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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,923 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4,923
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 330
Gots: 572 | FT: 20
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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lazjuarez

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (22oz) into a tumbler. Bottle dated: 09/15/11

A: Pours a gorgeous orange color, bright with golden hints around the glass edge. About half a finger worth of tight small bubbles and lots of carbonation. Head recedes rather quickly leaving no lacing behind.

S: Nose is of pumpkin pie! Big pumpkin spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and crusty malts. A bit cloying on the nose, but enjoyable.

T: Liquid pumpkin pie! Not your usual fleshy pumpkin, but more of a spicy pumpkin pie with big crusty malts.

M: Medium bodied; nice mouthfeel, good crusty\bready mouthfeel and great carbonation. A bit cloying, but the slight alcohol note is keeping it in balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:41:08 | More by lazjuarez
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-11-2011 22:40:12 | More by xdefeatsy
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

12-11-2011 06:42:25 | More by gunclubchris
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

12-10-2011 21:57:52 | More by Chugs13
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bkny27

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-10-2011 21:36:22 | More by bkny27
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316nuts

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-09-2011 22:55:34 | More by 316nuts
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DruD

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-09-2011 22:42:17 | More by DruD
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jak

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

12-09-2011 16:30:24 | More by jak
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-09-2011 05:29:14 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-09-2011 04:03:47 | More by rab53
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tbizzle0

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-09-2011 04:03:43 | More by tbizzle0
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Cannot believe I haven't reviewed this beer yet. 22 oz bottle of the 2011 batch into a DFH signature snifter...

A - Pours a clear, orange color with some dark gold highlights when held to the light. A foamy, bone white head forms about 1.5 fingers thick.

S - The aroma of this beer is mjy favorite part. Pure, fresh pumpkin flesh mixed with pumpkin pie spices that don't overwhelm the pure pumpkin flesh. Nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon enhance the pumpkin aromas. Crust-like aromas come through too, I assume, due to the malts.

T - Sweet and fresh pumpkin flesh mixed with the traditional pie spices. The spices are more subdued on the palate, but I actually like that in this beer as I don't want to miss out on the pure, pumpkin flavor. The carame; makt gives it a nice, crust-like presence.

M - Medium-light bodied beer with ample carbonation. I always feel like a thicker body might make the mouthfeel that much better.

O - I look forward to this beer every fall as it is one of my favorite, readily available pumpkin beers. I feel that there are subtle nuances that change from year to year. ST should pick one way of brewing it and stick with it. Regardless, I still love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 22:25:40 | More by KAP1356
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patmcd

New York

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-08-2011 19:32:38 | More by patmcd
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Bronowicz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-08-2011 00:13:42 | More by Bronowicz
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blacklabel67k

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-07-2011 23:17:16 | More by blacklabel67k
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n2185

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, pale orange with half a finger of beige head that almost completely vanishes and leaves no lacing.

S: Lots and lots of vanilla aroma here. Nutmeg and cinnamon also are in there along with some faint caramel malt aromas. There's a sweet tobacco-like aroma as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of vanilla mixed with some pumpkin pie spice notes and caramel sweetness. The finish is lightly bitter and again reminds me of sweet tobacco.

M: Medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling and would benefit from a thicker body or more carbonation.

O: A good pumpkin ale. I enjoy it, but it has a somewhat artificial taste to it--like pumpkin pie-flavored candy or the like. It really reminds me of a fall mix of shisha that I've had before, and I really can't get that out of my mind. Not that that's a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 20:57:49 | More by n2185
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fergster75

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-07-2011 02:43:04 | More by fergster75
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JoeBoxer522

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-06-2011 20:36:25 | More by JoeBoxer522
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-06-2011 20:04:01 | More by Donsmitty
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jriggins6

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.1%

12-06-2011 15:52:52 | More by jriggins6
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ehammond1


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Palmer's Beverage Center
Columbus, OH

Glowing clear orange with a thin, almost wispy, white head that leaves spiderwebs of sticky lace all the way down the glass.

The star of the show with this beer is it's aroma. The usual earthy and rich pumpkin notes are present, along with the traditional fall spices (allspice, a little cinnamon, and perhaps some nutmeg). What takes this beer's aroma over the top is a vanilla whipped cream aroma that becomes more and more present as the beer warms. Must be experienced to be believed!

The flavor too is good, but not quite as show-stopping as the aroma. The pumpkin flavor is both earthy and sweet, the spices are somewhat subdued, and the vanilla flavor found in the aroma is tough to find. This beer does get better and better as it nears room temperature, however.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. A bigger, thicker, more luscious body would have improved this beer, in my opinion.

Perhaps the best pumpkin (pie) beer out there!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 15:50:09 | More by ehammond1
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zipyth3pinhead

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-06-2011 06:13:00 | More by zipyth3pinhead
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Shoey87

Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-06-2011 04:06:00 | More by Shoey87
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metalgdog

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-06-2011 02:43:21 | More by metalgdog
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leinie13

Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-06-2011 00:59:11 | More by leinie13
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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