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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,800 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,800
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 456
Gots: 1,611 | 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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Ratings: 6,800 | Reviews: 1,868
Photo of Rifugium
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Another great pumpkin ale in life. Poured into a snifter, a nice orange-amber with just a slight haze, bubbly with a patchy layer of white bubbles for a head. Truly amazing aroma of ginger snaps and pumpkin pie...not subtle, but full of pleasant aromatic pumpkin and spice, just like it's supposed to be. Taste was not quite as tremendous, but still very good. The flavors were a bit more subdued than the aroma, which is just fine. A sweet malt base with a background of soft pumpkin, overlaid with vanilla, spice, and cinnamony pie crust. Gentle hop bitterness and alcohol warnth in the finish. Medium body, and very drinkable.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a deal with Morphoenix - probably should have reviewed this back in October, but here goes. Out of a pint glass...

A - Thin, quick-dissipating white foam that leaves some spotty lacing. Transparent pumpkin color (go figure!) with plenty of visible carbonation.

S - Pumpkin pie, graham cracker, spices (mostly cinnamon & clove), brown sugar and maple syrup. The smell comes alive as the brew warms up.

T - Starts off with sweet malt and maple and all the associated pumpkin pie flavors. The finish is a little bit more beer-like with a tiny touch of hop bitterness. It's not cloyingly sweet like the Creme Brulee - I don't feel like I'm going into diabetic coma from drinking this.

M - A little thin and watery, especially for a 9% brew. Carbonation is reasonable and gives a nice tingle that complements the spicy characteristics of the brew. There's a sticky aftertaste which suits the flavor quite nicely.

D - Very easy to drink this one - my wife and I polished off the bomber quite quickly. No major drawbacks - good carbonation, not overly sweet, can't taste the 9%, etc. and a pleasant enough flavor to make me want more. I'd really like to try this one fresh next October.

Definitely the best of the pumpkin beers I've had (although that's not saying a lot with some of the competitors).

N.B. I find it amusing the Southern Tier notes that this is an "Imperial" Pumpkin Ale - maybe it's time for a new category?

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice, it's poured, lookig a light orange, softly hazed, with brown edges..nice, if slimmed down head.

Aroma starts with cinnamon and nutmeg, not too loud, soft, but spicy, then the meat of the gourd calls out below. Sweet, spicy, and nice.

In the mouth, it's all there. Nothing but pumpkin, not too big and bold, but not skimpy either, and not one of these where only the spices of a pumpkin pie are employed to deliver the desired effect. No, this is with real pumpkin added, and the abv is definitely higher than normal, doesn't show at first, but then we get nice and warm.
Honestly, it really tastes like drinking a slightly diluted pumpkin pie, blended up and kicked up with some booze. Delicious stuff.
Really good.
Might not need the 9% abv, I mean, jeez, does everything have to go so high, these days? I remember when 9% used to mean something...argh, grumble, mumble, you kids get off my lawn!

BUT..damn good beer, highly recommended...drink one and see...

Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to preface this with I don't drink Pumpkin beers often, they are my wive's favorite seasonal, so I try them with her. This was an interesting one. First thing, the color, orange. The carbonation are gigantic bubbles and the smell, spice, all spice, nutmeg, something else. I don't detect the alcohol or the hops in the smell at all, even though the bottle claims that the hops are there. they are lost. the flavor of the beer is overwhelmed with spice. I realize that this is the point of these beers. There is an odd aftertaste of nutmeg. I'm pretty sure it was nutmeg. I don't really detect any OBVIOUS pumpkin in the flavor. There is a bright sweetness in the beer that I feel blocks out the pumpkin flavor. If I concentrate I can detect it, but it is not forward. It is hard for me to rate this beer, so I gave it a higher rank that I normally would have. I think it accomplishes what the makers want to accomplish and pumpkin beer fans will probably be relatively pleased with this beer.

Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a nice golden orange-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet pumpkin pie, spices, cinnamon, graham crackers, and caramel malts. Smells perfect; exactly how a pumpkin beer should in my opinion.

t - Tastes of spices, cinnamon, alcohol, pumpkin, caramel malts, and bready malts. Not as sweet as the smell, more spicey.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A really good pumpkin ale. I thought it smelled amazing, but wish the taste was a little sweeter as opposed to spicey. Never the less, a great fall beer I will definitely have again.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its reputation.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with tortilla crisps.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, nice cream, and fair retention. Body colour is a very pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat dull.

Sm: Heavy pumpkin gourd. Some spice, maybe some gourd. Generic middling malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Tastes like pumpkin. Some brown sugar. Gourd. Hints of spices. Balanced but lacking. I do like it, but it is horrifically simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Good palate presence.

Dr: Arguably simple but still satisfying; if you want pumpkin, you'll get it. Drinkable and enjoyable but lacking complexity and subtlety. I like it, but I doubt I'd have it again.

High B-

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright orange/copper with a thin, lasting white head.

