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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,923
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 330
Gots: 572 | FT: 20
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 steelcutoats


5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pumking beer review

I love seasonal beers, be they in the spring, summer, fall or winter, but this by far is my most favorite seasonal beer. I have tried many of pumpkin beers, all of them unique and enjoyable, but this is deserving of the title of "King of Pumpkin Beers". I've had this remarkable brew several times, and finally brought a bottle home to review. First off, this beer is amazing...it really smells and tastes just like a slice of pumpkin pie. There is an opaque creamy head when first poured into the tasting snifter. The color is a crystal clear orange, absolutely clear of any haze or sediment. The aroma is absolutely heavenly, with a mix of cinnamon, cloves and of course pumpkins. The taste is, well, you better get off your ass and find a bottle of this extraordinary ale before it's all gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 00:38:04 | More by steelcutoats
Photo of drxandy


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz to goblet, pours a beautiful orange shade with golden hints, cream colored head fades to lacing

smells of gingerbread cookie minus most of the ginger, spiced and creamy smelling, wow!

taste is pureed pumpkin off the bat, spices blend in and give it a nice pie like quality without the sweetness, my guess on spices is nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, perhaps more?, alcohol is virtually hidden but hides in with the light hopping/bitterness, creamy biscuity backbone, loads of complex flavors, one of the best pumpkin ales ever! very pumpkin-y in the aftertaste, almost like dipping into a pumpkin with a spoon and taking a bite.

mouthfeel is light yet weighted, good carbonation, nice spice combo, a treat of a beer, another wonderful concoction from southern tier!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 02:19:29 | More by drxandy
Photo of libbekat

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a big bottle and poured into small highball glasses, I was sharing. Very nice of me huh? The appearance was amber colored with a slight body to it.
The smell had typical pumpkin pie smells to it, slight nutmeg, perhaps some cinnamon. It didn't smell perfumey though like some other pumpkin beers out there.
The taste is where this became a slight letdown. I was excited that it wasn't so heavy on the aroma and anticipated a pumpkin beer that wasn't too sweet. Well it deleivered there but it didn't really have much taste at all. The major taste throughout the beer was nutmeg with a hint of clove on the finish. Where was the pumpkin?
If they had named it the nutmeg ale, it would have been more appropriate.
Other than the misleading name of the beer, this is a decent beer. I would serve it with turkey, regardless of the absence of pumpkin, because it is flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 14:59:40 | More by libbekat
Photo of spointon


4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very clear light orange color with a 1.5" snow white head. The head quikly dropped to a thin skim. Average carbonation release throughout.

S= Aromas are a bit muted, but predominantly consist of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, toasted malts, and a very distant alcohol.

T= Taste was incredibly pleasant, a complex combination of pumpkin pie, toasted pumpkin seeds, and sweet maltiness, and a slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

MF= I like a well carbonated beer, and this one made me happy. It was crisp throughout without being fizzy.

D= This ale was a revelation. I am not usually a fan of fruit/vegetable beers but this was incredible and will definitely make an appearance at my Thanksgiving table.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 03:32:20 | More by spointon
Photo of Fish113d


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apricot color with a very clean look. Head is subtle. A thin white surface layer tops it off. Pretty normal for the style.

On the nose, I smell a nutty pumpkin (roasted pumpkin seeds) aroma, along with a nutmeg and cinammon. Doesn't "blow me away" but I DO like the roasted smell. It definitely smells like pumpkin.

Sipping reveals a nicely balanced flavor between sweet and bitter. Pumpkin flavor hits my palate right away, but is quickly followed by the spice of nutmeg and a hint of pumpkin pie sweetness. a hint of alcohol comes through on the finish to "burn" my tongue a bit.

Fairly well-balanced feel. CArbonation is not too high at about 55 degrees, while the finish tends to dry a bit due to the alcohol. Very nice.

Very drinkable brew. This would go nicely with a few cookies or animal crackers or something with gingerbread maybe...very nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:46:31 | More by Fish113d
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super clean, clear orange color with an orange head that is thick, dense, and fluffy. Immediately, the presence of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and "pumpkin" hits your nose. The flavor mimics the aroma profile...liquid pumpkin pie...absolutely awesome. The flavor helps to solidify what you are trying to detect in the nose. It has a medium body, and a finish that lasts for a long time even after you swallow. Also, the 9% ABV is a nice treat...I guess you would say it's the whipped cream of this serving.

