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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,735 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 5,735
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 397
Gots: 1,035 | FT: 28
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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Bank_of_Bad_Habits, Sep 15, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

This is definitely the most delicious ale I have tried so far, too bad its only seasonal.
I bought in the bottle and poured into large mug. Consumed at 50 degrees. I like my ale warmer, but this one in particular is best cold, 40 or below.
-The appearance of the ale while and after I poured into my glass was a pure orange/amber color with light dissipating carbonation which feels great while drinking.
-The smell is very sweet, with a hint of nutmeg. Smells similar to candy corn.
-now for the taste.. wow. I was not expecting a taste even more delicious than the smell. Imagine biting into a delicious pumpkin pie while drinking one of your favorite ales. Now put it together. Incredible brew here. The taste stays in your mouth for a while, and warms you up really quickly. This is a perfect brew for the holidays, and I've already recommended to many friends and family.

Jwicker, Sep 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

letsgobuffalo30, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

dsuedbeck, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ystazi, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly cream-colored head that dissipates relatively rapidly. No lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Wow. If you want pumpkin pie in a bottle, this might be better. Graham cracker malt that smells like pie crust, pumpkin, nutmeg, and vanilla that smells like whipped cream. I don’t know how they did this but it is the exact aroma of pumpkin pie.

T – Follows the nose. Starts off sweet with pumpkin, whipped cream, and cracker-like malt. Then, the spices start to come in – mostly nutmeg, with hints of cinnamon and allspice. There may be a slightly bitter spicy and floral hop finish, but that could just be all the flavors coming together at the end. Regardless, this is delicious.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, mouth-coating, and creamy feel, and a spicy, slightly bitter, and dry finish. I can’t really pick out a particular flavor that lingers because all of the flavors really come together. Therefore, pumpkin pie with whipped cream sweetness and spice lingers for a great amount of time. There’s a slight throat-warming sensation from the alcohol but it’s subtle.

O – This is an excellent pumpkin beer. Obviously, it got high marks from me, but it would have gotten even higher ones if more of the actual base beer was apparent. Since the pumpkin pie aroma and taste was so outrageously well-done, I can’t give it less than a 4.5 in those categories. This is definitely the best pumpkin beer that I’ve had. I’d really, really like to try the beers from this category that are rated higher.

BlackBelt5112203, Sep 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

IPAchris, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bgramels, Sep 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Nikko, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

weaselchew, Sep 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tellish33, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

twizzbeatz, Sep 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

server222, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Great pumpkin beer - if others don't have a strong enough yet balanced pumpkin taste look no further. Appearance is a deep orange with a disappearing head and after a bit is almost non-existent. The smell is incredible with fall spices - brown sugar, nutmeg. A strong breads malt flavor leads into the taste. For those that like pumpkin bread more than just pumpkin this beer's flavor is as close as it gets.

Oakenator, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

psdonnelly, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Googs, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

pauljunk, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of DougFresh
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

I've had this beer by bottle and on tap where I work, and you wouldn't believe the people coming in and spending hundreds of dollars on this beer. I think they make it with actual opiates. Like I said, I don't like pumpkin beers, and here I sit, with a $14 bottle of it.

It looks like a pumpkin beer should. The color of pumpkin pie filling. Bronzed in the oven and still warm after turkey dinner.

It smells like what I was hoping for the first time I was disappointed by a pumpkin ale- vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and somehow, butter. It's all subtly hopped for a truly sophisticated olfactory menage.

It tastes EXACTLY like my grandmother's pumpkin pie. All the aromas are there, but less butter more vanilla. The mouthfeel is perfect viscosity with an impossible creaminess for this style. This makes up for the lack of a memorable head in the beginning, but I'd honestly like a bit more gravity.

Overall, it's grandma's pumpkin pie at 8.6% ABV...
All hail the Pumking.

Also, I think this beer excels in a weizen glass rather than a conical pint glass to accentuate the aroma and bring out the head a bit.

DougFresh, Sep 12, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

Really excited about finally trying this one! Nice smoke on the open, poured into a globe.

A - A translucent orange/amber hue with a lace-filled pale head around one fingers width.

S - Insanely rich pumpkin pie here! This is one of the most intense noses I have ever encountered. Big spices and bleeding fresh pie! Unbelievable.

T - A pinch of caramel malts existing purely to be overwhelmed by pumpkin puree and spices. Tastes as if it is being served over graham cracker crust topped with whipped cream. Truly unreal.

M - Medium body with a bit too much carbonation for my taste. If this were a bit more creamy I might delve into a coma upon consumption.

O - Drinkability is pretty nice for a brew of this ABV. It definitely will catch up to you. If you like pumpkin pie, buy this.... it really is that simple.

This is my new benchmark for a good pumpkin ale, no competition is even with the scope of what this beer has accomplished in my mouth.

mscudder, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

cortez, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Horbar, Sep 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

doc17325, Sep 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

jeddis1, Sep 11, 2012
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,735 ratings.