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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,788 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,788
Reviews: 1,735
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 401
Gots: 1,062 | FT: 29
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 malty
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber that's been hiding in the back of my garage beer fridge since last November. Since it's snowing/raining/blowing outside, and I've got a fire roaring in the fireplace, seems like a great time to enjoy this.

Poured into my Duvel glass a beautiful full orange color with the slightest chill haze. The white, full, fluffy head settles to 3/4" with lots of craggy ringed remnants 2" above it. Sparse, slow rising fine carbonation lets me know this is a heavier, meatier ale.

The smell on this gem is heavenly. I swear this smells EXACTLY like my mother-in-law's homemade pumpkin pie. FRESH, FRESH , FRESH notes of everything that makes pumpkin pie wonderful. All the way down to the masterful nuances of nutmeg and the actual scratch-made buttered, flakey crust. Allspice, cinnamon and roasted pumpkin scents are very organic, balanced and perfectly showcased in the nose. Honestly, I cannot ever remember smelling a better pumpkin beer. Ever.

Wow! Wow! Wow! This luscious bombshell really bangs it home. There is a surprisingly dry/spicy attack at the onset of the flavor. It's got an almost gingery taste, put it's got to be a healthy hop bill. Nonetheless, the ginger element fits in nicely with all the aforemention scents that translate perfectly into their actual 'flavors'. This is one beautifully balanced, yet burly, boisterous and superbly accurate tasting pumpkin ales I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but that's to expected being 9% ABV. The carbonation is very fine and perfectly placed; not too much, but enough to keep the flavors bouncing and dancing. The finish is full flavored and a bit spicy/dry.

Overall an absolutely stunning rendition of a fall favorite. While a lot of examples of this style come off contrived/fake tasting, this one rings true and as natural as can be. You can actually taste a heavy whipped cream dollop on the top and the flakey buttery crust too. Just perfect!

malty, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Buggies
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow... a pumpkin beer that actually reminds you of moms Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Aroma of pumpkin pie and caramel. All the spices in the background too.

Tastes great. Nothing over the top. Slightly sweet with spices in the background. Nice little bitter bite in the finish. The alcohol is warming on the throat.

The only thing I could ask for is a little more of a creamier mouth feel. The aroma and taste probably gets better as it warms a little, but I drank it too fast to find out.

Buggies, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of SirRuss
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rhettroactive East Coast Collection continued...

A - Sits deep within the orange end of amber. A good initial head formation, and although retention is average, the lacing appears and adheres well.

S - Astonishing. Think Thanskgiving Confidential. This is the secret scent only known to the baking tray lucky enough to hold the pumpkin pie in the oven as it bakes into an golden orange melange of squash and spice so indecent that it has to be encased in the purest of biscuity bases. This is hands-down the most charasmatic and enchanting aroma of any brew that I have ever smelled.

T - Equally seductive. All that is presented by the nose comes into luxurious fruition on the palate. In addition to the outrageously literal interpretation of pumpkin pie, there is a vibrant wave of menthol freshness that empowers the palate to manage the super human demands made by this brew. So many individual attributes can lay claim to the genius of Pumking, but in the end it's the sharp cleanliness with which each extreme aspect is presented that earns the gold. Balance is absolutely spot on, and even the hops - which would play no part in the flavour profile of a traditional pumpkin pie profile - seem s to lend yet another clarifying effect here.

M - Solid carbonation, virtually imperceivable alcohol, and surprisingly dry in the finish. My only complaint is that the weight doesn't quite stand up to the flavor profile - it's a big ask, I know - but ultimately it falls a little but thin.

O - An amazing brew, superbly engineered and executed. It is unabashed intensity at its best, and mediocrity is clearly exiled in every aspect. I can see how this may be a little much for the traditional or timid, but that's the point. This is unbridled inhibition, passion, and creative catharsis - brace yourself for an icon of Pumpkinsanity.

SirRuss, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Messiinnnaaaa
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me be the first to say that I am not really a pumpkin beer kinda guy. This beer changed that. Let me explain...

Appearance - pouring into a glass it was a nice shiny copper color and it produced a creamy white head that literally had what appeared to be cinnamon crystals in it.

Smell - immediately the smell of pumpkin pie. Most pumpkin beer you smell has a similar effect of evoking the memory of warm pumpkin pie on thanksgiving but this beer literally makes you think you are sitting down at a table ready to eat a piece of fresh pumpkin pie right in front of you. And the cinnamon smell blends perfectly so as not to overwhelm the senses of mask the pumpkin.

