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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4,930 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,930
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 332
Gots: 575 | 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 BeerSox


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
Photo of bluejacket74


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
Photo of VaRam


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
Photo of lastdoctor


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
Photo of ommegoose


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
Photo of John_M


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
Photo of Stinkypuss


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
Photo of CortexBomb


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear golden orange with almost no head to speak of. A little dust on the top of the glass but that's it. Spiced nose, big time. Pumpkin notes, all spice, cinnamon, caramel, toasted grain, great nose.

Flavour is clean and toasty, the pumpkin is clearly there at all times, and is accompanied by light cinnamon and all spice, big on the bread, huge in fact. A very effective pumpkin brew.

The mouthfeel is a shade above average. It's a big beer, so it's naturally a bit thicker than normal, but I think it could have been improved with more carbonation (god forbid thinking how snazzy this would be on a nitro tap...). The drinkability is also a skosh above average, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had, and probably my favourite one with these spices since the long-dead Harry Magill's Spiced Stout from Bell's. That said, I can't see buying more than one or two of these a year and largely for the novelty. The flavour is also intense enough to be a bit much for one person. This is a good bomber to split with a friend come September and October though.

The bottom line: If you want pumpkin pie beer, then Southern Tier has got your brew. Very evocative of Fall, and a very effective pairing of the spices, pumpkin, and bread. If you like this type of beer, Pumking is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 02:31:41 | More by CortexBomb
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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pumpkin color with a thick white head. Aroma is just like a pumpkin pie. Vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel.

Taste is more pumpkin pie. Just like the smell. Pumpkin of course, with loads malt that tastes like a graham cracker. Lots of spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice. A little more spice than I prefer. Nice vanilla flavor in there also. Mouthfeel could be a little more full for my liking but not bad. Not something you would want to drink all of the time but a damn fine dessert beer. Give me one of these instead of pie after dinner at Thanksgiving and I would be fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:58:20 | More by hckyfn9999
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a bright, clear copper color with a small white head that goes to a ring of bubbles around the edge. No lacing.

S- Totally amazing smell. Just like pumkin pie. Could also pick up nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice all of which are easily picked out.

T- Taste just like pumkin pie. Follows the nose pretty well the spices jump right out at you. The alcohol is hidden very well.

M- Medium in body, with good carbonation.

D- Great seasonal beer, very interesting but its too much and over the top. I'd for sure have to split this one with someone.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:27:33 | More by nrbw23
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ABV: 9%
Pours a really gorgeous medium amber color with a very bright orange feel to it. A solid half inch of white head is formed but soon dissolves to a trace. Aroma is intensely of fresh cooked Jasmine rice, like right when you open lid to see if it's done. Wow; spices follow with a bit of ginger and clove, and then nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. It's extremely bready as the rice note dissipates. Really solid for a pumpkin ale, I have to say. On the palate, the breadiness really flourishes with the spices evident but never cloying and a warm sweetness to give both a pumpkin bread flavor and to cover the abv. Carbonation is moderately low providing a richer, bigger body. This is a really world class beer, ST is simply shining with these BW series of beers. I wish them luck in continuing this success.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 18:50:00 | More by dreadnatty08
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

Appears a slightly hazy bold orange with a frothy, off-white head. Some straggling lace finds its way to the bottom of the glass.

Wow, big fan of the nose on this pumpkin ale. Graham crackers, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, vanilla...like a pumpkin pie, more so than other pumpkin ales out there. You really get the smell of a pie all covered in whipped cream.

The taste is a little more subdued than the nose. Graham crackers and vanilla come to the forefront, with the spices, pumpkin, and caramel malts holding things in check. Pretty evenly balanced, but it doesn't jump the way the nose does.

Mild carbonation, light on the feel. I would like to see this with a bit of a bigger body, probably a little too thin.

The spices are all in check and make this guy pretty easy to drink. A good sipper with dessert around halloween.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 14:04:38 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, clear amber with just a wisp of a head.
The smell is more like roasted squash than pumpkin. Almost smells like roasted pumpkin seeds and butter.
From other reviews I expected a pumpkin pie like taste and it just wasn't there. Just a slight raw pie filling note, lots of raw vegetal notes, fire roasted corn with a lot of butter.
Heavy mouthfeel, very smooth.
This would make a great bonfire night beer. It is definitely a right "time and place" beer, not one I would sip at just any time of day.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 20:49:52 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Proteus93


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich amber / orange with the slightest hint of red. Quite appropriately coloured for the style. Topped with a white, somewhat foamy, finger-high head.

