Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,687
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,460 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange amber with a good deal of carbonation. Looks as you would imagine a pumpkin beer should with a bright white head that reaches between one and two fingers.

S-Not much pumpkin to be had in the nose, which frankly is just fine with me. Vanilla is very apparent as is both cinnamon and nutmeg, the muted pumpkin notes are there, but they are mixed in heavily with the malts.

M-Crisp and welcoming. Easy to drink but neither hides nor advances any flavors.

T-Surprisingly tasty beer. I am not the biggest fan of pure pumpkin flavors as it is, and with that in mind this is probably my favorite pumpkin beer. The spices hit the palate first and create a deliciously sweet mixture of the aforementioned spices. This finishes rather quickly however and you are left with a less than desirable bitter pumpkin. The beer finishes clean, but rather watery.

O-Southern tier does a good job for their sweet, specialty beers. This is a prime example and my favorite pumpkin beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of chrisjduncan
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first time with Southern Tier's Pumking and I have to say, this is the best of the pumpkin ales by far in taste. The coloring is a nice copperish orange and great lacing on the glass. The aroma and the taste put you in the mind of a pumpkin pie as I seriously feel like someone just liquified a pumpkin pie and gave it to me in a bottle. This beer is amazing.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JWU
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- translucent copper/orange color, with a finger of white head that recedes quickly. Some decent lacing on the glass.

S- Wow. Intense notes of graham cracker, vanilla, pumpkin, with background hints of pumkin pie spice.

T- This pumpkin ale is more about the pumpkin/graham cracker flavor that big in your face spices. The pumkin/graham cracker flavor also has brown sugar and vanilla with it. Some light spice is there, but it's certainly in a support role.

M- Medium, some medium carbonation as well, ends kind of dry, almost too much for the style.

O- I can't drink a ton of it, but once a year, it's a nice treat.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. of this promising brew at my local beer spot. The guy working there said this was in very high demand. Im lucky to have grabbed it.

Appearance: Pours a light, amber coloring that actually has orange haze. Pretty much reminds me of what a pumpkin is and invites me in for me.

Smell: some spices fill the aroma with a hint of pumpkin, but also I smell a nice odor of vanilla cream. Actually surprised me at first when I took a whif. Really, all I wanna do is go on for more.

Taste: Spices are quick to approach, but all of a sudden, I'm overwhelmed with cream-like flavor. The carmel flavor literally brings the pumpkin flavors together and gives this beer something different. This is what I think of when it comes to a pumpkin pie. Everything is present. Taste is just utterly delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a hint of maybe maple syrup? Still good though.

Overall: Wow, this beer was very delicious. I really underestimated this brew once I laid first eyes on it. The overall flavors of pumpkin, spices, and caramel cream and vanilla really brings this beer full circle. I would totally enjoy this brew again

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A: Bright copper in color (think new penny). Pour yields a two finger white head that slowly dissipates into a thin sheet across the surface of the beer and a ring around the glass.

S: You can smell the pumpkin in this one. Also the expected pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar and vanilla, but somewhat subdued. The actual smell of pumpkin squash comes through. Biscuity malts mix with the cinnamon to make a graham cracker-like aroma. Great aroma.

T: Pumpkin spices step up first: nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkin and brown sugary sweetness follows. Finish has a surprising light hop bite that balances out the sweetness.

M: Thin for the abv. Medium body with a dry finish.

O: This is my favorite pumpkin beer. Too many pumpkin beers smell just of pumpkin spices and not like the actual fruit where this one actually finds the smell and flavors of pumpkin. This beer sets itself apart from rest. I love pumpkin beer, but this one does it best.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,687 ratings.