In typical Southern Tier fashion, this beer offered me more direct pumpkin pie flavor than any other Pumpkin Ale I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 22:49:46 | More by Douglas14
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I reached for a nonic pint when I saw that the bottle said to serve in a goblet. Who am I to argue with that?

Pours bright, clear, bubbly, basketball orange, virtually no head to speak of.

Smells like a ginger snap. And yeah, there's pumpkin.

And yes that is a definite pumpkin pie taste, very spicy hints of ginger and cinnamon. Some caramel sweetness on the finish.

The body is lighter than I'd have expected, nothing wrong with that.

What can I say, if you're in a pumpkin mood, look this one up.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 22:32:52 | More by joeskirkie
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok this is a very good beer but it does not taste like pumpkin pie .its a brown ale with more spice and for 9.0 the alcohal doesnt hit you to later . 7 bucks for a bomber i guess ill buy maybe 2 0r 3 more before halloween. southern tier makes real good stuff

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 18:53:48 | More by skullx
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best pumpkin beer, ever? Mayhaps.

Thanks TenderMorsel for tossing this awesome extra my way.

Pours a rich, brilliant, viscous golden orange hue. Maybe a touch of orange. Clear, and light looking, frankly.

But the aroma... oh my lord, the aroma. It's like sticking your nose over a freshly baked loaf of pumpkin bread. Dense, bready aromas mingle with a pumpkin pie spice and a roasted walnut note. This is awesome. This is everything aroma in a beer can be.

The taste is almost as shocking as the appearance in how it comes across (frankly, after the aroma, a deep, hazy, dark brown color would have been my guess if I hadn't seen it first). It's substantial without being rich. It's not sweet... at all (fucking Avery, TAKE NOTE). Spices are noticeable, but not prevalent, they don't overwhelm the palate in the slightest. It's a pleasing and easy drinking experience.

I might be a bit harsh on the taste score, I didn't LOVE the taste of the beer, but I loved to inhale it, and I loved to drink it, if that makes sense.

Every year... this is the one that all others will henceforth be judged against, and that I will actively seek out when I can afford to.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 00:05:23 | More by errantnight
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Clear amber with sparse and slow carbonation, a great, fine-bubbled, slightly off-white and dense head with great retention and nice foamy islands of lacing.

Aroma: Wonderful pumpkin cookies or pumpkin bread - a very authentic and wonderfully pleasant and pungent aroma - with lots of good spices, nutmeg and allspice being the strongest. There's a few other grainy notes - brown rice and wheat, for instance - but this one's really all about sweet, spicy pumpkin.

Taste: Very simplistic here, but that's not a bad thing. Ultra pumpkiny - pumpkin bread and spices, mild hop bitterness, a few leafy hop notes. A little dryer than you expect from the nose. Not overspiced of inauthentic/extract-like - just lots of good pumpkin puree notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thickness, slightly uneven, medium-bodied. Leaves a bit of a funny pumpkin aftertaste, but it's not too distracting.

Drinkability: No taste of alcohol, but it's definitely up there - the 10 oz. snifter was just enough. That being said, probably the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Very authentic and well balanced, well-spiced, and scrumptious. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 20:10:15 | More by CrellMoset
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Buk's in Boston. Served in a 12 oz tumbler, pourd a dark orange with a good size off-white head. Smellso fo cinammon and pumpkin pie with a hnt of roasted dark malt. Great flavor. Good sweet, malty base with a nice finish of pumpkin pie, cinammon and sugar. Not over done at all on the pumpkin flavor and does not seem artificial like some do. Great beer. Would session it, but at 9% it may be dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 12:33:26 | More by DrDogbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, orangish body presented itself when poured into a goblet (followed directions on bottle and chilled at 40 degrees) with minimal head. I could go in detail about the spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, and the mild sweet malt/bread malt smell but I will describe the aroma in three words: pumpkin pie crust. Well, four, burnt pumpkin pie crust (maybe a touch of toasted malt). The taste is even better than the smell, as it is straight pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie, so that's why I rated taste so highly. It is smooth, medium-bodied, with some pepper and clove tucked behind a massive rush of pumpkin, cinnamon, hazel and a touch of bread. This is pumpkin pie to me. As great as it tasted, and at 9% they hid the ABV well (there is a slight warming sensation, but not an alcohol burn), I could only drink one bottle of this. I think sessioning this would turn my stomach.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 14:18:18 | More by clayrock81
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Off copper/orange with a modest head and no lacing or visible carbonation.