Taste - because it is an imperial ale the alcohol flavor is pretty up front and in your face. However, while I usually don't prefer this for some reason it really works to the benefit of the flavor of this beer. You can taste the pumpkin and cinnamon evenly with a nice smooth finish that makes you crave more. One sip and it will be hard to put the glass down.

Mouthfeel - another favorite point about this beer is that it is surprising light to taste. It has just the right about of carbonation to help explode the flavors on your tongue but not too much to make you feel too full after drinking. What I thought were cinnamon crystals in the head certainly seem to play the role of added sweetness upon sipping and really add a nice slightly grainy texture to it.

Overall I think this beer is pretty phenomenal. I always look forward to October when I can get my hands on it and not a year goes by that I don't celebrate the arrival of autumn with at least 1 bottle of Pumking.

Messiinnnaaaa, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange brown hue with a 1 finger heada

smell: vanilla, caramel, pumpkin spices

taste: caramel malts, pumpkin spices, some nuttiness

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a pretty decent pumpkin beer. It's in the top 5 but not #1.


THECPJ, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A dark burnt orange color with a white head on this bomber poured into a pint glass,
S - pretty good smell on this one but nothing that will knock your socks off. Pumkin spice, vanilla, cinnamon, and hop malt grain.
T & M & D - This beer had one of the greatest tastes I have had in a long time. Think pumkin pie and mix it with sweet cream, cream cheese, and pudding. What an incredibly amazing beer. It also has deep notes from the spice of nutmeg cinnamon and roasted malt. This beer will wow you in everyway. i encourage you to try it because it sets a precident for halloween beer.

Great job Southern Tier!

CuttDeez, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A deep amber, almost orange, body. Head is decent size that leaves nice lacing and white in color.

S: Smells like pumpkin cheesecake. A sweet aroma of pumpkin spices, sweet malts, & vanilla.

T: I think I am in love! A nicely balance flavors of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, clove, & nutmeg), graham crackers, caramel, vanilla, & pumpkin for sure. Finishes a bit warm from the high ABV, but it's hardly noticable.

M: Medium body & carbonation. The texture is a bit lean, but still very creamy.

D: Awesome beer. A must try for anyone who has a love for this style.

BrewCrew2010, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Porter Bar in Atlanta, GA

A - Dark Orange that leaves a 2 finger lacing with some beautiful lacing that surrounds the glass.

S - Smells like thanksgiving pumpkin pie! Nice cinnamon background as well as some sweet sugar!

T - This is the best pumpkin brew I have ever had, taste just like the nose its absolutely fantastic.

M - Creamy, and just perfect in every sense.

D - The alcohol is not even noticeable, great brew from Southern Tier, never let down!

thedoubler55, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Craftbrewlvr
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The draft variety of this beer is just unbelievably rewarding. The color is deep amber and smell fragrant smelling of pumpkin pie spices, most notable being allspice but it is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly grainy and goes down smooth and gets tastier as it warms. As you drink down one the warmth arrives slowly as the high alcohol begins to kick in. The finish is like a full taste of pumpkin pie,including crust. It is tough to put down more than two 10 ounce goblets at one sitting as this is like drinking dessert. I can't wait till next Fall to test the 2011 batch. This is another outstanding Southern Tier product as all their beers get better with time.

Craftbrewlvr, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 9/11/10. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Clear golden amber color. Small, but nice off white head. Great lacing.

A: Smells of musty gourd, graham crackers, pumpkin pie spice, and hops. Pretty hoppy compared to other pumpkin ales I've had.

T: Tastes just like pumpkin pie. Graham cracker crust, pumpkin, and spice. Finishes slightly alcoholic but smooth.

M: Medium to full body, but not chewy. Carbonation is spot on.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is as good as a pumpkin beer can be. Can't have too many but a couple will do the trick. Overall, the best pumpkin I've had. Can't wait for next year. Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of shredsofautumn
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle release date: August 2010
Bottle sampling date: February 2011

*This 22 oz. Southern Tier Pumking has been aging for 6 months. I also have another bottle aging for a mini-vertical tasting this September!

Appearance- Deep orange, light amber color with a very small head. After a few sips, a beautiful cursive-writing-esque lacing trail develops all around the glass.

