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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,251
Reviews: 1,785
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,272 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +17%

CGMLS3, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of dali27
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a snifter glass

A: Deep orange in color with nice thick off-white, soapy head.

S: This is the best part about this beer! The smell is fantastic. Rich, sweet pumpkin pie aroma which is almost better than the real thing. Spices of cinnamon and nutmeg balance well to make this the best beer I've ever smelled.

T: I wish I had the same enthusiasm for the taste as the smell. It started off well enough, after the build of the beautiful sweet aroma, but it faded quickly for me after that.

Too much sweet, spice and booze flavor turned this beer to a rather unenjoyable experience. As it warmed the booze flavor overwhelmed the taste and it was a struggle to the finish.

M: Active carbonation, with a borderline thin watery mouthfeel. Not bad, just was.

O: This was the first Pumpkin Ale that I've ever tried. It's probably me, and I just might not like the style, but I would never try this beer again. That being said, this beer had THE BEST aroma that I've ever smelled in a beer. Even an amateur like me can catch a glimpse of some of it's greatness. I can see why it's considered excellent, I just don't consider it that myself.

dali27, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

czernobog, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with a residue of white bubbles scattered across the surface. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very earthy and biscuit-like, with complementary baking spices. Parts come together to create a marzipan effect; phenolic yet oddly savory. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with intense vegetal earthiness and occasional spikes in sweetness that seem tied to transient aromatic baking spices. Nutmeg is especially detectable into the middle, easily surpassing muted acidity before joining with mild vanilla and refined toasted malt in the finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and coating on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While the flavor and the smell of this beer are each remarkable when taken on their own, the whole ends up being somewhat less than its parts. It has a musty and savory quality that is likely attributable to the pumpkin, continually disorienting the palate until fatigue begins to set in.

beagle75, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

bszern, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

animal69, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

bertram, Dec 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jsurfs82, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

djre4orm, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jwelsh, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

beerslushy, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

nandemo1, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright orange, almost looks like it's glowing.

Pumpkin dominates the nose. Mixed spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, grains, malts and hops all present in the smell. But there is no question this is a pumpkin beer.

Flavor leans to heavy on the pumpkin side for my liking. The rich pumpkin and burnt pie crust flavors aren't balanced out by the spices. Bitter hops are present but drowned out by the other flavors. That combined with a thick feel leaves me desiring a more refreshing brew. Clearly I'm in the minority with this one.

ElGrecoVerde, Dec 18, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sold to me as pumpkin pie in a glass, I agree .
Pours a amber orange with a full tan head. Nice lace, good looking full bodied beer.

Aroma of roasted pumpkin and spice infused malts.
Taste carries that malty roasted pumpkin with nutmeg, vanilla, all spice and alcohol.

The mouth is like soft creamy pumpkin pie with the amazeing part, the graham cracker crust finish.

Overall the best pumpkin beer i've tried and now the standard i'll compare to others. Will buy again next year.

chilidog, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CopperTopBrews, Dec 18, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear orange copper with a solid thumb of soapy head that dissipated to a thin covering
S - an interesting mix of roasted pumpkin, toasty and nutty malty aromas, mild spice note
T - much like the nose, the flavour is strong with roasted pumpkin, along with a hazel nut like richness and some toastiness, light touch of caramel and just a faint hint of spice
M - medium carbonation with a light feel, gentle spice tingle with a lingering sweetness
O - one of the more unique pumpkins I've tried in terms of flavour as it relies very little on the pumpkin pie spice angle, ABV is extremely well hidden making this a tasty and dangerously drinkable treat

joemcgrath27, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jackie7787, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

GoSabres87, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

jmfc8237, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

LIVEfreak2, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

riotinmyskull, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sailorastro, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Discordian, Dec 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

agriff401, Dec 14, 2011
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,251 ratings.