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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,561
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 437
Gots: 1,395 | FT: 31
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

earlholman, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

brother_kenneth, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

koes0024, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sarge3130, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

StretchZep, Aug 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

BradShook, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Novabrewer, Aug 25, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -56.9%

ScottRansom, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Kuaff
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Allow me to preface this review by divulging that I am a pumpkin freak. Might explain my love of this pumpkin ale... which I chose to pour into a snifter at cellar temperature.

An extremely small head dissipates almost instantly, leaving nothing but a golden-orange luminescence of remarkable clarity. It just sits menacingly in my snifter with absolutely no head or bubbles, looking like an actual pumpkin... a pumpkin with an attitude that says, "What? You got a problem? I'm a pumpkin ale. Deal with it."

It smells like no other ale I've raised to my nose. I get UNMISTAKABLE, pungent pumpkin, along with an ensemble of spices. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, I think. It smells fantastic, and EXACTLY like I would ever want a pumpkin ale to smell like.

Impressions from the first sip... I just took a swig of pumpkin pie. No joke. The spices are also once again incorporated splendidly, but the most awe-inspiring aspect is the pumpkin taste. It's through-and-through, thorough pumpkin, from beginning to end. It emulates pure, pureed pumpkin, before it's mixed with any of the complementary things used to bake with pumpkin. And YET, those things (the spices) are also part of the flavor blend. It's marvelously balanced, totally unobtrusive and well-rounded, and yet brimming with unique flavor. Also, there's something magically clean, refreshing, and almost minty about the finish. Again, this is UNIQUE. And delightfully delicious.

The feel is dead on. It's full-bodied and inexorable as a big ripe pumpkin in autumn.

This is just unbelievable. Two of my greatest loves, pumpkin and craft beer, enmeshed together into a phenominal pumkin ale... Pumking reigns supreme.

Kuaff, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Stevedore, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but I am going to review it for what it is. Poured into a tulip glass, bottled 7/22/13. Pours a light orange, with a one inch head that leaves some spotty lace. Smell is like a well made pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and nutmeg to go along with the aggressive pumpkin smell. Taste matches the smell, with a hint of orange and a little caramel. Body is medium thin for its heft, would prefer a little more life, not dry, and goes down easy enough. I can see why this is a pumpkin legend, pumpkin pie in a bottle.

SawDog505, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bigbeerfan, Aug 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

doublepneumonia, Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

grod, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Abe_Froman, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

ohiobeer29, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JakerLou, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kyle86, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

civicm87, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

kbrown, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bcuz7, Aug 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

waston, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fine color amber clear with about a finger of loose foam that fell pretty quickly to a thick ring and a film on top. Left nice lace. Nose is pumpkin pie. Deep layered spices. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, pepper. A dry biscuit that is so very authentic. Brown sugar, toasted husky grains. Squash and pumpkin. Brown sugar and a light sweetness. Taste is out of this world. All the tastes of pumpkin pie except it has a sour aspect like a real pumpkin. Pumpkin is not sweet in and of itself. The malt is so deep and round and fat. it's almost chewy but not quite. The ginger brightens it and gives it a lightness. There is no alcohol on the nose but just a little warmth at the back of the throat. Phenomenal! The malt sweetness is creamy and then there is a tiny bit of carbonation bite. Mouthfeel is substantial and full but not heavy. Finishes dry and with that dry biscuit and leading all those flavors home.

This beer excites both the nose and the palate in so many ways. This has a strong character that is beer not desert. The sour bit of authentic pumpkin flavor make it for me. It gives it depth and a longevity on the palate. The balance is perfection. It's a pumpkin ale. You could serve it with gingerbread cookies or you could serve it with carrot and ginger soup. I like it so much more than I thought I would.

utopiajane, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of FembotsUnite
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear orange, appropriately autumnal hue. What thin head there is appears ivory and quickly vanishes with no lacing.

Smell: Aggressive winter spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and all that stuff that makes you miss your grandmother's house at Thanksgiving. I swear there's a pumpkin pie somewhere in that bottle.

Taste: Follows suit. Clean and smooth upfront with a mild bitterness in the back. The spice is tempered by sweetness--this is indeed a sugary beer, and not just from the ABV. Somehow, though, it works beautifully.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied with a palatable silkiness, as though it were brewed with oats. I hate to use this term but it's creamy. There. I said it.

Overall: This beer is an exception for me. I normally distrust celebrity beers because most of the time, they aren't all that good (Founders KBS and Victory Golden Monkey come to mind). But this beer makes me want to put on a child's elephant costume and throw a Drunkin Pumpkin Carving Party because let's face it: this beer is all that good. Sure, the taste isn't very complex but the aroma, spice, sugars and mouthfeel balance themselves so well that it doesn't need to be. Now go buy a case and come to my damn party.

FembotsUnite, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

rgille2, Aug 24, 2013
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,561 ratings.