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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,335
Reviews: 1,691
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 374
Gots: 816 | FT: 26
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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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours an orange color w/ a bubbly thin off white head. Good carbonation, not much in the way of lacing. Beer is very clear, and easy to see through. Nose is fantastic, although a little sweet for my taste. Pumpkin, caramel, gingerbread, vanilla. If I closed my eyes I would swear I was smelling a piece of pumpkin pie. Taste is fairly close to the nose, but the spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) come out a little more, along w/ some malt. The taste is not quite up to the level of the nose, but it's pretty close. Still, a 4 is all I can give this category. Feel is medium, and very sweet, but it goes down smooth just the same. Very nice. Just a little on the sweet side for me. Finishes fairly wet, with a nice chestnut/nutmeg/pumpkin/cinnamon aftertaste. Overall, this is definitely a different animal than the other Pumpkin Ales I've tried. It's like literally eating and smelling a piece of pumpkin pie. You can even smell and taste the little burned areas of the graham cracker crust... Nice- I enjoyed this one. Cheers.

09-11-2011 00:29:30 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of cagocubs


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from bomber bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent amber/copper color with a one finger head that dissipates rapidly leaving a thin film for a head.

S: When you dip your nose into your glass you're almost confused that you're smelling a liquid. It smells like a pumpkin pie. Spicey, sugary, sweet, and cinnamon.

T: Hand in hand with the smell, it tastes like a pie. The vanilla, sugar, spice, and caramel make this an intense tasting. Truly captures all pumpkin taste with an overwhelming amount of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter on the carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Good warming and coating. Very drinkable.

O: First off, this may just be my favorite seasonal beer. It is a flavor-packed and interesting pour. The beer's only trait that may hinder on people is the amount of spice and sweetness packed into it. Overall, a great pumpkin ale.

09-10-2011 13:44:28 | More by cagocubs
Photo of sommersb


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Tasted On: 09-09-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Color is orange or copper, clear with a small amount of carbonation seen in the way of bubbles. Head is off-white, about 2 fingers high, with good retention and a fair lace. Nice looking.

S: Aromas are of pumpkin and spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Also some bread notes and sweetness.

T: The biggest taste is what seems like a nutmeg flavor, or a similar spice. Other flavors are pumpkin, breads, and caramel sweetness. Very light bitterness is present. Alcohol is there in the taste, but not overpowering. The other flavors seemed to be overwhelmed by the nutmeg-type spices to me.

M: Body is medium and carbonation is medium to high. The aftertastes are of lingering spices.

O: A good pumpkin ale, but was too heavy on the spices in my opinion -- it needs more balance in the flavorings.

Thanks to merc7186 for this one

09-10-2011 04:05:22 | More by sommersb
Photo of iadler


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Another bottle exitmusic00 brought over. Poured into my Fantome tulip.

A- Pours a clear copper with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Fresh baked pumpkin pie including the crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and candy corn.

T- Follows the aroma with pumpkin pie, cinnamon, all spice, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and candy corn. It's sweet, but is balanced with some spice.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly creamy and very drinkable.

O- I've had this now for the last two years and think this is my favorite pumpkin ale I've had. Just a huge amount of pumpkin pie in the aroma and taste.

09-10-2011 02:23:39 | More by iadler
Photo of Sirbaron


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

While a bit early for the Puca, as All Hallows Eve still blows in the wind for a few nights. We tried this bomber to welcome in coming of the Autumnal Equinox. It appears off-amber like a leaf two weeks before dropping onto the front lawn. It smells like mama's kitchen in late November around 4:47 p.m. just before the "pumking" pie comes out of the oven. The rooty pumpkin flavors are abundant but not overwhelming, as they are balanced with nutmeg, clove and caramel, just like mama's pie. Puca indeed carried us on the journey of our lives, forever changed!

09-10-2011 02:18:45 | More by Sirbaron
Photo of Dan3279


4/5  rDev -1.7%

I have had several co-workers raving about this beer all year and now that is finally available I can see what alll of the fuss is about. I poured part of the bomber into my DFH snifter glass and found a nice, clear, medium copper body with a small white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma instantly took me to Thanksgiving day and the smell of my grandma's pumpkin pie with an extra dash of cinnamon,

The taste was intense, and in your face, all that this beer was missing was a dollop of whip cream. Pumpkin Pie is the dominate flavor with cinnamon, nutmeg, spices and a small hint of sweetness at the end.

