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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,935
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 333
Gots: 579 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that fades quickly. Little or no lacing to speak of.

S - Pumpkin pie smell. There is no really other way to describe the aroma.

T - Sweet caramel upfront that mixes with more of a bready crustlike taste. Alcohol comes in the end but is not overbearing.

M - Carbonation is mild but there is still a nice creaminess.

D - Extremely drinkable and hard to tell that its 9%.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:13:46 | More by CMW
Photo of magine


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet glass.

Pours a deep copper/orange color, with a wispy nearly white thin lace head. Head fades to a thin ring of lace not much else. An average looking brew. The colors are spot on and look great though. I wonder if a different glass would have been better - the bottle lists a goblet, BA says a nonic or pint glass. Hmm. Minimal lace, average look.

Brew smells of pumpkin spice; smells are not overpowering but are there. I was expecting more of a in your face nose. Can pick up the cinnamon, nutmeg pumpkin spice. Has a malty nose. Can almost detect a musty scent as well - a friend mentioned wet dog - a bit extreme, but the musty scent is there for sure. Good smell.

The brew is tart and slightly bitter. Has a very easy going medium balance mouthfeel. Brew has a nice smoothness to it as well, the malty flavors work very well. In the end I am tasting a hop bitterness and a ever so slight warming from the booze. There is a citrus flavor in here as well. As you drink, you cant help but think pumpkin pie. Very well done, very light an easy drinking. Very tasty stuff.

Wow - I like this style brew. It certainly isn't my favorite style to indulge in, it has its place for sure. To me this (so far), is the best I have had of this style. Not overdone, perfectly drinkable and very tasty. Try a few every year to usher in the fall season. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:23:37 | More by magine
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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Absolutely love this beer. Smell and taste of pumpkin, which so delicious. The taste of pumpkin actually makes you want to drink more and more. Unfortunately this beer is 9% ABV, so drinking a couple you will be completely wasted. Worth it to taste and worth it to smell this pumpkin ale. No other beer like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 09:57:53 | More by yuenglingfan101
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2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this one from my usual tulip glass. Bottled on date of 8/2010. 22oz Bomber.

A - Two fingers of eggshell-white head hangs around for a few seconds and then recedes down to one finger. The color was lighter than I expected, a light-gold with a tiny trace of amber. Reminds me of apple juice. It looks refreshing, if that's even possible.

S - More pumpkin pie spice than pumpkin, but not too spicey. I'd guess Cinnamon is the dominant spice. There may be some citrus notes in there as well.

T - Hmmm. Not what I expected, very mild flavors. Pumpkin pie spices and a touch of alcohol. Very low sweetness.

M - Light to Light-medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D - For me, one bomber is enough.

Notes: With the high ratings this beer gets I was shocked at how underwhelming I found it. I DO like pumpkin beers. DFH Punkin Ale and Brooklyn's Post Road are great. I just found this one to be lacking. I expect more sweetness and boldness of flavors in a pumpkin beer and this one had neither. I may try it again though. Perhaps I just had a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:48:09 | More by ZDub
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I regret not buying this last year. Slightly chilled. Pours a deep amber color with a one finger rocky head into a duvel tulip.

Smell is insane, this could not smell any more like pumkin pie, you can smell the pie crust the cooked plain pumpkin and restrained spices, that blend all together nicely.

Ok, this is wrong, this is pumpkin pie, no more no less. It's perfectly balanced. Not too spicey, not too pumkiney, and has a notable pie crust character to it. Booze is present but not overwhelming and adds to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and syrupy but overall not bad.

Extremely drinkable especially if your a pumkin pie fan. Its still tough to complete the bomber by yourself though

I will be buying a case or two or three of this, to last me until next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:58:54 | More by STEG
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New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle in pint glass

A: copper, fluffy head

S: pumpkin and spice

T: mellow rich flavors not overpowering perfect balance between beer and pumpkin, absolutely delicious.

M: is good, carbonation level is good, medium- full body

D: one bottle as a treat is a pleasure to drink, would not drink all the time but one or two bottles a year, will do, The best pumpkin beer i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 23:18:55 | More by fastsrt
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Looked great coming out of the bottle, a great orange/copper color, little to no head with just a thin layer of suds on top.

S- smells delightfully like pumpkin bars ma used to make...

T- pumpkin flavor with a hint of fall spices. Pumpkin isn't overbearing, could be a little stronger, but that's a very fine line to walk.

