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Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,776 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,776
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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4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sampler glass at Capones from a fresh tapped keg.

A: An amber light orange color that filters a decent amount of light. Minimal off white head and minimal glass lacing.

S: Nutty mostly, with hints of spice inculding nutmeg, amaretto and a large amount of hazlenut. I get no hints of pumkin on the nose.

T: Follow the nose. This beer is high on the spice part, but low on the pumkin part. Again, a large amount of hazlenut flavors with nutmeg and other spice mixed in along with a malty sugar type sweetness. If I try hard, I can pick up some pumkin flavor, but not near enough in my eyes. Don't get me wrong, the beer is different and very good, but it severely lacks pumkin flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden very well. Light carbonation so the beer does go down easily.

D: Medium. I enjoyed my one, but I'm not sure how many I could acutally drink.

Overall this was a solid beer, but if I had not know it was pumkin I would have never guessed it. I missed hints of cinnamon as this beer seemed to focus on the nutty flavor. I heard the bottle flavor is different, and I bought one to try. I'll report on that once I try it. For the money, the DFH Punkin is a much better choice for pure pumkiness.

9/11/2009. Updating review. Had it again on tap yesterday and this years is better than last. Much more pumpkin, way more tasty in general. Upping the smell score and taste score. Very yummy pumpkin beer.

9/11/2010. Updating review. Had it yet again on tap today. This years version is pure bliss. Less spice, more hops and way more drinkable. This may be the best year ever for Pumking. Awesome.

8/31/2012. Updating review for 2012 version. I see i missed the tap version last year. I was lucky enough to get a sixtel of this wonderful beer this year for home. To update this years flavor, I am once again getting tons of cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and spices. Pumpkin flavor is again lower, but damn, how is this beer that good? Less hops this year, but creamier and smoother and the alcohol is almost non-existent on the tap version. What a superb beer I will enjoy over the next 2 months. The big question is, will I be sick of it by the end of the keg. Stay tuned.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured a nice semi-clear copper color with no head. It looks like a pumpkin beer, nothing too special, but pleasant enough. Scents of rich, buttery pie crust, pumpkin, nutmeg, hints of vanilla and low levels of cinnamon. Overall impression of aroma is wonderfully rich aroma that captures the entire profile of a pumpkin pie quite nicely. Very good. Flavor begins with a wonderful flavor of pumpkin, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and some malty sweetness, with a low, yet present bit of bitterness balancing the sweet pumpkin, malt and spices. This moves into a middle that adds a rich, buttery pie crust flavor, continues with flavors of pumpkin and spice and still balances it with a low yet present hop character that is mostly earthy and floral, a hint alcohol is also noticeable. Finish is moderately sweet, with notes of pumpkin, buttery pie crust, pumpkin pie filling, alcohol at a moderate-low level and a bit of hop flavors with low bitterness. Aftertaste is pumpkin, spices and some faint floral and earthy hop flavors. Overall impression is of a flavor profile that is remarkably like pumpkin pie, but kept by becoming cloying by a nice balance of hop flavors and alcohol. This allows the beer to be sweet and dessert-like, yet still very much identifiable as a beer. Quite well executed and very pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-light carbonation and smooth. Very nice and quite easy to sip, hiding the ABV well, despite the alcohol in the flavor. Overall this is a nice pumpkin ale, of the variety seeking to be pumpkin pie-like. It has a rich, wonderful aroma and flavor, but is balanced enough to avoid becoming cloying. It also avoids the all too common trap of being too watery or one note in flavor that many such beers fall into. The end result is a finely crafted pumpkin ale that is extremely enjoyable to drink. If you like pumpkin ales this one is highly recommended.

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

A: Pours a pale golden color that produces a short-lived white cap head that leaves no lacing

S: Amazing! Pie crust!! Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon and more. Very hard to explain, but the pie crust note is amazing

T: Hoppier than I knew it could be, malty as well. Pie crust, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very spicy and delicious. Truly captured the pumpkin pie scent and flavors and bottled that into this delicious brew. The best part is the graham cracker flavor that resembles the crust. Really nicely done!

MF/D: Viscous for the style. Graham cracker and pumpkin puree finish. Alcohol is well concealed, thus making this really addicting.

Notes: Definitely one of the best pumpkin ales out there. The spices in this are not as intense as others, and ST really captures the "pumpkin pie" flavor, crust and all.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,776 ratings.