Smell- After 6 months of mellowing, the alcohol has toned itself down a little but the spices are still in full force. First whiff is that of a nice pumpkin pie cooling on the kitchen counter. Full of hearty fall-like tones. Lots of fresh pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Big sweet malty smells like maple sugar candy. The smell of this beer has "Yankee Candle Fall Collection" and New England written all over it. It's a remarkable scent to smell in February. Makes you wish it was September again.

Taste- Hop & Carbonation up front. Once I chew on it a bit, I note tons of fresh cinnamon and clove- lots of pumpkin soaked pie crust as well. The finish is smooth with a lingering pumpkin pie to the face, as well as a slight warm from the roughly 9% abv.

Mouthfeel- After the 6 months of aging, the beer seems to have thinned a little in stickiness, which seems counterintuitive. Just seems a little thinner than fresh Pumking but it's still pretty good. Not thick like a RIS, and not thin like a Euro Lager. Somewhere smack dab in the middle of the two, which makes sense.

Drinkability- This one is real smooth, fresh and aged. Great with dessert or on its own AS dessert. I could drink a couple bombers, but I'll stick to one. Very good flavors, don't wanna overdo it on your mouth. After this one, get a nice Imperial Stout or something of the like to keep up the big beer profile and make it an early night. m/

shredsofautumn, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I've been on a role lately with Southern Tier so I jumped at the chance to try to Pumpkin Ale on tap.

Pours a bright orange color.

The smell is so intense and complex you must find this beer. It's very cinnamony, and of course pumkiny.

Tastes like nutmeg and pumpkins on steroids. Rather sweet as you'd imagine.

I perfer the Smuttynose pumpkin over this one as it's much easier to drink (much less sweet). However, Southern Tier's Pumpkin is a nice dessert beer.

devinoconnor, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/1/10; 2010 bottling

A - Pours a clear golden/slightly orangish brown with 1 finger of quickly dissipating head; leaves some lacing behind.

S - First smell I notice seems to be pie crust, followed by massive nutmeg and pumpkin; other pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and allspice) follow.

T - Similar to the smell with a nice addition of some hop bitterness to (partially) balance out the sweetness.

M - Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation level; some slight lingering bitterness on the tongue.

D - Sweetness and the spicing reduce drinkability slightly, but definitely one of the more enjoyable and interesting pumpkin beers I've tried.

This is definitely not a flavor profile that will agree with everyone, but I enjoyed it.

warnerry, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in the cellar - don't know how it lasted this long!?!
Poured from bomber into Chimay goblet.

A - golden orange amber with a finger of fine-beaded head that dissipates quickly to a film with a little lacing

S - smells of sweet vanilla icing and pumpkin pie - cardamom, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin; lots of malt backing the pumpkin pie

T - sweet malt and pumpkin up front, then the spices kick in - wrapped in vanilla icing laced malt and an elusive sweetness I attribute to the pumpkin; hops are probably contributing something, but I don't know what; excellent length

M - appealing near-creamy texture; good CO2

D - for the style, this is very drinkable

I don't normally like this style of beer, but this one I like a bunch. Other than a friends homebrew, this is the best pumpkin beer I have had.

nezelrac, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours an orangish brown color with a thick tan head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of pumpkin, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tastes of a pumpkin pie explosion with tons of cinnamon and nutmeg, but too many malts. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is light. Drinkability is okay.

TheKingofWichita, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Poured into a snifter. I had this on tap and didn't care for it (loved 09 on tap though). This should determine whether it was the beer or the tap factors.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head with average retention given the ABV and a decent amount of spotty lacing.

5.0 S: Smells like the Pumking I loved last year on-tap. Chock full of pumpkin pie spices: loads of cinnamon and nutmeg, then clove, cardamon, and allspice. A sharp caramel meshes very well with some booziness and earthy pumpkin to make this an awesome treat for the nose.

3.5 T: Ahh, now I recall why I wasn't a fan of this year's on-tap. The pumpkin and pie spices are there again in bountiful proportions (which I like), but there isn't the same level of sweetness to complement it. It seems like the 2010 vintage is lacking sweetness and in particular a thick caramel component. There is a small caramel component in this, just not enough and the rest of the malts don't do much. (Whatever the case, a big ST beer without lots of sweetness is just weird.)

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is even more depressing than the taste. The body on this lighter medium and I want it to be big, rich, and robust. Of course the lack of sweetness is coupled with the lack of body, but the lack of body is even more damaging to this brew. Pretty smooth with good moderate carbonation.

