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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,921 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4,921
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 330
Gots: 570 | FT: 20
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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jchow79

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Pumpking is without a doubt the most fruit forward pumpkin beer available.

The aroma is so splendid and heavy. It makes me think of a pumpkin scented candle and standing over it - for hours. If you aren't a fan of sweet beers this might actually cause nausea.

Mouthfeel wise - its thick coats your mouth - imagine blending a pumpkin pie and drinking it. Taste wise this is just delicious.

Go get yourself a bottle. No one else makes an outrageous pumpkin ale like this.

I've seen them on tap and in 22 oz bombers. The 22 oz is a bit much to drink by yourself. Share with someone you care about!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 20:47:59 | More by jchow79
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littleshovel

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it on draft at Sheffield's in Chicago this past weekend. Anytime that you can get a Pumpking, a Founder's Breakfast Stout, and a Smuttynose IPA all on draft at one sitting, you know you're at a decent bar. In any event, this is hands down the best pumpkin ale I've tried. I think I spent more time with my snout hovering over the tulip glass than I spent actually drinking it! The aroma is perfect with great nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove notes. Smells, and to a large extent tastes, just like a pumpkin pie. Could have used a little more head (could have been a bad pour), and the head could have been a little creamier. Aside from that, delicious. Rarely do I feel that I can drink two fruit beers back-to-back, but I certainly could have done so with the Pumpking...that is, if I didn't have a Breakfast Stout on deck.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 20:16:53 | More by littleshovel
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Stoney123

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Pumking is simply the best pumpkin ale on the market...there is nothing close. I tasted this beer out of the bottle and on tap, and both were excellent. i work at a pub and have had the opportunity to try many examples of pumpkin ales. Again, this is the best. Pumking smells amazing and follows with an equivalent taste. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 16:40:27 | More by Stoney123
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Durge

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Happily encountered at The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA, this seasonal offering is a very clear, light yellowish-amber color with a modest white head and marginal lacing. The aroma brings a deep herbal pumpkin with cinnamon malt and toasted sweet potatoe, marshmallow sweetness. Awesome and so tempting. The taste offers similar tasty ideas with allspice, graham cracker and squash/pumpkin "malted" together for a desert-like medley. Deliciously unveiled in a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation that gives a mellow mouthfeel with fair drinkability at best. This is sweet and autumnally tasty stuff that is probably best enjoyed one glassful at a seating. Alcohol is not highly evident but notable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 05:11:53 | More by Durge
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mrnobody

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a clear pumpkin orange with a thin white head. No lacing.

S: Smells of pumpkin pie spices, pie crust and brown sugar. Very nice!

T: Tastes of spices, pumpkin, a little alcohol and a little hop bitterness. Not as sweet as I'd feared.

M: Mouthfeel is medium, a little bit creamy with decent carbonation.

D: For a pumpkin beer with a higher ABV, the drinkability is not too bad.

I'd sworn off Southern Tier's sweet beers but caved in and decided to give this a try. Glad I did, not my favourite pumpkin beer but not the worst either.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 03:11:46 | More by mrnobody
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Tifore

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled in Cleveland Heights. Poured into a stemless wine glass or tumbler.

A - Pours a orange to very light amber color crystal clear that resembles, wait for it.... a pumpkin. Has a pretty white head that dissapates quickly.

S - Smells exactly like my grandmas pumpkin pie, crust and all. Very much remindes me of fall and winter time. I get roasted pumpkin, clove and fall spices in the nose. Maybe a hint of ginger?

T - Tastes just like pumpkin pie. Spices come through next and then the taste ends with a bit of sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is kinda nice but doesnt match the taste and smell in my opinion. It is very bubbly and light. I wish it was a bit heavier just to fit the smell and fall tastes.

