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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,671 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 6,671
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of TheAmericanBeerProject
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Even though I ranked this beer mostly 4, I threw in a five in the overall box category because, quite frankly, I just like it. The taste and the smell and the feel individually are good, but they combine at the moment of drinking into something special. I also like that this beer as a sweet, but not to long, after taste.

Photo of snaotheus
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split into two large snifters

It looks flat. It's a pretty color, orange copper and clear, but it looks flat. Almost no head, almost no carbonation. Smell is pumpkin pie...just plain pumpkin pie.

Taste is pumpkins and pumpkin pie spice. If you're looking for a pumpkinny pumpkin beer, this is it.

Mouthfeel is flat and slightly sticky. Overall, the flatness is a big detractor to an otherwise tasty pumpkin beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of 2x10
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rich orange with foam that dissipates very quickly

The smell of this beer is amazing. Fresh pumpkin, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and a buttery graham cracker crust.
Finishes with a lingering hoppy taste on the tongue.
Drink one of these and you will be swallowing the vanilla/spicy pumpkin taste all night, long after the beer is gone.
The mouthfeel is very thin and does not match the profile of the beer.

I am the kind of person that wants to taste what the beer is referring to. No other pumpkin beer even comes close to tasting like pumpkin than this.
This one is a love it or hate it because of the strong pie similarities. As others have noted it is definitely a dessert in a glass, but with a nice kick of alcohol.
I have tasted the fresh bottles and have tried one that was stored for a year. I prefer the fresh, being that the fresh pumpkin and vanilla essence had deteriorated in the aged bottle.

Photo of jacwomyn
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my favorite! I think I have consumed 2 cases of this beer all by myself. It's a hard beer to find. When they sell it at Whole Foods you have to request it because it's not on the shelves and they only allow 1 bottle per person per day. This beer smells amazing! It smells like vanilla pumpkin. It tastes like vanilla pumpkin without all those spices like nutmeg and cinnamon that can be overpowering. It's smooth. Just amazing!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Raven3464
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing a bottle stored from last year.

Appearance: It pours a bright copper body with a thin foamy head. Retention is good and clarity is incredible.

Smell: Wow! I never thought a beer could smell this good. It smells like a freshly baked pumpkin pie with a dose of caramel, nutmeg, spice (perhaps cinnamon?), and a light touch of clove as the beer warms.

Taste: It mainly follows the nose. The nutmeg and pumpkin pie flavors dominate at first but then there are light notes of caramel and clove. The pumpkin pie flavors then return with a lightly bitter hop punch to round out the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: It has a "buttery" feel which is complimented wonderfully by a small amount of carbonation. I wish it was a little "heavier."

Overall: Letting a bottle of this age for a year was a great idea. It was even better than I remembered. Imagine the best pumpkin pie you have ever had made into a beer; that is what you have here. This is by far the best pumpkin ale I have ever had and one of my favorite beers.

Photo of warrenout330
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into my goblet

A- pours vibrant golden orange color. Little to no head that diminished very quickly..

S- smells of "pumking" cheer, nutmeg, vanilla bean, clove and allspice

T- close to the smell but more pronounced... a pefect melody of vanilla, nutmeg, allspice and clove.... with an ever so delicious smack of graham cracker in the back followed by a little bite from the magnum hops... very buttery as well overall

M- prickly feeling from the carbonation, very slick and buttery going down.. with a bit of dryness

O- I look forward to my case of this every year... this beer has pretty much ruined every other pumpkin beer to ever touch my glass... another pleasing offering from ST!

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

22oz (2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery orange w/ a nice fluffy white head, vigorous carb.

Aroma is earthy, spicy, slightly bready, vegetal.

Taste leads off with an assault of spicy notes. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, allspice. Mostly cinnamon, like someone dropped some Red Hots in the kettle. Pulpy pumpkin, pale biscuity malt, graham cracker. Spices overpower everything else though, and not necessarily in a good way. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel is chewy, medium-bodied. Lingering aftertaste keeps those spices on the tongue all the way to the back of the throat.

Overall, glad I finally tried this one but I don't think I'll be revisiting it. Just not really enjoying the taste of this beer so much.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip. Poured a lightly hazy orange-gold color with just the thinnest cap of off-white head that had no retention or lacing. The beer was very still.

The aroma was a bit on the sweet side, but had a nice balance of malts that ended being very neutral smelling. The flavors were mostly earthy malts, with a bit of pumpkin sweetness. I don't like pumpkin, and I found the flavors to to be nicely blended, with no one aspect dominated.

I found the body to be on the thin side of medium, I kind of wanted a bit fuller feel. Drinkability was surprisingly good, the beer was gone pretty quickly. Overall, probably the pumpkin beer I've liked best. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,671 ratings.