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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,883 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,883
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 323
Gots: 560 | FT: 20
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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bkny27

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-10-2011 21:36:22 | More by bkny27
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DMacQ

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-07-2013 00:01:39 | More by DMacQ
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mikeradebaugh

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-27-2012 01:43:37 | More by mikeradebaugh
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Whsrickqb12

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

05-08-2014 22:11:08 | More by Whsrickqb12
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Ctruskey

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-15-2013 00:56:36 | More by Ctruskey
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tbergsli

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-22-2013 01:17:18 | More by tbergsli
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msolar

Massachusetts

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

Last time I tried this, I only gave it a 3.45 which, in hindsight, it about a full point too low. A beer-buddy and I did a "Pumpkin Lineup" last night and the Pumpking was by far the most desired beer.

This beer is a league of it's own. It has a very unique flavor that we didn't find with any other pumpkin beers. While most seemed to taste of cinnamon and nutmeg, the Pumpking smelled and tasted better - very similar to pumpkin pie.

We couldn't find any on the shelves at the local store and had to ask. I'm certainly going to go out of my way to get this again - next time, a case.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 22:11:09 | More by msolar
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MaxBrews

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bomber poured in my Chimay chalice as directed on the bottle.

Appearance: Barely any head or lacing which is the surprising for a chalice. The color of this beer is pumpkin orange and one the orangest beers you've ever seen. Its a copper color but completely clear.

Smell: Pumking has an unusually crusty pumpkin pie aroma. I could describe the spices in it but you've smelled pumpkin pie before.

Taste: Exactly like pumpkin pie with a buttery dactyl. Almost too buttery.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and creamy.

Drinkability: This is the most extreme pumpkin beer period. Love the idea but for me this almost vomit inducing. I couldn't fail this in a right mind because it could be appealing to some people and it accomplished its purpose but its impossible for me to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:14:36 | More by MaxBrews
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shortkut

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

11-24-2013 04:21:09 | More by shortkut
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hogansct

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

04-14-2012 15:20:53 | More by hogansct
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CuttDeez

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A dark burnt orange color with a white head on this bomber poured into a pint glass,
S - pretty good smell on this one but nothing that will knock your socks off. Pumkin spice, vanilla, cinnamon, and hop malt grain.
T & M & D - This beer had one of the greatest tastes I have had in a long time. Think pumkin pie and mix it with sweet cream, cream cheese, and pudding. What an incredibly amazing beer. It also has deep notes from the spice of nutmeg cinnamon and roasted malt. This beer will wow you in everyway. i encourage you to try it because it sets a precident for halloween beer.

Great job Southern Tier!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:58:18 | More by CuttDeez
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averagejake872

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-29-2011 20:27:15 | More by averagejake872
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Ryanc23


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-17-2012 14:52:33 | More by Ryanc23
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RussBecker1


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange amber with a good deal of carbonation. Looks as you would imagine a pumpkin beer should with a bright white head that reaches between one and two fingers.

S-Not much pumpkin to be had in the nose, which frankly is just fine with me. Vanilla is very apparent as is both cinnamon and nutmeg, the muted pumpkin notes are there, but they are mixed in heavily with the malts.

M-Crisp and welcoming. Easy to drink but neither hides nor advances any flavors.

T-Surprisingly tasty beer. I am not the biggest fan of pure pumpkin flavors as it is, and with that in mind this is probably my favorite pumpkin beer. The spices hit the palate first and create a deliciously sweet mixture of the aforementioned spices. This finishes rather quickly however and you are left with a less than desirable bitter pumpkin. The beer finishes clean, but rather watery.

O-Southern tier does a good job for their sweet, specialty beers. This is a prime example and my favorite pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 13:41:35 | More by RussBecker1
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Revenant

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +23.2%

09-16-2012 22:03:35 | More by Revenant
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rojapa

New York

3/5  rDev -26.1%

08-06-2013 13:05:56 | More by rojapa
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hellbilly

Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

finally scored one of these from moelikebeer! many thanks.

pours a hazy coppery amber with a small creamy white head. drippy rings of lace form as the beer retreats.

the aroma packs a mean punch of real cooked pumpkin... i'm talkin' relevent, real deal holyfield, MF pumpkin!... earthy cinnamon, wood, caramel, vanilla, flowers and real effen fresh ground nutmeg.

the palate is surprisingly NOT sweet. holy mother of gambrinus!...it contains the MOST real pumpkin flavor i've had outside of eating a pumpkin... earthy gourd sweetness, vanilla woodiness, caramel/brown sugar/highly toasted almost burnt sugar, buttery short dough, a touch of umami and a floral hoppy finish with tons of cinnamon and spice.

smooth texture and soft carbonation make it luscious on the tongue. medium to full body which is not thick or syrupy... highly enjoyable. dare i say, sessionable?10/4/10/5/19/4.8

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:39:34 | More by hellbilly
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy orange with visible active carbonation and a minimal layering of frothy head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of sweet potato, strange medicinal pumpkin, vanilla, and chi tea. Very flavorful, with strong notes of vanilla and pumpkin. A bit spicy on the palate towards the end of the sip with some remnants of cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly over-sweet pumpkin flavor throughout the sip with a noticeable alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and quite thin. Overall, not my first choice for a pumpkin ale this fall, but it is definitely different from those I have had in the past.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 03:52:41 | More by jsdunlop
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muraco3

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-08-2014 02:36:15 | More by muraco3
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DIPADude01

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.2%

07-28-2012 18:20:31 | More by DIPADude01
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local store had a bottle of 2010 aged and after trying this years 2011, I popped on the bottle right away (Centerville Liquor Barrel is the best!). I was told this beer is great with age and wow... the flovor profile is twice as prevalent on the 2010 bottle.

A - Golden dark bronze with a rapidly dissipating head

S - Giner and cinnamon and nutmeg - pumkin pie in a glass!

T - Sweet initial notes followed cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Great seasonal beer. Hit the spot as the trick-or-treaters stopped in.

M - Sweet pucker followed by a creamy finis

O - Great seasonal beer. I thank my liquor store for aging a bottle for me!! I have a bottle in my cellor for next year and already looking forward to it. Great aged or fresh! You should try this one as it is a unique taste.

Serving type: bottle 6.99 1pt6oz

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:00:03 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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William123


4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-01-2012 01:47:40 | More by William123
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GatorCoop

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

09-07-2013 01:39:50 | More by GatorCoop
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DillanWeems

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-20-2013 04:24:08 | More by DillanWeems
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Cory_Brown

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-10-2014 04:23:12 | More by Cory_Brown
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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