The beer is medium to heavy bodied and I actually wish that they sold this in a 12oz bottle instead because I don't think that I would want to drink an entire bomber by myself.

Overall its a great beer and one that I would look forward to enjoying once or twice per season.

09-10-2011 01:47:36 | More by Dan3279
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New York

2.48/5  rDev -39.1%

The first time I had this beer was on a chilly October night in 2008. Clear skies, leaves crunching underfoot and a crackling fire surrounded by good friends. What should have been the perfect atmosphere for a Pumpkin Ale.

I hated it.

At the urging of a few friends (who spend the entire fall scouring store shelves, stockpiling this beer) I gave it another try.

The color and aroma were immediately pleasing, but I was concerned with the quick dispersal of the head and lack of quality lacing.

The flavor, just as it was three years ago, is nearly unpalatable. It is almost as if they added pound after pound after pound of candy corn and Cinnabon into the fermenter. The sweetness is overbearing. It actually made me nauseous.

The mouth feel is unappealing and the moldy-cinnamon-bread aftertaste lingers for an eternity. It lacks a cleanliness to the finish and tastes disturbingly home-brew-ish. (No offense to the home brewer, as I am one!)

The rest will either be dumped or used for some kind of cooking. Maybe a brine?

09-09-2011 23:40:37 | More by NeuroticNectar
Photo of vandemonian


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Southern Tier Pumking is a delicious pumpkin ale with notes of cinnamon and banana.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to nothing pretty quick. 3.5

S: Malty, sweet pumpkin aroma. Smells like a sweet, cinnamon cake. 4.5

T: Sweet cinnamon banana pudding. So good. Spicy, bready and slightly bitter aftertaste. 4.5

M: Thick but not especially carbonated. 4

O: Sweet and underattenuated, but it works. 4.5

09-09-2011 00:47:19 | More by vandemonian
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a goblet

Copper orange in appearance with many clear bubbles of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of the glass. Thin film of chalk white head sit's atop the body.

Smells of pumpkin puree with loads of spices mixed in. Nutmeg, almond and cinnamon. Finishes with a surprising spicy hop aroma. Has a sweetness that can be attributed to the caramel malt. The variety of spices round out the aroma to create the perfect pumpkin pie profile.

Tastes exactly how it smells. Nutmeg, almond and cinnamon spices followed by a caramel sweetness in the middle. Finishes with spicy hops. It's akin to eating a freshly baked piece of pumpkin pie with crust included.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel with a prickly burst of carbonation. Medium bodied with just the right consistency. It's much easier to drink than I expected, but should be taken slow nonetheless.

This is exactly how an imperial pumpkin ale should smell, taste and feel. Loaded with spices and sweet caramel malt while maintaining good balance and drinkability. This is definitely worth seeking out if you're a pumpkin or looking to get in the mood for autumn.

09-08-2011 02:42:20 | More by dgugliuzza
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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

This brewery is amazing. And in a niche brewery like this one that specializes in dessert beers, one has to judge, not by style, but by how well they conveyed the dessert represented in a drinkable manner. They nailed it with their Choklat, Mocha, and Creme Bruleee...they nailed it again.

The beer pours an orange/amber with a rich white head that fades fast and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is amazing. The first thing I notice is a genuine, spot on smell of ghram cracker crust. Butterscotch, ghram crackers, and cinnamon lead the way with vanilla , brown sugar, caramel, toffee, allspice, and nutmeg following. Earthy, meaty pumpkin is blended in subtly.

The taste is amazing too. Not as rich as the aroma. Vanilla leads the way, followed by allspice. Cinnamon and nutmeg quickly follow with a good brown sugar, toffee/caramel undertone througout. The finish is actually dry, however. The lingering flavor is a bit bitter and hoppy. I wanted it to be slightly more cloying for such a rich aroma and flavor. Slightly heavy on the allspice. Do these guys cheat with splenda or is their a mad genius that knows how to manipulate yeast to produce just enough diacetyl or whatever. The blend of these butterscotch notes with spice and caramel malts is nailing a ghram cracker crust flavor beyond astounding. As it warms and I indulge it becomes more enjoyable and as rich as it is, I am appreciating the dry finish more.