M- fine carbonation releases and brings about a different set of tastes in the mouth, I'd like it a bit smoother and slightly thicker, but it's still very good.

D- doesn't go down too quick (which is probably good @9%) but is definitely drinkable as a dessert/seasonal brew. Obviously not intended for every occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:54:27 | More by Franz4
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first bottle of the year of my hands down favorite pumpkin beer of all time. Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a light amberish color with a tiny layer of head that settles to next to nothing.

Smell: Great nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg...like inhaling pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner.

Taste: Exactly like the nose, this is liquid pumpkin pie in a glass. Nice spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. The after taste almost tastes like the crust on a real pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, will be drinking as much of this as I can over the next couple of months.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 23:40:56 | More by Axic10
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to hand it to Southern Tier. They single handedly brought me back to craft brews. Just 2 short years ago I was eating at my local pub when I saw ST Pumking available as a draft on their chalkboard. I've enjoyed pumpkin beers around Thanksgiving in years past, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Wow. First, the smell instantly calls up memories of dessert after a certain holiday dinner in November. Sweet. Aromatic. Full.

The initial sip is smoooth. I mean smooth. Even if you're not a big ale drinker, you're likely to find something to like in Pumking. It's sweet, and did I mention smooth? Not overpowering smooth...just right. Having sampled many pumpkin ales, this one ranks at the top of the list.

It left little after taste. The spices following the pumpkin quickly down my throat. The dark, orange color is reminiscent of its namesake gourd.

When/if you find this on your shelves, give it a whirl. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 19:56:44 | More by ztruempy
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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an exceptional beer. Wow....

As far as Imperial Pumpkin ales go, this is up there. My personal favs are Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin ale, but now this too... this was amazing... high abv level, nice color... good flavor and nice spice!

I was so excited about this beer I had it out of the bottle, after work, didn't even get time to pour it into a glass, don't worry this wont be the first time I have this beer, I will get a chance to pour it in a glass once I get home, I bought 4 bottles! lol

I loved this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 18:59:14 | More by StevenBilodeau
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2.6/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

hey its a pumpkin beer! poured from bomber into a pint glass. have heard this is one of the best pumpkin beers around, so im excited to try.

pours out a slightly hazy golden color with half a finger of white head. nice appearance.

smell is bittering hops and a bit of spice. smell reminds me of great lakes christmas ale.

taste does not remind me of great lakes christmas ale. this taste is horrible. pumpkin puree is not ok in beer. no, it's not. i love pumpkin pie. i hate this beer. taste sucks.

moutfeel is nice with a good amount of carbonation feels like a well crafted ale.

drinkability is a fail for me. pumpkin puree makes this suck.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 07:14:29 | More by pdoran10
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2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a tepid clear orange with minimal head which quickly fades out. Barely any retention or lacing while drinking.

S - Dominated by pumpkin, spice, malt, and sweetness.

T - Starts off sweet with plenty of pumpkin and spice, reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A malt base attempts to hold everything together, but the heavy flavors dominate the palate. Finishes somewhat dry with lingering fall flavors.

M - Mid level body, and a long lasting bitter feel after swallowing.

D - The pumpkin spice and bitterness stops me dead in my tracks, as this one will probably take a while to finish.

Oh, pumpkin beers. This one fails to break the mold of similar brews which consistently disappoint me.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 06:13:05 | More by xnicknj
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4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pale strawberry blonde color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace.

Smell: VERY, VERY good! The pumpkins really shine through, along with spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) and hints of caramel malt. This smells like a kitchen just after two fresh pumpkin pies have been taken out of the oven.Seriously, I can even smell the pie crust in this brew.

Taste: As the smell suggests, this tastes like fresh pumpkin pie- pumpkin flavors and spices up front, finishing with breadiness and hints of caramel malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Imagine the best, fresh, homemade pumpkin pie you have ever tasted, throw in a dash of alcohol, and this brew is what you get. This beer leaves behind vegetal pumpkin flavors which linger in the throat and sinuses, as well as on the palate and tongue. You'll be burping pumpkin pie for a while after a bomber of this. I am almost tempted to slap some whipped cream onto this beer...

Mouthfeel: Heavier, very bready body with balanced carbonation and a warming finish. This beer is also quite filling.

