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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,259
Reviews: 1,787
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 420
Gots: 1,274 | FT: 30
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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost clear honey color with a modest, but frothy head that leaves a reasonable splashing of lace

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sweetened cornbread

Taste: Opens with a rich pumpkin and spice flavor, which becomes increasingly spicey by mid-palate; after the swallow, the cornbread flavor builds, sweet and buttery; the finish has some alcohol on it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the swallow

Drinkability: A big, flavorful pumpkin brew; among the best if not the very best

brentk56, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***Guilty pleasures review coming right up***
Admitidly, I generally celebrate beers of experimental quality, but disguard those that seem more of a gimmic than quality. Pumpkin beers usually fall in this catagory for me, but beers like this one are quickly changing my perception of what Pumpkin Ales can be... or already are.

Pumpking is truely amazing with its bright copper (acturally orange) color, brilliant clarity and lively efforvescence. A creamy head carries a dainty structure yet retains with a sheet across the glass. Low on lace, the beer celebrates the oils and starch that encompass pumpkin beers.

From the onset, the beer demonstrates a sturdy backbone of amber (bread crusty) malts and large caramel sweetness. Freshly baked toast, roasted pumpkin, and graham crackers come to mind. A sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, and hazelnut do just enough to emphasize the pumpkin quality in complementary fashion. A buttery praline-like sweetness is just the pillow that the savory crust notes deserve.

The body is firm, rich, and non-waivering. Creamy, bready and with a robust spicy sweetness that I would not have expected from a beer this drinkable. The return of graham cracker dryness and aftertaste is all I need to keep comming back.

This beer is a gem, comming from a guy who has drank a ton of Pumpkin Ales and haven't enjoyed many.

BEERchitect, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep orange body with a tall-standing, frothy, white head.

Smell: All rights, friends, so, it smells greatly of oven-fresh pumpkin pie. Who's with me? Who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN is with me?

Taste: Sweet caramel malts plunged deep into fresh pumpkin puree and liberally coated in a pumpkin pie spice blend and smoothed over with a touch of vanilla creme. I'm sure it's been said dozens of times over, but it's rather pumpkin pie-like, with the malts even mimicking a flavor of rich, crisp graham cracker crust garnished with candy corn. Subtle hop presence and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiced pumpkin taste and some slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent for a pumpkin ale! Look, whoever is giving you advice like, "don't bother with Pumking" is no friend of yours. Take your vengeful fists and clock that mofo in the mouth and spit on their prone, beaten body, because they aren't helping you at all. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear light copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy orange-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one on the drink down. Kind of a disappointing appearance. Smell is very complex with caramel malt, biscuits, actual pumpkin puree, and a wide array of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Taste is of malt/bread/biscuit/crust, unsweetened pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and the aforementioned spices. There is a slight spice bitterness that sticks the the tongue after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and dry finish. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale that is somewhat different that I was expecting. I was thinking that this could be a creamy, sweet pumpkin milkshake of a beer but I like this one as it is.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber-orange in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled into a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are inviting aromas of sweet pumpkin pie in the nose, which almost makes this beer smell like a dessert.
T: While there is some malty sweetness and flavors of pumpkins and spices in the in taste, these are nicely balanced with some hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because the sweet flavors in the taste aren't cloying because of the underlying hops and the alcohol content is very well masked.

metter98, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up finally thanks to a very generous BA who sent me down a couple of them. I had been waiting forever to try this one, and missed out on it last year. Served cold, right out of the fridge per instructions. It was served in an oversized wine glass and consumed on 09/22/2008.

The pour was simply stunning. A very rich and very hazy looking orange liquid came gurgling out of the bottle, hitting the glass with decent enough force to throw up a nice two inch layer of off white head. Nice retention kept this one hanging around for a good long while before finally settling down into a thin layer of white across the top that stayed until the very end and left behind a very nice layer of side glass lace.

The aroma was about as rich as you can get. This was the most decadent, dessert like beer that I have ever run across. This smelled more like a pumpkin pie then my grandma's ! Super sweet with lots of gingerbread, and sweet cookie goodness. This was about as good as it gets. Translated over as perfectly as you could have imagined into the flavor. Huge notes of cinnamon, pumpkin spice, gingerbread, everything you could imagine. This was just colossal with no hint at all of any abv. Rich and decadent in the taste and well as the feel,. The only drawback was this was soo rich with sugar it was hard to drink too much of it as it became a little bit tough after a bit. Aside from that this was about as good as it gets.

Overall, wow. I have never tasted anything like this it was just tremendous. This was the most perfect fall dessert I could think of. Rich, sweet, decadent. This was better then I ever imagined it would be. Overall I was floored and would have to recommend this to anyone!

mikesgroove, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know where this came from or even who bought it but it was on the table at a friends place last week when we were sampling beers and man was it a find. Don't know anything about the brewery but after trying this and their Hoppe Pale Ale I'm gonna do some research on these guys.