D - The lightness of the beer makes this easily drinkable. I love the flavor and the smell. I have had this numerous times on tap here while I wait for my dinner to come out. Bummer I didn't grab a bomber of this while they had it at my local bottle shop.
Side note: This is my girls favorite brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 22:37:24 | More by Tifore
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Smells much llike a cold, Fall day. Brings back strong memories of Halloween and pumpkin pie. Not as much spice as in the other Pumpkin beers I previously tried and reviewed, but overall, I think it smells the best out of all of them. It poured a very nice ambers with medium carbonation. A bit lighter than the other beers, but with a 9% ABV, it certainly isn't a lighter beer. I have very high hopes for this beer.

Unfortunately... those high hopes are shattered upon tasting. From a brewery with a reputation such as Southern Tier, I expected something a bit better than this. I don't want to say it's... bad, but it is certainly on the lower end of the pumpkin beers I have tasted. Where I think this beer would benefit would be from the addition of more spices. One can taste the pumpkin mixed with the alcohol, but it's not exactly a pleasant taste. The Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, for example, uses cinnamon and nutmeg to add robust flavor to the beer. The Southern Tier falls a bit short as you get a subtle hint of pumpkin, then alcohol, then nothing. For a 9% beer, you don't get much alcohol bite at first, but it certainly is the predominant taste afterwards. I have another bottle of this in the fridge, so if I have any additional thoughts after trying that one, I will add them here, but as it stands now, I'm quite disappointed with this beer...

Apparently this year is a bit worse than previous years, so I'm hoping I can try a vintage version of this...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 17:20:14 | More by nhindian
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Maggie for sharing this bomber.

Poured into a snifter Pumking appears a clear golden orange color. A white cap of foam appears and dissolves quickly. Faint patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma suggests a nutmeg-like earthiness upfront. A sweet backing that is somewhat reminiscent of vanilla is prominent before the scent of pumpkin flesh becomes very evident throughout.

The taste is quite bitter which is a complete opposite sensation from what you would expect based off the sweet smooth nose. Quite an intense bitterness that is met equally with a bold presence of fusel alcohol. Throughout the body, but somewhat hiding in the background is a very pleasant taste of pumpkin flesh that tastes earthy and a bit herbal.

There is a lasting aftertaste of hops, alcohol and pumpkin. This is a medium bodied offering with a moderate amount of carbonation. I feel the boldness of the alcohol hurts this brew a bit and takes away from it's drinkability. The nose was fantastic but the unbalanced hop and alcohol character was a distraction with the pumpkin taking a far back seat. For being considered the pumpkin beer that all other pumpkin beers are measured up against, this one fell short.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 14:28:21 | More by stakem
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TJBAIHWL

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. The bottle suggested a goblet, so into the Chimay glass it went.

Pours a copper color with an orange tinge that already suggests pumpkin. Big but short-lived head, slightly off-white. The aroma is massively pumpkin-y. The aroma is spicy as well, the pumpkin and additional spices blending with spicy hops. The taste follows suit. I'm going to go ahead and declare this the best pumpkin beer I've had this year. Pumpkin (meat, not spice) dominates this beer. There's that great vegetable sweetness, and if I'm not mistaken, there's some caramel as well. Unlike many pumpkin beers, the spice here takes much more of a supporting role, rounding out the sweetness and serving as an effective substitute for bitter hops to clean up the finish. Sweetness does linger a bit, but believe me, that's a good thing. It stays very drinkable throughout, with no hint of the rather hefty alcohol content. I regret waiting until so late in the season to try this one. It really exemplifies what a pumpkin beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:10:01 | More by TJBAIHWL
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle.

Pours a golden color with a slight orange tint, huge white fluffy head that fades at a decent rate, leaves some patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is rather odd for a pumpkin beer, it actually smells like pumpkin instead of pumpkin spice! While that's nice and all, pumpkin isn't the most pleasant of aromas but at least it's accurate for the style.

