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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,801
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 456
Gots: 1,611 | FT: 32
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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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bottleworks for Halloween in May.

Very clear orange with minimal head,

Smell is graham cracker, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, pumpkin, sweet.

Taste is like pumpkin pie, spices, a bit bittersweet, bready, fuller bodied.

It is good, but it is not as drinkable as Great Pumpkin. It is a fantastic pumpkin beer, but like a lot of Southern Tier’s stuff, it should be enjoyed in smaller quantities, or split between a few people.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by saying... kiss my ass breweries with releasing these beers WAY too early. These beers are meant to be enjoyed during colder weather, NOT 90 freaking degrees. Hell, it's not even cold up north yet lol. That being said

A: Orangish-Amber color with a finger width head of creamy white hue.

S: Oh. dear. Jesus. Pumpkin pie meets pumpkin bread in a mating of pumpkin perfection. The spices aren't in any way overrode by the predominant pumpkin aroma. I fully expect Thanksgiving goodies to smell nearly as good as this beer

T: Pumpkin, duh lol. Some nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon, and a whole lot of bread. This reminds me a lot of pumpkin bread in the form of an alcoholic treat. This is dangerously poundable. BAs beware ;).

M: For something so full in taste, smell and look... sure forgot the whole feel part. A bit too watery. Eh, way too watery. A beer that went out of its way to present a full bodied beer should be have the feel of such a beer.

O: A great beer if you are looking for an Autumn pumpkin beer, especially due to its accessibility. If you're the type of beer drinker that doesn't want to bust your ass trying to get a limited access beer, this is a perfect substitute, as it encompasses most of what you are looking for.

P.S. It's August 2nd.... I can't complain enough as to why I'm drinking this at this very moment lol

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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is delicious. The smell is very evocative of fall and pumpkin pie. I do agree with the guy below saying this beer is harder to come by in october/ early november. I would really enjoy drinking and smelling this beverage with the taste of decay in the air. I think it would make be more scrumptified.

That said, i got a bottle on august 2nd, first day available on the Eastern Shore, Md. This beer definitely taste best right away. Unless sharing keep it chilled.

It has a great smell and is refreshing. Very easy drink. The colder you pour the more evident the pumpkin flavor. As it warms, i think the caramel and nutmeg are more apparent.

Has a little bit of a sting to it whence its the tongue, awakening the palette. Nice color, headd. Bubbles of carbonation slowly glide toward.s the head which isnt thick and streamy.

Overall, this beer is best enjoyed cold in mid to late October, earlier or later depending on which climactic zone you dwell in. It is worth trying, and will likely become a cherished seasonal

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a light orangish color with a nice head. smell is definitely big on pumpkins and nutmeg, just what I was looking for in this kind of beer. taste is up front sweet pumpkin and big on the nutmeg, but the pumpkin is actually very apparent. a rarity in pumpkin beers honestly. criminally easy to drink, lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation. you'd guess 5 or 6% , not 8.6.

overall the best pumpkin beer I've had. very impressive.

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Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a great clear orange amber color thin fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Pumpkin and tons of spice, smells very fresh and nice, but has a weird baking flour kinda smell.
Edit A: Lots of pie crust aroma, cinnamon and vanilla are big here.
T - Theres more spice here than there is pumpkin, and unfortunately it really detracts from the good pumpkin base thats definitely there. That aside its very fresh tasting.
Edit A: There's so much of that vanilla extract flavor, it pushes the pumpkin aside, taste like sweet dough, with a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg, and some mild hop bitterness.
M - The spices hang on for longer than need be.
O - Good, but let me address the biggest issue of this beer. Here I am reviewing this JULY 28TH 2013 and this was bottled on JULY 11TH!?!?!!! The last day of summer is September 21st, over two months since this bottles birth date. I have had it with these companies jumping the season early. During the middle of fall, you wont be able to find a bottle of this at all. GET A GRIP ST
Back to the beer, a lot of people over-hype this beer, its good but the spices are too much and overshadow the pumpkin at times.
Ive had this beer multiple times over the years, but cant seem to see why its such a huge draw, I guess it's just marketed very well, which I gotta give it to Southern Tier. I'd rather spend $4-$5 per 12oz and get a really good pumpkin beer as opposed to this though.

Edit A: Had it on tap today 9-29-13, two months after the bottle review. The aroma is twice as good as compared to the bottle. But still the flavor is more based on pie crust and spices than it is pumpkin. Tons of extract in this years brew, the vanilla is overpowering some of the other flavors, most importantly the pumpkin.

2014: Really big on sweetness this year. Maybe my palate has changed since I really couldnt get into pumpkin beers this year, but bleh.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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