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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 323
Gots: 561 | 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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Photo of bronco94


3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle into a chalice as recommended

A - Bright copper orange with a thin offwhite head that dissipates quickly, leaving absolutely no lacing. Would have liked to see a fuller/thicker head that left a little lacing here.

S - very spicy (cinnamon, allspice), raw pumpkin, and a slight mustiness

T - The spices seem muddled and are overall bitterly spicy. There is a slight sweetness from the pumpkin which is nice. You can definitely pick out the pureed pumpkin in the flavor

M - Kind of disappointing...pretty thin and watery, but with moderate to high carbonation to make up for the lack of body.

D - No real problems with drinkability other than personally not wanting more than one bomber per sitting. Alcohol is nicely hidden and the taste is appealing enough to make drinking the bomber pleasurable.

For some reason, I remember last years version quite different (sweeter, fuller, more pumpkin).

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 02:09:00 | More by bronco94
Photo of foogerd

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy golden orange eggshell head
S- dominant graham cracker malty aroma followed by pumpkin pie with the usual spices cinnamon nutmeg etc. real sweet malts coming through .No bitterness apparent , this is probably the best smelling brew ive smelled in awhile
T- bready pumpkin malts come through with a sweetness thats not overpowering just an excellent tasting brew through and through, the pumpkin here is so dominant but yet doesnt overburden the drinker this is a hard feat to accomplish with pumpkin ales, top notch.
M- smooth silky and full
D- doesnt get tiring at all for me , very possible others would find the pumpkin a drag after awhile but i enjoyed it throughout this bomber

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:54:48 | More by foogerd
Photo of perrymarcus


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a translucent, luminous orange with over a finger of creamy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. decent lacing. good appearance, though nothing spectacular.

smell is big, bold, and mouth-watering... have to fight an initial impulse and not layer whipped cream on top of this. pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, a bit of ginger, and a certain graham cracker-like quality.

flavor follows up and then some. all the noted characteristics pull through in fine fashion; maybe some vanilla. hate to re-use the liquid pumpkin pie analogy, but yeah, pretty much. really delicious. 9% ABV, could of fooled me.

mouthfeel is a bit thin (docked points there); moderatedly carbed. the kind of flavor-packed beer that, while bar-setting, you're good with the bomber. for my money, hands down the standard by which all pumpkin beers should be judged.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 03:45:18 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for splitting this bottle!

How'd that pumpkin become king? I didn't vote for him... The brew pours a hazy orange amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is a panoply of brewing and baking scents: cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, and Golden Grahams. Damn, this be smellin' good! The taste veers off this course a bit, holding notes of orange peel, brown sugar, pumpkin shell, potato skin, rye bread, and sour cream. It may not conform to the smell's template, but it really ain't too bad, either. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is a solid punkin brew, one of the better I've yet had.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:34:00 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of gilman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a growler, went back next day for a refill
This was good poured orange, a full tan creamy head
Smelled of spices, pumpkin pie and caramel
Tasted pretty much the same as it smelt but little pumpkin
Strong alcohol flavor yet very smooth and warming

Serving type: growler

09-19-2010 21:59:12 | More by gilman
Photo of holco34


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

A: Golden orange, small creamy head

S: Smells like a pumpkin pie candle. Vanilla, pumpkin, ginger snaps, nutmeg, brown sugar, spicy

T: Very much like it smells. Spicy pumpkin and all the smells listed above. Delicious!

D: It would be tough to drink this all day but it's fantastic for one or two.

Another good dessert type beer from Southern Tier!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 16:05:55 | More by holco34
Photo of kbanks13


4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Jacob Wirth tonight at the Harpoon event mishap. Poured a hazy burnt orange color with a tan head that was pretty small and faded fast. The color was great, but it loses some points for the lack of head formed. The smell was cinnamon and clove with a hint of vanilla and earthy pumpkin. Some molasses and brown sugar, too. The taste was much like the nose, but with the addition of sweet cream and a buttery malt flavor. The taste of this beer was exceptional. Mouthfeel was rich and viscous, velvety. Carbonated like others of the style, but much heavier overall, it drank like a stout. The great taste and feel to this one make it very enjoyable and the alcohol is very well hidden. This may be my favorite of this style yet.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 05:12:03 | More by kbanks13
Photo of Erish


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 650 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet, as per the brewer's instructions.

