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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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5,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,956
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 405
Gots: 1,139 | FT: 28
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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost clear honey color with a modest, but frothy head that leaves a reasonable splashing of lace

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sweetened cornbread

Taste: Opens with a rich pumpkin and spice flavor, which becomes increasingly spicey by mid-palate; after the swallow, the cornbread flavor builds, sweet and buttery; the finish has some alcohol on it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the swallow

Drinkability: A big, flavorful pumpkin brew; among the best if not the very best

brentk56, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear light copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy orange-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one on the drink down. Kind of a disappointing appearance. Smell is very complex with caramel malt, biscuits, actual pumpkin puree, and a wide array of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Taste is of malt/bread/biscuit/crust, unsweetened pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and the aforementioned spices. There is a slight spice bitterness that sticks the the tongue after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and dry finish. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale that is somewhat different that I was expecting. I was thinking that this could be a creamy, sweet pumpkin milkshake of a beer but I like this one as it is.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber-orange in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled into a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are inviting aromas of sweet pumpkin pie in the nose, which almost makes this beer smell like a dessert.
T: While there is some malty sweetness and flavors of pumpkins and spices in the in taste, these are nicely balanced with some hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because the sweet flavors in the taste aren't cloying because of the underlying hops and the alcohol content is very well masked.

metter98, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know where this came from or even who bought it but it was on the table at a friends place last week when we were sampling beers and man was it a find. Don't know anything about the brewery but after trying this and their Hoppe Pale Ale I'm gonna do some research on these guys.

It came from a 22 oz bottle with some pretty cool artwork on it. The beer poured an orange/rust color that was very clear and had an off-white, almost orange head that faded quickly. Smelled strong of pumpkin pie (as all these types of beer do) but with some extra spices that really made it stand out from the other 6 or 7 pumpkin beers ive tried.

It tasted great, that is it tasted like pumpkin pie and good beer. No idea what the alcohol content is and the website doesn't say either but it was balanced well with the flavors. It also had a thick body that was both good and bad depending on if you want to chug this beer or sip on it with thanksgiving dinner. Overall its a pretty drinkable beer and I would like to find more of this stuff.

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle into snifter. "DOB 07/29/14", consumed on september 30, 2014

a: a glowing tangerine hue that is rather transparent, with a finger of off-white head

s: pumpkin, a surprising amount of vanilla, and sweet buttery doughy malt. so, yep, basically pumpkin pie

t: rich pumpkin flesh in the front. mid-palate is very medicinal and odd, and consists of bitterness and alcohol. the good stuff returns towards the end -- slight spices, a big and lovely vanilla presence, then pie crust/graham cracker/bread/sugary malt. not picking up on any spices whatsoever here. the bitterness lingers for quite a while and is probably necessary considering how sweet the beer is, but i find it rather harsh and off-putting

m: medium mouthfeel, mild carbonation

o: the aroma was fantastic, but there's some weird stuff going on in the mid-palate. such a shame because the delicious pumpkin pie flavours certainly are present

kevinlater, Yesterday at 11:27 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Super impressed with the unique characters of this beer. By far, this is the most natural tasting pumpkin beer I've had.

On the front end, its pumpkin pie all day long, and included the buttery crust of a pie. Its a bit "wheat" like as soon as you take a decent sip, with mostly sweet characteristics of that pumpkin pie coming through.

The back end mellows out that sweetness with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. I think that the alcohol feel in your mouth isn't extremely impressive, but for an 8.6% beer, it goes down rather easily. Also, it is nice that it doesn't have that overbearing spice presence that a lot of pumpkin ales have. There is a subtle hint of your typical nutmeg/cinnamon/allspice/clove, but it isn't nearly as overpowering as it is in a lot of the others. Hands down the best I've had yet.

jjr4884, Monday at 08:01 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 5,956 ratings.