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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,734
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 443
Gots: 1,518 | FT: 30
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Pours out slightly cloudy yellow amber with a good amount of suds.
Smell is pumpkin spices and sugary malts with just a hint of alcohol right at the end.
Taste is mellow pumpkin and allspice for just a second then it turns into a mellow farmhouse ale.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but this one really makes you want to come back for more. The spices are light and background enough so there isn't any overwhelming going on here at all.
This is the best of the pumpkins ales I have had this year.

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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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

One word describes this beer: Liquid Bread!

OK that's two words but if you ever wanted to taste liquid pumpkin bread Ala-beer this is it.

This is a desert beer all by itself, no food pairing required.

Plenty of spice to go around but not overly done. It may be a little sweet for some palates.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Medium 2" head with low retention. Golden Orange body, crystal clear. No retention

S- Vanilla, pumpkin, earthy, brown sugar.

T- Starts off nutty and pumpkiny, bittersweet spicy finish. Very flavorful and sweet.

M- Creamy, medium-heavy body. Minimal carbonation

A tasty, full-of-flavor, full bodied brew. My favorite pumpkin beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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

A- clear orange and when held up to the light, unsurprisingly it's the same color as a pumpkin! Gee whiz! Beautiful ecru head holds steady, scoffing the alcohol while leaving thick rings of drippy lace. I can already tell its gonna be worth all the hype.

S- Dizzamn. One little sniff turned me out like a ho. There's something in here that I'm not used to smelling in a pumpkin ale. At first my brain said brown sugar! Aha! Brown sugar in the mix! Then I start thinkin graham crackers then honey then pie crust and then I realize that it smells remarkably similar to their creme brulee stout. So could it be vanilla that sets it over the edge? I guess we'll never know. Ok so beside all that we have cooked pumpkin, those sweet cream filled pumpkin cake cookie sandwiches (called punkin gobs round here) and trace amounts of allspice and nutmeg. I can't really admit to detecting any cinnamon but lord this smells like some sort of pumpkin breakfast cereal and its amazing. Guess I should mention the background of toasty caramel malt, slight hop earthiness and floral alcohol.

T- sweet and toasty, earthy and woodsy like the dried leaves of autumn covered in cake frosting. Cassia flavor seems to come through with nutmeg and the peppery side of allspice and of course more vanilla. Toasted marshmallow, honey, sublime citrus pith hop bitterness mingled with the right amount of floral and pineapple alcohol, with a back and forth tug of war between sweet and bitter. It's like no one can win so they say hell with it, and it ends up tasting like a cookie. Finishes like a cookie. A pumpkin sugar cookie with a sprinkle of hops.

MF- slippery and juicy with a bit of a texture to it but very tight prickly carbonation scrubs the palate clean even though the bubbles aren't aggressive. Alcohol warmth is felt in the chest and dryness in the cheeks. I'm imagining fresh squeezed pumpkin juice with some vodka and spices idk I'm weird.

D- in my neck of the woods, the only beer that created such hype was Great Lakes Xmas, but now it's available at every grocery store, bar, and drive thru. This year, pumking jumped in and suddenly everyone was asking me where to find it, if I could get it on tap, etc. It was nowhere to be found, as if all the bars with access to that particular distributor hogged up the limited supply for my area. When all hope was lost for us to even TRY it so see why it is in such demand, one of my buddies found a ridiculously decent supply at a local and very unassuming store that will for now remain nameless. Best pumpkin ale I've ever had, flat out. Whatever gives it the cookie sweet aroma and balance of flavor is what wins. 8.6 abv isn't huge, but this one is still extremely drinkable. Take me away, lord Puca.

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

Pours a clear, orange/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, liquor, slight alcohol, spices (pumpkin pie), slight sugar, and a hint of pumpkin. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, liquor, floral hops, spices (pumpkin pie), and slight sweet malt. Overall, pumpkin is hardly discernible, and the alcohol is dominate in aroma and body.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Beautiful, transparent orange ale with a creamy white head that recedes to a thin corona. Exceptional lacing.

Sweet and spicy in the nose with rich pumpkin.

Solid caramel malt backbone creates the foundation and a mild sweetness. Pumpkin from middle to end in excellent balance. Spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Hops are aggressive with snappy herbal and pine bitterness.

Medium bodied with a non-viscous feel from the alcohol. Dry finish from the hops and spices.

Great example of a pumpkin ale. You don't find pumpkin beers this balanced very often.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,734 ratings.