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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,800
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 456
Gots: 1,610 | 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: 6,800 | Reviews: 1,868
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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that you wait for and wait for and wait for.. one of my Fav of the style.

I am not big on Pumpkin Ales but this one is just that speical ..

A. looks great in the glass looks like Autum for sure. Nice orange golden color. some lacing small head.

S. Smells like fresh pumkin crust. thats right, the crust of the pumpkin pie . not over bareing spices to smell .

T. taste like it smells . I swaer thay add blended pie crust to this Beer. it does have some hop presences and has a very dry clean finish.

M. med body. light carbination

O. like i stated at the start this is a beer I wait and wait and wait for every year. I also for the last two years put a bottle aside to drink on Oct 31st of the following year. cannot wait to crack my 2011 bottle this year.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 08/28/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden orange color, produces a fizzy half-finger of white head that recedes to a few wisps, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Wow, the aroma on this beer is absolutely delicious. Very vivid pumpkin pie aroma, as well as some nutmeg, cinnamon, graham cracker malt and brown sugar, but the star of this is the pumpkin pie, seriously, it smells goddamn amazing. This is one of the best aromas I've ever seen on a beer, I actually can't imagine how any pumpkin beer could possibly smell better than this.

T- Follows through on the aroma really well, once again the pumpkin really dominates the flavor, as well as some spices as in the nose. Also getting some graham-cracker malt and a bit of boozy sweetness, but not much for 8.6%.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

O- A very solid pumpkin beer, a bit sweet but still very tasty (also at $6-7 for a bomber this is a damn steal).

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4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 650ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper-orange hue with a thin, white,1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a small wispy lace.

S: Great caramel, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon aroma with hints of all-spice, nutmeg and coriander.

T: Tastes exactly like the smell with that great pumpkin, cinnamon flavor. The all-spice and nutmeg and coriander make it taste like a pumpkin pie.

M: Heavy body and minimal carbonation.

O: Wow – this is by far the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. Excellent flavor and aromas and a good amount of alcohol.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dweaversauce
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured straight down the middle, forming a billowing one finger white head that slowly fades. Deep orange hue.

S - Just like grandma's pumpkin pie. Hints of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg,and clove. Very sweet aroma.

T - Taste follows the smell! Pumpkin with underlying spice. Crisp and sharp on the palette.

M - Medium body and very pleasant mouthfeel. Can't taste the higher ABV whatsoever.

O - If you are looking for straight up pumpkin pie in a glass, this is the beer to try. Amazing pumpkin ale. Will definitely have again. And again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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1.38/5  rDev -66%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I missed my chance to try this last year. After all the hoopla and with much anticipation I scored 2 bottles this week. What a disappointment! Thank goodness I didn't buy an overpriced case of this goo. As pumpkin ales go, this is the worst by far of the dozen or so that I've tried. Looks great, smells sweet, tastes like liquefied caramel corn and not at all like pumpkin. No way this deserves an Excellent rating, in my opinion. If Grandma's pumpkin pie tasted like this, I'd lose my Thanksgiving dinner.

I've had several other Southern Tier brews - all very good. Just adds to the surprising let down.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a rerate after being more accustomed to the style. Still not loving the nutmeg. Pour is a beautiful orange with big fluffy white head. Aroma of spice and wheat, a little dusty. Flavor is lots of pumpkin and nutmeg with cinnamon presence. Flavor is more of the same with a dirty wheaty finish that I still don’t like, some dustiness, slightly dry, and the nutmeg is just overpowering. I just don't get this one--and same goes for the other overly spiced pumpkin beers. Why not make these taste like pumpkin instead of liquid nutmeg?

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a clear deep gold, maybe copper color with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that fades away rather quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Smells like sweet pumpkin pie. Smells very sweet and sugary, with hints of butterscotch candy. Smell is like buttery pumpkin pie. Everything is there. Crust included. Pumpkin mixed with sugar, spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. All with a crispy buttery crust. Very unique.

T- Follows nose to the T! Very enjoyable. Tastes like it's Thanksgiving and i just sat down with a piece of Grandma's pumpkin pie. Rich and sweet creamy pumpkin mixed with spices that compliment the pumpkin flavor well. Love the taste of the buttery crust added to this one. Most pumpkin ales are pumpkin and spice. This one adds the buttery crust flavors and does it well.

M- Medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down easy for the ABV.

O- I really enjoyed this one. It's worth seeking out. This one is more sweet and buttery than some of the other pumpkin ales making it seem more "rich" The buttery crust flavor mixed with the pumpkin and spices is what makes this a great beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with an orange tint. A thin ring of lacing/foam when it warms a bit. This is only average at first, but brightens up as it warms.

Smell: It actually smells like pumpkin, instead of pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, etc.) like most pumpkin ales, so I give it credit for that. There's also some sweet corn. I'd say it's pretty good compared to other pumpkin ales.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very sweet. Tastes like pumpkin or sweet potato pie. This 'King mostly has a sweet corn/pumpkin maltiness instead of hopped spiced notes. Nutmeg does come into play in the finish, which is nice. Maybe a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel had a nice crispness when chilled, but flattens out when it warms.

Overall Drinkability: Probably my second favorite pumpkin ale after Dogfish Head.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer last year and didnt like it at all. I figured after hearing all the hype about it, i'd give it another shot. Pured from bomber into pint glass.

L:Half finger thick off-white head. Color is a vibrant orange. Lacing and head quickly went away.

A:Strong caramel and pumpkin upfront. Notes of vanilla, nutmeg and brown sugar.

T: Heavy caramel, pumpkin, and vanilla. Tastes like i'm taking a bite out of a slice of pumpkin roll, or perhaps the best pumpkin pie I've ever tasted. Its very hard to put my finger on what it tastes like, perhaps even some pumpkin iced coffee. Either way, its excellent.

M: Heavy alcohol finish. Almost a liquor aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Caramel flavor sticks around until the next sip.

O: I'm very pleased that I decided to give this beer another try. I must have gotten a bad bottle last year or something. I shared the bottle with a friend so maybe drinking the entire bottle myself last year was too overwhelming. Anyway, a very delicious dessert beer and most definitely worth a try (or two).

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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