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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,734
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 443
Gots: 1,519 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A quick pour into a Duvel tulip yields a 1.5 inch, fairly dense head, quickly dissipating to a quarter inch of tiny bubbles that nicely coats the side of a tilted glass. The color is a bright amber tending to orange. The beer is remarkably transparent, considering its rich flavor.

The aroma is that of overripe pumpkin, with allspice and hints of nutmeg and, maybe, cinnamon. The smell is not particularly complex, but evocative and on the mark.

The beer is sweet almost to the point of being cloying, but that, while comprising the most controversial aspect of this distinguished brew, is its strength. It is the essence of its personality. The sweetness is cojoined with the taste of pumpkins and associated autumnal and Thanksgiving spices for a result that I consider sublime.

The beer's texture is creamy, without a sense of heaviness.

In sum, this is a remarkable elixir, as capable of eliciting memory of--and longing for--a taste as any beer I have encountered.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Jwicker
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely the most delicious ale I have tried so far, too bad its only seasonal.
I bought in the bottle and poured into large mug. Consumed at 50 degrees. I like my ale warmer, but this one in particular is best cold, 40 or below.
-The appearance of the ale while and after I poured into my glass was a pure orange/amber color with light dissipating carbonation which feels great while drinking.
-The smell is very sweet, with a hint of nutmeg. Smells similar to candy corn.
-now for the taste.. wow. I was not expecting a taste even more delicious than the smell. Imagine biting into a delicious pumpkin pie while drinking one of your favorite ales. Now put it together. Incredible brew here. The taste stays in your mouth for a while, and warms you up really quickly. This is a perfect brew for the holidays, and I've already recommended to many friends and family.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly cream-colored head that dissipates relatively rapidly. No lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Wow. If you want pumpkin pie in a bottle, this might be better. Graham cracker malt that smells like pie crust, pumpkin, nutmeg, and vanilla that smells like whipped cream. I don’t know how they did this but it is the exact aroma of pumpkin pie.

T – Follows the nose. Starts off sweet with pumpkin, whipped cream, and cracker-like malt. Then, the spices start to come in – mostly nutmeg, with hints of cinnamon and allspice. There may be a slightly bitter spicy and floral hop finish, but that could just be all the flavors coming together at the end. Regardless, this is delicious.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky, mouth-coating, and creamy feel, and a spicy, slightly bitter, and dry finish. I can’t really pick out a particular flavor that lingers because all of the flavors really come together. Therefore, pumpkin pie with whipped cream sweetness and spice lingers for a great amount of time. There’s a slight throat-warming sensation from the alcohol but it’s subtle.

O – This is an excellent pumpkin beer. Obviously, it got high marks from me, but it would have gotten even higher ones if more of the actual base beer was apparent. Since the pumpkin pie aroma and taste was so outrageously well-done, I can’t give it less than a 4.5 in those categories. This is definitely the best pumpkin beer that I’ve had. I’d really, really like to try the beers from this category that are rated higher.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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

Great pumpkin beer - if others don't have a strong enough yet balanced pumpkin taste look no further. Appearance is a deep orange with a disappearing head and after a bit is almost non-existent. The smell is incredible with fall spices - brown sugar, nutmeg. A strong breads malt flavor leads into the taste. For those that like pumpkin bread more than just pumpkin this beer's flavor is as close as it gets.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,734 ratings.