Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,809
Hads: 6,856
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 458
Gots: 1,677 | FT: 33
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 liamt07
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a couple pint glasses, shared with my girlfriend.

Pours a pale orange, half a finger of white head that dissipates to a small collar, no lace here. Nose is of pure pumpkin pie, absolutely no doubt about it. The crust, pie and some spicing are completely evident and it epitomizes the smell of ACTUAL pumpkin pie. Impressive. Taste follows the smell, nothing new to be discovered. I can't get over the resemblance to pumpkin pie, its like a liquid version. Crust is evident foremost, and tons and tons of pumpkin follow with some spicing too. Highly carbed and a medium-heavy body. Drinkability was limited to half a bomber, difficult to finish even at that. Really filling and distinct. Difficult to have this as one would have a 'normal' beer, I find it hard to find anything in this that makes it more than a novelty for the Fall season. 3/4/4/35/25

EDIT: Revisited over a year later (10/08/11), better nose and flavour than I recall initially. One of the ebst pumpkin beers going - loads of crust, ginger snap and true pumpkin pie notes. Awesome. 35/45/4/4/45 (1,097 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was very happy to see the LCBO pick this one up for the Halloween release this year. Hadn't had this one before.

Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A - Orange/yellow colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Lots of pumpkin and a myriad of spices - some cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg come through.

T - Pumpkin, cloves and some cardamom come through on the palate along with some subdued cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavour in this one is more pronounced than most other pumpkin beers that I have tried.

M - Medium body, moderately carbonated.

D - An interesting beer but too spiced up for me. The cloves really dominated the palate and even overshadowed the pumpkin flavour at times. (695 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip. Poured a lightly hazy orange-gold color with just the thinnest cap of off-white head that had no retention or lacing. The beer was very still.

The aroma was a bit on the sweet side, but had a nice balance of malts that ended being very neutral smelling. The flavors were mostly earthy malts, with a bit of pumpkin sweetness. I don't like pumpkin, and I found the flavors to to be nicely blended, with no one aspect dominated.

I found the body to be on the thin side of medium, I kind of wanted a bit fuller feel. Drinkability was surprisingly good, the beer was gone pretty quickly. Overall, probably the pumpkin beer I've liked best. Certainly worth trying if you see it. (691 characters)

Photo of aasher
1.99/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Notes from fall

Appearance: a murky burnt orange in color, poured smoothly and creamy, creme colored creamy head, stuck to the sides of the glass

Smell: overpoweringly sweet, smells sugary with less pumpkin than you'd think, slight spicyness

Taste: far too sweet for me, it's really overpowering and unbearable, it's kind of like cotton candy. A lot of people say it's like pumpkin pie but I disagree. It's not spicy enough and doesn't feature enough pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: insanely creamy and smooth, almost soapy, kind of has the mouthfeel you'd expect from a bomber by Great Divide, not Southern Tier

Drinkability: I really didn't like this beer. It's far too sweet and nothing like you would imagine it to be, being an imperial pumpkin. It doesn't feature enough pumpkin or spices. I'd recommend anything that isn't Pumking. This beer could give you diabetes. (865 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a rich orange amber with slight head, but nice lacing from what's there. Strong, delightful pumpkin aroma. Tastes of pumpkin, spices and malt; medium mouth feel, creamy. Sweet, but is nicely balanced. One of the best pumpkin ales. Delicious. (307 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short white head on a clear orangey colored body. Collar left

Bread. Big sweetness.

Immediate thoughts of capn crunch. Buttery. Not digging the aftertaste, kinda nasty actually.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

You either love it or hate it, I'm a hater. Meh. I'm still not overly impressed by anything from Southern Tier. (331 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally trying the much-ballyhooed pumking after a string of other pumpkin beers that failed to hit the spot for me. This one has almost no head and little but a faint sheath of white lace that falls quickly.

The aroma is fantastic, the most pumpkiny/pie-like yet. Lots of buttery crust and spices to go along with the pumpkin here. Vanilla frosting in the nose and taste. The flavor is also the most pumpkiny of any of the style I've tried so far but falls just a little short of fulfilling the promise made by the incredible smell. You can definitely detect not only pumpkin and spices but the essence of the baked crust in here too.

Carbonation is moderately lively. Crisper and more refreshing than I'd anticipated. Finishes surprisingly dry, without too much lingering and no cloying. This is a fairly unsweet beer for Southern Tier, although it is sweeter than many other pumpkin beers. Definitely one you need to try if you're into this style. (952 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear bright copper orange color with a light creamy tan head.

S: The aroma bursts with cinnamon, cloves and a fresh pumpkin pie scent. Very big nose, you can almost taste the cinnamon and nutmeg from the aroma along.

F: The flavor is equally as big and bold with a very spicy pumpkin pie flavor and spiciness from the nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. There is some spicy rum character as well that combines with sweet molasses and a sweet caramel malt presence. This beer does not back down from what it is, a big sweet alcohol spice beer that may be a little to much for some, but if you love spicy pumpkin pie this is the liquid format that wont disappoint. The flavor is very rich and spicy with a sweet rum alcohol fade along with some dry nutmeg notes. Drinks very well for a 9% abv and rivals the weyerbacher imperial pumpking.

