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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

6,319 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 6,319
Reviews: 1,793
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,304 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Stephiep1909, Jan 03, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/3/12

Note: I've had this every year since 2008, but this review is from a 2011 bottle

Appearance: A bright, golden orange color - remarkably and surprisingly clear, foamy white head that fades quickly to some lacing

Smell: Oh Pumking, you so crazy - the taste seems to change year to year, but the aroma is consistently euphoric - this is heavily spiced pumpkin pie, complete with fresh pumpkin flesh, the full assortment of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.), and a hearty pie crust - a ton of sugar, too, caramel, maybe even some brown sugar - this sweetness should be disgusting, but somehow it is magical - I really don't understand it, but I enjoy it

Taste: Great, but less remarkable than the aroma - tons of minimally cooked pumpkin flesh, and a ton of spices - the malts are interesting, kind of like a sweet pie crust mixed with a honey graham cracker - some slight tartness - some unexplained creaminess to this, too, like Cool-Whip (if it were mixed with pumpkin spices) - very sweet, but somehow not cloying, even when consuming a bomber in one serving (guilty)

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, smooth, and sticky with a lingering spiciness

Overall: This is really the king of the pumpkin/spice bombs

In my humble opinion, there are two broad categories of pumpkin ales. There are ales that carefully balance pumpkin and spices to create a subtle, well-balanced beer, and there are ales that just try to create a total pumpkin and spice bomb. Generally, the latter is an absolute disaster, but somehow Southern Tier pulls it off. The 2011 edition of Pumking is definitely better than the 2010 edition, but 2009 was better... I actually bought a case of it that year, so I remember it well.

angrybabboon, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

jennaski01, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

I feel like I am drinking a pumpkin pie when I have this beer. Spicy, sugary, lots of cinnamon and ginger(?). Some nutmeg. Body is solid; moderately carbonated. Don't drink it too cool - better as it warms a little. I could drink this while I eat some apple and pumpkin pie.

PacNWDad, Jan 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,319 ratings.