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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,254
Reviews: 1,684
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 366
Gots: 770 | FT: 24
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 blackdog1101


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Shared a bottle of Pumking on Thanksgiving after dinner with a friend. Served in traditional handled beer mugs. I've had this bottle in the refrigerator for about 2 months.

A- A very nice amber/orange colored ale. Pours clear, with a one finger head which quickly subsides.

S- This may be the the best part of this beer. It smells just like a spiced pumpkin pie.

T- Also quite lovely. Tastes like a spiced pumpkin pie, with the malt providing enough sweetness to counter-balance the spice and alcohol.

M- There is a little heat from the alcohol, but this is almost the perfect blend of sweet and spice. Nice and creamy in the mouth. The light carbonation in this beer is perfect for the style.

D- Easily quaffable, but the flavors are best revealed when sipped. I think that the richness of this beer makes it best for just one or two glasses before moving on to another style.

11-27-2009 15:37:17 | More by blackdog1101
Photo of jgasparine


4/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin white head, which quickly receded to some traces of edge lacing. The body is a clear orange color, and didn't seem to host any visible carbonation.

S- Smells of sweet pumpkin, brown sugar, and a substantial amount of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg overtones. The nose is rounded-out with some faint aromas of baked graham cracker crust.

T- Tasted like a potent slice of graham-cracker-crusted pumpkin pie. Caramel malt and the spices punch through strong until some slightly astringent hop bitterness takes over in the finish... a brief reminder that you're actually drinking beer!

M- Medium body... actually a little more attenuated than I'd like... and the carbonation is a bit on the coarse side...

D- I never expected to find TOO MUCH flavor in a pumpkin ale, but perhaps this is it... there is so much going-on here... and it is so big that it's almost overwhelming... perhaps even muddled a bit. I still love this beer, but a bomber is best split between friends.

Side Note: This beer pairs wonderfully with homemade pumpkin pie!

11-27-2009 04:43:36 | More by jgasparine
Photo of abrand


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

bomber poured into the SN imperial tumbler. Very appealing bottle displaying a crowned pumpkin.

The Imperial Pumpkin pours a brilliant orange color with a 2 finger lacy head that hangs atop. Lots of carbonated bubbles are present. Nose is spiced nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, pumpkin. Taste is similar to the nose but what really surprised me is how smooth this is with the 9% abv punch. No alcohol is noted in the quaff and the taste is very complex and nice. Mouth is medium body and drinkability is solid. I love the taste and the big punch it carries. This is my time of year and def my type of beer.

11-24-2009 02:26:20 | More by abrand
Photo of Cakanator


4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

Draft @ Sierra. Amazing bright orange color with aromas of rich spice, nutmeg and pumpkin... almost creamy nose. The palate follows perfectly with those notes and is the best pumpkin I've had yet. Liquid pumpkin pie like mom used to make. SO rich and flavorful that I couldn't get over how this was the best fall beer to date. Nothing cloying or harsh about it. Viva la Fall!

11-23-2009 04:57:09 | More by Cakanator
Photo of sgoodship


3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

My wife thought this was seasonal and picked this up for me at the store. I have to say my experience with Southern Tier are a bit hit and miss, so I am intrigued to see how this plays out.

Poured out of a bomber, it was a nice clear amber color containing lots of big carbonation bubbles. A nice craggy yellowy white finger head topped things off. The head retention was great and the lacing was very nice - big patterns.

The nose is a good malty, spice and pumpkin. The caramel and pumpkin feel like an interesting sweet and sour.

The taste is a very bold, creamy vanilla and pumpkin. It's exceptionally sweet but stayed in play for me. If it had crossed the line, it would have been a drain pour. The finish was unexpectedly dry which made you want to go in for more sweetness. A very interesting brew. There's definitely clove coming through strongly and cinnamon too.

The body feels full, almost like a milk stout with lactose. It's creamy and round in the mouth.

It's a festive tasting drink. I'd say it was probably more vanilla and clove than pumpkin but whatever - I'm not pumpkin loyal! It was nice to try it. We are all better off for people like Southern Tier trying new stuff out but having said that, I don't think I want to have another. It's definitely a taste thing - I'm sure plenty of folks will enjoy this.

