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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,959
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 333
Gots: 592 | FT: 20
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 prototypic


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a very clear, golden color with pumpkin-esque highlights. How fitting. It's topped off with a foamy, white head that's about a finger and a half deep. It was gracious enough to stick around for a few, but faded leaving a light, sticky coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is more than fitting. This is simply a barrage of pumpkin on the nose. Very nicely done. There's some nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar that give it a little pumpkin pie flare. But, pumpkin itself is the primary feature. I can't say exactly deep or complex, but it's incredibly well done all the same. Pumking is easily the finest smelling pumpkin beer that this nose has encountered.

Taste: While the flavor profile is good, it's not quite as refined or artful as the nose. Once again, the pumpkin flavor is very strong here. It's good, but it's a little too much. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg are noteable, but are clearly secondary to the strong pumpkin flavor. I think I'd like it more if it were skewed a little more in the other direction. There's a hoppy presence that has a little bite. But, it's quickly toned down by the emergence of malt flavors. It finishes sweet and slightly dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium bodied and is pretty smooth. Carbonation is middle of the road and doesn't really add or take away from anything. All in all, it's smooth and goes down easy. Drinkability is just okay. Given the strong pumpkin flavor and high abv at 9%, a bomber is bordering on being too much.

Pumking's an interesting beer. It's good. But, it could be quite a bit better. If the pumpkin pie flavor were more pronounced, I'd like it quite a bit more. As it is, the pumpkin taste is just a little too strong. That being said, it's more than solid in all other respects. It's definitely one to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:58:34 | More by prototypic
Photo of AltBock


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a plastic wrap around label. On this label is an evil grinning pumpkin with a crown on its head. I thinking this pumpkin king is different than the one on the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale label. I guess they're 2 different kings that rule over 2 different pumpkin patches. To the far left of the pumpkin is the mandatory US information. To the right of the pumpkin is the usual Southern tier wealth of info. This is where you'll find the beer's specifications and ingredients, proper serving temperature and glassware, and 3 big paragraphs about the beer. These paragraphs say that this beer was brewed with Pagan spirit in honor of Puca. The last paragraph will give you a few of the beer's flavor notes. Again, the only thing missing on this bottle is some kind of best before date or vintage year.

Appearance: Southern Tier recommends that I pour "Pumking" into a goblet. So I poured this Pumpkin Ale into a Chimay Chalise/goblet. It was close enough. This Pumpkin Ale poured a clear orange color that was just a shade under being a true pumpkin orange. On top of this clear orange beer was a thin less than 1/4 of an inch head of white foam. It was a sad looking head of foam by any standard. This small head of foam quickly fizzled away into about 5 small white rings. It didn't even bother to leave behind any kind of lace behind. How could it? It was too damn small. It had nice color to it, but the head of foam was lacking big time!

Smell: I had to give the smell a high score because it smelled so damn good! A majority of the Pumpkin Ales I've had before this one were light in pumpkin and heavy in cloves and spices. This one went in the other direction. It was heavy with delicious pumpkin spice bread. It smelled exactly like fresh baked pumpkin spice bread that had a small dash of ginger added to it. There was nothing else behind the pumpkin spice bread and that's perfectly fine. The pumpkin spice bread was good enough for me to enjoy!

Taste: Oh Man! This is where you get to taste that delicious pumpkin spice bread that was coming off of this beer. But there was a minor problem with it in the taste. It tasted like they burned it a little bit. It was fresh baked in the aroma, but burnt in the taste. After the bread, in comes a dash of ginger, a speck of cloves, a hint of cinnamon stick, and then it finishes up dry with a subtle touch of hops and canned pumpkin. I liked how this Pumpkin Ale actually had the taste of pumpkin in it and that it wasn't overly spicy. Nice Pumpkin Ale!

Mouthfeel: This Southern Tier 9% ABV beer was medium bodied with low carbonation and with a dry pumpkin based aftertaste of slightly burnt pumpkin bread and a small dash of ginger. This pumpkin aftertaste won't stick around for too long. I would have to say that it masks it's high ABV% because I certainly couldn't feel it.