M: medium-full with a ton of warming spiciness

D: Overall a very good beer by itself, outstanding per style. It is what it is, a big alcohol spice beer. Some may find it a tad over the top spice and sweetness wise but southern tier always goes big on their beers and this is certainly no exception. (1,152 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Bright apricot color. White head has a fine bubble, but low retention and lace.

S – Incredible grain, walnut, and fresh baked pumpkin bread aroma. More bread than pumpkin, but delicious none the less.

T – The flavor profile is straight from the nose. Huge pumpkin bread and walnut character arcs through gingerbread and carrot cake, and ends with a touch of booze.

M – Full, buttery mouthfeel. Almost a little too heavy, and it could use a little more carbonation to help cut through the huge flavor profile.

O – Aggressive pumpkin bread flavor is stellar, but a bit overpowering. (599 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, liquor, slight alcohol, spices (pumpkin pie), slight sugar, and a hint of pumpkin. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, liquor, floral hops, spices (pumpkin pie), and slight sweet malt. Overall, pumpkin is hardly discernible, and the alcohol is dominate in aroma and body. (493 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Huge pumpkin pie aroma: Nutmeg, ginger, biscuity, allspice.

T: A ton of pumpkin spicing: Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla; light sweetness, graham crackers (like the crust of a pie), slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body & slightly higher than moderate carbonation, well-attenuated, fairly dry finish.

D: Crazy for its weight/strength. (402 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: very nice orange color reminiscent of pumpkin skin. Head is a healthy finger and a half of frothy white foam. Quite nice.

Smell: very rich aroma of pumpkin flesh, toasted pumpkin seeds, a little nutmeg, a little cinnamon; in fact, it smells quite a lot like horchata as well. Complex and intriguing.

Taste: taste is quite similar to the aroma, in fact. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, but this is quite good. I don't think I've had one quite as ... pumpkiny. It is quite dry and toasty ... i think I would have personally preferred a little more sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice carbonation that yields a creamy texture. This, I like.

Drinkability: I think it's pretty good, but its intensity, unfamiliarity and imperial ABV hold it back in my opinion. (825 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a brownish orange in color with yellow highlights which had a half finger of head and left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could almost imagine a pumpkin pie in a glass, that's exactly how it smelled. the crust even came through on the nose alongside all spice, nutmeg, and all the pumpkin qualities you can think of; amazing!!

T: The same characteristics rolled over on the palate that really tripped me out. I couldn't believe I could literally taste crust flavors, of course the nutmeg and all spice was there but it seemed like it was dry hopped with real pumpkins.

M: the brew was medium in body whith a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, spiice, and slight herbal finish.

D: the brew was drinking really well and really wanted to savor every drop so I took my time on my share of the bottle. (855 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Biergotter club brewday/tasting. TheBeerFruit provided this one. Thanks Tim!
This one was a clear orange with an off-white head. Good staying power with a little lacing. The aroma was really spicy, lots of nutmeg, pie spice, quite perfumey. Spices dominated the flavour too, probably providing some of the bitterness as well. Nutmeg was quite strong throughout with some alcohol flavour and warmth at the finish. Fairly dry, medium bodied with average carbonation. Though it wasn't bad at all, this was just a nutmeg overload for me. (548 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fresh pumpkin pie, graham crackers. Tate is pumpkin pie, vanilla, some graham cracker, perfectly spiced, a touch of alcohol as it warms. Feels creamy and delicious in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out. (310 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Biergotter Club Brew marathon tasting. I think beerfruit provided this bottle.

Pours a clear orange, medium sized white head forms, leaves a nice lace ring, decent retention. Smell is wicked, lots of ginger, pumpkin, nutmeg, bread, cinnamon, some caramel, lots going on, very nice. Taste is similar, caramel and bread, pumpkin, lots of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, some cloves, very nice and clean spicy finish, alcohol is well contained. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, perfect spices and the ginger really differentiates it from most pumpkin ales. Thanks Tim! (592 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours with some viscosity. It produces a muddied and murky orange beer with a thin white head. The lace is spotty. This is definitely not your typical pumpkin beer aroma. Instead of the bombardment of spices, this beer has some depth to the nose. It's very earthy and vegetal and smells the most like actual cooked PUMPKIN than any other beer I've smelled. And graham cracker. Big graham cracker notes. The nose is so strong and intriguing. I just keep picking it up to resmell again and again. It really grows on me and I like the aroma more and more. The spices on the nose are secondary and quite suitable. I get a little cinnamon and fresh nutmeg. The beer tastes like it smells. But I pick up some clove and ginger on the buds as well. Again, the spicing is fairly light, which is good. Then the cooked pumpkin base and crystal like maltiness can do their thing. Graham cracker maltiness is huge. Vanilla bean, pistachios and a little nougat add complexity. The alcohol is hidden quite nicely. For an imperial pumpkin ale, this does not feel "imperial" in an alcholic sense. The body is medium to medium-full. I'd have to say this is one of the best (and easily the most intriguing) pumpkin ales I've had. It's like a subtley spiced pumpkin pie sitting on a very noticeable crumbly graham cracker crust with a nice dollop of homeade whipped cream on top. (1,369 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pumpkin color. Pretty professional looking, great clarity, white head. Aroma was. . . pumpkin. But there was more, the usual pumpkin pie aroma, a lil cinnamon and some brown sugar, alcohol.

