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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,799
Reviews: 1,868
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 456
Gots: 1,606 | FT: 32
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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Ratings: 6,799 | Reviews: 1,868
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into standard pint glass

A - clear medium amber in color. Faint head that fades immediately.

S - subdued which I actually appreciate in this style. Pumpkin spices predominate. No true "pumpkin" aroma but that is pretty standard.

T - more pumpkin pie spices and subdued again. Was actually expecting some more depth here. Easy drinking but a little underwhelmed. Actually improves as it warms a little regardless of what the bottle suggests.

M - medium body that finishes quite smooth and easy. The sweetness and ABV certainly take this out of a session range but quite easy to put back a bomber.

O - for a couple of times a year this is pretty good. Not groundbreaking but worth seeking out when it's available. I don't think I'll be hoarding any for the future but I'll likely be drinking a few more before they disappear.

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

2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass on 8/8/12. Yeah, yeah - early but I wanted to try this so badly I don't even care.

Pour: Amber orange with two fingers puffy white head that recedes to a film. No lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, butternut squash, nutmeg, hazelnut, cinnamon. When first poured at the prescribed 40 degrees, I got more hazelnut, and some banana bread.

Taste: Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, hazelnut, cinnamon. Banana bread was there while it was colder. This is freaking delicious.

Mouthfeel: Really nice carbonation, and no trace of alcohol.
Wait, where'd that bomber go?

Overall: I wanted to be disappointed by this... but oh my god this is so tasty. I will be buying this a lot.

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4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always respect Southern Tier's flavored beers. I'm usually not a fan of such, as I dislike the overbearing stickiness of many flavored beers; however, I felt adventurous that particular day, and I have had many of Southern Tier's brews before and they did not disappoint.

When I poured the beer into my glass, the first waft of pumpkiny goodness hit my nose and I was absolutely floored. It smelled like a cold pumpkin pie, settled with all of the appropriate spices. It had a nice head to it, a really pretty color, and most importantly, it didn't have that overly-carbonated feel to it that many other beers have. I was so excited to try it!

The first sip I had didn't offer as much punch as I had expected, but I realized that it possibly be due to my olfactory senses being overwhelmed by such awesomeness. By the second or third sip, I was in beer heaven. It tastes like pumpkins, fall-time, and everything I love about the autumn season. I couldn't believe the amount of smoothness and the robust, yet playful flavors. Yes, "robust yet playful" is extremely cliche, but there are no other words. I finished the whole thing faster than I should have and soon opened another.

Whatever price you have to pay for this beer, pay it. Seriously, it's like Southern Tier is the Wonka Factory of beer.

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Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a rich orange amber with slight head, but nice lacing from what's there. Strong, delightful pumpkin aroma. Tastes of pumpkin, spices and malt; medium mouth feel, creamy. Sweet, but is nicely balanced. One of the best pumpkin ales. Delicious.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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