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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,734
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 397
Gots: 1,035 | FT: 28
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 StlHopHead77
3.5/5  rDev -14%

A-Pours a transparent,copper/orange into my Duvel tulip with a 1 inch,loose,rapidly shrinking,snow white crown that left virtually no lacing.

S-Brown sugar,slight allspice,shortbread cookies,roasted nuts and canned pumpkin. Subdued and too much like a normal amber ale.

T-Mild cinnamon,clove,pumpkin,pumpkin seeds,brown sugar,caramel malts and butter.Also a slight mineral/metallic note. Not overly sweet,aggressive or complex.Disappointing.

M-Light/medium bodied with a mild spice and sweetness.A little thin and lacking in general.

O-I really wanted to like this beer.I really did but in the end it was a serious disappointment.At one point,I would've swore I was drinking Killians Irish Red.

StlHopHead77, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

A- I love when a beer looks like what it will taste like. This thing looks like a pumpkin. Oreange body, nice finger of foam, little lace.

S- I can smell this all night. Crust comes through a ton, making this a pumpkin pie beer, instead of just pumpkin. Pumpkin, spice, vanilla are all prominent as well.

T- Not quite as nice as the smell, but still great. Cinnamon, vanilla, clove, ginger, pie crust, and oh yeah...pumpkin!

O- this is most likely the best pumpkin beer I've had. It's not for the sugar-wary though, but if you have a sweet tooth, (I usually don't) this is a perfect beer for you. Got a gf/bf who doesn't like beer? Let them give this a try.

Tschnab, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

1 Pint 6 fl oz. DOB 08/23/11 stamped near bottom of bottle. Poured into Trois Pistoles snifter.

Appearance - Small barely offwhite head with low retention and fairly poor lacing. Orange bronze body.

Smell - Strong sweet vanilla smell. Maybe popcorn, or rather, popcorn flavored Jelly Bellys. Smells more like candy than beer. But in a good way. Doesn't get a perfect score on smell though, cause I'm not really picking up any pumkin character.

Taste - Tastes how it smells. Plenty of alcohol underneath the whole thing.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat creamy, but still a bit too watery for what I'd like it to be. The alcohol is somewhat solvent.

Overall Drinkability - Decent novelty beer. Wouldn't get again.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

22oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours an interesting orange color with sharp clarity. Nose is very reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Lots of inviting spice notes and a bit of graham cracker. Palate is very spiced up with a fair amount of sweetness. Cinnamon and nutmeg compliment sweet and bready malts. Mouthfeel is fluid and light on the tongue. In small doses, this is pretty tasty but the bold spices can wear down the taste buds rather quickly.

JunkYardJake, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

22 ounce bomber poured into my Schlafly tulip glass.

A - Clear, orange - copper colored, with minimal off-white head and no lacing.

S - The dominant scent for me was the bready / biscuity smell. Very reminiscent of graham crackers. Some of the pumpkin pie spices as well and some malt. No hop aroma whatsoever.

T & M - Not a lot of carbonation. Again, you get a lot of the graham cracker / bready taste up front, followed with a lot of spice. The graham cracker scent and taste is very unique to this pumpkin beer. It is like you are drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. A little creamy feel to it. Alcohol more prevalent as it warms, and it does sneak up on you.

Overall - Probably my 2nd favorite pumpkin beer behind Schlafly (which I was disappointed in this year's effort). Unique in terms of the 'pie crust' character that this one employs. Another great Southern Tier brew.

StLThrash, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -12%

Had a couple times in the past and finally reviewing it this year. Poured into a SA Pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a somewhat fake looking orange. A finger of off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Pumpkin pie, spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla, bread.

Taste – The beer is cloyingly sweet. I feel the spices are put on the back here while the sweet pumpkin pie flavors are up front. There is an overdone butter presence as well, mixed with a bready graham cracker taste. As with the look, the flavor has a somewhat artificial taste to it.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy.

Overall – Not my favorite pumpkin beer by a long shot. Too sweet and artificial. Give me my DFH Punkin!

SpdKilz, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of blackcompg
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Enjoyed a pint of this on tap at Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company in Wauconda, IL - really nice beer menu, pizza is bar none the best I've EVER had (also had a pint of Old Rasputin Imperial Stout)...

