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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

4,871 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4,871
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 321
Gots: 557 | 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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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Pumking
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a burnt orange. A true color of the Fall in New England.

Beautiful whiffs of baked bread, cinnamon and other spices.

What a delicious beer with a warm cinnamon dough and allspice flavors. A truly wonderful malt backbone. The mouthfeel is so soft and smooth, its like a nicely crafted cookie with holiday spices. Imagine nutmeg, toffee chips and allspice with a caramel sweetness. Wheat and vanilla granola with a bready thickness. Gingerbread with sprinkled sugar flavors.

This is an excellent pumpkin ale.

I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:57:55 | More by Hibernator
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 10/08/10
A) Pours with a two finger head. Head is tight and creamy. Lacing is semi-sticky. Orange-bronze in color. Transparent body. Mellow upward CO2.
S) Pumpkin. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Vanilla.
T) Sweet blast of pumpkin, vanilla and malt. If this were a dessert it would be rich - liken to a pumpkin roll. Light hops in the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is this brew is masked with a robust taste.
M) Light fizziness. Fairly smooth. Medium bodied.
D) A delicious brew. Not one that you chug. A slow sipper. Nice, easy and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 00:20:32 | More by u2carew
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sneal

Kansas

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this one in a trade with SMason. Big thanks for this outstanding beer!

A: Pours a clear, deep copper-orange with a small white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. The color is gorgeous, but I would have liked better head retention.

S: Lots of spice in the aroma, with nutmeg coming to the fore. It's cliche, but this really does smell like pumpkin pie.

T: Again, the spices hit first with faint notes of vanilla. It finishes with a bit of hop bitterness. Extremely well-balanced.

M: Sweet and creamy. Full-bodied but not too heavy and with low carbonation.

D: The 9% alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden, and my bomber disappeared in no time. One of the most easily drinkable high gravity brews I've ever had. If only this was available in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:42:54 | More by sneal
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kenpo23

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my, what can I say....

I try any pumpkin brew that I can get my hands on. Pumking is hands down the best that I have ever tried.

Smell- A heavenly aroma that reminds you right away of mom's pumpkin pie.

Taste- With an amazing taste that follows the smell, it tastes just like moms pumpkin pie. The first sip to me was a bit overpowering, only because no beer i've come across has had this much pumpkin flavor, but after the first sip I knew what a pumpkin brew should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:41:29 | More by kenpo23
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep orange body with a tall-standing, frothy, white head.

Smell: All rights, friends, so, it smells greatly of oven-fresh pumpkin pie. Who's with me? Who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN is with me?

Taste: Sweet caramel malts plunged deep into fresh pumpkin puree and liberally coated in a pumpkin pie spice blend and smoothed over with a touch of vanilla creme. I'm sure it's been said dozens of times over, but it's rather pumpkin pie-like, with the malts even mimicking a flavor of rich, crisp graham cracker crust garnished with candy corn. Subtle hop presence and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiced pumpkin taste and some slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent for a pumpkin ale! Look, whoever is giving you advice like, "don't bother with Pumking" is no friend of yours. Take your vengeful fists and clock that mofo in the mouth and spit on their prone, beaten body, because they aren't helping you at all. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 04:17:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 9/28
This beer pours a a nice bright orangey copper color with a 1/2 finger of off white head that recedes rapidly, leaving wispy spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is amazing. I have to say, I just kept going back to smell this one before every sip..and sometimes just to smell it. Nose is mainly of pumpkin,butter, vanilla, and just the right amount of spices. Most pumpkin beers go all out with spices, but the spice are more a background hint in this beer. Taste is some caramel malts up front lending to a buttery, pumpkin flavoring, hint of vanilla mingle and finishes with a touch of nutmeg, more pumpkin and vanilla. Medium bodied, mild carbonation, nice creamy mouth feel, slightly oily in the finish. I like me some pumpkin beers, so I could session this one any day, any time.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 00:38:49 | More by Jayli
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Anthony1

