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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,246
Reviews: 1,684
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 364
Gots: 767 | FT: 24
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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Photo of THERoss


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Copper to light with a lacey white head.

Southern Tier does an absolutely spectacular job hiding the overpowering "alcoholic" taste that sometimes overwhelms most imperials.

Lots of spice hints; smell of nutmeg, cinammon, cloves. Tastes nothing short of excellence; front palet experiences a deep rich pumpkin, with yet a light satisfying mouthful. An after taste of pumpkin pie crust

My god. This beer is phenomenal. They nailed it spot on with the name; it truly is the king of pumpkin beers.

09-22-2010 22:39:53 | More by THERoss
Photo of Elimination


4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

Finally tracked one down!

Look is a brilliant bright copper, strong carb is evident, light hues look amazing.

Smell Strong as hell pumpking spice, pie, nutmeg, sugar, a certain milkiness to it, it smells great.

Taste That pumpkin is there and its strong, like a liquid pumpking pie but without the creaminess to it. it is very very strong pumpkin, but wouldnt expect something half assed from soutern tier

Mouthfeel is perfect, this feels like what a great fall beer is supposed to feel like.

Drink is very great, one of the best fall beers I have ever had, if not the best!

09-22-2010 21:10:58 | More by Elimination
Photo of BostonBrewins


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

A - Served on tap in a Chimay chalice at Pico in Boston. Creamy white head sits atop a caramel brown, crystal clear body of beer. Good head retention.

S - Smells absolutely delicious. Notes of gingerbread, nutmeg, pumpkin, and fresh baked cookies.

T - Very tasty and alot of complexity. Notes of nutmeg, cinamon, gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and spiced apple cider are in the forefront. Taste is reminscent of gingersnap cookies. Roasted pumpkin seed undertones in there too. Boozy finish.

M - This one has a lighter body than I expected. Almost chewy.

D - In my opinion this is the pumpkin beer king. At 9% this one can get dangerous though.

09-22-2010 14:29:19 | More by BostonBrewins
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. No lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spice. Cloves, herbal notes. Fairly weak for a 9% abv beer.

Taste: Pumpkin and lots of it. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Some spices notes with herbal flavors and grassy hops. Very big.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Lots of carbonation here with a larger body. Ends spiced and dry.

Overall, what is the point of a 9% pumpkin beer? I just couldn't figure it out. It's not bad, but it sure isn't something I will go and buy again. Just wasn't for me.

09-22-2010 02:07:31 | More by mothman
Photo of NCSUdo


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear copper under a small white head. No lace and very little retention.

S: Very nice blend of pumpkin, slight roasted, hint of caramel and some pumpkin pie spice, even some crust. Very balanced. Really great. Most pumpkin ales smell like pumpkin and spice, this one spells like a baked pie.

T: Pumpkin up front, hint of spices before ending in some alcohol and very mild bitterness. Good, but not nearly as balanced and well put together as the aroma.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation gives a slight prick on tongue. Drinkability is very nice. A more than solid representation of the style, though the taste was a slight light down after the amazing aroma.

09-22-2010 00:33:07 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of case4816

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%

A- Poured into my goblet very thin looking. Nice golden in colour with nice bubbles. Head was nice and creamy and lingered for a little while. Also lets in lots of light it's not very dark at all

S- Not a lot of smell here. Can pick up some hops, and a little bit of some lightly roasted malts, but the smell is mostly dominated by a smell that reminds me of cooked pumpkin that has been chilled. Can't pick out too many spices but a little nutmeg is prevalent

T- Very Creamy in texture, also fairly bitter feeling and a heavy aftertaste of the hops. The spices are not very pronounced at all. The Pumpkin flavour is very strong here which is really nice, but the hoppy bitterness doesn't compliment it very well.

D- Drinkable Beer, but not the best of it's kind for sure. The Pumpkin flavour conflicts with the hoppy bitterness, and also some more spicy flavour (cinnamon, nutmeg etc.) would really pull the pumpkin out and make the hops less pronounced

09-21-2010 03:50:11 | More by case4816
Photo of bronco94


3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

2010 Bottle into a chalice as recommended

A - Bright copper orange with a thin offwhite head that dissipates quickly, leaving absolutely no lacing. Would have liked to see a fuller/thicker head that left a little lacing here.

