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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,670 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,670
Reviews: 1,822
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 441
Gots: 1,451 | 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:
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 SouljaSaia17
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 22oz bottle a few weeks ago and saved it specifically for Halloween. Going to pour and review from my stout glass.

A: This beer pours a deep copper color with an orange tint and a thin creamy, white head that leaves some fine bubbles on top.

S: The initial smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie. This beer has a very creamy aroma with some vanilla notes.

T: The taste is of pumpkin pie, more than any other pumpkin beer. Flavors include nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit of clove and pumpkin peel, the real shit!

M: Rich and creamy, has some carbonation but not enough to bring out flavors that are already there.

O: This is a special beer for the Halloween occasion. Perfect aroma and flavor with a good story behind it. If you only have one like me, it deserves to be saved for about this time. Best Pumpkin beer I have had this year!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV, 19° P, ingredients. Best served in Goblet @ 40° F, no date.

A - Pumking is a crystal clear shimmering orange amber topped by a well-formed off-white head. After lingering around briefly, the foam seemed to vanish in an instant leaving no lace in it's wake.

S - Pumking bursts fourth with vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream dashed with cinnamon and nutmeg abounding and a drizzle of warm caramel. If that weren't enough, it's all plopped on top of a rich, fresh slice of pumpkin pie. Biscuity malt creates a pie crust smell but the whole combination, which is truly exceptional, is knocked back just a peg by a cooked white rice nose.

T - Almost exactly like the aroma, Pumking is like pumpkin pie with a blob of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkled with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg, all drizzled with warm caramel topping. That's pretty much what's going on here...until the end when the hops kick in lightly and round out the sweet, creamy beer and give it a nice, moderately dry finish. It's not all dessert though. Grainy pale malt and caramel malt as well as a trace of alcohol spice crosses the palate through the back end.

M - Creamy and smooth at first, the carbonation is present and moderate but does well not disrupting the initial feel of the beer until the finish when there's a light bite upon swallowing. Spices dance on your tongue joyously through the long finish as the hop presence slowly dries out and creates a more crisp feel. Ever-changing and simply amazing, Pumking not only tastes delicious but feels great! And for those cool fall evenings, the faint alcohol also creates a nice warmth.

O - Pumking could be the quint-essential fall beer. Warm and soothing with alcohol, it'll make you feel good on a cold day and really adds to the best season in the universe. Not overly spicy, more pumpkin does the work in developing that sought-after pie-like flavor. Nicely balanced, this pumpkin beer, while strong and assertive, still carries beer characteristics with it,

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with half a finger of white head.

Smell. Mmmm, pumpkin pie. Sweet canned pumpkin complete with spices and a little vanilla. Not much of a malt presence, and no detectable hops. Smells great and I don't even like pumpkin pie especially well.

Taste. Brown sugar and pumpkin pie filling, vanilla and a little caramel malt. Quite sweet, just a little booze, but a fairly clean aftertaste of sweet spices and a slight bitterness. Diggin' it.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with below-medium, smooth carbonation. Just a bit warm.

Overall. I really wasn't expecting to like this beer. Not a fan of most really sweet beers like ST's other offerings, but this one hit the spot. Will drink again, if not this year, next year for sure!

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,670 ratings.