Drinkability: This is a fantastic brew- the alcohol is well-masked, and the flavors are intense but all of them work well together, while the high ABV is well masked. One of the most beautiful brewing masterpieces to ever pass my lips. I have liked the other pumpkin beers I have tried, but this one is by far the best- not only is this a great pumpkin beer, it is just a great beer. I will be enjoying this one all Autumn long, but as soon as fall turns to winter, I don't know what I'll do about the cravings I will inevitably have.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 05:15:24 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bomber poured into Westmalle Goblet. Served around 40 F.
A: Light orange with random co2 bubbles releasing from the bottom of the goblet. Pours a very bubbly thin head, retains a few splotches.
S: Nutmeg, pumpkin, and brown sugar.
T: Sweet malts, real pumnpkin, and bitter hops. The pumpkin flavor is less like candy than other years and has a nice nutmeg quality to it.
M: Medium light on tongue.
D: Very complete pumpkin beer. Other years have been a little too candy-like and this years higher abv is unnoticeable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 04:09:24 | More by THORN
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light orange in color, nice off white head. Decent lacing.

Smell- Pumpkin pie. WOW WA WE WOW. VERY NICE!

Taste- Pumpkin pie, some nutmeg, graham cracker. slight touch of alcohol on the finish. Not quite as strong as the aroma.

Mouthfell- creamy with medium carbonation. works well.

Overall- In my opinion this is the best pumpkin ale out there. Bought plenty of this to get me through the fall this year. This should mellow out a bit and probably improve in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 04:35:36 | More by JLeege
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reasonably-sized head.

Color is a clear amber, with an average amount of carbonation bubbling through.

Smell is absolutely pumpkin pie, down to the buttery crust and allspice.

First sip is very bready, with a great thickness to it. Pumpkin pie spice is felt throughout and makes it absolutely wonderful. Absolutely amazing.

Going into this, I knew that southern tier made some great beers. I had no idea this would be one of their best!

Try this beer.


Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:56:43 | More by techfed87
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy cloudy coper color

smell: Could totally smell those pumpkin pie spices. Huge nose and even a little graham craker aorma proably form the caramel malt.

taste: really nice balance with great pumkin and spice flavor. not over sweet at all. This is probably the best pumpkin beer I have had.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: great pumpkin beer, probably one of the best I have had. Amazing nose and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:50:55 | More by CampusCrew
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2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear deep amber color. Not much head. No lacing.

Smells sugary sweet like a batch of cookies. Not much spice, not even much pumpkin smell.

Tastes just like it smells, like a pumpkin cookie dipped in milk. There's a creamy taste to go with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is strange. The sweetness and the creamy/buttery flavor are a bit overpowering.

I'm not going to be able to drink the whole 22. It's way too sugary sweet.

There are way better pumpkin beers out there. This one is like a candy bar that happens to have 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:31:13 | More by prg1976
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear orange with a foamy white head.
S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and sugar.
T: Wow, this really tastes like pumpkin pie. The pumpkin flavor is dominated by brown sugar and cinnamon. Near perfect, but perhaps just a tad too sweet.
M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.
D: Well, the 9% abv does not come through at all; it is quite sweet, but it is a very nice dessert beer and tremendously better than any other other pumpkin beer I've tried. It is also a nice change from other dessert type beers like imperial stouts and barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:20:26 | More by stimulus
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber/Tulip Glass

A - Clear, bright and light orange in color with a 1 inch head. The head did not last very long and left no lacing to speak of.

S - Buttery Pumpkin, Nutmeg, and bits of Allspice hit you right away; Sweet bready caramel follows, not too far behind and Cream Corn...if you can picture that! :)

T - It is Pumpkin flesh and Thanksgiving spices all over, the 9% alcohol is, WHERE? I can't taste it! Love the roundness of the sweetness, spices, malt and the hops!

M - It is long-lasting with a nice medium to full body. I definitely feel the thickness of the Pumpkin pie, yet with light whipped cream.

D - Oh God, I can drink this until the Super Bowl and then crave it badly through the Summer!!! Beware of the ABV...it will get you!

PS. Absolutely the BEST Pumpkin beer I have had to date!!!


Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 22:59:05 | More by Yimosan
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It pours yellow and becomes orange in the goblet, leaving only half a finger of head that does thin out a short while after pouring. The color is orange with a hint of brown, slightly hazy with only a few chains of carbonation bubbles. No lacing.

S: This really does smell like pumpkin, some sweet notes but nothing overly spicy. I pick up a slightly bready scent. I smell no hops or malt.

T: Down to the real deal. The taste right off the bat is a soft pumpkin flavor, and no spiciness. There is a unique malt flavor to this that mixes well with the pumpkin flavor. The scent lends a great deal to the flavor as well. There is a light taste of alcohol that seems to be "separate" from the other flavors. On the back of the tongue I can pick up some of the bittering hops and a slight astringency.