3.5 D: I expect ST to get this brew back on track next year. If they don't I'll be incredibly pissed considering I love pumpkin/pie spice brews and so few quality ones exist.

DavoleBomb, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into dimple glass. Wow, what can I say about this beer! It felt like I was eating a pumpkin pie when drinking this special brew. Pours harvest orange with a small, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat diminishing with spare, if any, lacing. Somewhat disappointing on the lack of head or lace. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, cereal, straw, biscuit), average hops (grass, herbs), average yeast (dough, leaves) with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar. There is an interesting mix of lightly buttered biscuits and sugar cookies that permeates above all the typical "pumpkin beer" spices that is rather intriguing and inviting in a raw dough kind of way. The pumpkin is not too much nor too little yet is much more present than most pumpkin beers. Medium bodied, aided by the uncharacteristically high alcohol content, alcoholic texture, average carbonation that fizzles away rapidly, and a chalky yet dry finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. I am quite taken by this pumpkin beer as it seems to nail the one thing others cannot - it gives the pumpkin flavor along with spices (typical) but also adds a freshly baked crust to the aroma and flavor.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of innersanctum
2.2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ever have a piece of cake where the cake is great, but the icing is so sweet and overpowering that it ruins the cake? Of course you have, and this was precisely my reaction to Pumking.

Appearance is a nice golden brown ale with some head, and the smell really is exceptional because it transcends a spicy pumpkin pie. In fact the smell was so impressive that I never thought that beer could be used as such a transformer to convey an aroma. However, if you're looking to smell something that resembles 'beer' then you'll need to find a different beverage.

But that taste, wow, it can be broken into two distinct parts. First, there is a hoppy IPA, with citrus and a dry mouthfeel. But the IPA is quickly overwhelmed by a very heavy sweet and spicey pumpkin finish. If you'd like to drink your desert on Thanksgiving then I'd highly recommend Pumking.

innersanctum, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of davod23
1.9/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I'm either just deciding to drink a bunch of shitty beers lately, or something is wrong with my palate... though I don't think it's the latter, as Oude Tart w/ Sour Cherries really hit the mark the other day... oh well.

Pour is a very clear, light orange/gold color. An off-white, almost orangish head emerges. It's fine looking, but nothing great.

The aroma is pretty good, if one dimensional. But hey, it's an imperial pumpkin ale, how complex could it be? I seem to recall this smelling even better in the past... but I'm picking up a ton of buttery graham cracker. It smells a lot like freshly baked pie crust.

Taste is somehow terrible. Extremely sweet, which I expected in part. However, there's a weird twang there, coupled with a harsh putridity at the end of the sip. I actually shuddered as I took my first sip. There's a fair amount of the aroma exhibited here in the taste, but the overwhelming sweetness and the nasty taste in the back of my throat just ended this for me.

Mouthfeel was fine. A little thin - I think that a big, thick mouthfeel would accentuate the pumpkin pie-like characteristic that I think they're going for. Meh.

Drinkability: Do you need to ask? Draiiinpour.

I liked this beer last year. What happened?

davod23, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/8/11.

Pumking emerges from the bottle with an orange-peach-gold color combination and an eggshell-white, one and a half finger head after it's pour into a large snifter. A moderate number of carbonation bubbles rise up a a mezzo pace. The lacing is very ghostly and contortionistic- quite apt for the holiday for which it is brewed.

The aroma brings forth notes of pumpkin purée, caramel malt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A scent reminiscent of freshly baked banana bread complements. When agitated, I can smell some earthy bitter hops and biscuit.

This bottle is a little old, I guess, but I feel as if the pumpkin taste has worn off a bit. Without pumpkin prominence, the caramel malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and earthy hops keep each other in balance, with the hops and a dry biscuit taste winning out in the end.

I was hoping for a creamy mouthfeel with how high the a.b.v. is, but what I find is a fairly thin body at the beginning and in the middle of the sip. The finish is out of whack bitter as the Magnum hops bite at my palate more than I would like for this brew. It is not a very balanced mouthfeel in this man's opinion.

Maybe this would be better right off the bottling line, but in its current state I thought it was unbalanced in favor of spice and hop flavors. A little more pumpkin in the mix and a smoother mouthfeel would encourage me to rate it a bit higher.

