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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,775
Reviews: 1,860
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 449
Gots: 1,576 | FT: 32
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:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 08-26-2007

19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best Pumpkin seasonal I've ever had, and Im glad this was picked up this year.

A: Poured into sam adams 25th anniversary pint... a light hazy orange with one finger head that bubbles then dissipates quickly. Leaves no lace.

S: Sugar and spice and everything nice haha. Pumpkin pie in a glass. The smell is breathtaking..

T: Perfect. whipped cream,nutmeg, slight pumpkin, sugar and spices. Not too pumkin-y, which is great in my opinion.. some pumpkin beers are too much of that in fact, this one has balance and is very unique. The flavor really grows on you as it warms a bit to 40-45 degrees seems perfect.

M: Spicy and creamy. Hint of the alcohol on the finish which really rounds this one out.

Southern Tier really nailed this one on the head. Perfection in a bottle. Dont think I can ever get enough.
Wish they had this stuff on draft at bars nationwide. Its excellent!! By far one of my seasonal favorites.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cant recommend this beer enough, and its one of the best brews I had at Brewfest Tallahassee.

It smells like pumpkins, tastes like pumpkin beer should taste

the mouth feel is excellent, and for the alchol it has, you can't feel ANY of it.
A excellent beer, I cant reccomend it any more than I already have
Try it when you get the chance

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Photo of neophilus
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with some tawny tones. Decent white head and lacing. Sweet scent of candied nuts dominates the aroma - maybe some nutmeg? The cracker like malt underneath evokes images of fresh baked pie crust.

Medium hop bitterness up front brings some grassy flavors that are immediately drowned in sweet spiced ale. Good balance of spices, the Allspice leads the pack with hints of ginger and nutmeg underneath.

Medium, slick body with enough carbonation to cut a heavy malt flavor after the spices die down.

Easily one of my favorite pumpkins although this one might be polarizing. The sweet scent and flavors almost overpower and the spices definitely dominate. Much different than many pumpkins that lean too heavily on ginger or cinammon, I enjoy an allspice-like taste to the beer. The combination of smell and flavor are about as close to a real pumpkin pie as I've ever tasted a beer. If you like pumpkin pie you might like drinking one too.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a DRH snifter. Nice looking amber brew with a small off white head. Carbonation active on the pour. Smell is like a fresh pumpkin pie! Fantastic aroma that just keeps your nose coming to take a whif. Obviously notes of pumpkin, nutmeg and seasonal spices. The taste follows the nose closely, but adds a tart finish that can be a little distracting. Like most Souther Tier beers, it's pretty over the top with flavor, which can make it unsessionable. Otherwise, it's a true pumpkin beer. Feel is what you would expect. Lots of carbonation and has a dry feel. A bit thin, but decent to medium. Overall- A very interesting, true pumpkin beer. The smell is out of this world and the taste is pretty solid. I wish it were a bit less tart on the finish and more sessionable. True to the ST roots of flavor. A must try-

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a pint glass:

A: This one pours a nice amber/orange color which really reminds me of fall. with a head that quickly dissipates to a thin white crown without any lacing. Pretty nice appearance here, although a bigger head would be even nicer.

S: Smells just like pumpkin pie, or perhaps some sort of mix between banana bread and pumpkin pie. Smell is pretty strong and inviting, decidedly fall-like.

T: As with the smell, flavors of nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, and allspice dominate. There's also a pretty strong malty backbone lingering in the background, which i'd like to see more of. Faint bitterness on the finish although the brew is generally very mild and rather sweet. Overall, this brew tastes a lot like pumpkin pie in a glass, and there's nothing wrong with that for this style. I do wish that the spices were toned down just a bit so that the other flavours could come through.

M: Very smooth and creamy throughout the sip. However, there's still that faint note of alcohol which is present on the finish. All in all, superbly drinkable.

O: Overall, I think this is a great example of a pumpkin ale. This seasonal classic is certainly something I'll be coming back to next fall, if I fancy some pumpkin ale.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass on Halloween. Thanks for the trade, Gus.

A: Light orange, perhaps an out of season pumpkin orange with shades of hazy yellow. Not much head or lacing.

S: I can smell the pumpkin pie at least five feet away. what a strong smell. So inviting, waiting for me to start the pour.

T: This one delivers. Well worth waiting for. Pumpkin pie with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and attitude. A lightly bitter finish, but that's all right. Sweet, robust and hauntingly tasty.

M: Light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Stands toe to toe with Pumpkinator. If you like pumpkin ales, this one should be on your list. Highly recommended.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what's this? an actual southern tier beer i may purchase again? yes creme brulee smells incredible, but a one and done. along with their mediocre choklat, mokah, their terrible harvest ale and the absolute worst barrel aged beer ive had, whatever it was called, backwoods?, wait, let me look it up ... oh, backburner. wow that beer was awful. but i digress.

pretty beer, this was the last beer yesterday after a bourbon county and a fresh pint of high tide, along with capones hot wings my taste buds have been hammered. but this was delicious, drinkable and i gotta try it again on a fresh palate.

big smooth malty blast of i would swear more chocolate and nuts than pumpkin, not sweet at all like their other beers. lots of peanut butter pumpkin flavor (is that a flavor?). wow this was very good.

fantastic on tap, maybe i will try a bottle.

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,775 ratings.