A: cloudy pumpkin color, 2-finger creamy head quickly falls into a nice cap, lacing is decent.

S: it smells like a pumpkin pie: pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, maybe a touch of clove.

T: not only does it smell like a pumpkin pie, it tastes like one, too! The pumpkin and spice notes are in the front, the spiciness increases in the middle, along with a bean curd flavor, and the finish is herbal/earthy/spicy with a lingering pumpkin flavor, and finally the alcohol is discernable. Originally I was going to rate this a 4, but it is growing on me, and I really, really like this beer. Not a classic, but damn good!

M: medium to heavy-weight, creamy, mouth-coating, nice bitterness.

D: If you want to drink a pumpkin pie, this is it, though not quite as sweet. Overall, I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 04:15:22 | More by Erish
Photo of decadance


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not quite the end all be all of pumpkin beer, though it is good. It pours with a orangish hue. The smell is of pumpkin and spices, but the taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell lets on. Nicely carbonated with a dry feel, though I could not imagine polishing off more than 1 bomber of these in an ever. Not bad if sought out for under 6$.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 03:42:28 | More by decadance
Photo of biglite351


3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This review is based on this being a pumpkin beer and does NOT directly relate to other beer rating scales.

A - golden lager like color, follows a pumpkin idea well. Tall off white creamy head.

S - pumpkin pie mixed with eggnog.

T - bottle is not as pie like as the draft. However, this tastes like a holiday pumpkin pie, with added nutmeg and alcohol.

M - coats okay, but no tingle or anything.

D - finishing a bomber is near impossible. That would seem like finishing an entire pie.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 02:50:03 | More by biglite351
Photo of telecomz


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

This is my first taste of Pumking, I think it is amazinng. I loves me some Dogfish Punkin. DFH Punkin is nuanced and delicious. I have to say I love the Pumking punch to the face approach to this beer style.

A: Copperish-orangy. What you'd wantm this style to look like.

S: Such a smell. Of all pumpkins, this one evokes the spice and smell the style aims for. Exceptional.

T: Very good. The dominant flavors are pumkin and most important - nutmeg. Too often this style leans on cinnamon; the nutmeg dominance really makes this special.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Very good.

For me, this displaces DFH Punkin as the best pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 01:43:24 | More by telecomz
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler served in shaker pint.

A: Clear straw color with hints of orange and gold. Small head fizzles out very quickly, which is a function of this being served from a growler. This beer does have a nice head initially when served on tap. Either way, it's never a visually stunning beer.

S: Reminds me of pumpkin roll pastry or pumpkin cookies. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Maybe some allspice. Graham cracker. A little vanilla extract. Suggestions of pumpkin, but no actual pumpkin. Malt and hop scents are virtually non-existent. Very aromatic.

T: Starts off with a quick dose of pumpkin flesh. Crackery malt. Pumpkin pie spice. Hop bitterness makes an appearance. Just a hint of booze (more than I remember from last year). Lingering finish is straight up pumpkin pie, but just a bit of astringency hangs around long after.

M: Carbonation is a little off. It seems too prickly. If the mouthfeel was a little more viscous I would rate higher.

D: Moderate. High ABV and intense flavor make this a sipper. This growler will take several sessions to finish.

I always look forward to pumpkin beers. I'm not as crazy about Pumking as some folks are, but I do enjoy it. Something about this seasons brew makes it slightly less enjoyable than last years version. Of the handful of pumpkin beers I've sampled this year I think Smuttynose has been my favorite.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2010 01:37:54 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, 2010 version

A - Pours a clear copper color with about an inch worth of tight, white head. Retention settles to a skim across the top of the beer with sticky lacing

S - Nose is full of pie spice, with emphasis on nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Dry pumpkin meat aroma and a feint floral hop aroma

T&M - Liquid pumpkin pie with a slap of bitterness and a punch of alcohol in the back of the throat. Medium body and slightly sweet in the finish. Some caramelized malt provides a bit of balance, but the pie spice is dominant.

D - High spice level and ABV makes it more a sipper, but is thoroughly enjoyable and tasty. I do recall liking last years a bit more, but I'll still be picking up a few more.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 03:52:42 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of webmanspidey


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This is a light amber/brown color... fizzy with medium head. Smells include sweet brown sugar, pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Taste is heavy on pumpkin and nutmeg.. light dashes of cinnamon and a slightly sour finish. Even though this is fairly strong it is hidden pretty well. Solid pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:47:51 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of steve8robin


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

Didn't get to try this one last season, so this is my first go around with it. 22oz bomber...

