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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,703
Reviews: 1,726
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 393
Gots: 1,014 | 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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Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

The beer pours into a snifter glass like a liquid pumpkin, a beautiful murky orange with amber hints and a little white ring of small white bubbles that leave lazy lines of lacing on the glass. There is a nice steady flow of bubbles and odd enough, there is one spot on my glass where a straight line of bubbles is consistently running up the side of the glass. The beer smells like a pumpkin pie, pulpy with pumpkin meat and spicy with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Sweet and caramel malts could be hiding in the back of the smell but they seem pretty light overall. The beer’s taste follows the nose; it’s a little cloying with the spices which leave a burn on the tongue but overall this beer is a liquid pumpkin pie. The meat tastes a little raw on the tongue and the spices are a little too potent but it comes together in a lovely sip. Mouthfeel is a little fierce with rapid pinpricks of carbonation on the tongue, but this mellows out mostly into a thin syrupy treat. Afterfeel is still tingling from the carbonation and a little burned from the spices. Overall this is a great pumpkin beer; the spice is a little too much, which holds this beer back from being amazing, but by no means stops it from being a great drink. For all you pumpkin beer lovers out there, try it!

Maxwell, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Davepoolesque, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of cnbrown313
5/5  rDev +22.9%

A - Pours an clear orange color, with a minimal 1/2 finger off white head. I have brewed beers like this and I have no idea how they get it so clear with all of the pumpkin and spice that must go in there.

S - Smells of spice, clove, ginger, and pumpkin pie.

T - The taste is a lot like the smell. There are a lot of flavors going on, from clove, to all spice, to ginger... and of course pumpkin. The alcohol, even at 8.6% is non-existent. A joy to drink

M - The mouth feel is medium / heavy. There is a slight sweetness that coats your mouth too.

O - This is hands down my favorite pumpkin beer. It's rare that any beer can have this many flavors going on without anything being overwhelming. Stock up, because in a month or 2 you are going to want another and it'll be gone...

cnbrown313, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of motorhed
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

motorhed, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Wolfee02
5/5  rDev +22.9%

I made it a goal to try as many pumpkin ales as I could last year. I got around to trying about 10 of them and this beer was the best of them all! I am starting my BA career by reviewing my two favorite beers ever GL Christmas Ale and Southern Tier Pumking. I was excited to pick up a growler of this and yes it is August and I hope to have this world class pumpkin ale while sitting by the fire in October. The appearance is orange with kind of a brown tint. It smells like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving day while watching the Lions! I get a scent of sweet cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. This world class brew tastes Exactly like it smells. It is the most flavorful pumpkin ale I have tried. It is smooth, sweet, majestic and not bitter at all! I recommend this for anyone who wants to try an amazing fall seasonal beer! It is truly one of a kind. I look forward to trying more Southern Tier beers! At 8.6 % it warms you up on a cool fall night.

Wolfee02, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of KegsAndEggs
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

KegsAndEggs, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of rhsatterfield
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Next to DFH Punkin, my favorite pumpkin ale. I love that it has a kind of gramham cracker flavor to it. Really tastes like drinking pumpkin pie. Good carb level, and doesn't take a whole lot to get you to a pleasant place. Love drinking it out on the porch in front of the fire pit.

rhsatterfield, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of nickfran
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

nickfran, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of StoutSystematic
5/5  rDev +22.9%

StoutSystematic, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

thinwhiteduke, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Woodysbeard, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Pillowburn, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
4/5  rDev -1.7%

nheinzie57, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of trstar87
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

trstar87, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
5/5  rDev +22.9%

brewdude1982, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of BlakeL
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

BlakeL, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Hopstout, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sabitu, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Sturmthis, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of farrago
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

An aggressive pour gets you a bit over a finger’s worth of off-white foam, does has a soft orange tint to it, majority smaller, finer bubbles which evaporate swiftly, lacing has minimal stickiness as well. While light and transparent, the liquid still has a bronzed metallic orange cast to it, yellows some around the rims, multiple swiftly paced beads of bubbles, good overall shine. The nose is extremely smooth and moves as if there simply couldn’t be a bump in the road, molasses, cinnamon, glazed piecrust, whipped cream, even some chocolate and nuttiness, the sweet spices here mask some of the pumpkin foundation, hint of fig or apricot fruit, strong lift without drawing attention. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is on the thin side and could arguably provide more structure. That said, has an overall dry texture even as the constituent parts are all sweet as hell. The pumpkin stronger while still paling before the clove, cinnamon spice, brown sugar, orange marmalade, crust flakes and more whipped cream and caramel. At times it seems to almost have a floral perfume. There is a loss of grip through the finish. If you want sweetness without undue heaviness, check it out.

farrago, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Dools9
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Split a bomber with two other friends.

A: An attractive amber orange, finger of creamy, slightly off white head that fades to a skim. No lacing, some legs.

S: Straight up pumkin cream pie, spicy cinnamon, sweet graham cracker. Reminds me of a sugary pie crust mixed with light doses of nutmeg and all spice. Some one previously said that this smells like a pumkin yankee candle and I would have to agree.

T: Very sweet bordering overly sweet imo. Caramel, pumkin and vanilla cream with some light doses of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Much like the nose, theres alot of sweet, sugary pie crust.

M: Medium and very creamy and rich. Carbonation is smooth and pleasant. Slight alcohol warmth on the throat but overall the 8.6% is pretty well hidden.

O: I don't know about this one, I'm kind of in between. I liked it, but it was a bit overly sweet for me. Having only sampled an 8 oz. serving, I think a bomber of this would be too much for me simply because its so sweet and rich. Overall however, its definitely a well done beer and if you're a pumkin pie beer fan, this is definitely a must try.

Dools9, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

kkmiller76, Aug 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Gregwa, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Bockerdoppel91, Aug 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ejh06752, Aug 25, 2012
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,703 ratings.