Drinkability: This is the best and easy drinking Pumpkin Ale that I've had so far. I loved the pumpkin bread smell and taste and i loved that it wasn't overly spicy with cinnamon and cloves. This one changed my mind about Pumpkin Ales. It is possible to make a great Pumpkin Ale! If you love pumpkins, then this Southern Tier seasonal is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 20:00:02 | More by AltBock
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.98/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Copper coloured ... big white foam head .... Oh my big pumpkin with something a bit unpleasant in nose (wife says popcorn and id say shes sopt on, and i dont like popcorn)... rich yeasty vegtable pumpkin ... its very veggy ... again some popcorn... and quite unlike other pumpkin beers ive had ... really dont like it

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 20:25:36 | More by cgarviereg
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy honey-amber with a dense, thick, white head into a pint glass. The smell was of pumpkin pie - no joke - pumpkin pie. The taste was actually like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie, complete with the pumpkin and spice flavors - very unique and cool, I must admit. Good carbonation and lacing. I am not in any way a fan of fruited or otherwise spice-enhanced beer, but I must admit that this offering from ST was not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 19:15:17 | More by pershan
Photo of awall422


2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pumpkin beer? no, this is a spiced malt beverage. immediately blown away by a vanilla aroma and tons of pie spices. "pumpkin" flavor is pretty neutral, this does not taste like pumpkin at all. your palate is just blasted by fizzy vanilla and pumpkin pie spices so much it barely seems like beer. not impressed at all.

this guy describes it well, "almost like an over spiced pumpkin cheese cake" he liked it, i didn't. to each their own, that's the beauty of beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 02:40:36 | More by awall422
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a clear slightly dark golden amber. Had next to no bubbles rising, and was completely clear. The head was very thin, made up of very small milky white bubbles. Smell was very spicy, nutmeg and ginger with a touch of molasses. Very small amount of smoke, almost like smoked pumpkin. Absolutely no "beer" smell. Taste was pumpkin, hidden behind a little bit of spicy sweet, almost like an over spiced pumpkin cheese cake. Coated the mouth very well, but left a bit of bitterness on the tongue that I couldn't place why. Very good to sip, a different twist on the usual "pumpkin/pumpkin spices" beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 23:57:20 | More by mountdew1
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma of cinnamon and gingersnap cookies. Flavor of slight pumpkin and more gingersnaps and gingerbread cookies. I don't know what people are referring to when they say this tastes like pumpkin pie--because it doesn't. Maybe pie crust? It's pretty decent though, at least if you like gingersnaps.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Overall: 14/20

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 23:28:29 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep golden/light copper. Decent lacing with a thin layer of head staying on top of throughout the entire glass.

Smells of Pumpkin pie ... mmm pumpkin pie!

Tastes similar to pumpkin pie, but a bit too harsh for my liking. Could be a slight alcohol burn in the background, but the spices hide it well.

Very good beer, but I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 in a night.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 22:29:17 | More by tburkhart
Photo of antilogic


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kplynch for the bottle from trade.

Wow! So this is what pumpkin beer is supposed to taste like. Copper in color and lighter in body than I expected, but super full of flavor and very, very drinkable. I would go out of my way to get more next fall.

Recommended! One of, if not my absolute favorite fall beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 07:42:00 | More by antilogic
Photo of Goldopelgt


4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Wow...I don't even know what to say...This beer is awesome. A nice, coppery-orange color that hits you in the face with aromas of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and tastes exactly how it smells...delicious. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but I think at this point in time, I'm just trying to find something to criticize. You definitely have to try this beer...regardless if you're a fan of pumpkin or other spiced-type beers, this beer is impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 02:26:47 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of calise1122

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer at the Gingerman in Norwalk, CT.

A: Now it is pretty dark in this place and there are a lot of jack-o'-lanterns around... but right now this beer is the color of a pumpkin. Earthy orange that is slightly dulled and very inviting. It arrives with no head, but a nice white rimmed cap around the edges.

S: As the bartender hands the sniffer over bar, the aroma smacks me in the face. A mix of , pumkin bread, banana bread and ginger bread covered with a maple syrup frosting. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla... this smells fantastic. It smells like Autumn, hayrides, and sugar cookies. It's the kind of smell that brings me back... back to the leaf pile on the side of the road, back to the first pumpkin I carved, back to local high school thanksgiving football games. I like this smell; it is a warm, comforting and inviting one.

T: After smelling it... it tastes just like it should. Sort of has an eggnog flavor to it without the thick consistency. Not the eggnog you buy at Stop and Shop, but the eggnog you make at home, the eggnog your scared to try at first because you just dumped a dozen raw egg whites into it, the eggnog that REALLY warms you up... but you put a bit too much nutmeg and cinnamon in this batch, still tastes great... even has the burn of the rum or whiskey that would be added. Oh yeah, there is some pumpkin there of course... with a good amount of hops.

M: Fairly full bodied with lots of carbonation. It sizzles around a bit with each sip.

