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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,877
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 322
Gots: 556 | 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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Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Clear copper/amber color. Spicy sweet bread nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet, cinnamon, pumpkin. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 22:24:26 | More by jdhilt
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:59:32 | More by dbrauneis
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-19-2013 15:37:31 | More by orangesol
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-15-2012 03:40:04 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Georgiabeer


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

Very interesting pumpkin beer with a very different flavor profile from most. This one tastes more like pumpkin custard- or even pumplin creme brulee. I wouldn't say it is my absolute favorite pumpkin (that would be Elysian's Great Pumpkin), but the richness and different tastes in this one make it very, very enjoyable indeed. Pours an orange amber with little head. Smells and tastes of pumpkin custard with a brulee crust and roasted pumpkin seeds. There is an eggy richness to this beer and the carmelized sugars are so deep and rich they taste burnt. This beer definitely shares some characteristics with Creme Brulee fro The same brewery, but it isn't nearly as unctous nor as sweet as that beer. Thee notes of roasted punpkin seeds adds a savory, almost salty nuttiness to the equation. The spice notes are also a bit different with lots of mace and nutmeg and little to no cinammon. There are also some squash-like flavors from the pumpkin and the pumpkin also adds some silkiness to the mouthfeel. A great beer and very different from the overly sweet pumpkin concoctions out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 00:44:08 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, popcorn, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinimmon, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, popcorn, pumpkin/nutmeg, slight cinimmon and some caramel tones. The alcohol is hidden pretty well at 9% ABV. Medium body. Very drinkable, a different pumpkin ale, especially with the popcorn taste, never had one to date like this, recommended. Thanks Steve.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 03:48:03 | More by Wasatch
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-17-2012 03:31:54 | More by duceswild
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. No lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spice. Cloves, herbal notes. Fairly weak for a 9% abv beer.

Taste: Pumpkin and lots of it. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Some spices notes with herbal flavors and grassy hops. Very big.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Lots of carbonation here with a larger body. Ends spiced and dry.

Overall, what is the point of a 9% pumpkin beer? I just couldn't figure it out. It's not bad, but it sure isn't something I will go and buy again. Just wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:07:31 | More by mothman
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-25-2012 17:18:42 | More by ejimhof
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


The king has a dirty orange brown look to it with a lot of bubbles within. Overall a nice off white/tan cap sprung above the liquid. Smells consisted of NUTMEG, pummkin,with a big dose of spices with sweet malts backing. The taste is pretty much the same with no intrusion of hops giving off bitter vibes. This one is silky smooth with some minor heat but a big aftertaste of octoberness. A well above medium feel with great drinkable capabilities. I hate pumpkin beers, but for some reason ST always pushes the envelope, and with this style, it works.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 04:29:08 | More by BARFLYB
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served on tap into a 18oz. mug. Nice murky brown with a light off white head that stays around.

S. Pumpkin pie, spices, faint malts.

T. Once again a wonderful Pumpkin pie filling. Some cinnamon and spice are there to compliment. Sweet malts. Delectible.

M. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Decent amount of cabonation.

D. Wow, what a tasty treat this was. I debated having another, but decided to move on. The best Pumpkin brew I've had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 02:46:42 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

12-15-2013 18:03:18 | More by BillRoth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This thing (literally) glows like a jack-o-lantern! The orangey pumpkin colour was no surprise but its sheer luminescence is slightly baffling; even despite the lack of clarity it flares right up, its shine enough to light a dark autumn evening. The Pumking adorns a thin crown that is bejeweled with thick bubbles. It certainly looks suitable for a king.

This is undoubtedly one of my most favourite aromas of all the thousands of beers I've ever had. And it isn't easy to describe (at least not to do it justice, anyhow). It is very pumpkin pie-esque but substantially distinctive in its own right. It has a budding bouquet of hops, malts and spices and is also redolent of custard, vanilla and graham cracker crust.

The taste is no different - it is brimming with notes of clove, vanilla ice cream, custard, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and biscuity, honeycomb malts. Unlike many pumpkin ales I don't find this one overly reliant on the spices. It's not spicy per se and is rightfully malty (and hoppy) in its own right; the spices make excellent accents but don't stand-out.

Let me put it more simply: imagine the tastiest pumpkin-pie you've ever, ever had. Think a crispy, crumbly graham cracker crust that wasn't spared an ounce of shortening. Think of a fleshy pumpkin center - spiced with some combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove - and a heaping mound of vanilla ice cream served on the side.

And it has the all the richness of a high butterfat cream. Yet its brittle but assertive hoppiness and its crumbly, wafer-y maltiness ensure that it drinks with the utmost crispness and invigorating refreshment. It is made-up like a zestful American IPA and it drinks with the sessionability of an English mild. Don't just buy one, buy several bottles.

Pumking is THE king of pumpkin beers in my opinion. I like plenty, but love few, of this unique but often overly perfumed and overly spiced style. Southern Tier's offering appeals to me because, despite the distinct pumpkin-pie flavouring and spices and high alcohol, it drinks just like an easily quaffed, quality IPA. I cannot recommend it enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 21:24:16 | More by biegaman
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District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is slightly hazy and autumnal orange colored with a soapy white head. The aroma offers Fall spice, pumpkin bread, brown sugar, rum, malt, cinnamon, pie. Wow. Fabulous scents coming from this beer. Delicious flavor. How is it possible I haven't crossed paths with this beer before? So complex and wonderful. Great feel as well. Thick and syrupy. Not cloying, but sweetness is present throughout. A great beer to split with a few buddies.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:58:43 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Each to their own of course, but I confess I do not understand the apparent appeal of this beer. On tap at Max's the other night, I think I made it through about a forth of my glass before I dumped it.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose one gets a huge of aroma of pumpkin, but with also a lot of brown sugar and nutmeg. There's also something of a cookie dough aroma that I'm just not liking. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, although I find this beer to be almost cloyingly sweet. Thankfully, there's some slight bitterness in the finish to cut through some of the sweetness, but nevertheless, the high alcohol and cookie/candy-like sweetness is nearly nauseating. Seriously, something about this beer is affecting my gag reflex and not in a good way. The combination of sweetness and high alcohol make this beer very heavy and tiring to drink, and it's quite warming from the high abv. In fact there is some hotness to this beer, a quality I associate with the high alcohol.

I'm glad I had a chance to try this beer, but I can't say I was very impressed. This will the be the first and last glass I'll ever get of it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 13:24:00 | More by John_M
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 03:54:54 | More by brandoman63
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

10-27-2013 23:10:15 | More by drewone
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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:23:51 | More by superspak
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-09-2011 04:03:47 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell strongly resembled pumpkin/zuchini bread.

The taste consisted of elements of vanilla, pumpkin, caramel and allspice. The taste was full and finished with a pumpkin muffin/bread type flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a unique and flavorful pumpkin ale. The flavor was a touch too heavy for my taste however.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 03:07:14 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 00:30:11 | More by beerthulhu
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 05:12:25 | More by Viggo
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2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with a frothy white head that forms upon pouring, but it reduces very quickly, leaving only a very thin ring of foam around the ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Everyone says it smells like pumpkin pie, but I just don't get that. I still smell a cheap pumpkin candle aroma. Though I do get some crust.

T: Lots of spices and extremely sweet. Again, it does not really taste like a pumpkin pie to me, and I actually don't really get much pumpkin, mostly just the spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes extremely dry.

O: Just not for me, even though I know lots of people like it. Might give it try if someone offers it to me, but probably won't get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:38:59 | More by mdaschaf
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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 02:22:03 | More by Bighuge
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:41:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,877 ratings.