Appearance - liquid pumkin pie color, a warm lite brown copper orange color, transparent, came with about a finger of eggshell head that disipated quickly.

Smell - pumpkin pie spices, some sweetness (whipped cream?) and slight baked crust (pie crust??)

Taste - Starts out with a dry pie crust flavor that goes quickly into the pumkin spices (alspice, nutmeg, touch of cinamon) with just enough sweetness to truly give you an almoset pumkin pie filling flavor. And if you ponder this while sipping, you can actually get the pumkin oie, pie crust, and a little dallop of whipped cream. Semi-sweet pumkin pie beer - they really did it! Very well balanced, and alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, and very crisp carb - carb almost seemed a bit high, but not so much to keep it from feeling just a little creamy, and Very drinkable.

Overall - This was my first pumkin ale, and I was blown away by the flavor, I totally get pumkin"g" pie from this. I would not want this year around, but it is a great change of pace, and I look forward to enjoying this annually from now on. Try Pumking if you haven't yet.

blackcompg, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Orange amber body with a tiny white head. Doesn't appear to have much carbonation.

Brown sugar is the dominant aroma. Not clove or nutmeg or cinnamon. Not even pumpkin. Not malt or hops. What it really smells like is gingerbread.

Seriously, gingerbread. It tastes like liquid gingerbread. But the more time I spend with it, the more I think it resmbles that subtle blend of flavor found in fresh pumpkin pie. It doesn't taste like the "pumpkin" flavor that most pumpkin beers have or the pumpkin pie spices that provide the primary flavor in others. That's probably why I like it so much, it doesn't have that out of place, over the top spice flavor or artificiality. Somehow it just tastes like the real thing. It comes closer to the flavor of actual pumpkin pie than any beer I've ever had.

Tastes like fall, but in a way I wasn't expecting. Works far better than most other attempts at the Pumpkin Ale style. In fact, it just might be my favorite. Would pair beautifully with Autumn desserts.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jabergess
4.15/5  rDev +2%

For me, Southern Tier is hit or miss. This one is actually very good. First off the smell on this one is amazing. I smell vanilla, nutmeg, clove and of course pumpkin. Oh yeah and cinnamon. The head was small and dissipated quickly. The taste is cinnamon upfront followed by pumpkin. The alcohol is there, but it is fairly well hidden. One of the better pumpkin ales I've had but not the best. That distinction falls to schlafly's pumpkin ale. Still, if you don't fall within the states that Schlaflys distributes to, this is a good second.

jabergess, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from Bomber into Pint Goblet - 2011 release.

A: Poures a carmael color with little head that quickly desinigrates , no lacing left , no webbing at all, decent carbonation.

S: Pumpkin spice ,nutmeg, cinnamon, corriander, corn syrup, bread.

T: Pretty much follows the nose , sweet and sticky with plenty of mild spice to give this a decent pumpkin taste.

O: Overall not a bad pumpkin beer at all, although it's not my favorite style, I would drink this again and again.

InebriatedJoker, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of chadmoe1
4.68/5  rDev +15%

Had this on 9/17/2011 at D's SixPax and Dogz in Regent Square, served on tap in a goblet.

A -- clear, light copper without any head.

S -- spicy (nutmeg and cinnamon) with biscuit hints; no hops

T -- vanilla up front, biscuit / pie crust flavors following, with a bit of alcohol finish. Great taste and flavors.

M -- smooth (almost creamy) with little carbonation.

O -- this is one seasonal pumpkin beer I look forward to each year, and I was not disappointed. This beer is definitely a sipper for me as I enjoy the meld of flavors that develop after each sip. Definitely one of the more complex tasting pumpkin beers (not all spice up front). Compared to previous years, this one seems a bit more heavy on vanilla and a little more creamy in mouthfeel, but overall an awesome beer (if you can find it).

chadmoe1, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of 33nickadams
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

It's a transparent amber-orange color with no head or lacing. A few streams of carbonation bubble to the top. I smell pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and creamed corn? I taste pumpkin and cinnamon, and thankfully, no creamed corn. The sweetness is well balanced with the pumpkin spices. It has a medium body and I think it could be carbonated a little more. Alcohol, at 8%, is hidden nicely. I may get it once a year just to have during the season. I'll have to try other pumpkin ales to have get some perspective on the style. Overall, good, but not overly impressed.