S: A pleasant aroma of pumpkin puree and spice. Aromatic hops provide an herbal essence that works well.

T: A spiciness, pumpkin flavours, and a hoppiness that is quite apparent. A sweet hint of caramel malts?

M: A full, and refreshing body - somewhere right between a little thin and spot on.

D: The alcohol is quite well hidden. Bitterness comes through quite a it more as it warms, which can be a little off-putting and changes the dynamic a bit. Certainly a sipper, this could be a reasonable 'time-to-time' brew. As far as pumpkin style ales go, this is a bit of a better take on the style, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:17:12 | More by Proteus93
Photo of naterock


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

Pours a orange color with a light head and exceptional clarity.

smells incredibly like pumpkin pie, well if I said anything else you'd be thinking I am crazy. this smells amazing. cinnamon and allspice is very easily recognized.

Well this is a pumpkin pie in a glass nothing more.

Medium carbonation

Drinks easily but with a pumpkin desert this would be absolutely perfect. I don't think this beer could be any more enjoyable overall

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:09:34 | More by naterock
Photo of SpecialK088


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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Pours a crystal clear copper with little to no head but good retention.

S-Pumpkin pie anyone, perhaps some roasted pumpkin seeds? Take a smell its all here.

T&M-Almost identical to the nose with a near perfect bitter finish that fades to a smooth easy finish as suprising as it is a very light body.

D-I could drink this all the time I don't want to but i could. I wanna have this with my thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:00:59 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of Pencible


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear amber color with a bit of white head. It smelled like baked pumpkin seeds and yeasty barley grain, with a bit of caramel malt and copper hops. It tasted strongly of sweet pumpkin mixed with earthy malt, and a yeasty pie crust flavor along with a sense of whipped cream. It was watery with no carbonation, and had a lasting but mellow pumpkin aftertaste. Overall this was definitely pumpkin, but not definitely beer. The flavor was clean and hid the alcohol well, and was great if you like pumpkin. Personally, I think it could have used more subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 17:40:08 | More by Pencible
Photo of bigdeuce


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit of head on the pour. Nice copper color. Smells great, of grandma's old pumpkin bread. Very spicy on the nose. Pumpkin, bread and cinnamon shine through. A bit watery on the taste, surprising because of the high ABV. Decent drinkability, but only one cause of the high ABV. A real treat that can replace dessert at thanksgiving dinner. Very intreging beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:56:53 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Kraken


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of what I hope will be many pumpkin beers this season.

Poured from 22oz bottle into a massive glass. Firm pour provides for a 1 finger white head that diminishes rapidly and leaves no lace. Pours a wonderful clear dark orange amber.
Nose- Nice Pumpkin spice, with nutmeg, cinnimon, ginger. Smells like desert.
Taste- Very similar to the nose. Sweet, syrupy almost like pumpkin pie filling. Would be a great apartif, dark caramel malts and toffee. Alcohol is totally hidden. As it warms hops come thorugh in the long slightly bitter finish. Carbonation waines slightly near the end of bottle.
Mouthfeel- Kinda one note, but its a good note, perhaps a bit thin.
Drinkability- Exccedingly high, which is what you will be after 2 or 3 of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 10:58:14 | More by Kraken
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice... my favorite pumkin beer to date. orange with a white head that leaves pretty lace. really smells of cooked pumpkin and graham cookie/ ginger snaps. well, well balanced taste with a burnt toffee finish. nice, creamy mouthfeel. i think southern tier did a fantastic job on this one. it would be hard to drink too many of these, so it looses points for drinkability, but big props to southern tier nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 00:21:07 | More by timtim
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into an oversized Dogfish goblet.

Cool breeze and storm in the air right now, thats all the excuse I needed to break out this fall seasonal. Ive been dying to crack it open.

A: Clarified bright orange, almost bringing visions of a Jack-o-Lantern. Not much head, and what was there dissipated quickly.