Slightly too watery feeling for something called Imperial. Medium bodied, perfect carbonation.

Absolutely, delicious despite my critiques. Top notch. DFH's Punkin did better on the spice blend. There is a lingering bitterness from hops and spice aftertaste. Overall, an awesome beer. The dry finish actually makes this more drinkable than their other rich dessert beers. I think I can drink this one alone.

09-07-2011 23:58:31 | More by JayS2629
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured a finger and a half of yellowy off-white head. Body is a translucent light orange-copper. Head goes away in a little over a minute, leaving a ring and a little foam to decorate the top for me. A slow but steady stream of bubbles rise from bottom to top.

Pumpkin rolls. This beer smells straight like pumpkin rolls to me. I get the pumpkin, the cinnamon, some brown sugar and other pumpkin related spices, and even get the sweetness (probably from the brown sugar) indicating the filling. Smells great!

Taste is to smell, only breadier, like sweet iced pumpkin bread instead of pumpkin rolls. Emphasis on breadiness, pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Medium bodied, it coats the tongue really well. A little dryness with the spice zing at the end. Carbonation is perfect as well, enough to keep the beer rolling over your tongue.

This is the best pumpkin ale I've had, although the list is admittedly short. I don't intend on drinking too many more of these this year, but I will sure as hell be picking some of it up again next year.

09-07-2011 20:48:54 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of turnstile


4.97/5  rDev +22.1%

Pours a deep, burnt orange with little head retention. Great color for the style. Some lacing, but not much.

Huge, sweet bouquet of butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and pumpkin. They're really going for the pumpkin pie thing here, and nothing says this more than the satisfying aroma of graham cracker pie crust. Interesting scent to convey in this brew. Some biscuity malt pokes through, but this is more about the insane spicing. All around robust aroma notes here.

It's on the sweeter side with spice notes dominating the palate. Cinnamon up front with a nice malt backbone, finishing with a mild balancing bitterness. The above-average booze content is well-hidden in both flavor and aroma.

Body is full and very creamy with pleasant carbonation. Smooth and chewy. Excellent for the style.

Impeccable shot at imperializing an autumn classic. Smells unlike any pumpkin beer out there. Overall very creative, and delicious. A hair away from being 5s across the board.

09-07-2011 04:40:39 | More by turnstile
Photo of OutFox

New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Purchased bottle at Bierkraft in Brooklyn after Saison tasting on Tuesday 8/6/11 (in which we had some seriously fantastic stuff).

A - medium copper color, poured an off white head with okay retention and okay lacing.

S - predominent cinnamon aroma with a hint of pumpkin pie, very spicy on the nose.

T - lots of spice here. I mean like lots, its a fall sort spice, like a spicey pumpkin pie. Serious tones of cinnamon that linger long after. Feels like watching football with a nice autumn breeze and a piece of pumpkin pie. <-- Verbatim per my girlfriend.

M - Its awfully light in color for some pumpkin beers Ive had and feels so in the mouth. Not heavy at all, very light and smooth.

O - Great pumpkin beer with amazing pumpkin flavor. It can totally be seen like eating a piece of pumpkin pie. Great fall beer. Though with the amount of cinnamon I probably would only have 1 (1 being at least a 22oz bomber). Well done Southern Tier.

09-07-2011 02:12:49 | More by OutFox
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4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

big thanks to mjtiernan for sending this out in a trade. poured from bottle into a pint glass. color is a shade of copper with amber highlights, pretty clear with a half finger head that disappears rather quickly leaving no lacing and the beer looking flat. smell is of sugar and spice and everything nice. taste has cinnamon, sugar, graham cracker crust, hint of allspice and booze is well hidden. mouthfeel is a little thin but with all the flavor you dont notice it as much. overall a very good and very sweeet beer. now if only they could figure out to put a big head on it, it would be like having whipped topping on my pie!

