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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,775
Reviews: 1,860
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 451
Gots: 1,577 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pumpkin color. Pretty professional looking, great clarity, white head. Aroma was. . . pumpkin. But there was more, the usual pumpkin pie aroma, a lil cinnamon and some brown sugar, alcohol.

Taste, whoa, this beer goes big. Pumpkin, alcohol, vanilla, caramel and other various spices, its all there in a big way. Every single ingredient. Kinda gets minorly tiresome by the end of it, I couldn't imagine if I had to drink 22oz of this by myself, I probably would be less fond of this. It isn't that kind of beer that makes you thirst for more and more of it. Its like, eh, thats made pretty well, I can see why people like it, but I can't see why people would like to drink lots of it.

Throw in a little bit of marshmellow and pie crust or maybe graham crackers and you pretty much have this beer. I'm not really ones for pumpkin forward beers, but so far, I'd have to say my ideal one is something that is supplementing a beer or in tandem with another big flavor like hops a la Punkin or a bold stout. Well, and Ichabod the wild ale, that's damn good.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/3/12

Note: I've had this every year since 2008, but this review is from a 2011 bottle

Appearance: A bright, golden orange color - remarkably and surprisingly clear, foamy white head that fades quickly to some lacing

Smell: Oh Pumking, you so crazy - the taste seems to change year to year, but the aroma is consistently euphoric - this is heavily spiced pumpkin pie, complete with fresh pumpkin flesh, the full assortment of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.), and a hearty pie crust - a ton of sugar, too, caramel, maybe even some brown sugar - this sweetness should be disgusting, but somehow it is magical - I really don't understand it, but I enjoy it

Taste: Great, but less remarkable than the aroma - tons of minimally cooked pumpkin flesh, and a ton of spices - the malts are interesting, kind of like a sweet pie crust mixed with a honey graham cracker - some slight tartness - some unexplained creaminess to this, too, like Cool-Whip (if it were mixed with pumpkin spices) - very sweet, but somehow not cloying, even when consuming a bomber in one serving (guilty)

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, smooth, and sticky with a lingering spiciness

Overall: This is really the king of the pumpkin/spice bombs

In my humble opinion, there are two broad categories of pumpkin ales. There are ales that carefully balance pumpkin and spices to create a subtle, well-balanced beer, and there are ales that just try to create a total pumpkin and spice bomb. Generally, the latter is an absolute disaster, but somehow Southern Tier pulls it off. The 2011 edition of Pumking is definitely better than the 2010 edition, but 2009 was better... I actually bought a case of it that year, so I remember it well.

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I feel like I am drinking a pumpkin pie when I have this beer. Spicy, sugary, lots of cinnamon and ginger(?). Some nutmeg. Body is solid; moderately carbonated. Don't drink it too cool - better as it warms a little. I could drink this while I eat some apple and pumpkin pie.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,775 ratings.