Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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6,691 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,691
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,471 | FT: 30
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 Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Another great pumpkin ale in life. Poured into a snifter, a nice orange-amber with just a slight haze, bubbly with a patchy layer of white bubbles for a head. Truly amazing aroma of ginger snaps and pumpkin pie...not subtle, but full of pleasant aromatic pumpkin and spice, just like it's supposed to be. Taste was not quite as tremendous, but still very good. The flavors were a bit more subdued than the aroma, which is just fine. A sweet malt base with a background of soft pumpkin, overlaid with vanilla, spice, and cinnamony pie crust. Gentle hop bitterness and alcohol warnth in the finish. Medium body, and very drinkable.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a nice golden orange-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet pumpkin pie, spices, cinnamon, graham crackers, and caramel malts. Smells perfect; exactly how a pumpkin beer should in my opinion.

t - Tastes of spices, cinnamon, alcohol, pumpkin, caramel malts, and bready malts. Not as sweet as the smell, more spicey.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A really good pumpkin ale. I thought it smelled amazing, but wish the taste was a little sweeter as opposed to spicey. Never the less, a great fall beer I will definitely have again.

Photo of WesWes
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pumpkin scent that's almost pie-like. This has got to be the best aroma on a pumpkin beer ever. Not only do you smell the pumpkin, but you can smell the spices and the crust. The taste is awesome. This is as close to heaven in a bottle as you can get. This would be great with Thanksgiving dinner. It's liquid dessert. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a fantastic seasonal; maybe the best fall seasonal ever.

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright orange/copper with a thin, lasting white head.

The smell is of pumpkin pie - one of the most pumpkin pie aroma I've had in a beer, if not the most. Pumpkin pie spice, but not overpowering. Cream. Nice.

The taste is of pumpkin pie, with all of the expected spices. I wish I could say that I liked the taste as much as the aroma, but there is something candle-wax about it and is very sweet, with plenty of caramelish malt. Still, it has a nice taste that holds its own. Some vanilla and warming notes come through as it progresses. Sweet finish.

Medium-bodied, this leaves a nice pumpkin pie aftertaste on the palate.

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had, I do recommend it. Still, the drinkability is limited with the sweetness and spiciness.

Photo of Mora2000
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma is strong pumpkin with caramel malt and toasted malt. Very inviting. The flavor is very strong, with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger). The spice gets less apparent as it warms up. The beer is very sweet and has a creamy mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Best pumpkin ale I have ever tried.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, amber colored liquid. Good starting head that leaves rim/blanket lace.

Sweet pumpkin cupcake (with frosting) smell.

Still sweet, but less so than the smell. Strong pumpkin presence, more so than most of this style. The typical spices are still here but more subtle. In a word, complex.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its reputation.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with tortilla crisps.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, nice cream, and fair retention. Body colour is a very pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat dull.

Sm: Heavy pumpkin gourd. Some spice, maybe some gourd. Generic middling malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Tastes like pumpkin. Some brown sugar. Gourd. Hints of spices. Balanced but lacking. I do like it, but it is horrifically simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Good palate presence.

Dr: Arguably simple but still satisfying; if you want pumpkin, you'll get it. Drinkable and enjoyable but lacking complexity and subtlety. I like it, but I doubt I'd have it again.

High B-

Photo of InspectorBob
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville NJ. Poured into a tulip with a nice orange/copper color with about one finger of off-white head that maintained throught out.

What can I say, this was like drinking pumpkin pie. Nice pumpkin spice with brown sugar and cinnamon. On tap, I find this not as sweet as the bottle and the spices were not over the top. The mouthfeel was smooth. Very drinkable for a high 9% ABV.

Will have to open my bottle of 2010 to compare, but IMHO the draft will be tops...

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A standard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a light amber / dark copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Lots of clean caramelized, sweet malt notes add an almost butterscotch note. This is nicely lacking in the typically lame over-spiced pumpkin-pie spice blend. Aromas similar to vanilla, toasted cotton candy, . The aroma is incredibly distinct and quite sweet I would not have guessed that pumpkin would add these butterscotch / caramelized notes, but they are quite different from anything I have ever gotten from malt. While this does smell fairly sweet there is a significant, equally competing, toasted malt note that adds a ton of biscuit malt character.