N: Pow. Canned pumpkin and nutmeg. Not overly spiced like the 'pie-beers', but you can pick up the teddy graham/butter crust of a good pumpkin pie.

Like other ST big beers, a tremendous smelling beer.

T: Somewhat heavy on the spices and less on the actual pumpkin and earthy squash but the sweetness is far from artificial. Maple syrup, Graham crackers again which is fantastic. Best way to describe the taste of this one is a well made pumpkin pancake. Warm molasses with slightest tinges of alcohol.

M: Creamy at first, not quite like the creme brulee because it is light in the mouth at the same time. Appearance belies the thinner body of this one.

D: Punkin still my favorite because it taste the most like the actual vegetable but this one is remarkable- far superior to Weyerbacher's version which I had expected this to replicate.
Alcohol is invisible in the taste. For the abv, top notch drinkability.

Never had a beer that taste more like Nabisco honey graham cracker crust. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:02:41 | More by marcpal
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a lot of swirling carbonation that rises quickly to form a good inch and a half of white sudsy head. The head quickly settles to leave about a quarter inch. The lacing is very thick.

Smell: Very strong pumpkin pie smell, crust included. The smell is absolutely fantastic; the pumpkin smell passes and you gather the smell of the spices and malt. This is a very pungent beer and the smell is just wonderful.

Taste: Pumpkin spice! Can taste a bit of nutmeg and the caramel malts. There is so much going on in terms of pumpkin puree and spice that the 9% ABV is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated (can feel it on the tongue), slight watery feel, but still very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: There's too much going on in terms of spice to hammer this one away, but as a session drink around Thanksgiving - one to be shared - wow, this is a dandy. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 19:54:49 | More by TheVrolok
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I finally got my hands on a bottle of the notorious "Pumking" from Southern Tier. The pumpkin ale style is one that is not really that popular among beer circles. I must say that I am a huge fan of pumpkin ales and I try to sample the best there is. After sampling the Pumpking, I have found the best pumpkin ale to date. Prior to this, Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale was the best, this one takes the cake.

A- Golden orange color. Thin white head, carbonation bubbles.

S- Remember when you were a kid and you walked into grandmas kitchen as she baked a fresh pumpkin pie? Yup, thats it right here. Fresh pumpkin and a distinct fresh pie crust was very evident. The smell is very enticing. This ale was like no other in the scent department. Someone literally took a pumpkin pie and transformed it into beer.

T- Yeah, just like it smells. Gingerbread and pumpkin mixture, fresh grahm cracker and cookie crumble. Pumkin? Oh yeah, and lots of it. This is the real deal pumpkin. Fresh, organic, and sweet. Vanilla? Oh Yeah. Cinnamon? Sure, its there. Whipped Cream? CHECK. Flavors overwhelm you? Not at all.

M- Rich and medium bodied, yet nothing cloying and overbearing.

D- Drinkability is high here. With all the rich flavors going on, it is so well balanced that it wont turn your stomach.

Is this a flawless pumpkin ale? Probably not, but its close.

This is a tasty treat. Pick this one up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 02:08:58 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a little bit of a white head.

Smells very strongly of nutmeg and cinnamon with a bit of pumpkin pie crust.

Taste is sweet with a strong presence of nutmeg and a hint of pumpkin.

Mouthfeel is creamy and sweet. I would probably drink a couple of these happily.


Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 01:03:09 | More by sholland119
Photo of DunkelFester


4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice, bright, honey-to-light amber elixir with a thin cap of white foam typical of a higher %abv beer w/ moderate carbonation.

Smell: Autumn memories in a glass. Like gingersnap cookies (Sweetzels Spiced Wafers, anyone??) laced with pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream. Slight aroma of alcohol as it warms, but in the best way possible. Nothing harsh here.

Taste: Like the nose, amplified. Really great balance of sweet malt, pumpkin, spice & the right amount of bitterness to keep it from being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied & smooth, this *is* a big, warming beer.

Drinkability: Pretty damned good, all things considered. The alcohol is really so well-hidden, and the aroma and flavor such a nice complement to an unseasonably cool early August night, that I could see myself sipping this on the porch into tomorrow morning (or until I pass out... hence the 4).

Overall: My first brew from Southern Tier, and I'm impressed. This is a great pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 02:29:59 | More by DunkelFester
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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