11-22-2009 06:20:43 | More by sgoodship
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is seems a lot like banana bread along with cinnamon, pumpkin, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise bready with flavors of pumpkin and spices like cinnamon & nutmeg. There's also a strong buttery flavor in it. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, I can where some people might like this beer as it's quite different from other Pumpkin ales, but I just did not like the beer very much.

11-15-2009 04:52:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of blackenmn


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a bomber into a goblet:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a nice dark transparent orange with a very small off white head which dissipated quickly and stuck to the glass nicely. This beasty pumpkin brew smelled of sweet creamy pumpkin pie, plenty of ginger and nutmeg. A bit of earthy hop presence and come sweet cinnamon as well. Smelled great, very similar to sweet pumpkin pie with a spice not to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted extremly sweet, edging on cloyingly sweet. A definite desert like brew. Tasted of sticky pumpkin pie with sweet cream almost vanilla like undertones, even more spice in the taste than recognized by the nose. This thing really strived to be pumpkin pie in a bottle it seems. Finishes sticky and spicy after the initial burst of pumpkin spice and sweetness fades.

Drinkability:I've had this before and probably will again. A very unique pumpkin brew. Kind of in it's own league. This brew is really growing on me. Glad I didn't review it earlier.

11-13-2009 02:56:32 | More by blackenmn
Photo of kzoobrew


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Bright fiery orange body topped by a fizzy dingy white two finger head. Retention is not the strong suit here but this is a pumpkin beer and I am sure that this is as impressive as anything in the style. Very little lacing left, again was not expecting much.

Rich warm spices greet the nose as it hovers over the glass. Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Allspice combine with a warm baked pastry malt aroma. Although much more subtle a creamy vanilla custard aroma melds in perfectly.

Flavor resembles the nose about as closely as possible. Big on the spice while not overwhelming it is certainly the dominate flavor on the palate. Sweet caramel malt and pumpkin follow soon after. Smooth vanilla flavors seems to bind it all together. This certainly does taste like pumpkin pie.

Medium bodied smooth and creamy. Please pie spice flavor lingers a bit.

Drinks very well and is undoubtedly enjoyable. Alcohol seems to be masked and delivers no ill effect from the higher abv pumpkin ale. In the top two in the category if you ask me.

11-11-2009 23:15:48 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of corby112


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a dark slightly cloudy amber orange color with dark golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger foam white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Wonderfully spicy aroma with a blast of cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown sugar and nutmeg. Huge pumpkin presence with a subtle vanilla character.

Medium bodied with a huge spicy pumpkin pie flavor. Lots of cinnamon, brown sugar, clove ginger, nutmeg and a very strong pumpkin presence. There's a slight touch of vanilla and some sweet/caramel malt. The ABV is extremely well masked without even a slight touch of alcohol heat making it extremely quaffable. Probably the best example of the style I've had yet.

11-10-2009 08:09:45 | More by corby112
Photo of coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -1%

this beer looks like pumpkin pie. the head looks like whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie. this beer smells like pumpkin pie. this beer tastes like pumpkin pie. in my mouth, this beer feels like pumpkin pie. if you like pumpkin pie, you will like this beer. if you do not like pumpkin pie, you will not like this beer. i really like pumpkin pie, so i really like this beer.

11-07-2009 17:54:34 | More by coachdonovan
Photo of mashedpotatoes


4.6/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, the color is an amber-orange with a small to medium head that is very cloying to the glass. The smell is immediately pumpkin with ginger, cinnamon, allspice. Upon first taste you can taste and smell all the spices and pumpkin but it's the aftertaste that gets the win here. About 2 seconds in you start to taste gingerbread/graham cracker crust of the pie. The aftertaste is even more pleasing, leaving you feeling like you just ate a slice of pumpkin pie. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick but not overwhelming. Drinkability is extremely high as are most of Southern Tier products. This is top shelf right here, arguably the best pumpkin ale out today!

11-07-2009 12:37:01 | More by mashedpotatoes
Photo of nickd717


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Had an earlier review deleted because it was offensive as hell. Oh well, here goes the PC version...