It came from a 22 oz bottle with some pretty cool artwork on it. The beer poured an orange/rust color that was very clear and had an off-white, almost orange head that faded quickly. Smelled strong of pumpkin pie (as all these types of beer do) but with some extra spices that really made it stand out from the other 6 or 7 pumpkin beers ive tried.

It tasted great, that is it tasted like pumpkin pie and good beer. No idea what the alcohol content is and the website doesn't say either but it was balanced well with the flavors. It also had a thick body that was both good and bad depending on if you want to chug this beer or sip on it with thanksgiving dinner. Overall its a pretty drinkable beer and I would like to find more of this stuff.

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of craigdb
4/5  rDev -1.5%

craigdb, Today at 03:45 AM
Photo of BeerSnobery
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%

BeerSnobery, Today at 03:26 AM
Photo of rudeone
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

rudeone, Today at 02:21 AM
Photo of Brackh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a orangey honey color. Smells great. Sweet and spicy. Tastes of pumpkin but it isn't over the top. You can pick up the spices but they aren't overwhelming either. It had this sweetness on the back end. Almost like a cookie. Butter maybe. It was unique. I liked what it offered at the end. It was different enough that I enjoyed drinking the bomber trying to figure out what I was having. Good pumpkin beer.

Brackh, Today at 01:21 AM
Photo of Kwojcik
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Had this beer last year on tap, and loved it. Went to buy in after Haloween and it was sold out. This year I went to my favorite beer store and the price was almost $9.00/bottle. Needless to say I'll be waiting to buy it on tap.

Kwojcik, Today at 12:08 AM
Photo of cnagle28
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

cnagle28, Yesterday at 11:48 PM
Photo of Mweinberg627
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%

Mweinberg627, Yesterday at 11:22 PM
Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Sadie got a bomber of this for me for my birthday. I've been saving it until it was closer to Halloween. Drank it last night while watching the Simpson's Treehouse of Horror. Great pumpkin pie flavor with a considerable alcohol warmth. Probably the best pumpkin beer so far.

DuffDaddy, Yesterday at 05:05 PM
Photo of soroka24
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

soroka24, Yesterday at 10:41 AM
Photo of rlovitt
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

rlovitt, Yesterday at 10:00 AM
Photo of Upslion
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Upslion, Yesterday at 05:56 AM
Photo of JohnDee
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JohnDee, Yesterday at 05:07 AM
Photo of David_Porter
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%

David_Porter, Yesterday at 04:52 AM
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber

I had this brew some years ago, never really reviewing it. Today is the day I tick this brew. I use the word tick so lightly. Ok, describe this brew to those who might be interested in drinking it yet want feedback before dishing out the $$! I will keep it simple and to the point for people to understand.

First things first, the pour! This brew pours very light for being an 8 % brew. Very bright orange body, medium clarity and hazy. Tight, white fizzy head that made a roar but then faded into a simple lacing around my chalice. The appearance is quite outstanding.

Next step is the aroma. The way this brew smells is outstanding. Very dominant vanilla with a kiss of nuttiness in the background. Nutmeg and other spicies only tease the beer holder. Not really adding a whole depth to the brew.Yet that vanilla is banging!

The flavor is Good. I'm not being wowed or anything of that nature, yet its not offensively bad neither. First this hits the taste buds with pumpkin spices and vanilla. Pie crust is in there aswell adding a nice texture to the overall spice characteristics. Toffee notes flow further down after the swallow and a little hop bitterness captures the sides of the palate, leaving an earthy tobacco flavor. This finishes slightly bitter and wet. Lingering toffee and spices with a toasted nut flavor in the aftertaste. The body is light yet very flexable with a very poppy carbonation.

Overall: I seem to enjoy this beer more while it warms up. At first this brew is lightly flavored. Yet it does improve while it warms. I'm not being wowed by this by any means. While I'm not being impressed, it is a well crafted brew. Not offensive yet not breaking the boundaries in Pumpkin beers. At the end of the day and personal opinions are rested. This brew is Worthy.

Shroud0fdoom, Yesterday at 01:53 AM
Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -26.1%

22oz bomber in a small glass at fridge temps

Appearance:poured a clear and orangeish yellow color with a very energetic head of fine bubbles that stayed till the end of the glass.

Nose: cooked rice, pumpkin, spices, clove, honey, bready

Taste: clean and refreshing, not heavy like I would expect something of Imperial strength would be, light pumpkin flavor, slight bitterness, very dry, not as spiced as I would have expected in a pumpkin ale. No alcohol taste at all. Slight spiciness in the back of my throat after drinking this one (not pleasant, kind of like a sore throat and I'm not sick at all).

Maybe it's just me but I like pumpkin/harvest ales to have a punch-you-in-the-face pumpkin and spice flavor. This one is just lacking that extra pumpkin-ness I'm looking for. It's good but not there for me. For an 8.6% ale, I would also expect some kind of a kick from the higher gravity. I probably wouldn't get this one again.

ClavisAurea, Yesterday at 01:35 AM
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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,259 ratings.