S - very spicy (cinnamon, allspice), raw pumpkin, and a slight mustiness

T - The spices seem muddled and are overall bitterly spicy. There is a slight sweetness from the pumpkin which is nice. You can definitely pick out the pureed pumpkin in the flavor

M - Kind of disappointing...pretty thin and watery, but with moderate to high carbonation to make up for the lack of body.

D - No real problems with drinkability other than personally not wanting more than one bomber per sitting. Alcohol is nicely hidden and the taste is appealing enough to make drinking the bomber pleasurable.

For some reason, I remember last years version quite different (sweeter, fuller, more pumpkin).

09-21-2010 02:09:00 | More by bronco94
Photo of foogerd

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

A- hazy golden orange eggshell head
S- dominant graham cracker malty aroma followed by pumpkin pie with the usual spices cinnamon nutmeg etc. real sweet malts coming through .No bitterness apparent , this is probably the best smelling brew ive smelled in awhile
T- bready pumpkin malts come through with a sweetness thats not overpowering just an excellent tasting brew through and through, the pumpkin here is so dominant but yet doesnt overburden the drinker this is a hard feat to accomplish with pumpkin ales, top notch.
M- smooth silky and full
D- doesnt get tiring at all for me , very possible others would find the pumpkin a drag after awhile but i enjoyed it throughout this bomber

09-20-2010 04:54:48 | More by foogerd
Photo of perrymarcus


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

650ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a translucent, luminous orange with over a finger of creamy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. decent lacing. good appearance, though nothing spectacular.

smell is big, bold, and mouth-watering... have to fight an initial impulse and not layer whipped cream on top of this. pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, a bit of ginger, and a certain graham cracker-like quality.

flavor follows up and then some. all the noted characteristics pull through in fine fashion; maybe some vanilla. hate to re-use the liquid pumpkin pie analogy, but yeah, pretty much. really delicious. 9% ABV, could of fooled me.

mouthfeel is a bit thin (docked points there); moderatedly carbed. the kind of flavor-packed beer that, while bar-setting, you're good with the bomber. for my money, hands down the standard by which all pumpkin beers should be judged.

09-20-2010 03:45:18 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of TMoney2591


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Served in a mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for splitting this bottle!

How'd that pumpkin become king? I didn't vote for him... The brew pours a hazy orange amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is a panoply of brewing and baking scents: cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, and Golden Grahams. Damn, this be smellin' good! The taste veers off this course a bit, holding notes of orange peel, brown sugar, pumpkin shell, potato skin, rye bread, and sour cream. It may not conform to the smell's template, but it really ain't too bad, either. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is a solid punkin brew, one of the better I've yet had.

09-20-2010 01:34:00 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of gilman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Had this in a growler, went back next day for a refill
This was good poured orange, a full tan creamy head
Smelled of spices, pumpkin pie and caramel
Tasted pretty much the same as it smelt but little pumpkin
Strong alcohol flavor yet very smooth and warming

09-19-2010 21:59:12 | More by gilman
Photo of holco34


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Golden orange, small creamy head

S: Smells like a pumpkin pie candle. Vanilla, pumpkin, ginger snaps, nutmeg, brown sugar, spicy

T: Very much like it smells. Spicy pumpkin and all the smells listed above. Delicious!

D: It would be tough to drink this all day but it's fantastic for one or two.

Another good dessert type beer from Southern Tier!

09-19-2010 16:05:55 | More by holco34
Photo of kbanks13


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Had this on-tap at Jacob Wirth tonight at the Harpoon event mishap. Poured a hazy burnt orange color with a tan head that was pretty small and faded fast. The color was great, but it loses some points for the lack of head formed. The smell was cinnamon and clove with a hint of vanilla and earthy pumpkin. Some molasses and brown sugar, too. The taste was much like the nose, but with the addition of sweet cream and a buttery malt flavor. The taste of this beer was exceptional. Mouthfeel was rich and viscous, velvety. Carbonated like others of the style, but much heavier overall, it drank like a stout. The great taste and feel to this one make it very enjoyable and the alcohol is very well hidden. This may be my favorite of this style yet.