Bottle via trade thanks to truehumand.

Pours clear pumpkin orange with a dissipating off-white head.

Aroma is pumpkin, pumpkin spices, gingerbread, corn, and biscuit.

Flavor is sweet and very pumpkin pie like with loads of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, butternut squash, and some bready pale malt.

Palate is smooth and creamy and slightly warming. Finish is long.

Drinkability pretty high. Nice pumpkin beer overall, but maybe not quite the king of pumps (or pums I guess - what happened to the other P?).

11-05-2009 23:46:32 | More by nickd717
Photo of capra12

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

Reviewed 9/4/09 from notes.

Appearance: Light caramel color, little head

Smell: Pumpkin muffin, cinnamon and brown sugar

Taste: Opens grainy and pumpkin from start to finish. There are subtle malts which emerge in the middle to the end as a slight doughiness comes in the finish leaving a doughy and pumpkin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lightbodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again although just another one, and Would recommend this to someone who enjoys a liquid pumpkin pie.

11-05-2009 04:46:15 | More by capra12
Photo of movingtrain


4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

22 ounce bomber sampled from a Duvel glass.

Pours a copper-straw color with a small, but strong white head.

Smell is heavenly. Smells like candy...like pie. Reminds me of a warm Thanksgiving dinner...with pies all around. Smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, cool whip, hazelnut, caramel, and pie crust. The whole package is in this aroma.

Taste is so good...tastes just like pumpkin pie. There are some beer notes here...malts for sure. Tastes of cinnamon, allspice, spiced nuts, pie crust...and even whipped cream topping.

This is, by far, the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. It is so warming...the alcohol is perfectly balanced with the malts and spices...it is completely drinkable, and one that, when it's gone, I wish I had more.

11-04-2009 22:48:30 | More by movingtrain
Photo of juhl31


3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

from a pumpkin beer tasting we had halloween night including Michelob (brought the night before to a party...), Elysian, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier

-a little orangy, but a bit too clear for me

-the smell is pretty good, but not really within its style. caramel and butterscotch is really heavy, but not too much pumpkin

-definitely pretty sweet off the bat. really tastes like it smells. again i dont mind the taste, but there isnt much pumpkin about it to me. almost like a caramelly ice cream taste

-the mouth is good enough. nothing throws it off

-i think i might like it more if it had a different name. overall, i dont think i could drink a whole one to myself

11-04-2009 18:04:38 | More by juhl31
Photo of Josievan


3.13/5  rDev -23.1%

Appearance: Nice pumpkiny orange hue to this beer when poured into a mug. The head rises quickly and dies just as quickly. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Vanilla and sugar are the main aromas. This might be what an alcoholic sugar cookie might smell like. Other spice aromas are there, but in a lesser capacity.

Taste: Sugar and vanilla like pie crust, some alcohol, and a surprising hop bitterness. Hops really come out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Apparent carbonation, and a slight sting from the alcohol, but it's not much of an issue.

Drinkability: The alcohol content alone makes this a sipper. I'm not digging the taste/aftertaste, either. One bomber is more than enough.

Overall, I was rather disappointed with this beer. I had been looking forward to drinking it, and it did not meet my expectations. I was prepared that the alcohol content might be an issue, but the hop aftertaste ended up being the real cause of my disliking. The hop bitterness/aftertaste just didn't seem to jive with the style at play here. Maybe it's the variety of hops used that get me.

It is true that this beer has an interesting, unique flavor compared to other pumpkin beers. I would call it more sugary than pumpkiny/spicy. There are other pumpkin beers that taste much more like pumpkin to me. The sugar taste in front and hops at the back just didn't combine in a pleasing way for me.

11-04-2009 06:04:10 | More by Josievan
Photo of TheKingsOfHop


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

22oz. bottle poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Translucent pumpkin orange, almost like a brand new copper penny. We can almost see Abe Lincoln's face in this mystical brew... wait maybe that's just the Pagan Spirit playing tricks on us. Anyways there is a barely existing white foamy edge with a steady carbonation rising to the top, where the only downfall we see is the lack of head retention.