S - Pumpkin/squash pie.

T/M - Pumpkin pie in a glass. Very nice actually, with a nice blend of pie spice, e.g., cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, dark bread. Very smooth with a nice creaminess and light carbonation that rounds it out.

D - Very nice but not something I could drink all that much of. This is a swell ale for handing out candy to the neighborhood kids and maybe as an after dinner treat come Thanksgiving. You know... with pie. :)

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 21:45:11 | More by pinotboy007
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North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pumpkin pie in a glass, tons of nutmeg and a pinch of cinniman with generous amounts of pumpkin in the mix, so far this is the king of the mountan as far as pumpkin ales go. this has flavor for days. the alcohal is hiden well in this one is a beer amoung beers, the top shelf no question. this is a beer i will buy ten of so that i can have them all year long.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 16:05:40 | More by orcasteve
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3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber/ orange color with a thin off-white head. Serious aroma of straight-up pumpkin pie - crust and all. This one seems to go for a more nutmeg/ hazelnut/ amaretto angle rather than most of the cinnamon/ allspice versions out there. The flavor is wild-ass pumpkin pie in a bottle, more so than others - much more. It's so good that it's bad. I hate it. But not really. It's not so much sweet as it is RICH. Like graham crackers baked with Crisco. But I can't finish this. It's cloying. But the aroma is delicious - food delicious, and the first few tastes are like dessert. But I can't go farther than an eight ounce pour. Split the 22oz. bottle with three people.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 05:08:43 | More by dedrinker
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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice orange color with a tall and thick off white colored head that takes some time to settle. Laces some on the way down.
S: The aroma of this beer hits you in the face and I loved it. Big smells of nutmeg, sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and a bit of vanilla.
T: Follows the aroma as it is sweet malts, sweet pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla tones up front. It as a bit of a more bitter aftertaste.
M: Very spicy, fresh, and warming with a nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as I was able to finish it, and when it was done I just wanted some more.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 01:53:06 | More by erosier
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz in my Piraat snifter

I thought this was one of the best pumpkin beers that I have ever tasted. It poured golden to copper and had a huge nose of nutmeg and spice. I did not find it terribly sweet but like a pumpkin cookie. It had some notes of gram cracker to. I think it hides the 9% abv very well not hot at all. I would have another. I think this bee would pair well with a pumpkin mousse pie very nice because of the gram cracker notes.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 20:44:07 | More by chrismilner20
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber with a quickly dissipating head

S- Wow, this smells incredible! It smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, graham cracker, pumpkin, and brown sugar.

T- This doesn't resemble any particular style of beer. It's as if the beer was designed around the pumpkin pie flavor, however I do still enjoy it. The flavor is sweet, with a very strong cinnamon flavor, but the nutmeg, pie crust, pumpkin, and brown sugar all come through as well. A slight alcohol warmth is detectable.

M- It doesn't feel syrupy in spite of how sweet it is. It's not even as sticky as I would have thought based on the smell.

D- It's highly drinkable, however the alcohol is not as well-hidden as in some other ST imperials.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:31:54 | More by JoeMayo
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Clear honey amber hue with a slight orange tint. The head is eggshell white, thick, smooth, and frothy. Slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind thick patches of lace. Solid rings of lacing along the glass.

Very aromatic. The cinnimon travels far from the glass. Very creamy, with smooth, authentic, pumpkin pie aromas. The similarities to a pumpkin pie are so close I can almost smell the crust. A little bit of nutmeg is in there mixed with light spiciness. The alcohol aromas are hidden well.

Smooth, grainy, lightly toasted malts are well hidden by the pumpkin flavors. Not quite as smooth as the aroma though. Just a touch of spice to balance the light creaminess. The alcohol comes out a little as it warms. Full bodied, good carbonation. The finish is the lingering pumpkin and spices.