D: It tastes great; there is no getting around that. Spices galore and on this November night... it just seems appropriate. It is the best of its style I have had the past few years, maybe of all time... very authentic. That being said, I am not sure I could have another and I find myself feigning a nice hoppy IPA afterwards to strip away some of the lingering flavors. Not a session beer, a seasonal beer and a great one at that.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 04:13:25 | More by calise1122
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers sleazo for the Secret Halloween brew! poured orange amber with a decent cream colored head. then came the sniff. a great combo of pumpkin and spice with a whip cream kind of sweetness. all i see is pumpkin pie! the same wonderful pumpkin pie essence translates in the taste with a delicious amount of roastiness that balances the sweet pumpkin just about perfectly. like a dessert bottled. i believe this to be the best pumpkin ale i have ever had. i dont think i could kill a bomber to the dome but what a treat to split with some friends!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 01:22:23 | More by vasdef42
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/gold with a small head with minimal retention and some lacing. Smell is of nutmeg, some cinnamon, all spice, and vanilla. Wonderful nose. Tastes like liquid pumpkin pie while not being overly spiced or sweet. Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and pie crust. Has nice creamy mouthfeel to it with great carbonation. This is one of the tastiest pumpkin beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 18:16:24 | More by HopHead84
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Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty clear, orange/rusty color with a nice creamy head that retains very well. As soon as I opened the bottle, huge aromas of oatmeal cookies and graham crackers smacked me in the face. More notes of vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin, and nuts were savored in the smell as well. What an amazing aroma this beer puts off. And the taste follows suit...huge flavors of windmill oatmeal cookies, graham crackers, vanilla, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, light hops in the finish. I usually cant stand pumpkin/spiced beers but this sucker is absolutely delicious. Simply amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 20:04:32 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of bound4er


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter orange to amber appearance with a white head that fades fairly fast. The nose is somewhat restrained - malt and baking spices. The taste of this brew is intriguing - it reminds me of my wife's pumpkin swirl cake - nutmeg and cinnamon dominate with pumpkin playing a secondary role. Nicely done. Medium body - nothing too funky here. This beer is very drinkable given that I normally do not like "novelty" beers and the 9% ABV. I will buy a couple more bombers next year around Halloween.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 02:58:10 | More by bound4er
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Color is a light and clear pumpkin color with about one finger worth of head that isn't too impressive. Reduces to a small ring around the outside of the glass not long after pouring. It tries to stick to the glass, but can't quite hang.

Smell- Great pumpkin pie smell with many spices at play. Background of caramel malt.

Taste and Mouthmeel- The caramel malt in the background provides an excellent base for the spices to stand on. Typical spice array here I'd say, though I'd say there is an emphasis on allspice more than any of the other typical pumpkin beer players. The magnum hops in my opinion are maybe not quite the right choice here, but they work pretty well overall. I'd like to see a little less agressive hop however which would help take away the slightly bitter finish that this has and move it a little more toward the malty side.

Drinkability and Conclusion- Easily the best pumpkin beer I've had overall. I'm usually disappointed by pumpkin beers, but this one lives up to the hype. Amazingly drinkable for 9% and for a pumpkin beer. I had no problem getting through a bomber of this myself. This one makes it on my perennial seasonal list for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 01:23:51 | More by lpayette
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3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange amber hue... Slight white head quickly fades... Minimal lacing on top, but improves as it clings to the glass throughout the session... Small faced paced carbonation, only in the center of the glass...

S - A heavy pumpkin pie scent... Pumpkin filling / puree... Crust... Minimal spices... Nutty aromas throughout... Malt... Apple butter...

T - Nuts and pumpkin dominate... Malt... Crust... Alcohol...

M - Smooth... Slightly oily... Dry... A little on the thin side... Slight carbonation on the tongue...

D - The effort is greatly appreciated as this is an inspired and unique Pumpkin Ale... A sipper, especially by Pumpkin Ale standards...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 10:58:26 | More by philbe311
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle an orange-gold with thin white wispy head.

The aroma is exactly like a slice of warm pumpkin pie.

The taste is much like the aroma. Fresh pumpkin pie, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spices, and vanilla.

Light-to-medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

A great example of a quality pumpkin ale. Had this on Halloween and enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 04:29:36 | More by Monkeyknife
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orangish amber with a short lived off-white head that showed decent retention and lacing.

The smell is fantastic, like a pumpkin pie. Huge Pumpkin aroma with brown sugar and spices with some base malt.