09-06-2011 23:41:29 | More by match1112
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

From the pour a small head of uniform size forms but recedes rather quickly. Head barely manages a finger in size and leaves a small collar of light tan. Body is slightly hazy orange amber, but mostly see through. After some time though this beer looks quite flat however.

Giant whiff of pie crust and sweet bakers dough. Nothing else just sweet pie crust. Is this even beer??? That is pretty darn impressive though.

A pleasant mix of squash and hop mild pine bitterness. Clove and pie crust sense travels through with a stupidly flaky and biscuity texture. Sweetness comes out with more sips taking brown sugar into the mix.

Well I think this beer needs to be renamed pumpkin pie, but it delivers what it says. My only thinking though, is that it seems so blatantly obvious I wonder if this has artificial flavoring in it??? Crazy!

09-06-2011 23:22:32 | More by smakawhat
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

A - This beer pours a clear golden orange color. It has a decent 2-finger white head on top of it. The head has decent retention and leaves some specs of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a big pumpkin and graham cracker smell going on. There is also quite a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The overall smell is big, sweet, spicy, and very festive.

T - The taste follows the smell really well. It starts off with some nice graham cracker malt and good amount of pumpkin. Also there is a nice bunch of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a nice little bit oh hop presence in the finish as well.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. There is a big spice presence as well as a pretty big sweetness. There is a big of a smooth and creamy quality to it. Also, there is a touch of boozy warmth in the finish.

O - This has good drinkability. it goes down easy, and it has a very nice and interesting flavor. This is definitely one of the more bold pumpkin beers that are out there. Also, I thought that this has more of the actual pumpkin flavor versus fall spices, which a lot of other pumpkin beers focus on I feel like. Overall, I think this is a great beer, and it is perfect for this season. If you are into pumpkin beers, or trying them out, this one is a must have.

09-06-2011 07:42:36 | More by JizackFH
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4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

The color is a crisp copper with just a bit of cloud. Not much head sticking around. Lots of pumpkin and spice in the nose, but it doesn't smell like the pumpkin pie in a can.

Fresh pumpkin and graham cracker hit first with the familiar nutmeg, clove, and allspice coming later. Not much from the hops and this ends up in a long, dry finish.

Might be the best pumpkin beer I've had.

09-06-2011 01:36:15 | More by McNealc31
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3.45/5  rDev -15.2%

A: Orange, copper, pumpkin colored. Pours very small white head that dissipates almost instantly and leaves no lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie, with the crust. Graham cracker, cinnamon, spice.

T: Tastes like pumpkin pie water. I get some spicy pie crust in the finish, which is nice. Kind of lackluster in flavor, if you ask me. It is really smooth and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

M: This beer has almost no carbonation, and a very very light and watery mouthfeel. A little surprising considering the mouthfeel. It was much too thin for my taste.

Overall I believe this beer is a little too hyped up. It is kind of a novelty, but it has too many flaws in my eyes to consider buying it again.

09-05-2011 03:42:08 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Pumpkin pie orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a short foamy white head that slowly dissipated. Sweet pumpkin pie-like aroma with cinnamon, brown sugar, rum-like sweetness, nutmeg, and spice. Light bodied with a buttery smooth oily feel. Sweet malty, pumpkin flavor from beginning to end. This is literally like drinking pumpkin pie....without the whipped cream. Texture thins at the finish, unmasking the higher abv, but the cinnamon and spice subdue the alcoholic heat. A truly unique and noteworthy pumpkin ale.

09-04-2011 18:57:33 | More by IronLover
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

App. This beer pours with a one finger white head that's doesnt stick around long, also it has a light orange color.

Aroma. Has a great pumpkin bready smell to it, as well as some spices.

Taste. The one thing I noticed about this beer is that the first two or three drinks are amazing, they make you wonder why someone else hasnt made this before. An then halfway through your bottle your realise that it is overwhelmingly sweet.

Overall. This would be a perfect beer to split amongst friends or family while enjoying dinner or some pumpkin pie.

09-04-2011 05:52:10 | More by DogfishJoe
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Lighter than I thought. Pours an golden orange color with small, maybe half finger white head with a decently aggresive pour.