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one finger head right after the pour, that recedes to a small island of foam andring. Good medium copper hue with a very strong column of bubbling. The aroma is hearty pumpkin bread, strong malt notes and a well integrated pumpkin aroma. The taste is equally bready and pumpkin-ey, but with more emphasis on spices. Notes of numeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar come throuh in the middle. The finish is a dry, grainy pumpkin bread. Good sipping beer on a brisk october evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 16:54:54 | More by Anthony1
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: Initial samplings of 2010 show a high presence of citrus hops that get in the way of the pumkin pie-ness of the beer.

On draft as a comparison to my earlier review of it from a bottle...

Notable differences include:
- less dominant pumpkin pie spicing with a more prominant semi-sweet pumpkin pie filling taste
- body is slightly smoother and creamier

On draft definitely prefered over bottle, but the best pumpkin beer available today regardless of the serving format.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 14:39:31 | More by rfgetz
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Randori

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful copper/autumn leaf color....very appropriate for this seasonal release. Light tan head that dissiated a little too quickly. Agree with others that a little better head retention would have been welcome.

S: Not much in the way of "hop" aroma but overall sweet smelling with vanilla, nutmeg, and (it took me awhile to identify it) amaretto coming through loud and clear.

T: Caramel malt sweetness at first then a rush of amaretto or almond biscotti cookie laced with nutmeg and vanilla. Very little in the way of hop bitterness. Not much in the way discernable "pumpkin" flavor but the sweet malt and spice combination is highly reminiscent of fall weather and pumpkin pie.

M: Great body, round and viscous very appropriate to the intended effect (pumpkin pie).

D: Very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Perhaps one of the best fall seasonal (pumpkin) beers I've tried. This is definitely a cookie or pie in a bottle going down easy without being cloying or overpowered by bitter cloves or cinnamon spice. A little too sweet to be a session beer (20oz was more than enough) but would definitely serve this at our annual pumpkin carving party as a specialty beer aimed at capturing a moment in time specific to the season. Nicely done considering it's intended purpose.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 13:07:06 | More by Randori
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livingregret

Washington

1.88/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Serving Type: 1pt 6fl oz Beer

Appearance: A nice golden orange. 1/2 a finger head, no lacing. A little lacing or better head retention and I would have rated it average at least

Smell: Very appealing smell. Ginger...light pumpkin pie...nutmeg and slightly buttery.

Taste: The initial taste...is almost non existence. Very light pumpkin than a blast of Bitterness. A long lasting..almost sticky bitterness on the tongue. If I really REALLY try...after the bitterness there is vanilla and clove in the back. nothing upfront though. Really disappointed after such a great smell

Mouthfeel: Cotton like feel that coats the tongue and almost limits the ability to taste on the middle of your tongue

Drinability: I was hopeful...and found this incredibly lacking.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 03:07:43 | More by livingregret
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA.

Pours a nice and clear, golden orange color, with ample white frothy head.

The smell, I think, was the best smell of any beer I have ever reviewed. Very sweet, with hints of ginger cookies, or pumpkin pie. Very nostalgic of childhood, and the Fall.

The taste was very good. Strong bite of carbonation and hops, giving way to sweet pumpkin and sugar flavors. Very well blended and balanced taste.

Absolutely the best Pumpkin beer I have ever had, and definitely one of the best Fall beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 01:36:12 | More by Freshie
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Deep, rich dark copper-orange.

S: Buttery, fresh baked pumpkin pie. Amazingly spicy aroma...pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg.

T: Exactly like is smells. Buttery, vanilla pumpkin pie with a nice mildly caramel malt sweetness, all of the subtle spicing that you would expect from a pumpkin pie, but not quite as in your face as you would expect - it is ale after all, but what an amazing take on a pumpkin ale. This is an incredibly balanced pumpkin ale. More spice and it may be overdone, any less and it would be somewhat lacking. Great balance of hop bitters and a nearly undetectable slightly warming alcohol finish. Truly an amazing seasonal offering.

