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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,824 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,824
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,085 | FT: 29
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 stakem
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Maggie for sharing this bomber.

Poured into a snifter Pumking appears a clear golden orange color. A white cap of foam appears and dissolves quickly. Faint patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma suggests a nutmeg-like earthiness upfront. A sweet backing that is somewhat reminiscent of vanilla is prominent before the scent of pumpkin flesh becomes very evident throughout.

The taste is quite bitter which is a complete opposite sensation from what you would expect based off the sweet smooth nose. Quite an intense bitterness that is met equally with a bold presence of fusel alcohol. Throughout the body, but somewhat hiding in the background is a very pleasant taste of pumpkin flesh that tastes earthy and a bit herbal.

There is a lasting aftertaste of hops, alcohol and pumpkin. This is a medium bodied offering with a moderate amount of carbonation. I feel the boldness of the alcohol hurts this brew a bit and takes away from it's drinkability. The nose was fantastic but the unbalanced hop and alcohol character was a distraction with the pumpkin taking a far back seat. For being considered the pumpkin beer that all other pumpkin beers are measured up against, this one fell short.

stakem, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Southern Tier bomber etched on label bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours clear light glowing orangy amber. Long lasting near white head. The expected pumkiny/fall spicied nose. Plenty of more pumpkin notes in this full flavor, strong fall seasonal, sweetness and a winey note late. Nice fall sipper, with a long, spicy finish. More quality brew from ST. Not my favorite style, but I would go for this one again, if it a was fall and I had a hankering for a decent drinking pumpkin style brew.

Billolick, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A 650 mL bomber purchased at State Line. This is my first pumpkin beer.

A: The ale is an apple juice-hued brown with a nice clarity. Strong carbonation required multiple pours to fill a pint.

S: Interesting aroma. I'm no fan of pumpkin pie so I can't pinpoint much. My wife tells me the pumpkin and allspice aromas are strong. The aroma is quite robust.

T: The ale is a spice overload, my senses can barely keep up. The pumpkin is intensely powerful, chewy and thick with a nice bready constitution. Brown sugar and an array of spices are strong but not the driving focus of the ale.

M: The pumpkin and spices are unusual. They finish long, leaving a chewy feeling on the palate. The spices sit like a rock in your stomach long, LONG after the ale is gone. I felt queasy at times.

D: The 9% alcohol is well-hidden but the strength of the flavor profile would limit me to one bottle (or half a bottle, as I split it with ksak). In hindsight, I can't say that I want to try another pumpkin beer again.

akorsak, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

duceswild, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear golden-orange body with a yellowish-white head of creamy foam. The foam layers on the glass with each sip.

S-The big smell of pumpkin pie has smells of cream and custard with a big graham malt with strong honey malt notes.

T- This beer has a big, I mean HUGE pumpkin pie with strong graham malt flavors which is so big it taste a bit chemical. There are notes of dried apples and a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish that helps to clean up the finish.

D- This beer has a screaming big pumpkin flavor with spicy qualities that makes this truly an imperial pumpkin beer. I think I will be tasting pumpkin for days. It is so strong that it taste almost chemical and it is hard to finish the whole beer. The pumpking is so big it is offensive.

rhoadsrage, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of Bentk56 and Secret Bunny 09 BIF.

Clear amber colored beer with a small off-white head that doesn't last. Slight chill haze.

Very nutty smell with a caramel candy and pumpkin pie spice aroma. You can smell the pumpkin too but that isn't the only scent. Pretty close to Pumpkin Pie in a glass.

The taste starts out sweet nutty and spicy. Long lasting caramel aftertaste with an emphasis on the vanilla. Strong hazelnut flavor to this one. Doesn't change much as you drink it, pretty much pumpkin pie in a glass.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is OK but not really something I would look forward to drinking two glasses of a night. Sweet taste starts to get old after a while. That plus I'm not too fond of hazelnut flavor anything except hazelnuts. Same as Coffee should be coffee flavored!

Zorro, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

mothman, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -1.7%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap

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.

BARFLYB, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

superspak, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Wasatch, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

wrightst, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

mdaschaf, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

biegaman, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

From the pour a small head of uniform size forms but recedes rather quickly. Head barely manages a finger in size and leaves a small collar of light tan. Body is slightly hazy orange amber, but mostly see through. After some time though this beer looks quite flat however.

Giant whiff of pie crust and sweet bakers dough. Nothing else just sweet pie crust. Is this even beer??? That is pretty darn impressive though.

A pleasant mix of squash and hop mild pine bitterness. Clove and pie crust sense travels through with a stupidly flaky and biscuity texture. Sweetness comes out with more sips taking brown sugar into the mix.

Well I think this beer needs to be renamed pumpkin pie, but it delivers what it says. My only thinking though, is that it seems so blatantly obvious I wonder if this has artificial flavoring in it??? Crazy!

smakawhat, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

John_M, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +22.9%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

plaid75, Feb 02, 2008
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,824 ratings.