A: Nice copper brown a hint lighter than a penny. Small 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Wow, this really smells like pumpkin pie. Hints off veggie / pumpkin scent. Actually it almost has a hint of a V8 smell. Some nice earthy spices blended in. Good.

T: Sheesh! This tastes like pumpkin pie! Heavy brown sugar blended with pumpkin. Some awesome cinnamon in the middle with some nice earthy tastes blended with nice sweet spices. Very good balance. Very good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. Good.

D: This goes down surprisingly easy. Very good.

All in all, this is a great beer. One of the few that tastes better than it smells. It tastes just like a pumpkin pie. Awesome! You definitely have to try this one if you get the chance. Best pumpkin beer yet for me!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:33:39 | More by steve8robin
Photo of bigfnjoe


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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a really thick one finger white head.

S- cinnamon...nutmeg...with slight hints of pumpkin in there. Smells heavenly

T- getting a lot of pumpkin in the taste...nice bash of nutmeg too. Cinnamon actually seems a little minimal...regardless, its great. Maybe a little too much pumpkin, but its a pumpkin beer...so yeah

M- its VERY malty. Again, a characteristic of the style...but good god, its almost too much. Key word: almost

D- good beer, probably the best you can get for the style. Maybe a little too big...still a great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:10:08 | More by bigfnjoe
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-amber color with with an inch of head that fades. Leaves a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pumpkin...pretty much all i get out of it. I can't really see anything underneath the pumpkin...really just built around the pumpkin

Taste is very pumpkin-y, like a pie. Rich and creamy. there is spice and caramel, still trying to figure out if this beer was a pumpkin added beer or built around the pumpkin. Seems like a malty backbone is missing.

Mouthfeel is nice, its moderate body and pretty crisp.

Drinkability is high. A bomber of this is not out of the question what so ever. Every sip warrants another.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:52:54 | More by bs870621345
Photo of Vdubb86


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

2010 Vintage

Pours a slight hazy burnt orange that is lighter in color than I would expect it to be. The head is a nice ecru froth that slowly fades away to never be seen from again. The smell is fantastic! It smells like pumpkin bread, it's making me salivate thinking about it right now. That translates into an aroma consisting of a bready yeast smell affixed with the actual pumpkin smell and the pumpkin spices which seem to be all-spice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and perhaps a hint of ginger. The taste however is a giant let down from the smell. While it's not foul in anyway I expected to drink pumpkin bread and I'm not, probably shoulda seen that from the color. The taste is clearly of the pumpkin mixed with a booze flavor that is more consistent with vodka than anything. After the pumpkin vodka flavor you get the aftertaste of the spices and that is all that you are left with. The carbonation is nice and crisp on the tongue which helps dilute the alcohol flavor. If you're in the mood for pumpkin ale definitely buy this, it's pretty damn good. I warn you, you must be in the mood for this to really dig it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:49:35 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of cbak999


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

A - clear light orange in color. no head at all.

S - holy pumpin...no other smells come through.

T - holy pumpkin...pure pumpkn...no other spices really. a slight bitter finish.

D - being that it's so overwhelmingly pumpkin, I couldn't drink a lot at once. Nice treat this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 01:11:49 | More by cbak999
Photo of TommyW


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, golden/amber with a medium white head that fades to a film.

S- Lots of pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin and also a faint whiff of hops.

T- Up front this taste like a piece of pumpkin pie; pumpkin, pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and a nice malty backbone that fills in for the pie crust. A touch of alcohol comes in after along with some clean hops. The spices and pumpkin linger on the tongue along with a touch of bitterness.

M- Medium body with a very smooth feel.