M: Medium, silk-like creamy mouthfeel goes down very easily.

D: Hands down the best pumpkin ale I have ever tasted. In spite of the abv, I could really sit back and enjoy a nice session with friends and family...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 23:41:32 | More by ujsplace
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation; Poured from bomber bottle into pint glass in two parts.

Poured a clear bright orange color with a white, foamy, one finger head. All of the sudden this huge pumpkin nose just hits me in the face. The nose is potent enough for me to smell without even putting my nose up to the glass. It is highlighted by pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Taste follows the nose a lot with the pumpkin and spices. The flavor is stronger and different than any other pumpkin brew I have ever had. The sweetness is also balanced by a high amount of hop bitterness for a pumpkin brew. Great balance and the most flavorful pumpkin brew I have ever had. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice burst of carbonation. Drinkability is good. The ABV is a bit high and the flavors are big. They stay fresh and drinkable throughout.

Overall, far and away the best pumpkin I have ever had. Big flavors and big ABV. A fragrant, flavorful and unique pumpkin brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 17:14:33 | More by Gosox8787
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lighter than expected. Very pale orange gold. Virtually no head and very faint lacing. Not much action in the glass, either.

Strong pumpkin nose. One of the strongest around for this type of seasonal. Lots of spice here, but picking up the hops as well.

Powerfully spicy beer. Tastes like one of my wife's pumpking muffins - and that's a good thing. If you like this style of beer, this is well worth a try. Hops kick in at the end, something missing in most beers of this style.

Mouthfeel matches the flavor profile very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 10:48:59 | More by beer2day
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Florida9

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lighter copper-orange color. Clear. Pours with a small, wimpy, white head that disappears quickly. Not a single speck of lacing.

S: Sweet potatoes, sugar, marshmallows, candy. Smells better than pumpkin pie.

T: Starts with a short blast of bitterness of the side of the tongue, but that quickly fades to over-the-top pumpkin pie that lingers for quite a bit and only fades ever so slowly. Sweet and candy-ish.

M: Sweet and creamy. Medium body with lower carbonation.

D: Yeah, this one tastes just like pumpkin pie. I guess if that is what your looking for, this one more or less hits the nail on the head. However, I don't see it as much more than a novelty beer, one which I could possibly drink once a year, and even then, I think a bomber is too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 01:30:40 | More by Florida9
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wiseguy142

New York

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

I'm usually burnt out on Pumpkin beers by mid-September, but I felt I shouldn't ignore this beer.

Aroma is a very nice and straightforward copper color with a frothy off white head. Very good clarity.. really looks like a standard pale ale from just looking at it.

The first thing the aroma reminded me of war Jasmine rice. Not your stereotypical pumpkin aroma.. a slight hint at an exotic vegetable of some sort but if I didn't know this was a pumpkin beer I would have never guessed it. Very doughy but not from the yeast.

Wow I can see how that aroma came from the pumpkin in this flavor.. wow. Very smooth, lightly spiced if anything. Definitely a dessert beer... seems like the kind of an exotic taste you'd find in a dessert at a very upscale restaurant.. I don't think I've really had anything like it. By far the best use of pumpkin in a beer I've seen. I think you can sense the alcohol in this beer but there's not heat in the flavor.. I think this would make a wonderful liquor.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 22:40:15 | More by wiseguy142
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

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

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Poured a golden orange color with a cream colored head. It had average lacing and a slight haze to it, but mostly clear. The smell was very good. A lot of pumpkin beers tend to just smell like beer with pumpkin pie spices, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon, this was a little different. It did have a sweet aroma to it, but you could actually smell pumpkin to it with some malts. Very nice, I really liked it. The taste is much like the smell, it has a very bold taste. Again you could taste the pumpkin, almost natural followed by some sweet hints of pumpkin pie spices. I would have given the taste a much higher rating but it had an earthy aftertaste that I wasn't very fond of. I found both the mouthfeel and drinkablility to be good. My wife and I split a 22.oz bomber after dinner and enjoyed it. A solid brew by Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 05:59:36 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I keep buying 22oz bombers from Capone's whenever I'm there. Also had this on tap at the Craft Ale House. I'll tell you about both. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint from the bottle, 10oz Snifter at the Ale House.

