Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,687
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,460 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass after work.
Appearance: Pours a translucent orange amber, with a 2 inch head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Straight up spiced pumpkin pie. No hops no malts, just pie.

Taste: Its very sweet. It has all of the characteristics of pumpkin pie. You can definitely tell it's pumpkin puree. Caramel malts, vanilla creme, and graham cracker dominate. You have to like pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably best Pumpkin ale we sell at Hop City, although I am interested to try the Weyerbacher pumpkin. With over 30+ pumpkin beers every season it can get a little overwhelming. I believe Southern Tier achieved exactly what they wanted here so congrats for that.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A few years ago I did a survey of every pumpkin beer I could find. This was not available, but if it were I think it would have won. This is a bizarre brew. It tastes like pie crust and ale. It looks like an AIPA, light and orangy.

The taste is creamy and the aftertaste is of sugary, ale-like, hard to describe. It is not especially balanced, it is over the top. But it is pretty drinkable (after having a taste in the store I bought a bomber). Highly recommended.

2013 - (previous was 2012) - Had some of this on tap and it is a different experience. There is still a pumpkin pie aroma, but the taste is that of an extremely refined strong ale with pumpkin. Outstanding.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

A) Nice dark orange amber - what you would expect from a pumkin ale

S) Very immediate, strong spicy aroma. Nutmeg comes through and no mistaking it's a seasonal beeer

T) Sweetness is immediate, the flavors blend well with pumpkin, nutmeg and vanilla hints but very overpowering for the pallette.

M) Very smooth and flows easy. Nothing special to note here

O) This is exactly what you would expect from a pumpkin beer. It's spicy and has bold flavors and if you like seasonal spice-laden beers, you'll love this. It was a bit much for me and I could see maybe having one as a dessert beer after Thanksgiving meal? But overall it was too much spice for my liking.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -69.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Perfectly clear orange. Head is one finger white. Reduces to a thin slick and minimal lacing.
S- The aroma is just a touch of vanilla, big pumpkin, and some spicy nutmeg.
T- I mean this in the best possible way, but it tastes like a pumpkin spice candle. Pumpkin is big and bold. There are good underlying spice flavors. Just when it is pumpkin pie and hinting at one dimension, some vanilla flavors kick in and keep it interesting.
M- Body is just a hint light, and carbonation and a bit overdone, but it's not dramatically so.
O- This is, if not the best pumpkin ale I've had, darn near close. If the carbonation and body were worked it, it would verge on the perfect pumpkin ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,687 ratings.