Taste, whoa, this beer goes big. Pumpkin, alcohol, vanilla, caramel and other various spices, its all there in a big way. Every single ingredient. Kinda gets minorly tiresome by the end of it, I couldn't imagine if I had to drink 22oz of this by myself, I probably would be less fond of this. It isn't that kind of beer that makes you thirst for more and more of it. Its like, eh, thats made pretty well, I can see why people like it, but I can't see why people would like to drink lots of it.

Throw in a little bit of marshmellow and pie crust or maybe graham crackers and you pretty much have this beer. I'm not really ones for pumpkin forward beers, but so far, I'd have to say my ideal one is something that is supplementing a beer or in tandem with another big flavor like hops a la Punkin or a bold stout. Well, and Ichabod the wild ale, that's damn good. (1,067 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma very nice. Most pumpkin beers are heavy on the spices, this one the pumpkin flavors stand out the most. 

T- The taste starts out sweet with a lot of pumpkin flavors with a lot of spices as well. The spices and the sweetness balance each other out perfectly.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Pumking is without question towards the top of my list of pumpkin beers. If you are a fan of the style, this one is a must try. (550 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange with a near-white head. Good retention and fizzy.

S - Gingerbread, and spices.

T - Strong vanilla, ginger bread, pumpkin, spice.

D - Tons of carbonation, average body.

O - Good pumpkin pie, sweet. I loved the first half, but hard to finish the entire bottle. (334 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip nov3 2010

A clear light copper with bubbles popping up from random places, thumbs width of head falls within a few minuets and leaves a single partial ring of lace

S unlike many pumpkin beers in this one I get more pumpkin then the spices associated with it, I do pick up on nutmeg and some roasted pumpkin seeds almost smells like a pumpkin cake opposed to pie

T thankfully it mimics the smell quite well, I like how its not overpowered by spice and just a little bit of a floral aspect and I have no idea where the booze is

M well carbonated but not overly so, fairly creamy and the flavors linger

D quite the pumpkin beer we have here, very well done, I could drink a few of these but may end up walking sideways

perhaps the best pumpkin beer I've ever had, 2009 so a year has treated it quite well. thanks liamt07 for sending this gem my way (886 characters)

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

2009 batch. From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on September 29, 2009. There is a handsome, rich orange-amber pour but there is little to no head or retention. The aroma is clearly of pumpkin spices but there is a lot more to it including sweet brown sugar, malts, and maybe even some butternut squash. More creaminess to the mouthfeel but overall it tends to be heavier and appealing. The taste is quite unique. It has this odd mixture of sweet and sour like an Oriental restaurant. There is also a tartiness to the overall experience. This is quite unique and one of a kind. This also has a bit of a punch at 9% ABV. Highly recommended. Maybe another reviewer can get a better handle on what sensations affect the taste buds. (724 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a thin one-finger head into my fluted glass. Nice color for the style.

Aroma is full of strong nutmeg and pumpkin with a definite whiff similar to pumpkin pie. The pumpkin pie aroma is stronger than another example of the style I like (Pumpkinhed).

Taste is sweet and spicy with the flavors of a pumpkin pie (nutmeg and pumpkin) and it's so strong, I can almost taste the crust in my mouth. Mmmmm. Tasty. Not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering pumpkin pie flavors. Carbonation is a bit weak which does help drinkability since this is a stronger beer. I have to remind myself to take it easy. That's how deceptive it is.

Very good. This beer, along with Smashed Pumpkin and Pumpkinhead are probably the only three examples of pumpkin beers that I like. All three are worth a try but if you really, really like pumpkin pie, pumking will satisfy that craving. (910 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A one finger head right after the pour, that recedes to a small island of foam andring. Good medium copper hue with a very strong column of bubbling. The aroma is hearty pumpkin bread, strong malt notes and a well integrated pumpkin aroma. The taste is equally bready and pumpkin-ey, but with more emphasis on spices. Notes of numeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar come throuh in the middle. The finish is a dry, grainy pumpkin bread. Good sipping beer on a brisk october evening. (475 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a Southern Tier bomber, and with the first whiff I could tell this would be another dessert beer. The beer is clear pale orange / pumpkin colored, with a whipped foamy head. The aroma is pure pumpkin pie, not just the spices but actual pumpkin in the pie. Sweet caramel malt, burnt sugar, ginger cookies. The taste is massively sweet, to the point of cloying, bitter on the back of the tongue, nearly undrinkable in its non-beerness. I've come to an understanding with Southern Tier beers, shy away from the ones with food in the name and definitely jump on the hoppy beers. (586 characters)

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,809 ratings.