09-19-2010 05:12:03 | More by kbanks13
Photo of Erish


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

I poured this 650 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet, as per the brewer's instructions.

A: cloudy pumpkin color, 2-finger creamy head quickly falls into a nice cap, lacing is decent.

S: it smells like a pumpkin pie: pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, maybe a touch of clove.

T: not only does it smell like a pumpkin pie, it tastes like one, too! The pumpkin and spice notes are in the front, the spiciness increases in the middle, along with a bean curd flavor, and the finish is herbal/earthy/spicy with a lingering pumpkin flavor, and finally the alcohol is discernable. Originally I was going to rate this a 4, but it is growing on me, and I really, really like this beer. Not a classic, but damn good!

M: medium to heavy-weight, creamy, mouth-coating, nice bitterness.

D: If you want to drink a pumpkin pie, this is it, though not quite as sweet. Overall, I was impressed.

09-19-2010 04:15:22 | More by Erish
Photo of decadance


4/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer is not quite the end all be all of pumpkin beer, though it is good. It pours with a orangish hue. The smell is of pumpkin and spices, but the taste is a bit more hoppy than the smell lets on. Nicely carbonated with a dry feel, though I could not imagine polishing off more than 1 bomber of these in an ever. Not bad if sought out for under 6$.

09-19-2010 03:42:28 | More by decadance
Photo of biglite351


3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

This review is based on this being a pumpkin beer and does NOT directly relate to other beer rating scales.

A - golden lager like color, follows a pumpkin idea well. Tall off white creamy head.

S - pumpkin pie mixed with eggnog.

T - bottle is not as pie like as the draft. However, this tastes like a holiday pumpkin pie, with added nutmeg and alcohol.

M - coats okay, but no tingle or anything.

D - finishing a bomber is near impossible. That would seem like finishing an entire pie.

09-19-2010 02:50:03 | More by biglite351
Photo of telecomz


4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

This is my first taste of Pumking, I think it is amazinng. I loves me some Dogfish Punkin. DFH Punkin is nuanced and delicious. I have to say I love the Pumking punch to the face approach to this beer style.

A: Copperish-orangy. What you'd wantm this style to look like.

S: Such a smell. Of all pumpkins, this one evokes the spice and smell the style aims for. Exceptional.

T: Very good. The dominant flavors are pumkin and most important - nutmeg. Too often this style leans on cinnamon; the nutmeg dominance really makes this special.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Very good.

For me, this displaces DFH Punkin as the best pumpkin beer.

09-19-2010 01:43:24 | More by telecomz
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.5/5  rDev -14%

Growler served in shaker pint.

A: Clear straw color with hints of orange and gold. Small head fizzles out very quickly, which is a function of this being served from a growler. This beer does have a nice head initially when served on tap. Either way, it's never a visually stunning beer.

S: Reminds me of pumpkin roll pastry or pumpkin cookies. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Maybe some allspice. Graham cracker. A little vanilla extract. Suggestions of pumpkin, but no actual pumpkin. Malt and hop scents are virtually non-existent. Very aromatic.

T: Starts off with a quick dose of pumpkin flesh. Crackery malt. Pumpkin pie spice. Hop bitterness makes an appearance. Just a hint of booze (more than I remember from last year). Lingering finish is straight up pumpkin pie, but just a bit of astringency hangs around long after.

M: Carbonation is a little off. It seems too prickly. If the mouthfeel was a little more viscous I would rate higher.

D: Moderate. High ABV and intense flavor make this a sipper. This growler will take several sessions to finish.

I always look forward to pumpkin beers. I'm not as crazy about Pumking as some folks are, but I do enjoy it. Something about this seasons brew makes it slightly less enjoyable than last years version. Of the handful of pumpkin beers I've sampled this year I think Smuttynose has been my favorite.

09-19-2010 01:37:54 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of ZeroSignal


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bomber, 2010 version

A - Pours a clear copper color with about an inch worth of tight, white head. Retention settles to a skim across the top of the beer with sticky lacing

S - Nose is full of pie spice, with emphasis on nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Dry pumpkin meat aroma and a feint floral hop aroma

T&M - Liquid pumpkin pie with a slap of bitterness and a punch of alcohol in the back of the throat. Medium body and slightly sweet in the finish. Some caramelized malt provides a bit of balance, but the pie spice is dominant.