Lightly sweet compared to what the aroma might have suggested, though this still ends up being quite sweet and at times a touch cloying. This does have a medium fullness to it that coats the palate a bit after each sip. The finish has a touch of hot alcohol to it as well as a lingering toasted cotton candy like note that gets more like toasted grain as the finish lingers on in the palate. An interesting, sort of fruity, butterscotch-sort-of flavor plays a significant role here and has a soft vanilla like edge to it. As the beer warms, the significant, toasty grain notes starts to take on a nutty flavor.

This is a very interesting take on the style, I really, really like that the spices seem to have been left out of this beer entirely (or at least used differently than typical); the pumpkin character though is quite a bit different than I was expecting and not in a bad way. This definitely comes off as a bit cloying (which is typical of this brewery), though I now expect to get dessert when I crack one of this breweries beer open.

Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber, great label,

A: Pours amber/orange with a nice white head, good look.

S: Pumpkin pie crust, almonds, fall spice, just great.

T: The crust is there in the background of the actual flavour which also adds great pumpkin flesh notes that are balanced very well with the spice. Quite tasty.

M: Medium/full-bodied, spicy.

D: One of my favourite pumpkin beers ever, Southern Tier is making some great stuff, wish I could get this around here.

Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy two finger head. Some big bubbles remain on the surface when the head recedes. Some spotty lacing dots the glass.

Smell: loads of pumpkin and spices come through.

Taste: caramel, cinammon, nutmeg, and pumpkin are the main components. There is a bit of breadiness here too. The pumpkin does not taste fake like some other pumpkin beers. Nice bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start. Softer towards the finish. Medium bodied. Mild aftertaste.

Drinkability: great tasting and easy to quaff pumpkin beer. I always thought DFH had the best pumpkin ale, but this is right there with it.

Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper and orange in color with some highlights of amber when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a vert thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small-medium sized thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie with moderate amounts of sweetness - there is the moderate flavor of pumpkin with some of the traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

T: Like the smell, the taste also features lots of pumpkin pie flavors. There is a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness with strong flavors of pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is really quite delicious - the sweetness is not overbearing or cloying and there is a light amount of hop bitterness that helps to balance it out. Annually, one of my favorite pumpkin beers that is easily accessible in the area.Very appetizing in the smell and the taste.

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Maggie for sharing this bomber.

Poured into a snifter Pumking appears a clear golden orange color. A white cap of foam appears and dissolves quickly. Faint patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma suggests a nutmeg-like earthiness upfront. A sweet backing that is somewhat reminiscent of vanilla is prominent before the scent of pumpkin flesh becomes very evident throughout.

The taste is quite bitter which is a complete opposite sensation from what you would expect based off the sweet smooth nose. Quite an intense bitterness that is met equally with a bold presence of fusel alcohol. Throughout the body, but somewhat hiding in the background is a very pleasant taste of pumpkin flesh that tastes earthy and a bit herbal.

There is a lasting aftertaste of hops, alcohol and pumpkin. This is a medium bodied offering with a moderate amount of carbonation. I feel the boldness of the alcohol hurts this brew a bit and takes away from it's drinkability. The nose was fantastic but the unbalanced hop and alcohol character was a distraction with the pumpkin taking a far back seat. For being considered the pumpkin beer that all other pumpkin beers are measured up against, this one fell short.

Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Wot, I've never reviewed this before?!? It is one of my favorite seasonals and a panty peeler if one ever existed. I bought some in Pittsburgh two Thanksgivings ago (2007) and brought it to a party where it was consumed like it was going out of style. My friend, Kelly, remains a huge fan and convinced her newly-minted husband, Bill, to buy a case recently. What have I done?

This year, it came out pretty early (late September 2009) and Bridgewaters Pub in Philly had it on draft while I was passing through. No B. S.! I had never heard of or seen in in draft form before and here it was, awaiting me. Zounds! Yoi and double yoi!

It was served with a finger of foamy, bubbling ecru head that quickly gave way to wispiness. Color was a (fittingly) orangish deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was like sniffing a pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven: cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. It was like Hallowe'en in a glass. Mouthfeel was full, almost creamy in its texture. The interplay of the spices on the tongue was simply heavenly. If I closed my eyes, I could envision Thanksgiving dessert. Therein lies its Achilles heel - it is a novelty/dessert beer. It is too sweet to be sessionable, but it is a treat while it is available. Get some today! May I die in the early Spring so as not to miss out.

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 6,691 ratings.