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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,735
Reviews: 1,845
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 443
Gots: 1,522 | 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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Photo of Thomas68704
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brianwakeforestnc
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a 20 ounce English style pub glass from a bottle.
A) Mahogany hued, with hints of red, looks more reminiscence of and aged bourbon in color then a beer. Full finger of head that quickly losses retention. Very little lacing, but this was drank very slowly so others may have a different experience in that regard. Looks malty.
S) Full pumpkin pie onslaught, as it should be for a pumpkin beer. Sweet, rich, bready, no real smell of hops to my nose. Decadent. Dessert in a glass.
T) Very true to it's smell. deep pumpkin, molasses, apple pie spices of clove, nutmeg, ginger. Strong malt presence, very little bitterness. More balanced then I expected, not as sickly sweet or flabby as I thought it would be. There is no mistaken this beer for anything else then what it is.
M) Full and round. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Medium bodied, more like a porter then a stout in this regard, but definitely thicker then a average ale.
O) A really good example of this style. Pumpkin beers can be disappointing when they do not have a pumpkin flavor that clearly shines through, and this one really delivers. Improves as it warms in the glass. I bought three bombers and will wait till late fall to enjoy the other two. This will be perfect sitting next to a fire.

Photo of lilnicky068
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Jiatlas
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of clickyourfingers
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Taycro
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of IronCity1822
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Barbie
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of badun
2.22/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The short version: This beer was so bad that I poured over half of it down the drain. And I'm so cheap that I almost never do that!

The longer version: I expected something similar to Dogfish Head's Punkin, but this most closely resembled an absolutely horrid Michelob vanilla oak that I tried last year. All I tasted in the Pumkin was a very chemical vanilla taste. Maybe a touch of spice and some alcohol, but every sip was overwhelmed by the vanilla. And I love vanilla! But not in this beer. I very rarely regret a beer purchase, but this impulse buy was literally money down the drain.

Photo of comfortablynirm
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of JakeDebus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of drzig
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious fall beer that is very drinkable. A beer my wife and I can both enjoy.
Appearance - deep orange color
Smell - hints of cinnamon, nutmeg
Taste - pumpkin pie (my wife likes it with a little cinnamon on top, which brings more head)
Mouthfeel - feel, but you don't feel/taste the higher ABV
Overall - great beer that I will purchase every fall to help prepare me for the season ahead.

Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of alexipa
1.96/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Crystal clear orange with no head and no lacing. Looks like soda, not appealing at all.

S: Smells of pumpkin pie spices. From what I've been told about this beer, it's what I expected.

T: Does not taste like pumpkin, pumpkin pie, or fall spices! It has a chemical taste with some weird spice on the back end that I can't pin down. Absolutely no malt flavor, no pumpkin, no hops. My wife said it best: "there is no way this can be called beer."

M: Creamy, but really offensive. Something about the feel of this made my stomach almost instantly hurt.

O: If you enjoy chemical cocktails with mild stomach pain, this is your drink. I refuse to call this beer. I choked down half a pint and drain poured the rest of the bottle.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes 9/3/12.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: brilliant orange bodied beer with 2 finger white head. head drops down to a small ring.

Smell: This smells really really bready. little pumpkin and little bit of spices.

Taste: Exactly like the nose. Its tastes way too bready. Its honestly distracting from the pumpkin flavor. Little bit of pumpkin flavor and spices. maybe a hint of graham craker like a pie crust in the finish. Medicinal and vegital finish too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It drinks nicely and stays with the ABV level the bottle lists it at. Its a fairly smooth drinker.

Overall: This beer has potential, but the huge bready notes just terrorize this beer. The pumpkin is sapposed to be the star in a Pumpkin Ale, it certain was missed by a long shot in this beer. I am not sure what all the hype is surrounding this beer.

Photo of HamGlade10
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Velobos
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of eclipse54
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber split into tulips.

"Pours a blood orange color with about a centimeter of pure white head. Comprised of numerous small bubbles, the head dissipates rather quickly leaving a scant ring and some legs across the surface. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is of nutmeg, cardamom, chai, marshmallow, toffee, caramel, all spice, a bit of clove, and some herbal tea. Hard to pull any actual ""pumpkin"" out of it, but I suppose that's not atypical. Reminds me of a chai latte someone might get at a local coffee joint.

Flavor is loaded with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and toasted marshmallow. Some vanilla, caramel, toffee, clove, coriander, and even raisin come through later on. Loads of spices in this one, but they integrate well and make for a complex beer.

Mouthfeel does well not to be overly sweet, but a few of the spices linger for a while longer than hoped (the nutmeg and cardamom, primarily).

Overall, this is a great ""pumpkin"" beer, even though it doesn't have much in the way of genuine pumpkin flavors (realistically though, the flavor of raw pumpkin isn't all that exciting). If you're looking for pumpkin pie in a glass, this is the one you seek."

Photo of EFR94
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of jp312
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of Duff27
2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short white head on a clear orangey colored body. Collar left

Bread. Big sweetness.

Immediate thoughts of capn crunch. Buttery. Not digging the aftertaste, kinda nasty actually.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

You either love it or hate it, I'm a hater. Meh. I'm still not overly impressed by anything from Southern Tier.

Photo of Steinberger
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,735 ratings.