

T: As the smell: very "fallish" with cinnamon, clove, alspice, you know. Some decent pumpkin notes and that good ol buttered popcorn.

M: Very rich like every other southern tier beer (for better or for worse, in this case better). Goes down smooth. Nice flavor development.

Overall this is a beer from Southern Tier that I actually like! In fact, I really like it. Could it be the first 750ml bottle from ST that I can actually finish??!?!?!?!?

But seriously, this has some great tastes that compliment the pumpkin which is decently present in the taste. It has a bit buttered popcorn note which is super weird but it's there whether you like it or not!

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4.72/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pinotboy007
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Off copper/orange with a modest head and no lacing or visible carbonation.

S - Pumpkin/squash pie.

T/M - Pumpkin pie in a glass. Very nice actually, with a nice blend of pie spice, e.g., cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, dark bread. Very smooth with a nice creaminess and light carbonation that rounds it out.

D - Very nice but not something I could drink all that much of. This is a swell ale for handing out candy to the neighborhood kids and maybe as an after dinner treat come Thanksgiving. You know... with pie. :)

Photo of dheacck11
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a surprisingly pumpkin colored pumpkin ale. Not much of a head.

Nose like gingerbread and spices. Lots of clove and cinammon.

Taste is similarly very heavy on the cinammon. Nice light malt flavors to accompany. Little bit of clove and molasses as well

Feel is on the medium side.

Nice potently spicy pumpkin ale. One of the spicier around. Not actually my favorite, feel like the spices over ride the actual beer qualities.

Photo of muraco3
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BrownNut
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.0 - Slightly clouded gold. Fizzy white head that settles down to a thin film island in a minute.

S - 4.5 - The crust of the pie. The crust of the pie! You can smell it from a foot away. So nice. That's what makes this beer

T - 4.5 - More crust, just enough molassesy brown sugary sweetness but not too much. Hint of spices. Custardy pumpkin pie filling.

M - 4.0 -Medium body, with a nice somewhat buttery feel, yet somehow still ends near crisp

O - 4.25 - Truly pumpkin pie in a glass, which is great if you're me and you love pumpkin pie. Everybody kept saying this was the best pumpkin ale and I didn't want to listen because I had heard it was heavier on the spices, which is exactly what I don't like in a pumpkin ale - just a mouthful of spices. But they were right. This is the best pumpkin ale I've ever had, and I had basically given up on the style. The pumpkin component is right and the spices are deftly done and the accompanying flavors and aromas evoking buttery baked goods are just delicious. The whole thing is beautiful. If I had any way to make it better, I might make it a bit heavier and more robust. It was lighter than expected. Still very good though.

Photo of smurphy493
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Franz4
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looked great coming out of the bottle, a great orange/copper color, little to no head with just a thin layer of suds on top.

S- smells delightfully like pumpkin bars ma used to make...

T- pumpkin flavor with a hint of fall spices. Pumpkin isn't overbearing, could be a little stronger, but that's a very fine line to walk.

M- fine carbonation releases and brings about a different set of tastes in the mouth, I'd like it a bit smoother and slightly thicker, but it's still very good.

D- doesn't go down too quick (which is probably good @9%) but is definitely drinkable as a dessert/seasonal brew. Obviously not intended for every occasion.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep rich orange with a thin layer of foam. A bit of lacing, but not much is left on the glass.

S: Just smelling this beer makes you want to drink it and get a slice of pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and other pumpkin spices dominate, but not in an offensive way.

T: Wow! This is excellent. The aforementioned pumpkin spices come through - cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and more. It's almost creamy in a way, but it's so damn good. Even my non-beer drinking girlfriend liked it. And I personally love it. Very well done, imparting a lot of good pumpkin flavors in a way that isn't too subtle or too overpowering. The alcohol is well-hidden behind these flavors.

M: Creamy and smooth, with an equally nice finish.

D: This is a damn tasty pumpkin and one I would gladly drink anytime. I hope ST keeps this one in rotation every fall and that more of it makes its way to MA.

Photo of 1759Girl
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- expected something darker and mor murky. Bright, no head whatsoever.
Smell- amazing. Really smells like you just opened a tin of canned pumpkin.
Not just everyone's fall back of making a beer that smells like pumpkin pie spice
Taste- fairly simple but not uncomplex. Slight spice,middle malt, and a hang of pumpkin baby food (in a good way)
Mouf- nice, easy
Drinkability- better than most for its style. One of my favorites

Photo of cjacobsen
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Beer poured a clean burnt gold, orange color with a small, even white head.

The smell was of spices and pumpkins. Smells like a pumpkin pie...literally.

The taste is exactly what you'd expect. Heavy on cinnamon and pumpkin with a rich malt to back it up. Light on the hops but they kind of linger at the tale end at the back of the tongue.

Kind of spicy on the palette. Its got a small bite from the spices used but its not overwhelming.

One of the best Fall beers made. Period.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,740 ratings.