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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 1,701
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 376
Gots: 856 | FT: 27
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 BMMillsy


3.11/5  rDev -23.6%

This is a rerate after being more accustomed to the style. Still not loving the nutmeg. Pour is a beautiful orange with big fluffy white head. Aroma of spice and wheat, a little dusty. Flavor is lots of pumpkin and nutmeg with cinnamon presence. Flavor is more of the same with a dirty wheaty finish that I still don’t like, some dustiness, slightly dry, and the nutmeg is just overpowering. I just don't get this one--and same goes for the other overly spiced pumpkin beers. Why not make these taste like pumpkin instead of liquid nutmeg?

09-09-2012 18:24:07 | More by BMMillsy
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2012 13:26:26 | More by flyersfan900
Photo of rfbenavi80


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a clear deep gold, maybe copper color with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that fades away rather quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Smells like sweet pumpkin pie. Smells very sweet and sugary, with hints of butterscotch candy. Smell is like buttery pumpkin pie. Everything is there. Crust included. Pumpkin mixed with sugar, spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. All with a crispy buttery crust. Very unique.

T- Follows nose to the T! Very enjoyable. Tastes like it's Thanksgiving and i just sat down with a piece of Grandma's pumpkin pie. Rich and sweet creamy pumpkin mixed with spices that compliment the pumpkin flavor well. Love the taste of the buttery crust added to this one. Most pumpkin ales are pumpkin and spice. This one adds the buttery crust flavors and does it well.

M- Medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down easy for the ABV.

O- I really enjoyed this one. It's worth seeking out. This one is more sweet and buttery than some of the other pumpkin ales making it seem more "rich" The buttery crust flavor mixed with the pumpkin and spices is what makes this a great beer.

09-09-2012 06:48:14 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: Golden with an orange tint. A thin ring of lacing/foam when it warms a bit. This is only average at first, but brightens up as it warms.

Smell: It actually smells like pumpkin, instead of pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, etc.) like most pumpkin ales, so I give it credit for that. There's also some sweet corn. I'd say it's pretty good compared to other pumpkin ales.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very sweet. Tastes like pumpkin or sweet potato pie. This 'King mostly has a sweet corn/pumpkin maltiness instead of hopped spiced notes. Nutmeg does come into play in the finish, which is nice. Maybe a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel had a nice crispness when chilled, but flattens out when it warms.

Overall Drinkability: Probably my second favorite pumpkin ale after Dogfish Head.

09-09-2012 04:58:53 | More by tjsdomer2
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-09-2012 04:22:46 | More by heddar33
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New York

4.64/5  rDev +14%

I tried this beer last year and didnt like it at all. I figured after hearing all the hype about it, i'd give it another shot. Pured from bomber into pint glass.

L:Half finger thick off-white head. Color is a vibrant orange. Lacing and head quickly went away.

A:Strong caramel and pumpkin upfront. Notes of vanilla, nutmeg and brown sugar.

T: Heavy caramel, pumpkin, and vanilla. Tastes like i'm taking a bite out of a slice of pumpkin roll, or perhaps the best pumpkin pie I've ever tasted. Its very hard to put my finger on what it tastes like, perhaps even some pumpkin iced coffee. Either way, its excellent.

M: Heavy alcohol finish. Almost a liquor aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Caramel flavor sticks around until the next sip.

O: I'm very pleased that I decided to give this beer another try. I must have gotten a bad bottle last year or something. I shared the bottle with a friend so maybe drinking the entire bottle myself last year was too overwhelming. Anyway, a very delicious dessert beer and most definitely worth a try (or two).

09-09-2012 04:01:25 | More by Ds650rida
Photo of Jimmys


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bomber split two ways. no date coding.

A: copper hued brew. clear. frothy bright white head has decent retention.

S: butterscotch-like aroma, but i wouldnt say diacetyl. a little soda water sharpness to it. pumpkin pie. the most pumpkin pie like aroma one could imagine.

T: the pumpkin flavor has a caramel sweetness that reminds me of birch beer at times. nutmeg. cinnamon. surprised to see that there was not any direct spicing used, as far as the bottle states. hints of vanilla linger into the finish.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium/full body.

D: drinks more like a pumpkin spiced latte from starbucks than a beer. this is the best pumpkin beer i have had to date. if you are looking for big flavors in this seasonal style, this is the way to go.

09-09-2012 03:21:24 | More by Jimmys
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-09-2012 02:51:40 | More by rypkr
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-09-2012 01:49:43 | More by BrionS
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into tulip glass

Appearance: Color is typical of the style being an dirty orange-copper with a minimal head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves very little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells like a liquid pumpkin pie. I get cinnamon, nutmeg and the pumpkin. I can actually smell the pie crust in this beer. This beer has captured the pumpkin pie smell as if a pumpkin pie is baking in my oven. One big sweet smelling brew.