One of my favorite pumpkin ales so far. This one does a good job of mimicing pumpkin pie, which my mom always makes at Thanksgiving. Smooth and creamy with just the right amount of spices. Not really any notable hop bitterness (as it should be), mostly a sweet beer, with the balance coming from spices. Good job with this one for a beer that's very hard to get right. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 17:32:22 | More by BeerSox
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is very nice, it smells like nutmeg, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes pretty much just like a pumpkin pie would. Mouthfeel/body is medium and rich with mild carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. I think this is the most pumpkin-like of any pumpkin ale I've had before, it would be a great drink when the weather starts to get a bit cooler and fall gets here. It's a dessert beer (IMO), I don't think I could drink more than a bomber of this at a time as the pumpkin gets to be a bit too much. But with that being said, I think it's a pretty good brew and I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 22:52:39 | More by bluejacket74
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer at a tasting a few weeks ago and decided to pick up a bottle recently. Beer is a crystal clear copper with a foam head that recedes into a nice lacing. Smell is fantastic, nice and spicy, much like a pumpkin pie. With the creamy mouthfeel the beer tastes like Dreyer's Pumpkin Pie ice cream! Very tasty beer that I will buy again. One of the best pumpkin beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 00:57:31 | More by VaRam
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden copper color. Three fingers of head with average detention. Wonderful lacing.

Smells of Pumpkin pie, tons of nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon.

Taste is like no other pumpkin beer I've ever had. Very strong on the spices. Caradmom seems to creep in at the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. Almost syrupy, but not bad.

This would be perfect to top off your Halloween night. I still have yet to try it against my favorite pumpkin brew, Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale. Then I can decide which is the best. Long live Púca!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 23:13:21 | More by lastdoctor
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color is a pretty clear bronze. Head retention seemed low, but there's some lacing.

Smells like pumpkin pie. Simple but extremely appealing. Impressively aromatic.

This is packed with flavor. It just exploded with spicy pumpkin goodness. The malt and hop profiles both suggest an Oktoberfest. Caramel malt really takes a backseat to the pumpkin flavor. Hops are spicy and compliment the pumpkin flavor well. The label does not mention any spices added, but it tastes like there's a healthy amount of nutmeg and some cinnamon. Overall, there are fewer spices than outright pumpkin flavor. The sweet/bitter balance is perfect here.

I was really hoping for a thicker, richer mouthfeel. It drinks more like a full-bodied ale. I'm still pretty satisfied.

This is a winner from Southern Tier. No problem to drink a bomber at all. Alcohol is not noticeable. Everything about this beer compliments the pumpkin character so well. It's really a joy to drink, and I don't think I've ever downed an ST bomber so fast. I'm left giddy at the end of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:18:46 | More by ommegoose
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3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Each to their own of course, but I confess I do not understand the apparent appeal of this beer. On tap at Max's the other night, I think I made it through about a forth of my glass before I dumped it.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose one gets a huge of aroma of pumpkin, but with also a lot of brown sugar and nutmeg. There's also something of a cookie dough aroma that I'm just not liking. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, although I find this beer to be almost cloyingly sweet. Thankfully, there's some slight bitterness in the finish to cut through some of the sweetness, but nevertheless, the high alcohol and cookie/candy-like sweetness is nearly nauseating. Seriously, something about this beer is affecting my gag reflex and not in a good way. The combination of sweetness and high alcohol make this beer very heavy and tiring to drink, and it's quite warming from the high abv. In fact there is some hotness to this beer, a quality I associate with the high alcohol.

I'm glad I had a chance to try this beer, but I can't say I was very impressed. This will the be the first and last glass I'll ever get of it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 13:24:00 | More by John_M
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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Served on tap into a 18oz. mug. Nice murky brown with a light off white head that stays around.

S. Pumpkin pie, spices, faint malts.

T. Once again a wonderful Pumpkin pie filling. Some cinnamon and spice are there to compliment. Sweet malts. Delectible.

M. Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Decent amount of cabonation.

D. Wow, what a tasty treat this was. I debated having another, but decided to move on. The best Pumpkin brew I've had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 02:46:42 | More by Stinkypuss
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,923 ratings.