Appearance: Phenomenal. Golden orange color, just like a pumpkin. Almost seems like it glows in the right light. Bigger, foamier head on-tap than I could get from the bottle, but very nice nonetheless. Hangs around seemingly forever on-tap, and leaves great lacing. Not much of a drop off from the bottle either.

Smell: Goodness gracious. Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin muffin, Pumpkin bread, it's all there. Dominant spice aroma of nutmeg, allspice, a lot of cinnamon and brown sugar. Faint hints of pumpkin in the nose but it all smells so good together that the intense spice aroma is by no means a turnoff. This really shines on-tap, but the bottle is no slouch.

Taste: Unreal. The flavor profile of this beer follows the aroma very well. I pick up a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. Sweet, but not cloying. In addition to everything else I already mentioned, I think it tastes a lot like Spiced Wafers.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and Creamy. Sweet. Mild carbonation and medium bodied. Not boozy at all, just a slight warm alcohol feel as it goes down.

Drinkability: I've heard a lot of people think its too spicy. I personally could drink this all night. I had several of these on tap and buy bottles whenever I can. Hands down the best Pumpkin ale, imperial or otherwise, out there.

God bless you Southern Tier. One of the top 3 beers they brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 18:48:13 | More by Ezekiel81923
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jsh420

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear copper golden with a 1 finger head that fades and left no lacing

smell is out of tis world - nose of vanilla and pumpkin pie and spices

taste is heavy on the spices yet vanilla pumpkin shines here

mouthfeel is lighter then i thought it would be - nice and smooth with good carbonation

drinkability is ok - a bomber is more then i wanted - if only they put this in 12oz

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 04:18:00 | More by jsh420
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet Glass (Like the bottle tells me to do)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This is easily the best looking liquid, from a pumpkin ale, that I've yet to see. It pours a golden orange color, like a pumpkin. Very nice. Almost a fingers worth of loose foam, with a light orange-ish tint to it, makes the head and then quickly dissipates. The minimal lacing is quite slipperey.

This is a big nose filled with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. It really smells like a fresh baked pie. There is a light touch of caramel malt in there and a very mild hint of hops.

There is still a big pumpkin pie flavor presence here. The taste really, truly, follows the nose on this one. The only thing different is that there is a serious booziness to it. Being a bomber, after the halfway point, it doesn't matter anymore, though. Very tasty, to be sure, but I may set one to cellar for a few months and see if the booziness backs off at all.

Medium to almost full-bodied. Mild level of carbonation. Very smooth, even if it is a touch 'hot', with a tiny hint of creaminess. It's actually more crisp than creamy, which was unexpected, for me.

The first half of the bottle is kind of boozy, as I said above. If you make it past that point though, this is easy-drinking and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:18:47 | More by coldmeat23
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is it about pumpkin pie that we like? Is it the spice? Well yes, undoubtedly, but there's more than that. There's the sweetness. But in addition to the sweetness, there's a thin edge of acidity that we like. It's that edge of burnt sugar, and that blackened edge of crust... it cuts through the sweetness. And guess what? Yeah, you got it, Pumking has it.

It tastes very much like pumpkin pie. Intended or not.

I get mainly all-spice and nutmeg in the nose, but there's some cinnamon too. And if you go beyond that, yes, there's some very nice caramelish malt.

Oh, and it looks good too - hazy-orange amber and all of that. Nice head. OK. It's pumpkin beer, who cares?