Taste: Big nutmeg and pumkin taste mixed with cinnamon. Very sweet in the middle after the initial spices almost like a brown sugar sweetness. No hops to speak of in this one. The aftertaste is a vanilla sweetness that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: An easy drinker and smooth feel. Carbonation is light. This is rather thin and not especially noteworthy.

Overall: A big tasting pumpkin beer in that it has truly captured the taste of pumpkin pie. If you are in the mood for a big sweet pumpkin beer, this is definitely one you should reach for.

09-09-2012 00:43:18 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of TheCondor


2.48/5  rDev -39.1%

I was really excited about this beer, so much so that I drove it all the way down to Arkansas with me so I could take it to a friends house who isn't really a beer person. I wanted to give him something unique...little did I know how unique this beer would actually be. Poured from the bottle into two different pint glasses.

Appearance - Looks fine, pours a nice orange/amber color with a decent head that sticks around for some time and leaves a little lacing. Not too bad of an appearance, certaily fits the unique profile of this style.

Smell - Pumpkins, spices, cloves, and a bit of a buttery scent. Pretty tasty

Taste - Here's where the beer took a remarkable turn downward. Tasted like chemically-treated pumpkins and bitter metallic. It was absolutely awful. There was a hint of pumpkin in there, but was overpowered by artificial sweetness and some sort of metallic funk.

Mouthfeel - The metallic/chemcial nastiness lingers long after you take the drink. Terrible.

Overall - Who knows, maybe I got a bad bottle. I don't think so, I bought this at a very reputable joint and drank it well before the expiration date. Not exposed to high temps, did not get cold and hot multiple times. I don't know. But this was one of the worst beers I have ever had the displeasure of drinking. My buddy and I both drain poured most of our glasses, which I do not do very often. I'll never buy it again, I would like to try it again to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle though,

09-08-2012 23:43:28 | More by TheCondor
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-08-2012 23:34:23 | More by Zach136
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-08-2012 23:34:11 | More by Keith_R
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-08-2012 22:07:04 | More by dsauter
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2012 20:56:31 | More by allhaildracula
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%

Appearance is pale orange with a decent head.

Aroma has the usual pumpkin beer lot (pumpkin pie, cloves, but also with vanilla and a buttery scent as well).

Taste: Beer is slightly malty with the spices listed about coming through with a small zing of hops.

Overall: This used to be one of the great ones (pumpkin ales), but it has fallen off a bit. Gone is the gord-like pumpkin flavor that has been replaced with a flatter more chemical taste in the end. Not terrible, just not great (much better ones out there). Cheers!!

09-08-2012 20:11:37 | More by dahlen22
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-08-2012 16:44:37 | More by Dbrag
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North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Orange pour, decent carbonation, light lacing

S - Pumpkin, pumpkin spices, vanilla

T - It tastes like good ole pumpkin in a beer.

M - Light body, easy drinking considering the abv.

O - Excellent pumpkin beer. Not for everyone. The buttery taste for some isn't quite "there". However, I love it!! One of my favs during Fall.

09-08-2012 16:03:49 | More by jtd1969
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-08-2012 04:00:49 | More by BobCobb
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2012 02:22:54 | More by mtlasley
Photo of julian89


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass after work.
Appearance: Pours a translucent orange amber, with a 2 inch head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Straight up spiced pumpkin pie. No hops no malts, just pie.

Taste: Its very sweet. It has all of the characteristics of pumpkin pie. You can definitely tell it's pumpkin puree. Caramel malts, vanilla creme, and graham cracker dominate. You have to like pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably best Pumpkin ale we sell at Hop City, although I am interested to try the Weyerbacher pumpkin. With over 30+ pumpkin beers every season it can get a little overwhelming. I believe Southern Tier achieved exactly what they wanted here so congrats for that.

09-08-2012 01:34:59 | More by julian89
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

A few years ago I did a survey of every pumpkin beer I could find. This was not available, but if it were I think it would have won. This is a bizarre brew. It tastes like pie crust and ale. It looks like an AIPA, light and orangy.

The taste is creamy and the aftertaste is of sugary, ale-like, hard to describe. It is not especially balanced, it is over the top. But it is pretty drinkable (after having a taste in the store I bought a bomber). Highly recommended.

2013 - (previous was 2012) - Had some of this on tap and it is a different experience. There is still a pumpkin pie aroma, but the taste is that of an extremely refined strong ale with pumpkin. Outstanding.

09-08-2012 00:22:19 | More by schoolboy
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-07-2012 23:56:19 | More by chim52chim
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

09-07-2012 16:59:20 | More by Skeletor1976
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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