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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,736 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,736
Reviews: 1,846
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 444
Gots: 1,525 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour gets you a bit over a finger’s worth of off-white foam, does has a soft orange tint to it, majority smaller, finer bubbles which evaporate swiftly, lacing has minimal stickiness as well. While light and transparent, the liquid still has a bronzed metallic orange cast to it, yellows some around the rims, multiple swiftly paced beads of bubbles, good overall shine. The nose is extremely smooth and moves as if there simply couldn’t be a bump in the road, molasses, cinnamon, glazed piecrust, whipped cream, even some chocolate and nuttiness, the sweet spices here mask some of the pumpkin foundation, hint of fig or apricot fruit, strong lift without drawing attention. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is on the thin side and could arguably provide more structure. That said, has an overall dry texture even as the constituent parts are all sweet as hell. The pumpkin stronger while still paling before the clove, cinnamon spice, brown sugar, orange marmalade, crust flakes and more whipped cream and caramel. At times it seems to almost have a floral perfume. There is a loss of grip through the finish. If you want sweetness without undue heaviness, check it out.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber with two other friends.

A: An attractive amber orange, finger of creamy, slightly off white head that fades to a skim. No lacing, some legs.

S: Straight up pumkin cream pie, spicy cinnamon, sweet graham cracker. Reminds me of a sugary pie crust mixed with light doses of nutmeg and all spice. Some one previously said that this smells like a pumkin yankee candle and I would have to agree.

T: Very sweet bordering overly sweet imo. Caramel, pumkin and vanilla cream with some light doses of spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Much like the nose, theres alot of sweet, sugary pie crust.

M: Medium and very creamy and rich. Carbonation is smooth and pleasant. Slight alcohol warmth on the throat but overall the 8.6% is pretty well hidden.

O: I don't know about this one, I'm kind of in between. I liked it, but it was a bit overly sweet for me. Having only sampled an 8 oz. serving, I think a bomber of this would be too much for me simply because its so sweet and rich. Overall however, its definitely a well done beer and if you're a pumkin pie beer fan, this is definitely a must try.

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Southern Tier Pumking

Appearance: Southern Tier’s much-lauded seasonal pours a beautiful bronze. Unfortunately, this great-looking start is dragged down by a lackluster half-finger of head that cannot get out of the beer fast enough. There is a miniscule ring of very small, tightly packed bubbles at the top that accompany very small alcohol legs, a surprising find in an 8.6% ABV beer. There is also evident, active carbonation. The color is really great, but the lack of any head is a lack of half the presentation in an ale.

Aroma: Short and sweet: this smells like fresh-baked pumpkin pie, crust and all. It is remarkable what Southern Tier does with their emulating beers (Crème Brûlée comes to mind). This aroma is impossibly delicious.

Taste: One might make the assumption that the taste could not possibly match the aroma; one would be mistaken. This beer hits hard with cloves, allspice, cinnamon (which gives it the crust quality, along with what can only be assumed are biscuity and sweet malts), and, of course, pumpkin, along with the aforementioned sweet malts. It follows that delectable pie taste with a nice balancing of slightly bitter hops that mingle perfectly with the pumpkin pie and remind the drinker that they are not drinking a beer and not carbonated pumpkin pie batter.

Mouthfeel: Sadly, the hits do not keep coming. While the mouthfeel is not bad by any means, it is slightly disappointing. The carbonation is playful and does its job of spreading the flavors around the taster’s tongue. The beer is a bit watery, and some creaminess would certainly have helped a lot in furthering the bottled-pumpkin-pie-mix charade. Like the appearance, the mouthfeel is very average, and “average” hurts beers that are otherwise stellar.

Overall: This is easily one of the best pumpkin ales on the market if one is looking for sweetness. Those that do not like a sweet pumpkin ale need not apply. Southern Tier has done a great job bottling pumpkin pie as a flavor and aroma, but sadly fall short in the appearance and mouthfeel (the latter of which would really sell the beer). Still, taste is what beer is all about, and in that respect this beer is a runaway success. I could probably forgo making pumpkin pie this year and just buy a case of these instead. 15.5/20

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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