Smells like delicious Sugar cookies crossed with pumpkin spice cake with cinnamon and brown sugar that are sweet, but not too sweet.

Taste is exactly as smell. Nice. Finish is smooth and the taste lingers on ther tongue which is good because this is a full bodied brew that can be sipped for while. Sometimes has a cereal taste.

Overall it's on of the better pumpkin beers I've tried.

09-03-2011 23:23:18 | More by Sensaray
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

A-pours a transparent golden orange color with average head retention
S-pumpkin,spice,straw,malt. really nice harvest smell, definitely smells like the fall season
T-Same flavors come through in the flavor. hops bring a nice bitterness that keeps the beer balanced. Has a clean finish that leaves the spiced pumpkin on the palate.
M-medium bodied, very easy to drink
O-One of my favorite fall beers. has great flavor and aroma

09-03-2011 23:05:59 | More by atr2605
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3.58/5  rDev -12%

Shared with IrishColonial. Poured into a standard pint.

A: A crystal clear, sunset orange color. Huge three finger eggshell white head that quickly recedes to a few clumps that float atop the brew. Some light lacing adorns the sides of the glass. Would have liked to see better head retention from the massive pour.

S: Whoah this is totally different than anything I've had before. It's rather off-putting at first, but as I sniffed it more, I grew to like it more. It smells just like a graham cracker, with that thick, cake-like heaviness and traces of cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells pretty good, but radically different from the typical pumpkin.

T: Graham cracker, some light allspice, and booze. This is a very boozy beer. A disappointing watery and bitter finish. IrishColonial said it best when he said it's like drinking pumpkin pie crust. The pie filling spice takes a backseat to this bready, salty, sugary crust flavor. It's good, but an overly boozy, bitter, and watery finish leaves me wanting.

M: Pretty good. A little light on the carbonation which seems typical of the style. Flavors are a little imbalanced with the heavy booziness.

O: I'd heard a lot of good things about the Pumking and perhaps had inflated expectations. It's radically different from any other pumpkin beer I have had which makes me recommend it on that alone. That being said, it's boozy and imbalanced. Is it bad? No. Is it the best pumpkin beer I've had even today? Not even close.

09-03-2011 19:43:02 | More by siege06nd
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

A - An inch of slightly off-white head that fades away at a medium pace. The body is lightly carbonated and is an orangish-yellow color.

S - Slight spice with a bit of brown sugar and definite sweet squash aroma.

T - Slight spice on top of a sweet malty base filled with a unique brown sugar taste.

M - Moderate coarseness that seems to ease in the edn of each pull.

~ This is a once a year brew for a reason. I don't think more than one of these bad boys is gonna be on my fall list. That being said, it's very unique and it's nice to try something new every one in a while.

09-03-2011 01:03:37 | More by cdkrenz
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Pours a vibrant medium to dark orange color with a thin, soapy head across the top and thin lacing. My wife and I split the bottle and her pour yielded a big fluffy, white head.

S - What more can I say than spiced pumpkin bread? Pumpkin, nutmeg, massively bready, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

T - Everything hits the tongue the way it hits the nose: the mix is perfectly even across the sip with a nice even balance of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and brown sugar. Everything perfectly blends in a nice toasted combination. At the very end there's a slight bitter bite that cleanses the spice off the tongue and leaves a bitter and bready lingering sensation. The alcohol gives a slight warming in the back of the throat on the way down which goes well on a cool Fall night, unfortunately, that's not the case and it's still summer, but who cares!

M - This year's batch seems a bit thinner and not as chewy than what I remember from past batches. Slight prickly on the tongue that quickly gives way to a creamy finish.

O - This is a fantastic beer and lives up to its name. I've had this beer numerous times in the past and can't believe I haven't reviewed it until now. (???!!!!) This is a well known selection from Southern Tier (one of my favorite brewers) and definitely an assertive beer for the style. This one garners a love/hate reaction from people because we all know that's the reputation of pumpkin ales, you either love them, or you hate them. The gap between the two may be a little wider for this one since it's so bold. I always look forward to its release each year.

09-02-2011 23:48:57 | More by jzeilinger
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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