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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,738
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 444
Gots: 1,526 | 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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB 9/12/12

A: Clear, golden-orange in color with a big, off-white and slightly yellow, fluffy head that leaves behind no lace or retention.

S: Wow. Never smelled such a sweet and sugary beer. Like a freshly baked pumpkin dessert. Very unique, very spiced while also very gourdy and very "fall." What I would imagine a pumpkin liqueur to smell like.

T: For what it is, it's well-crafted. It's a Pumpkin Ale, after all, so it should include things such as pumpkin, sweet and roasted malt, and spices. This has them all but in a good balance. While just a bit too sweet for me, it's an enjoyable beer for sipping and I'm glad I split the bomber with my brother. To me it tastes like spiced pumpkin bread with a hint of pumpkin liqueur thrown in during preparation of the batter.

M: Sweet, sugary, a bit boozy, and a bit cloying. The spices dominate the finish as the beer warms.

O: A satisfying Pumpkin Ale and probably one of the best of the style, albeit this style is very subjective and open to interpretation by the brewer. While I'm not a huge fan, I'm rating this according to style, where it scores quite well in my opinion.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: vibrant copper; clear; active carbonation, but head is almost on-existent from the get go

Aroma: sweet pumpkin spice; very pleasant and mellow like a candle

Taste & Mouthfeel: soft, complex pumpkin pie taste, or even like a cookie (biscotti); sweet like candy - belgian candy syrup? can't quite put a finger on it; caramel malt, some toffee, cinnamon and cloves; medium body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel; light in carbonation, which gets worse over time, as does the sweetness that becomes cloying and sticky

Overall: the smell and taste of pumpkin spice is perfect and brings to mind visions of fall, but the sweetness and flat mouthfeel quickly start to outweigh those qualities and make it tiring

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Bright see through orange, with a ton of bubbles. Almost no head to speak of. Carbonation is streaming off the bottom like crazy
Smell: Oranges, cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin, and some sweet creaminess. Not heavy cream like some of the other pumpkin ales, very light and fruity
Taste: Follows the nose exactly. Oranges, pumpkin and cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg and some vanilla sweetness. Very different from the other pumpkin ale's, this one is alot lighter and fruitier, where the others where more full bodied and a bit deeper
Overall: Another side of the spectrum of pumpkin beer. Not like the pumpkin pie as the others have reminded us of, but definitely unique. I would completely drink this again. Super delicious!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Notorious BIG pint glass

A- Pours a true orange, transparent body with a thin off-white cap that recedes to nothing. Bare minimum amounts of lacing and lots of big bubbles floating to the top.

S- Yummm. Seasonal spices and really sweet pumpkin overwhelm your nose. Some cream and caramel there too. This smells like a dessert.

T- More spice comes through in the taste than the nose. I was definately expecting something a little different here, but the taste is far from disappointing. You can almost tastes everything a real pumpkin pie has to offer, including the crust.

M- Pretty thin, which I guess isn't terrible if you're looking to drink the whole bomber. My only wish is that I had a bit more to chew on.

O- I'd like to say that this king deserves the crown that everyone wants to give it, but I'm not entirely convinced. Horseheads makes a pumpkin ale that may give this one a run for its money. I'd love to do a side by side with these two.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,738 ratings.