Taste has that unique flavor of real pumpkin melded with caramel malt, the spicing is a bit lacking though and pumpkin isn't the most delicious of ingredients without a decent amount of spice to compensate, the strength is well hidden and you'd never know it was 9%, crisp carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 20:51:14 | More by deltatauhobbit
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cynical1027

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far the best pumpkin ale of the many I've tried. Like drinking pumpkin pie out of a glass. Amazing!

Appearance: Light Orange/Amberish color. Pours clear with light lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, hazelnut, clove, caramel.

Taste: Pumpkin Pie! Taste perfectly echoes the aroma, which can be hard to find!

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Dessert beer - split this bomber with a friend!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:00:10 | More by cynical1027
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ccahoon22

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange to copper in color, decent head with pretty light carbonation.

S - Wow, its sweet along with spices, nutmeg and pumpkin all the way.

T - Such a smooth taste with a little bit of hops. Then it finishes with the spices.

This is probably my favorite fall beer. It combines all the great flavors of fall with a smooth, sweet, spicy finish. WOW!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:13:28 | More by ccahoon22
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip nov3 2010

A clear light copper with bubbles popping up from random places, thumbs width of head falls within a few minuets and leaves a single partial ring of lace

S unlike many pumpkin beers in this one I get more pumpkin then the spices associated with it, I do pick up on nutmeg and some roasted pumpkin seeds almost smells like a pumpkin cake opposed to pie

T thankfully it mimics the smell quite well, I like how its not overpowered by spice and just a little bit of a floral aspect and I have no idea where the booze is

M well carbonated but not overly so, fairly creamy and the flavors linger

D quite the pumpkin beer we have here, very well done, I could drink a few of these but may end up walking sideways

perhaps the best pumpkin beer I've ever had, 2009 so a year has treated it quite well. thanks liamt07 for sending this gem my way

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:43:41 | More by wordemupg
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery really took the style to a new level. The appearance is a clear pale orange with a white head. Retention and lacing could be better.

The smell is like pumpkin flesh soaked in brown sugar syrup with a sharp hop spicyness blended with pumpkin pie spice, really warm and well rounded. The taste is almost like the smell, first a sugary pumpkin mash slams the palate but mellows out and stays through the finish.

Taste more like pumpkin than any other of the style I have had. Next a strong hop bitterness dominates to remain in the aftertaste. At the same time, pumpkin pie spice sticks to the hops and rides it into the aftertaste, nutmeg is the most present spice to the extent that the bitterness taste like a spoonful of fresh ground nutmeg. Finally the finish taste of fir sap-like resin and cardamom, no doubt due to the the hop profile.

In the mouth it is smooth with light carbonation, which makes it quite drinkable, despite the high abv.

This is a little extreem for a pumpkin beer but is worth a try, king of the style, not to be taken lightly.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:52:07 | More by Sachsenfreude
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle
Finally got to try the King.. bottle acquired in a trade with my good buddy Swedes21

Appearance - The beer pours a clear gold/amber colour with a fair size fizzy white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - wow.. they really nailed the pumpkin pie smell..

Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and even a buttery crust smell.
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation, and the beer has slightly watery feel. Even with the slight watery aspect, this beer is packed with flavour. Lots of pumpkin, nutmeg, and all spice flavour.. and I swear I can taste the crust as well.. It's hard to explain, but the beer has a 'baked' flavour. The beer finishes with a very light bitter and pumpkin aftertaste.

Drink - If you're looking for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie; you've come to the right place. There is a reason this beer is referred to as the King. I'm not sure the bottle needs to be 650ml.. you'd be well advised to find some friends to share this one with. A little goes a looong way. It's a once a year type beer that I'm happy I tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 23:45:06 | More by spinrsx
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is cloudy amber-orange in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled into a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are inviting aromas of sweet pumpkin pie in the nose, which almost makes this beer smell like a dessert.
T: While there is some malty sweetness and flavors of pumpkins and spices in the in taste, these are nicely balanced with some hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because the sweet flavors in the taste aren't cloying because of the underlying hops and the alcohol content is very well masked.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 02:03:28 | More by metter98
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: straight orange color with an off white head

S: Sweet smell with fresh pumpkin in there, pumpkin pie spice

T: taste is not as sweet as the smell but still on the slight sweet side getting the pumpkin pie spice in there

M: medium carbonation with med mouth feel

D: every time you take a sip you wanna take another, right away! very drinkable!