D - High spice level and ABV makes it more a sipper, but is thoroughly enjoyable and tasty. I do recall liking last years a bit more, but I'll still be picking up a few more.

09-18-2010 03:52:42 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of webmanspidey


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This is a light amber/brown color... fizzy with medium head. Smells include sweet brown sugar, pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Taste is heavy on pumpkin and nutmeg.. light dashes of cinnamon and a slightly sour finish. Even though this is fairly strong it is hidden pretty well. Solid pumpkin beer.

09-18-2010 02:47:51 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of steve8robin


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Didn't get to try this one last season, so this is my first go around with it. 22oz bomber...

A: Nice copper brown a hint lighter than a penny. Small 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: Wow, this really smells like pumpkin pie. Hints off veggie / pumpkin scent. Actually it almost has a hint of a V8 smell. Some nice earthy spices blended in. Good.

T: Sheesh! This tastes like pumpkin pie! Heavy brown sugar blended with pumpkin. Some awesome cinnamon in the middle with some nice earthy tastes blended with nice sweet spices. Very good balance. Very good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. Good.

D: This goes down surprisingly easy. Very good.

All in all, this is a great beer. One of the few that tastes better than it smells. It tastes just like a pumpkin pie. Awesome! You definitely have to try this one if you get the chance. Best pumpkin beer yet for me!

09-18-2010 01:33:39 | More by steve8robin
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a really thick one finger white head.

S- cinnamon...nutmeg...with slight hints of pumpkin in there. Smells heavenly

T- getting a lot of pumpkin in the taste...nice bash of nutmeg too. Cinnamon actually seems a little minimal...regardless, its great. Maybe a little too much pumpkin, but its a pumpkin beer...so yeah

M- its VERY malty. Again, a characteristic of the style...but good god, its almost too much. Key word: almost

D- good beer, probably the best you can get for the style. Maybe a little too big...still a great beer

09-17-2010 22:10:08 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a honey-amber color with with an inch of head that fades. Leaves a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pumpkin...pretty much all i get out of it. I can't really see anything underneath the pumpkin...really just built around the pumpkin

Taste is very pumpkin-y, like a pie. Rich and creamy. there is spice and caramel, still trying to figure out if this beer was a pumpkin added beer or built around the pumpkin. Seems like a malty backbone is missing.

Mouthfeel is nice, its moderate body and pretty crisp.

Drinkability is high. A bomber of this is not out of the question what so ever. Every sip warrants another.

09-17-2010 03:52:54 | More by bs870621345
Photo of Vdubb86


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Served in a mug

2010 Vintage

Pours a slight hazy burnt orange that is lighter in color than I would expect it to be. The head is a nice ecru froth that slowly fades away to never be seen from again. The smell is fantastic! It smells like pumpkin bread, it's making me salivate thinking about it right now. That translates into an aroma consisting of a bready yeast smell affixed with the actual pumpkin smell and the pumpkin spices which seem to be all-spice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and perhaps a hint of ginger. The taste however is a giant let down from the smell. While it's not foul in anyway I expected to drink pumpkin bread and I'm not, probably shoulda seen that from the color. The taste is clearly of the pumpkin mixed with a booze flavor that is more consistent with vodka than anything. After the pumpkin vodka flavor you get the aftertaste of the spices and that is all that you are left with. The carbonation is nice and crisp on the tongue which helps dilute the alcohol flavor. If you're in the mood for pumpkin ale definitely buy this, it's pretty damn good. I warn you, you must be in the mood for this to really dig it.

09-17-2010 03:49:35 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of cbak999


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A - clear light orange in color. no head at all.

S - holy pumpin...no other smells come through.

T - holy pumpkin...pure pumpkn...no other spices really. a slight bitter finish.

D - being that it's so overwhelmingly pumpkin, I couldn't drink a lot at once. Nice treat this time of year.

09-17-2010 01:11:49 | More by cbak999
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,246 ratings.