33nickadams, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

A- Beautiful, clear orange/yellow with just a touch of a head thats is gone instantly. Barely any carbonation.

S- Buttery graham cracker crust, whipped cream and marshmallow, pumpkin/yams/sweet potato's, beatifully melded pie spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, clove and brown sugar! The perfect slice!

T- OMG! This is simply incredible!!! It's amazing that the first taste is the buttery pie crust, not pie spices like all other pumpkin brews. Sweet potato and pumpkin really shine leaving the pie spices to fill out the flavor. Beautiful malty brown sugar and vanilla sweetness.

M- So creamy and delicious! Subtley sweet and wonderfully spiced! No carbonation, just decently thick and syrupy. This is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert beer! The alcohol lends a perfect bite to all that sweetness.

O- Simply outstanding... and that's all I have to say about that!

Thickfreakness, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of brianjay
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours into a bright orange with gold body, cloudy haze. The head first appears as bubbles scattered over the top of the glass but it quickly disappears leaving no trace.

Aroma is exceptionally strong: notes of cinnamon and some nutmeg are there, as expected, but biscuit and pie crust are the most noticeable.

Taste has hints of brown sugar but overpowered by roasted pumpkin and oats. The finish leaves a dry, clove-flavored aftertaste.

The smell is magnificent; unfortunately the appearance and taste don't quite stack up to the expectation it sets.

brianjay, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

southern tier is fast becoming one of my top 5 brewers. their beers are unique and very affordable.

a- very light, clear copper color, no head or lacing to speak of, but can clearly see the carbonation bubbling in the glass. it looks like ginger ale

s-smells like what a pumpkin spice candle smells like, only not as strong. nutmeg, pumpkin and spice

t-spicey nutmeg, pumpkin, bitter spices, ginger, cloves and butter. burns on the aftertaste for a bit, then tastes very creamy.

m-little prickley, not overly carbonated, creamy but dry feel

o- not as thick as other pumpkin ales i have had, its decent. i am not into pumpkin beers, but because this one is from southern tier thought i would give it a try. its good, but not one i would buy again just because i am not into the whole pumpkin thing.

cindiwindi1025, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.58/5  rDev -12%

Poured into a snifter

A pours a light clear copper color with a thin white head.

S lots of pumpkin pie spice like notes, not much else.

T more pumpkin pie, with some nutmeg and what might be vanilla.

M smooth kind of creamy. Not bad.

Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer that is great for drinking on a cold fall day.

beerandcycling88, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of amidabha
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

not much into pumpkin beers but i'm trying them for a variety anyway.

a moderate pour into a sam adams perfect pint gave about 3/4 inch head that dissipated quickly with not lacing. it's a clear, light amber that fools me into thinking it's a lager. smells sweet and buttery with, i believe, more pumpkin than spice smell.

definitely taste the spice in the first sip. the taste and mouthfeel compliment each other with an initial smooth butter/creamy followed by bitter bite. the taste improves and tastes more like pumpkin; overall this just seems more like lager than an ale to me.

so far this is a pretty good beer but i think i prefer it a little thicker in taste and mouthfeel more like Hoppin' Frogs which i think is my favorite pumpkin this season. but, it is only halfway through september.

amidabha, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
4/5  rDev -1.7%

First tried at the brewery prior to 2011 release. Good then and good now. I'm not a fan of flavored beer but it seems appropriate to enjoy this one in anticipation of the fall. I've tried several pumpkin brews but like this one the best. It has the sweet qualities present in many of ST Imperials ... and pushes the pumpkin flavor and color forward better than any other product I've sampled.

Vierenner, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of BobSmooth
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Mostly clear, not quite, with a orange-ish copper hue. About a fingers width head that dissipates rather quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S: Like all of the necessary ingredients for a pumpkin ale. Can pick up the nutmeg the strongest then wisps of cinnamon followed by a buttery bready funk. Others have associated that last part with gram cracker; I can see that.

T: Starts off with a sweet buttery richness that fades into vanilla for just a brief moment and then shifts back into the cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of a hop bite on the end.