S: All the spices you would expect to smell from a freshly baked pumpkin pie(cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg etc.), but with an aggressive raw pumpkin aroma.

T: The palate is now filled with flavors of spice, spice, and wait... yep more spice. There is some raw pumpkin across the board as well. The nose is almost identical to the taste with a nice hop bitterness.

M: Light body with a bubbly feeling all over the palate, that really helps this pumpkin beer release all its exceptional qualities.

D: We would definitely open another bottle if we had one. We will have to go pick up more bottles before the end of the season.

The Kings Of Hop


11-04-2009 03:38:45 | More by TheKingsOfHop
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

A provocative pumpkin "PIE" brew leaning on a very sweet and biting spicy side.

Presentation: 22 OZ. bottle. Pop and pumpkin/halloween design around the image of a crowned Jack'O Lantern. Side narrative noting nod to Celtic folklore and dwelling on how it makes the brew quite the ride. It continues with a superficial magical note and serving recommendations to finally- barely start describing the brew and go back to esoteric nonsense, which finallly in their style concludes with a line to enjoy the beer with responsibility. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (19), and Alc. by Vol. (9.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber intense orange with a nice creamy head with average to low retention leaving some lacing.

S - Spicy pumpkin smell, all-spice, cinnamon, and sweet aroma working rather well.

T - Here things get rolling on a more extreme note. The taste increases aggressively the smell presentation and punches with intense spiced sweetness. Very spicy and sugary with tones of distant pumpkin. The extreme is in the sugary and biting spiciness feeling a supportive malty backbone.

M - Medium leaning on high body with good carbonation early and fading somewhat quickly. Some creamy smoothness turns at some point to a thick highlight.

D - It is really not that drinkable. I was using a tulip glass and this is more suited as a sipper to share, probably as a dessert drink with those that enjoy off-hand pumpkin pies.

Notes: I've had my share of pumpkin pies, maybe not enough, and I rather like them. But this one is certainly not close to anything I've tasted before. It's as if the cook dropped the whole jar of spices and a pack sugar by accident and let them roll. I like what ST does with this provocative beer that often are hit or miss for drinkers. This is the first one that is a miss for me. I don't know how to use it... It could be a dessert beer but I don't have the audience that would like this type of highly spiced flavor for a pumpkin pie. Not a bad ale but it's not much of a pleasing brew for me, and I'd rather choose quite a few other pumpkin beers ahead of this one.

11-03-2009 01:07:14 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Light orange pour. Maybe a finger of head that disappears quickly. Practically no lacing sticks to the glass.

This beer smells exactly like pumpkin pie. From the bready, graham crackery crust, the pumpkin, the spice, to the whipped cream on top. It's almost eerie how much this smells like pumpkin pie. Outstanding.

Unfortunately, the flavor falls short. Actually, a majority of the flavor delivers, but there's a burnt pie crust finish that borders on being unpleasant. Don't get me wrong, it still tastes quite good, but it falls just short of being excellent.

Light-medium body, and I'd almost call it undercarbonated, and a little thin. That said, it's still incredibly easy to drink for a beer weighing in at 9%. Very good pumpkin beer, but I've got to give the title to Smuttynose.

11-02-2009 02:56:29 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of thor638

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +13%

This is my new favorite Pumpkin beer. Exceptional smell and taste. The pumpkin and spice is very prevalent but not overbearing.

Although it's Imperial it doesn't feel or taste like a big beer. It's very smooth, I feel as if I could drink a six pack easily.

11-01-2009 21:57:40 | More by thor638
Photo of woodychandler


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Wot, I've never reviewed this before?!? It is one of my favorite seasonals and a panty peeler if one ever existed. I bought some in Pittsburgh two Thanksgivings ago (2007) and brought it to a party where it was consumed like it was going out of style. My friend, Kelly, remains a huge fan and convinced her newly-minted husband, Bill, to buy a case recently. What have I done?

This year, it came out pretty early (late September 2009) and Bridgewaters Pub in Philly had it on draft while I was passing through. No B. S.! I had never heard of or seen in in draft form before and here it was, awaiting me. Zounds! Yoi and double yoi!