The flavor combines the all-spice/nutmeg with the caramelish malt sweetness to give an almost nutty flavor that's OH SO LIKE pumpkin pie! Or is that a bit of butteriness? It reminds me of the crust as well. Thankfully, the cinnamon isn't over-done.

It's mildly bitter, and the spicing helps to balance it. What sweetness there is, is welcome - and it never appears sweet. Nor does it finish overly spicy. There's just enough, and then it all dissipates in the finish.

In conclusion, this is one of the finest - if not the best - pumpkin beer that I've ever had. And I base that on two things: one, it's more than just a spiced beer, it actually tastes like pumpkin, and secondly, it's not overly spiced. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:59:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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dismal

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange color with about a one finger white head. The head reduces to almost nothing pretty quickly and leaves little to no lacing at all down the sides of the glass. The smell right away is very strong, maybe one of the strongest I've come across for a pumpkin ale. Right away it's a strong scent of spices and pumpkin and just smells really great. The taste is the same, spices right away and pumpkin. The taste pretty much explodes in your mouth, one of the most pumpkiny beers I've had. I've heard this one is like drinking liquid pumpkin pie and now I believe it. Very flavorful, it's everything autumn in a beer. A high ABV one this one but I didn't notice it a bit. Highly drinkable, I'm going to pick up quite a few more to last me through autumn. Easily the best pumpkin ale I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 21:30:57 | More by dismal
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

This is how pumpkin beer SHOULD taste. Big pumpkin ale fan and, after a few decent non-New England pumpkin ales so far this fall, I wasn't quite feelin the love until I "bit" into this one.

Massive, orange amber color and a pungent, sweet taste that smelled of caramel, ginger, nutmeg and a huge helping of blackened cloves. Head was slight and dissipated quickly with a little bit of creaminess and mild carbonation. The pumpkin came through a bit in the mouth, but the taste also had hints of acorn and butternut squash, spiced rum, and lemon cookies. Pumpernickel bread and a sweet bitterness.

Balance between moderate alcohol (don't mean to say that 9% is moderate, only that it is not overpowering in the mouth), moderate hops, and sweet, spicy, starchy malt is wonderful. Finishes well and retains its body throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 19:47:44 | More by TLove
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kurp001

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bought at Shawan Liquors

Pours a deep orange with a small, bubbly head that recedes quickly. Not much lacing worth speaking of.

Smell is very rich, sweet pumpkin pie aroma with hints of spice, however the pumpkin pie notes definitely dominate here.

The taste is mostly pumpkin pie again, something I think really sets this apart from other pumpkin ales; as opposed to a purely pumpkin flavor, this one seems to really blend the caramel malt, pumpkin, and brown sugar notes in a way that effectively recreates a pumpkin pie flavor. A very faint hop presence is apparent on the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel is full but not too thick; a crisp carbonation keeps things interesting.

Drinkability on this one is pretty good, but a bomber of this stuff might be too much. A very well crafted beer, in my opinion, but I don't know why they don't offer this in twelve ounce bottles; I'm someone who loves pumpkin-anything, and this is even a little much for me towards the end. Overall, I'd say this is a must for any pumpkin ale fan, but if you're looking for something with a more toned-down malt presence, you may want to look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 22:10:16 | More by kurp001
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch. From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on September 29, 2009. There is a handsome, rich orange-amber pour but there is little to no head or retention. The aroma is clearly of pumpkin spices but there is a lot more to it including sweet brown sugar, malts, and maybe even some butternut squash. More creaminess to the mouthfeel but overall it tends to be heavier and appealing. The taste is quite unique. It has this odd mixture of sweet and sour like an Oriental restaurant. There is also a tartiness to the overall experience. This is quite unique and one of a kind. This also has a bit of a punch at 9% ABV. Highly recommended. Maybe another reviewer can get a better handle on what sensations affect the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 21:46:04 | More by puboflyons
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,871 ratings.