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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 6,803
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 457
Gots: 1,611 | FT: 32
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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Ratings: 6,803 | Reviews: 1,868
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4.02/5  rDev -1%
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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4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottling date 8/22/12.

A - Pours a surprisingly transparent copper color. Limited and quickly receding white head produces tiered lacing.

S - Smells like 6 o'clock on Thanksgiving. Vanilla, candied pecan, pumpkin pie, and graham crackers all come to mind. The aroma is sweet and roasty. This is the best smelling pumpkin beer I have come across, and one of the top few best overall.

T - Tastes very similar to the aroma. All the same components in different concentrations. Big on the nutmeg spice on the front, similar to eggnog in richness. Nutty malts on the center, with a big pumpkin and spice finish. Slight alcohol burn; just enough to warm. Brown sugar and pumpkin linger. Very solid flavor.

M - Medium bodied and slick with pretty low carbonation. Enjoyable.

O - This is the first year I have gotten into trying a bunch of pumpkin beers. What I have learned is there is a big gap between the good ones and the bad ones. This is certainly one of the good ones with a phenomenal aroma and very good taste. Pumpkin pie in a glass. Rich and tasty, this probably isn't for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper and orange in color with some highlights of amber when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a vert thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small-medium sized thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie with moderate amounts of sweetness - there is the moderate flavor of pumpkin with some of the traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

T: Like the smell, the taste also features lots of pumpkin pie flavors. There is a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness with strong flavors of pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is really quite delicious - the sweetness is not overbearing or cloying and there is a light amount of hop bitterness that helps to balance it out. Annually, one of my favorite pumpkin beers that is easily accessible in the area.Very appetizing in the smell and the taste.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle... @ room temperature...

Appearance: A nice copper color with very little carbonation, much like a draught beer.

Smell: As 'Steigede' mentioned, pumking smells like 'Eggnog'...

Taste: Nutmeg, Cinnamon... 'followed by'... a strong taste of Malt, Hopps and Alcohol.

Mouthfeel: pumking enters your mouth with a feel of any other beer and then suddenly, you experience an explosion of creaminess. As you start to swallow pumking, the creamy feel is overtaken by seasonal flavor of Nutmeg, CInnamon and Pumpkin...

Overall: I'll give and overall score of 5.0. Kudos to 'SOuTHERn TIER' for an AWESOME 'Seasonal' (Halloween / Christmas) alcoholic beverage... Definitely worth a try!!!

Note: Absolutely love the pumking bottle label... WICKED!!! :P

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3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Vibrant copper, dense amber color with a small white head that transformed into a thin layer of bubbles resting at only the edges of the beer along the glass. Not much lacing to speak of when all was said and done. The aroma was full of pumpkin spices, cinnamon bread, and toasted malts. It wasn't noticeable at first, but about halfway through, after the beer warmed up a bit, hints of vanilla bean came out, along with a (very) mild bitterness from the hops. The taste followed the smell pretty closely, with pumpkin, yeast, malt, and maybe a bit of vanilla - very "holiday" smelling. Carbonation was medium, the body was slick and a little too heavy to be called "thin", and the higher ABV was hidden pretty well.

Overall, a good pumpkin beer. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin flavor beers, but I still enjoy trying them. This one isn't bad, but I'm still searching for that one that changes the way I look at pumpkin beers forever.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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