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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,319 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,319
Reviews: 1,793
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,304 | 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:
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 hopfacebrew
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another Sandman3479 hook up!

Poured from bomber to pint glass. No dates. Pours an opaque orange color with a thin white cap, some retention and lacing, not much though. While it may not be an impressive looking beer it smells great! Smells like a pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, chai, cinnamon, vanilla, all spice. Very good. Literally smells like a liquid pumpkin pie. The flavor continues where the nose left off, though a bit softer. The nose was so powerful I expected the flavor to be as dominant. Tastes just like the nose though a bit softer. Mild bitterness. Lighter end of medium bodied with some carbonation. Overall, a very good pumpkin beer. It would have been nice to have a more dominant flavor, but it was still very good. Hides the abv very well. Enjoyable!

hopfacebrew, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely soft orange with minimal off white head. Lacing is decent. Distinctively pumpkin orange.

Do you know what a pumpkin pie smells like? It smells like that. Nutmeg, graham cracker, savory pumpkin, a splash of fresh cream.

The taste mirrors the nose without coming off as too artificial. Nutmeg is prominent, but appropriate. Really nice. It's amazing how much flavor a rather flavorless gourd can impart on a beer.

Mouthfeel is suitable for the style. Overall, I look forward to this release every year. It's unique and hearty, delicious.

yamar68, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of olympicgatorade
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

olympicgatorade, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of LostTraveler
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

LostTraveler, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Pumking Goblet.

A: Pours a crisp golden hue with minimal white head that fleets to the edge of the glass. Light to medium carbonation. No real lacing on sides of glass.

S: I couldn't ask for anything more in the smell of a beer. Wonderfully spicy with hints of pumpkin, vanilla and graham cracker crust. All spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Can almost even pull out the whip creme.

T: Loads of spice cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Great vanilla taste, very sweet like a pumpkin pie. Definite alcohol overtones but those are easily ignored. Has been toned down over the years in regards to overall flavor.

M: Fairly low carbonation. Clean smooth body. Doesn't leave any unwanted resins. Easy to drink considering ABV.

Overall one of my favorite beers and breweries. A superb pumpkin beer that I always look forward too. Easy to drink and enjoyed by everyone.

CloudStrife, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ChocolateJesus
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

ChocolateJesus, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of MikeD1687
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MikeD1687, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JMCrocker
5/5  rDev +23.2%

JMCrocker, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of joshtrich
2/5  rDev -50.7%

joshtrich, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of cld253
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

cld253, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of marginalerror
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

marginalerror, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of TDRudy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

TDRudy, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of all the Pumpkin Ales I have ever tried this has been my favorite. Where most Pumpkin Ales tend to be malt heavy and light on the pumpkin taste and spices, Pumking is the exact opposite.

Not only is the aroma a heavy blend of pumpkin and spice, but so is the taste. It is a very smooth beer and easy to drink, with a slightly dry aftertaste that makes you want to drink more.

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -1.5%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

PeteRiz, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Fitzmke, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

dgeebs07, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4.75/5  rDev +17%

OldTime, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of ScarletFire1017
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ScarletFire1017, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BilbosNuts
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mjw52 for providing this in a trade.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: This doesn't look spectacular. An orangish hue with a small white bubbly head. It has little retention just a small ring that sticks to the sides.

S: Wow. This may be the best smelling beer I've ever had let alone a pumpkin beer. It smells exactly like a pumpkin pie with the crust and whipped cream and all. Cloves, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, and other spices round out the aroma.

T: The taste is similar to the taste, but slightly muted compared to the aroma. All the flavors are there, but not as bold. Pumpkin pie, crusts, vanilla, cinnamon, etc. Very good.

M: Medium to light bodied with limited carbonation. It finishes kind of thin for my liking.

O: This is by far the best pumpkin beer I've had so far. I wish I could get this in California more often. Superb.

BilbosNuts, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of demonicbeaver
5/5  rDev +23.2%

demonicbeaver, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

tfsimpkins, Feb 10, 2012
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,319 ratings.