Overall: hands down the best pumpkin beer I have ever had!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:59:06 | More by JamisonM
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

Pours a beautiful, hazy pumpkin orange, almost a butterscotch color, very autumnal. about a half inch worth of slightly off white head that reduces to a thin layer.

When I put my nose to the glass, I get a whiff of Halloween candy. Sweet notes of pumpkin and spice, and yeast. very rustic. great smell.

tastes of pumpkin, nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon and balances with bitter hops in the back of my throat. Lots of bready, yeast flavors as well. leaves a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste as it warms, but hides the alcohol very well.

medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. has a sticky feeling to it.

This isn't something i'd drink more than a bomber of in a night, but it is a great beer to enjoy on Halloween. Very filling, and quite buzz inducing. I'm happy to have had the opportunity of tasting this unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:59:10 | More by wolfinthemirror
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at FFF Brewpub on Halloween.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange hue with one finger of creamy parchment head.

Smell -- Pureed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, some vanilla, flaky glazed pastry.

Taste -- The flavor brings to mind a pumpkin pastry: pureed pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, flaky pie crust coated in candi sugar. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Could stand to have a fuller body.

Drinkability -- This is the best pumpkin beer I've had to date, possibly the first I've really enjoyed. My only quips is that the sweetness needs to be dialed back (I've heard that this year's batch has been especially sweet) and the mouthfeel could stand to be fuller. Aside from this, the spicing is on point and pumpkin flavor is in the forefront. There's a reason this beer has been singled out as one of the top-rated pumpkin beers. A must-try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 01:56:43 | More by yeahnatenelson
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grizzly700

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Put this baby in freezer to get close to recommended drinking temperature...poured into fresh beer mug...taste is excellent not overpowering at all...not as spicy as weyerbacher imperial but still an excellent brew..taste is little cinnamon, little spices and a little pumpkin...i will buy this dfh punkin,, weyer imperial every year..
Making sure to save some for halloween and thanksgiving...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:54:43 | More by grizzly700
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, so yes, this is the best pumpkin ale around - for strange and wonderful reasons. While it doesn't pour with much head, the look does say to me: pumpkin juice. The aroma is penetrating and desserty - square wave sugar and spices - very pumpkin pie filling. The taste I picture in a geometric configuration: the alcohol a bath or thin pool of ultra-smooth vodka at the bottom with a caramelly malt ball floating on top, surrounded by an aura of sugary sweetness, with tendrils or antennas of the spices: cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, poking out on the top. I likened the flavor profile to a pincushion (the caramel, malt) with the pins sticking out being the spices. Also... and this is likely a uniquely regional take, the altogether flavor profile brought to mind two products from Little Debbie - the Pumpkin Delights and the Oatmeal Creme Pies. How did they pull that off with only the ingredients listed on the bottle?! Fabulous. I mean, this drank deliciously smooth, ridiculously satisfying finish, with the alcohol not really interfering with the flavor, etc. I would drink this at just about any time during the year. It is that fortunately realized. Just captivating.

Really, the only things I would change here to satisfy my wants with a pumpkin ale would be a little more even balance with the upfront pumpkin presence and pie spices (a squashy aftertaste far in the back of the finish meets some of that need and provides yet another interesting facet to the makeup, however...)

Brooklyn Post Road may be the best all-around as far as look/taste/feel, and Smuttynose may have the best pumpkin flavor, but Pumking sports the most mouth-watering aroma and overall drinkability. I still don't have a crystal-clear view on what a pumpkin ale should or could be, but this sets some kind of standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:43:00 | More by Bouleboubier
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful, crystal-clear orange (pumpkin, I suppose) body with two fingers of soft, long-lasting off-white foam. Plenty of lace. Gorgeous beer; perfect for the style.