The smell is of pumpkin pie - one of the most pumpkin pie aroma I've had in a beer, if not the most. Pumpkin pie spice, but not overpowering. Cream. Nice.

The taste is of pumpkin pie, with all of the expected spices. I wish I could say that I liked the taste as much as the aroma, but there is something candle-wax about it and is very sweet, with plenty of caramelish malt. Still, it has a nice taste that holds its own. Some vanilla and warming notes come through as it progresses. Sweet finish.

Medium-bodied, this leaves a nice pumpkin pie aftertaste on the palate.

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had, I do recommend it. Still, the drinkability is limited with the sweetness and spiciness.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, amber colored liquid. Good starting head that leaves rim/blanket lace.

Sweet pumpkin cupcake (with frosting) smell.

Still sweet, but less so than the smell. Strong pumpkin presence, more so than most of this style. The typical spices are still here but more subtle. In a word, complex.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville NJ. Poured into a tulip with a nice orange/copper color with about one finger of off-white head that maintained throught out.

What can I say, this was like drinking pumpkin pie. Nice pumpkin spice with brown sugar and cinnamon. On tap, I find this not as sweet as the bottle and the spices were not over the top. The mouthfeel was smooth. Very drinkable for a high 9% ABV.

Will have to open my bottle of 2010 to compare, but IMHO the draft will be tops...

Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pumpkin scent that's almost pie-like. This has got to be the best aroma on a pumpkin beer ever. Not only do you smell the pumpkin, but you can smell the spices and the crust. The taste is awesome. This is as close to heaven in a bottle as you can get. This would be great with Thanksgiving dinner. It's liquid dessert. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a fantastic seasonal; maybe the best fall seasonal ever.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma is strong pumpkin with caramel malt and toasted malt. Very inviting. The flavor is very strong, with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger). The spice gets less apparent as it warms up. The beer is very sweet and has a creamy mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Best pumpkin ale I have ever tried.

Photo of imperialking
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of superspak
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/26/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin pie, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove, caramel, pie crust, and light herbal. Insanely amazing aromas with outstanding balance, complexity, and strength of malt and spice notes. Taste of pumpkin pie, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, pie crust, caramel, and light herbal. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin pie, gingerbread, nutmeg,cinnamon, light clove, brown sugar, pie crust, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with an outstanding balance of malt and spices; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class pumpkin ale. Incredible balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and insanely easy to sip on. A very incredible pumpkin ale offering, and one of the best ever made without a doubt.

Photo of nathanmiller
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A standard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a light amber / dark copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Lots of clean caramelized, sweet malt notes add an almost butterscotch note. This is nicely lacking in the typically lame over-spiced pumpkin-pie spice blend. Aromas similar to vanilla, toasted cotton candy, . The aroma is incredibly distinct and quite sweet I would not have guessed that pumpkin would add these butterscotch / caramelized notes, but they are quite different from anything I have ever gotten from malt. While this does smell fairly sweet there is a significant, equally competing, toasted malt note that adds a ton of biscuit malt character.

Lightly sweet compared to what the aroma might have suggested, though this still ends up being quite sweet and at times a touch cloying. This does have a medium fullness to it that coats the palate a bit after each sip. The finish has a touch of hot alcohol to it as well as a lingering toasted cotton candy like note that gets more like toasted grain as the finish lingers on in the palate. An interesting, sort of fruity, butterscotch-sort-of flavor plays a significant role here and has a soft vanilla like edge to it. As the beer warms, the significant, toasty grain notes starts to take on a nutty flavor.

This is a very interesting take on the style, I really, really like that the spices seem to have been left out of this beer entirely (or at least used differently than typical); the pumpkin character though is quite a bit different than I was expecting and not in a bad way. This definitely comes off as a bit cloying (which is typical of this brewery), though I now expect to get dessert when I crack one of this breweries beer open.

Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy two finger head. Some big bubbles remain on the surface when the head recedes. Some spotty lacing dots the glass.

Smell: loads of pumpkin and spices come through.

Taste: caramel, cinammon, nutmeg, and pumpkin are the main components. There is a bit of breadiness here too. The pumpkin does not taste fake like some other pumpkin beers. Nice bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start. Softer towards the finish. Medium bodied. Mild aftertaste.

Drinkability: great tasting and easy to quaff pumpkin beer. I always thought DFH had the best pumpkin ale, but this is right there with it.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper and orange in color with some highlights of amber when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a vert thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small-medium sized thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie with moderate amounts of sweetness - there is the moderate flavor of pumpkin with some of the traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

T: Like the smell, the taste also features lots of pumpkin pie flavors. There is a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness with strong flavors of pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is really quite delicious - the sweetness is not overbearing or cloying and there is a light amount of hop bitterness that helps to balance it out. Annually, one of my favorite pumpkin beers that is easily accessible in the area.Very appetizing in the smell and the taste.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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