It was served with a finger of foamy, bubbling ecru head that quickly gave way to wispiness. Color was a (fittingly) orangish deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was like sniffing a pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven: cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. It was like Hallowe'en in a glass. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy in its texture. The interplay of the spices on the tongue was simply heavenly. If I closed my eyes, I could envision Thanksgiving dessert. Therein lies its Achilles heel - it is a novelty/dessert beer. It is too sweet to be sessionable, but it is a treat while it is available. Get some today! May I die in the early Spring so as not to miss out.

11-01-2009 16:22:09 | More by woodychandler
Photo of krisandajt


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

I have been waiting until Halloween to crack open my first Pumking, and it was very much worth the wait.

Appearance: A rough pour gives me a nice bronze colored brew with a nice inch of very fluffy, very bubbly head. Nice retention, and some very nice rings of soapy lacing.

Smell: Smells like delicious pumpkin pie. Plenty of pumpkin sweetness mixed in with some spice (cinnamon and nutmeg stand out).

Taste: Simply put, this is liquid pumpkin pie. I can describe it no better. This is what a pumpkin ale should taste like.

Mouthfeel: Nice light to medium body, smooth going down.

Drinkability: Believe the hype, this is the best pumpkin ale there is. It tastes like pumpkin pie, and despite the high ABV remains light and smooth. Delicious.

11-01-2009 15:49:30 | More by krisandajt
Photo of homebrew311


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

A: appearance is bright clear orange, like a pumpkin. Thin white head forms but doesn't hang around for long.

S: huge bready graham cracker like aroma is the fist thing that stands out, it is followed by cinnamon and pumpkin. This is the best aroma I have smelled in a pumpkin beer. It literally encompasses the whole pie rather than just the spice portion.

T: again I notice that bready graham cracker character followed by a nice richness of pumpkin flavors accompanied with typical pumpkin spices. This is almost heavy on the sweetness, but somehow Southern Tier pulls it off, like they do with many of their other big beers. The 9% is extremely well hidden, no heat or overwhelming booziness.

M: It appears thin but has quite a viscous texture with a sharpness from high carbonation. This has a nice mouthfeel, perfect for the style.

D: This beer is a special treat and a great beverage for Halloween. It is delicious, but the flavor can get overwhelming over the course of 22oz, this one is better to share and enjoy in small servings.

11-01-2009 05:40:04 | More by homebrew311
Photo of GilGarp


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Surely I'm not the only one enjoying this beer today - Happy Halloween!

Poured into a pint glass, served cold, the beer has an appropriately orange color with surprisingly good clarity and creamy white head. There's good retention on the head and a little lacing is left behind.

Aroma just like a good pumpkin pie. Great cinnamon, clove and other warm spices.

Flavor is spot on for the style. It really couldn't be any better of a pumpkin pie in a bottle if it tried. The pumpkin flavor is nice but the spices really come through perfectly. The funny thing is, I don't know if they even used any pie spices in this beer!

Mouthfeel is nice too with medium-full body and creamy carbonation that's just enough. Alcohol is very well hidden.

I've been saving this one in my basement for quite a while and it has definately aged nicely. Without knowing what it's like fresh or having a date on the bottle, one can only guess. One thing is clear, though. This is a great pumpkin ale.

11-01-2009 03:36:31 | More by GilGarp
Photo of velosuds


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a goblet on this All Hollows Eve, notwithstanding the East Coast time bias when posted.

A-A gentle pour produced virtually no head and no lacing. Goblet was somewhat shallow and may not have been best for this beer, but I tried to follow the label since I didn't wish to offend Púca.

S-Pumpkin, vanilla, brown sugar, and all spice. All a bit too sweet for a beer, IMO.

T-Pumpkin definitely is king in the taste.

M-Very smooth and well balanced.

D-Surprisingly drinkable at 9% ABV. Alcohol is masked very well. Surprisingly sweet and this is a sipping beer for me.

I suspect this is a very fine example for the style. I admit I don't care for the style, but tried to rate according to style. This is clearly a well-crafted beer, and I am glad for the diversity. I will stick to pumpkin pies and sweet breads.

11-01-2009 03:27:03 | More by velosuds
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,254 ratings.