M: Rides the line between just right and a bit watery. The sweetness reminds me of a dessert beer but the thickness, or lack there of, brings it back allowing you to have a bit more than other desserts. Carbonation is just about right could go slightly higher. Alcohol is there but not in the forefront. It is not dangerously hidden but has enough presence to warm and add to the flavor.

O: Pretty decent Pumpkin Ale with most of the common ingredients and flavors. This one doesn't seem to be overly spiced like others but is very sweet. Not my favorite for the style but I can definitely see why it is for others.

BobSmooth, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -1%

Nice clear copper color. Nice head with decent retention. The nose says ``I'm sweet and creamy and someone definitely put nutmeg in me''. It smells like a cream soda.

Taste is outasite. There is a nice, velvety malty sweetness accompanied by a nice pumpkin and spice flavor and a very pronounced vanilla cream flavor. The flavor is nicely balanced and there's a satisfying hop bite at the finish.

I finally managed to get my grubby hands on this beer. After reading so many rave reviews, I am happy to report that it did not disappoint in the slightest. For me, every pumpkin beer I drink will be compared to Schlafly's (my personal favorite). This one, while not as good as Schlafly's in my opinion, was good enough and different enough to make me want to pick up a few more bottles. I'm saving one for Halloween night. Boo!

deadonhisfeet, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a translucent orange with a small ring for a head.

The first thing I notice in the smell is the malt. I actually smell grain in a good way. Kind of like they included the crust as well as pumpkin pie filling and spices. All are present.

The taste is amazing. The first taste is a crusty malt. A sweet malt that really compliments the other flavors--a really sweet pumpkin flavor, spices (mostly cinnamon). It tastes exactly like it smells.

The aftertaste is chewy. That malt really stays around.

This is the best pumpkin beer Ive had to date.

VncentLIFE, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a vivid and clear orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding off-white head. Aroma of vanilla mixed with lemon, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little boozy heat.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a creamy but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Flavors of nutmeg followed by vanilla, cinnamon, and graham cracker with a solid dose of pumpkin. Somewhat spicy aftertaste mixed with boozy warmth.

On the thin side but good pumpkin/spice/booze balance.

grittybrews, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of errica
4.68/5  rDev +15%

I had this delicious beer served cold, from a bottle, in a glass.

Appearance - It was medium gold in color, with little to no head.

Smell - This is the first sign that this beer is different. It smells like Grandma's house on Thanksgiving, if Grandma was an extraordinary baker. Reminded me of a sugar cookie.

Taste - Pumpkin Pie. You may have to tell yourself that you don't need to chew. This is different than any commercial pumpkin ale I've ever has. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so, with all the right spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe ginger? It was also light and crisp enough to be refreshing, in spite of it's heavy spice and sweet content.

Mouthfeel - this is a lighter feeling beer, very drinkable.

Overall - This blew me away, I have to find more of this beer!

errica, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Clear yellow pour with hints of orange throughout. Not a lot of bubbles and only a small white head resulted with a hard pour.

S: Smells like gingerbread, graham cracker, cinnamon, spices, pumpkin. Really strange and interesting smell.

T: The pumpkin on this is really sweet, much like a pumpkin pie. The cinnamon and graham cracker sit on the back of the palate. The taste is so strong and definitive, it's very strange. Not unpleasant, but not a beer I'd drink a lot of again.

MF: Light and carbonated well. Sort of a weird aftertaste.

O: Drinkability is not high, but overall this was good. 22oz bottle was a bit too much though.

russwbeck, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of djmichaelk
1.73/5  rDev -57.5%

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy auburn-orange, with a decent inch or so of dense head. Bits of lacing, poor retention.

S - Oxidation up front. Vegetative cardboard. Ugh. Smells like rotting garbage.

T - Yuck. Like pumpkin flavoring and nutmeg mixed with high-fructose corn syrup, wrapped in cardboard. Awful. I actually experimented with this, tasting it cold, cool, warm. All terrible. Very artificial tasting. Drain poured after the second glass.

M - Carbonation is actually quite good. Finish is mercifully short. Medium-dry.

O - I'm struggling to understand why so many people rate this highly. I was really hoping to like it since it's readily available here, but after trying a really great example of the style (CCB Good Gourd) recently, this is almost offensively bad. I even checked with the store - it's this year's release. What a huge letdown.

djmichaelk, Sep 17, 2011
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,734 ratings.