D- This has set the bar for pumpkin ales for me. An incredible beer, and one that I enjoyed a lot despite the fact that I normally stray away from this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 00:47:15 | More by TommyW
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into tulip glass

A: Nice orange/golden amber color, head is just off white, creamy but still light, slow to fade, good retention, a little lace

S: Distinctively sweet, hard to place, but after a while I'm going with lots of ginger, very very upfront and in your face, other spices too but definitely ginger is the star, definitely candied ginger

T: That ginger is super intense, taste like gingerbread pie crust, you get a certain buttery flavor but that ginger is very strong, hops play a main role too as you'd expect, some nice bready malt is up front and it finishes with a good hoppy note to kind of clean your palate, but the ginger is a little overpowering, finishes a little alcoholic

M: Medium body, fairly high carbonation, but this beer needs it with all that spice and sweetness, it would turn into a nasty mess

D: Ok, all in all the ginger is too dominant for me, but I don't like ginger that much

Notes: As I said, I taste so much ginger, but maybe I am just over-perceptive of it. I love pumpkin beers, but there is such a variety since they are all spiced, you have to find the ones you like. This one, while being highly regarded, just isn't for me. I still rated it fairly high, because it is a good beer and I don't want to punish it just because I don't like a certain ingredient.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 05:13:09 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of nkersten


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

Poured from bottle into oerbier tulip. An amazing orange light copper color with a thin white head that settles to a ring. Smell is cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin, butter, light bread dough, a little brown sugar and some rosemary - not much hops. Taste follows smell, cinnamon and buttery dough followed by brown sugar and pumpkin. Not too sweet, not too spicy, this one is just right. Slight hop bitterness finishes. Mouth feel is a moderate carbonation, just enough to finish clean. For 9% and the given style this one is very drinkable. Not all of ST's beers hit the mark, but this one is good. My favorite pumpkin beer so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 03:24:59 | More by nkersten
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

ok some Pumking! I have been very excited to try this. I can't say enough about Southen tier's brews... so let's see

A- pours a golden orange brew with some massive carbonation sprinting to the top of the brew. The lacing is even fantastic on the sides of the glass. There is no question that it screams pumpkin. The fact that the head of foam sticks around also leads me to beieve that this is not some fizzy malt beverage type of pumpkin brew

S- unbelievable assault of pumpkin, spices, cloves, and pumpkin bread. There is a slight presense of bananas there as well. This is hands down, top notch pumpkin flavor

T- same deliverance as above. Fantastic pumpkin taste that is embodied as a top notch pumpkin pie. The spice flavor is dominant throughout the taste. It is literally mouth watering

M- medium bodied and creamy. The best part is the flavor laces your mouth and palate to deliver a fantastic pumpkin experience

D- Pumking is unlike any seasonal brew on the market. Southern tier captures a pumpkin brew and uses 100% integrity with the deliverance. There is no question I could drink this brew day in and day out. This will be my go to October brew every year going forward.

A note to all the haters of Pumking.... You are analyzing too much into this. ST has crafted an ale that truly exhibits properties of what was intended... a pumpkin ale that is consistent to craft beer. To put this brew down is nothing more than some holier than though beer geek getting off on dissing a masterpiece. Great job ST

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 22:18:56 | More by lovindahops
Photo of Beejay


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

A: Light amber in color, clear, with a nice creamy white head.

S: Holy cow.. Like a very rich and bready pumpkin bread. It really smells like an amazing pumpkin bread with notes of cinnamon, raisons, wheat, and possibly a hint of banana.

T: Pumpkin bread, raisons, cinnamon, cloves, caramel and bread. Wow this beer is pretty amazing, a little bit of booze, but still good. I don't think the taste matches the smell, but still damn good.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly high carbonation.

D: A bit strong, but very drinkable. Tasty, delicious and the smell is killer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:53:38 | More by Beejay
Photo of VaTechHopHead

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 Bomber

A - Same color as a DIPA, one finger "big bubbled" head with okay lacing. Mostly clear allowing one to see the small amount of carbonation present.

S - This one reeks of sweet pumpkin pie. Not too heavy on the spices at all, but there are hints of cinnamon and allspice.

T - Straight. Cash. Money. Follows the aroma quite closely. Tastes right off the bat of sweet pumpkin puree which is the main flavor all the way through and is backed up with clove, allspice, and cinnamon. You can practically taste the whipped cream on top of a freshly baked slice of pumpkin pie. A little bitterness at the end from the spices, but overall extremely well balanced.

M/D - Body is a little thin for me, would like to see the consistency just a hair thicker. Carbonation is right on the money and not too aggressive to kill the palate of all the flavors. Drinkability is awesome because the flavor is non-aggressive and mellow but complex enough that all the flavors are detectable.

Best pumpkin style beer I've had because when I think pumpkin ale I want the pumpkin flavor to pop and have the spices back it up, not the other way around. This one hits the nail on the head and has a great balance of pumpkin/spice and sweet/dryness.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:23:34 | More by VaTechHopHead
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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