S: Where's the pumpkin? I'm getting lots of spice (cinnamon and allspice), as well as plenty of light, flowery hops and some brown-sugar/caramel malt sweetness. It smells nice, and everything balances well, but it smells nothing like pumpkin and not much at all like pumpkin pie. I really like it, but it's still a touch disappointing.

M: Starts out with the sugary maltiness, and there's actually a bit of pumpkin that peeks in, thankfully. The spices really take things over on the back end, along with the bitter, earthy hops. Moderate alcohol heat on the finish. I could do without the booze, and wouldn't mind a stronger pumpkin presence, but overall it's a very complex and tasty brew.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of tongue-pricking carbonation. Nice and lively, but not as smooth as I'd like.

D: It's not at all bad for 9%, but I kind of wish my wife had liked the sip I gave her and split the bomber with me.

Notes: I'd been looking forward to this one for a long time, as I've still never found a pumpkin ale that I genuinely like, and this is supposed to be the best. While Pumking is clearly better than others I've tried, it's still far too spice-heavy and pumpkin-light to satisfy fully. Still, a very enjoyable tipple for Halloween night.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:27:00 | More by woosterbill
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musicforairports

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had this before and, as a disclaimer, have never really tried many pumpkin beers. Though this was an appropriate beer to try on Halloween.

Pours a golden color, lighter than i expected. Small head, no lacing, doesn't appear very carbonated at all.

Smells like pumpkin pie. Very spice-y. Don't get much actual pumpkin aroma.

I get pumpkin it in the taste though. A lot of spices--nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe vanilla--along with a dryer taste of pumpkin. It's better than the few pumpkin beers I've had--mainly because there's actual pumpkin flavor--but it's still a bit heavy on spices for me. Not sickeningly sweet, as I had expected. Masks the ABV exceptionally well.

Much lighter in texture than I thought it would be. Not thick at all.

Pumpkin beers aren't really my thing, but this is a decent one to drink. Still, though, I'm okay with this once a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:50:49 | More by musicforairports
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orangish-yellow in color when held up to the light. Nice fluffy white head that has settled to a thin lace following my medium-aggressive pour. Slightly hazy with minimal head retention.

This beer truly smells like pumpkin pie. I know people always say that, but this is the best smelling beer of this fine Halloween evening, and I've had Wild Goose, Whole Hog, Weyerbacher, Stingy Jack, and now....Pumking.

Taste a lot like it smells. A wonderful mix of fall spices, pumpkins, and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Good carbonation level with medium body.

As good as this is, I'd probably be good after a bomber.

Morey's Bottom Line: A fantastic Pumpkin Ale. Southern Tier knows how to hide the alcohol in their big beers. Well Done and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:45:41 | More by Morey
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Popped this open on Halloween, Served at 57 degrees, unfortunately I opened the bottle before reading the recommended serving temp of 40!

A: Poured into a sparkling clean lucifer goblet, leaving a one finger head that dissipates quite quickly. No lacing clings to the glass besides a slight ring atop the slightly amber liquid.

S: At this point I'll make this clear - I don't like this. I don't like pumpkin beers, however, if I review this to style, it does smell...EXACTLY like a pumpkin pie. The malt backbone even acts as sort of a crust substitute, and a creamy suggestion pops up to remind you of some fresh cream or ice cream.

T: Again trying to review to style - this is as close as your probably going to get to a pumpkin pie in a bottle... in beer form...

M: medium bodied, slightly dry and sour finish. Almost like a Imp Stout.

D: I probably wont buy this again, but it is the best or second best pumpkin beer I've had (New Holland Ichabod is up there too).

This would be a great one to bring to a Halloween party simply because the bottle looks kick ass, and would inspire some conversation and tasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:42:07 | More by uno99
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,921 ratings.