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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,823 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,823
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,084 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

BeerSnob1022, Dec 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from Notes:

This one I like out of the bevy of pumpkin type products. Lots of pumpkin pie like flavor, nice mouthfeel. Not overly sweet. Definitely can taste the actual pumpkin, so better balanced versus other of this style. Not overwhelmed by the pie spices for a change. A good dessert option - not something to drink a lot of or very often.

LeRose, Dec 27, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
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-

kojevergas, Dec 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

andilane, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

SDatoc, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

BlackTuesday, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Steve212, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Vbloise, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jmmy3, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

rob99er, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

RobDB, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of JKuras
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having survived the Mayan apocalypse I decided to celebrate with a special bottle of Pumpking. I’ve heard a lot about this one.

Appearance: It’s a pretty beer. Pours a crystal clear burnt orange with plenty of foamy head and carbonation. The head sticks to the sides nicely. It looks very ‘clean’.

Smell: Pumpkin pie are the first two words that come to mind. Incredibly sweet smelling, and some prominent pie spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc. Pumpkin, honeysuckle and banana present as well. Nice backbone of malts but the pie scents overpower. Very strong but pleasant and appetizing.

Taste: Matches the smells, a lot of bready, sweet grains but a good amount of bitter to match it, with a spicy hops finish. Alcohol well hidden for an 8.6% beer. The pie spices again linger on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and somewhat chewy. It’s got a lot of body to it. A proper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Yea, it’s a good one. Overall I’d say it’s just very clean with lots of strong flavors but nothing really overpowers anything else. Tough to find any complaints, although some may find it too sweet (I think pumpkin beers should be sweet.) One of the top pumpkin beers I can remember trying out.

JKuras, Dec 23, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – A lovely deep copper appearance with tinges of bright orange and yellow playing around the edges in the direct sunlight. A tall bone-white head that clings lovingly to the side of the glass just makes it look about perfect. Beautiful looking beer.

S – It smells like pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie or pumpkin…something. I’m leaning towards pumpkin bread. The smell is just absolutely delightful, what you hope a pumpkin beer smells like. Creating a good pumpkin beer is such a difficult thing to do and this just smells like how you dreamed it would be your first time with a pumpkin beer. Yes, please.

T – The taste is basically an exact replica of the nose but with a bit more alcohol on the palate and a really intensified pumpkin taste. The taste is not absolutely outstanding but it is easily one of the best pumpkin beers that I have had. I get that it is doing exactly what you hope a pumpkin beer would do to your taste buds and dancing all over them with pumpkin flavor, but at the same time I find myself not absolutely loving it. It’s good, no doubt, but it isn’t fantastic…but you know what, it’s growing on me big time. With each consecutive sip I am enjoying it a bit more than the last sip. And by the end…ahh, what a lovely pumpkin beer. I am sorry for having doubted you for a moment my love. Don’t hate that.

M – The mouthfeel is good actually. It has a fuller body with lighter carbonation which is all the things that you want from a well crafted pumpkin ale. Very nice.

O – Overall this is probably the second best pumpkin beer that I have had after DFH Punkin (and the two are incomparable). It is a very good beer and I will certainly come back to it but it doesn’t enter into my top echelon of beers. Nonetheless, a big tip of my cap to southern tier. Very well done.

KKB, Dec 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

fishdog109, Dec 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Scientifichuck, Dec 19, 2012
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,823 ratings.