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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,772 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,772
Reviews: 1,859
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 449
Gots: 1,570 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 08-26-2007

19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of justintcoons
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Golden amber with 2 fingers of off-white head. Excellent clarity, decent retention and light-moderate carbonation.

Graham cracker, pie crust, pumpkin meat, brown sugar and caramel.

Graham cracker, toasted pie crust, caramel and brown sugar. Pureed pumpkin and light pumpkin spices comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Finishes with lingering pumpkin rind and candy sugar.

Medium plus bodied, smooth and oily.

Year after year, Pumking is still killing most of the other Pumpkin Ales out there.

Photo of Nferretti89
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of VincentFrey
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Nice pale orange, with some yellowish hints around the edges in the light. No real lacing, head, or anything in particular. If it wasn't appropriate for the style, it'd just seem like a Yuengling.

Smell: Truly stands out. I imagine there has to be SOME spicing in here, but it smells just like pumpkin with hints of nutmeg. Captures the beer spectacularly.

Taste: One of the best pumpkin beers on the market. Rich pumpkin flavor and fall spices, with a light enough malt back to keep it in check.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin and watery. The spicing lingers for a while but nothing special.

Overall: A very good seasonal beer, and a classic example of the pumpkin / yam style.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheCuriograph
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First pumpkin beer of the season, glad this was my kickoff. Lot of hype surrounding this ....

A - Hazy amber, bubbly with a fine fizz head.

S - Not subtle: spicy cinnamon and pepper, pie crust, vanilla, caramel, wet grass, a hint of melon, and dollops of baked pumpkin.

T - Like eating pumpkin bread doused in butterscotch sauce and dusted with nutmeg. Leaves a peppery hotness on the tongue. After a few sips, the alcohol really clocks you in the dome.

M - Medium heavy and quite sticky in your mouth.

Pumpkin ale may not be the most esteemed style, so to say this is the best pumpkin ale I've had is perhaps not saying much. But this definitely is the best pumpkin ale I've had!


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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Wyzen
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First review, yet probably the 1,000th time I have been here. Never cared enough to comment/review on a beer yet, till now.

Appearance: 5
Why? Its just as I expect from a Pumpkin Beer. Golden orange. Perfect hue.

Smell: 5
Why? Its literally what I wanted/expected from a Pumpkin Beer. The smell is what I have been looking for, and haven't found till now. It smells like a deliciously heavy, thick cut of pumpkin pie with no room for negotiation.

Taste: 5+
Why? Ive had many "Pumpkin Beer"s, but none ever tasted what I originally imagined. I imagined a pumpkin pie, blended into a carbonated liquid, having characteristics of a beer. This is the first go that actually has a pumpkin taste. Usually its all "Pumpkin Spice" on top of an OK beer...or worse. This however, is an Autumn Lovers delight. You can taste pumpkin, as well as allspice, cinnamon, touch of nutmeg, even a hint of ginger. It tastes as it smells, like a freaking piece of delicious pumpkin pie, but less sweet. I just bought a whole case of this, its gold. My first sip was experiencing scratching a three year itch. I finally found what I had imagined to be out there. It was literally a dream come true. I cannot sing its praises enough. There is the initial "Wow..." followed by "Holy crap...FINALLY!!!" It is the ideal balance between the spice and the natural pumpkin flavor. Mild carbonation, heavy heavenly flavor. This is for lovers of complexity, pumpkin, spice, and Autumn/Harvest.

Mouthfeel: 5
Viscosity is about what I expected: complex and lightly effervescent. It feels thicker and more substantial than most, yet it does dissipate quickly. I would say it is similar in feel to Midas Touch. Carbonation is light and quick. This is a rich velvet that finishes clean.

Overall: 5+
This is a literal dream come true. When I first heard that such a thing existed as "Pumpkin Beer" this is literally what I dreamed of. All of the others have more or less sucked. The ONLY widely distributed brand that I haven't tried in this area is DFH, and I hope to try their entry soon. All of them suck. This blew me away. I bought out all but 1 beer that my local store had on hand. Was 11 total. Kinda large expense...but sooo worth it. Ive never just said, give me all you got, carte blanche, but I did, and I feel more than great about it. It is everything I wanted and more.

If you like pumpkin pie, pumpkin anything, and wished your love of pumpkin was also in sparkling, liquid form, LOOK NO FURTHER. This is all you have to know: THIS IS PERFECT. This is what you have been dreaming of. This is what is in the pot at the end of the rainbow.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hot baby's mama! It's August and Raul is drinking a Pumpkin Ale? Hot diggity damn on a wet babies furnace! Raul always kinda had himself a thing for Pumpkin Ales, and he has to admit, when it hits September he has enjoyed a few Blue Moon Pumpkins on tap at Dodger Stadium - but that's another thing, my peeps.

On to a REAL Pumpkin Ale...

Wooo mama! Like the Wicked Witch Of The West doing three sixty's on her broom stick, this one has Raul buzzin! It's like this, it's like that, and it's like this and UH! Subtle spices and subtle pumpkin. Like waking up next to Alejandra Ambrosio after a bender: yes please!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,772 ratings.