TCHopCraver, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a very orange color w/ a white head that is a pinky thick. decent lacing.
smells very strong of pumpkin and not much else.
taste matches the smell. pretty much all pumpkin. for someone who is a huge pumpkin ale fan, i prefer one with plenty of pumpkin spices. this one seems to have tons more pumpkin than any other of the style that i've ever had, however, it only has a very subtle amount of spices. hides the high alcohol content well as a plus side.
the mouth feel is fine.
overall, its just average in drinkability. the high alcohol content for one, but more importantly, just like I couldn't eat too much of a pumpkin pie in one sitting, i got a little tired of this too.

JordonHoltzman, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of letsgopens
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here's one of a few reviews I had on paper, misplaced before posting but have now relocated. Sampled on-tap at the Wexford Ale House in Wexford, PA. Amongst their staggering number of pumpkin related brews and fall seasonals, I believe this one stands out above the rest. It appears, visually, very similar to past installments. Golden, orange/amber body with some yellow highlights. Creamy, frothy, off-white head holds its shape well and leaves some clinging lace.

The aroma is always staggering. Sweet, creamy pumpkin pie filling; almost like pumpkin pie mouse. Tons of milling spices and luscious, sweetened pumpkin mash. A distinct bready note, much like pumpkin added to bread pudding. Hints of sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coriander, all mixed with pumpkin mash.

The first thing that strikes me as immediately different than past renditions of this very brew, is that there is a distinct hop character. Floral, somewhat earthy hops are definitely evident; something that would seem foreign and even contradictory in a pumpkin ale, but the hop character is brightening and appetizing. As a result, its overall impression may be a bit less dense and indulgent than before but it's certainly a welcomed evolution in my opinion. Somewhat less sweet and potentially less burdening on the palate. Otherwise we have the same pie spices and sweetened pumpkin custard flavor. Vanilla and buttery, toasted bread; what Pumking loyalists refer to as the 'crust' component. Even in the finish I think the added bitterness adds a new dimension. Buttery, lingering booze and the sweet, spicy and floral notes linger through the swallow.

Some dangerous drinkability here as always. Creamy and slick but less cloying than previous versions. Mellow, fine textured carbonation. Still indulgent and dessert-like with, of course, huge flavors and aromas. Overall on-par with previous versions but certainly a bit different. A masterpiece of seasonal enjoyment once again.

letsgopens, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden orange with the slightest haze, a thin layer of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - The pumpkin is definitely noticeable, almost like a freshly cut squash. Much less spicy than I expected, or am used to, and a touch of caramel malts come through on the finish.

T - The pumpkin comes through nicely, again, not much in terms of spices (maybe a touch of nutmeg). The bitterness of the hops comes through very strongly and was a bit of a turn-off.

M - light, bubbly and goes down smooth, but finishes quite dry and bitter.

D - I really enjoyed the pumpkin flavours, and I would recommend it to any pumpkin ale fan, however, the bitterness was a little much at times. I had to crack another beer halfway through the bomber in order to finish it. Most certainly couldn't have more than one bomber.

andrenaline, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a goblet, surprised to find this hanging around this time of year.

A: Pours an amber color with a thin, transient head. Good amount of carbonation noted.

S: Smell is phenomenal. Pumpkin hits you in the face, with hints of yeast, nutmeg, cinnamon. I

T: Pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice and nutmeg with a hint of alcohol on the end. Almost as good as the initial smell.

M: Slightly dry, little burn of alcohol, perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Overall, this makes a great fall/winter beer, alcohol is well-hidden for 9%abv. Definitely will look for this next year when it comes out to try it fresh.

ncketchum, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle very luckily found at grocery store in late December. Worried that it may have gotten past its prime... Poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours a deep copper with a 1-2 finger soapy white head. Poor retention and little lacing. I like the color, but the head is not very attractive.

S - Spicy pumpkin and malt. No noticible hop. Very clean. Simple but nice.

T - Very strong flavor. Spiced pumpkin, but with an oddly unappealing malty sweetness. I was reminded of Choklat somehow, which was very confusing. Perhaps I was tasting the 2-row pale malt and caramel malts that are used in both of these brews, I'm not sure. Quite bitter, but in a very bad way. I am not a fan of this beer.

M - Medium body with decent palate. Not dry, not cloying, the mouthfeel fits the beer and the style well.

D - Almost a chore to drink. While I like the aroma and the feel, the taste was just.. wrong. I generally don't care for spiced ales, but I was ready for this to be an exception. Too bad. I'll try it as fresh as humanly possible next year to see if it was an issue with this bottle, but I doubt it.

greenmonstah, Jan 04, 2011
Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,788 ratings.