M: The mouthfeel is decent but not remarkable. The alcohol and even the bitterness throw it off. It's not sweet but it leaves a pleasant taste of pumpkin in the front and sides of the mouth.

D: The beer is not quite what I expected from Southern Tier. It's a good pumpkin beer, and it smells pretty good, the taste is alright but I feel it should be sweeter or spicier. They definitely have the "pumpkin" part down. It doesn't seem to "meld" well with itself enough to be a constant drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 21:20:32 | More by teromous
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown/amber with an off-white head. Smells of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and spices. Big flavor. Graham cracker, pumpkin pie and vanilla are the most dominant. Very well done. Hints of cinnamon, all spice and brown sugar as well. Slight hops and a bit of an alcohol warming as well. Very sweet beer. Creamy mouthfeel and very rich.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 00:25:43 | More by uustal
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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into glass snifter.

$6.99 / ea.

A: Bright amber body, with hints of rust. Small creamy head that quickly dissipates leaving only modest lacing, and a ring of bubbles around the perimeter.

S: Sweet bready aroma with a trace of pumpkin. Not much else noticeable from a spicing perspective. No hop or alcohol aromas.

T: Not as potent as I would have expected from previous reviews. Slightly boozy, and some grainy qualities. Pumpkin is more pronounced, but still very subtle. This brew could use some aging to mellow out the alcohol and bitterness.

M: Very crisp, something I wasn't expecting. Light body, and medium to high carbonation. No lingering sugars on the palate, and no hop astringency.

D: Very drinkable brew, something I wasn't expecting from this offering. I was expecting an ultra sweet desert style beer. Goes down easy, and hides the 9.0 abv frighteningly well.

O: Not my favorite Southern Tier selection by a long shot, and not my favorite pumpkin beer either. Still, this beer is quite respectable and may improve over time.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 00:06:06 | More by dpnelson1978
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to giving this one a try because of all the great reviews.

Well, I'm pretty dissapointed. Pours a ligh/moderate amber. Smell is mostly clove and spice. Initial taste is also heavy clover and very sweet pumpkin. Actually...too sweet! Sweetness overpowers the beer.

Wouldn't or could drink more than one.

UPDATE (9/28/10):

OK.. I reviewed this beer a few months back and gave it very poor marks. Since that time, I'd become a Pumpkin beer snob. I've tried sooo many I can't keep track. Personally, Weyerbacher makes the best Pumpkin beer out there. However, after coming back to this one again tonight....it's a close race!

I realized you have to judge the beer for what it is. It's a Pumpkin beer! So.... I put my prior experience aside and had this one with an open mind tonight.

Pours a mild amber (Weyerbacher is the deepest amber pumpkin I've seen yet). Aromas are in your face pumpkin pie with a hint of whip cream! But hey...IT'S A PUMPKIN BEER!

Taste is on the sweet side. Tastes like pumpkin pies in a glass!! It's all there. Pumpkin. Whip cream. I would love more cinnamon and spices to come through.

So...judging it on the basis of a TRUE pumpkin beer, yeah...it kicks ass! Weyerbacher still has my vote for #1, but this beer makes the race interesting!

I will be picking up a few to cellar for the holidays!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 16:15:22 | More by jrc64
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4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap last year and HATED it. I could not finish my pint. But when I was out today and saw big shipments of it coming in I decided to give it another try.

A- Per the label I pulled this out of the fridge and poured it into my Chimay goblet. Its a nice pumpkiny bright orange. No haze and moderate head. Really the only thing going for the look is the bright color.

S- Holy shit! This one is not meek. Luckily its really good smelling too. Pure pumpkin pie, so delicious, its insane. Is even got the crust. Lots of nice spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkin is huge too. I swear I think I even smell a dollop of whipped cream.

T- Ok, maybe I was wrong last year. This stuff is seriously good, like waaay good. Forget any other pumpkin ale. Sweet pumpkin and touch of brown sugar with lots of pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Wow, this is good. There is a spice of alcohol that comes around every once in a while, just to let you know youre drinking a Southern Tier. Unfortunately thats the only thing keeping me from giving it a 5 for taste. Its more like a 4.59.

M- Dry with high carbonation. The finish is nice and smooth though.

D- Man, I dont know what I was thinking last time I had this. This stuff is incredible. I need to stock up...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 04:09:15 | More by MbpBugeye
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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