The taste is a little spicier than the aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon and addition spices. There is an underlying malt sweetness with some pumpkin and a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

This is the most authentic pumpkin ale I've tasted in recent memory and a perfect drink for Halloween evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 02:36:12 | More by gford217
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Clear golden-copper color. Just a ring around the glass her, no lace.

smell - mmm Can I start drinking it now? This is like the best smelling beer ever. Pumkin, cinamon, and has this candy sweetness smell. Like a desert.

taste - Nice taste of spices, pumkin, and cinamon here. Ting of hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body, very few bubbles here.

drinkability - Real nice sipper. Its goign to take a long time for to finish this. All I want to do is smell it and savor the taste.

Goes good with pumkin seed :) Happy Halloween!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 00:40:40 | More by auxiliary
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy Halloween

A - Pours with a very, very wispy ring of white head, over a rather orange, syrupy body. A very small amount of bubbles rise through the thick mass of beer. Into a Trois Pistoles goblet, as per the side of the bottle.

S - Mmmm! Quite nice pumpkin pie scent, with major graham cracker notes. Cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice, vanilla.

T - Wow. This tastes like an autumn candle. I don't know if that's good or bad yet. Super huge vanilla and cinnamon notes throughout... it's not really much of a "beer" so much as a tasty alcohol drink. Spiced bread, traditional spices, graham cracker. It is very reminescent of pumpkin pie, yet has an odd, fake characteristic I'm not dying for. It's good and bold, but a little overdone.

M - A little too thin, and a little too undercarbonated for my taste.

D - It's different. A little cloying, a little odd, but not necessarilly bad. I'll finish this bottle and wait til next year.

Notes: What a great evening for a Pumking.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 00:07:03 | More by SaucyA
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomber into my snifter on all hallows eve.

Appearance: Minimal head, but some nice big bubbles along the rim. Some nice sticky lacing. Pours a butterscotch color - with some red sand lowlights.

Smell: Big nose of pie crust on this one. Background is big time harvest ale with a big pumpkin profile. Hints of spices also come through. Quite Unique.

Taste: Taste is quite complex presenting an array of flavors. Starts with a woody malt character with pumpkin flavor shooting to the back of the mouth. Moves to a well balanced hop background, rich with the buttery crust flavors
At first I didn't think I liked it - but after a few sips and really thinking about this one - it's very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied - very smooth. Nice crispy carbonation that lingers.

Drinkability: While the taste is quite interesting - it's not the most refreshing. I mean just think of the concept of drinking liquid pie crust. An interesting seasonal- just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 22:45:39 | More by bigkahunas4
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber drank the night before Halloween!

A - Cool story and graphics on the bottle. Deep amber/orange color in the glass with no head.

S - Fall in a glass. The best beer I have ever smelled. Very complex. Real pumpkin smell, not so much spice but actual pumpkin. Maybe a little spice, nutmeg.

T- Very balanced. Starts a little sweet and transitions to some real pumpkin and a little nutmeg in the middle. Ends with a bitter hop and slight alcohol bite.

M - Very creamy and full.

D - Great for a pumpkin ale. Very balanced and not overspiced.

This beer def. lives up to its billing as the top pumpkin ale. Very good. Mouthfeel and spices sort of remind me of egg nog.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:40:57 | More by MarzenMan
Photo of srandycarter


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours murky honey with not much head, settles to only ring. Not much lacing.

S - Pumpkin pie - sweet pumpkin pie, all the way.

T - My god, pureed pumpkin pie, the sweetness, the spices, they are all there.

M - Medium body, good carb and coating, great balance, considering the flavors dealt with.

D - This would get gross eventually. SPECTACULAR beer if you try just one. Old George W. knew what he was doing when he wanted to add this fruit to his beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 03:09:19 | More by srandycarter
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2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Orangeish/amber in color with absolutely no head
S - Huge aroma. Smells mostly of graham cracker crust and of course a little pumpkin...smells like a spiceless pumpkin pie or cheesecake that is loaded with graham cracker.
T - This didn't taste how I expected it to. It was big on flavor, but the flavor didn't strike me as being pleasant after a while. Tastes malty sweet and then pumpkin pie, but there was also a lot of emphasis on graham cracker and pumpkin bread. There was also cinnamon in the finish, but the cinnamon was way too overdone.
M - goes down smoothly, but a bit thin
D - This one is not my cup of tea (or glass of beer). It was enjoyable to try, but I was not big on it because it was so overpowering in its smell in taste, neither of which I really enjoyed. I like pumpkin ales, however this one just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 02:45:17 | More by birchstick
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,959 ratings.