Cold Press Coffee Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Cold Press Coffee PumkingCold Press Coffee Pumking
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kell50 on 09-23-2016

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#3,985
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
180
pDev:
8.64%
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is coffee up front, pumpkin in the background. Taste is equal parts pumpkin and coffee, spices, nutmeg stands out, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Who would have known that coffee & pumpkin would make a fairly good team. The first time I had their regular pumking a few years ago I found that it was close to undrinkable. For some reason it tasted way too sweet but this on the other hand taste sort of good. hmmmmmm this make me think that they have revamped their base beer. I ought to try their regular pumking again sometime. Cheers! A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of KAP1356
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours relatively clear with some yeast sediment floating about and an off-white, half finger width head that dissipates almost as quickly as it took to set the glass down, leaving behind a near barren surface and razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Pumpkin. Spiced pie crust. Distant coffee.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pumpkin. Light spice. Not much coffee flavor, but what's there adds some odd earthiness; certainly no roast bite. Finish is oddly bitter; grass and earth.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with low carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a slightly watery finish.

Overall - Yeah, I'm not feeling this. The coffee comes through very weakly, and only serves to add an odd earthy bitterness that doesn't sit well with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of GetTheYayo
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of devo1980
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty tasty! Like pumking only better. High ABV, and that adds nice flavor. The coffee is very subtle and not sure it is always there, but occasionally ads a nice taste. A yummy beer

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Photo of SiepJones
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Transparent golden ale with tons of hazy floaties out of suspension. Head production is modest, and retention is similarly short-lived. Not a particularly attractive brew.

The aroma is all pumpkin spice: nutmeg, allspice, light cinnamon. Actual pumpkin notes are present as well, and blend nicely with similarly earthy coffee tones. Not as over the top as some pumpkin ales which seek to recreate pumpkin pie on the nose.

Flavor follows: it's more like the OG Pumking than a coffee ale. Big notes of pumpkin and spice. Coffee fights for relevance up front. Bitter middle once the bulk of the spices and initial sweetness fades. Dull, earthy finish, similar to chewing on pie crust. Other notes include chocolate and berries (likely from the coffee), and brown sugar, toffee, and salted caramel from the malt.

Surprising amount of hops if you really dig into these flavors, although ST has by no means created an imperial coffee pumpkin IPA here. There's citrus and pine, and a decent amount of bitterness.

Absolutely no indication this is such a huge beer, other than a modestly thick mouthfeel (which could easily be attributed to the adjuncts misleading the palate). Slightly sticky. A touch of alcohol heat on the finish if you drink this more like a 6-7% brew - which is easy to do. Lively bite up front, but quickly resolves to a creamier medium body. Feel is similar to a solid DIPA.

Dry but long finish, quickly evaporating but leaving behind bitter dry spices.

Very tough beer to evaluate. It's much more pumpkin/spice forward than coffee, so one really needs to be a fan of the former to love this beer. There's enough of the latter to add a nice level of depth and complexity, but not enough for coffee fans to love it simply for those notes - and certainly not so much that those who dislike pumpkin beers are going to change their mind over this brew.

The balance among spices, pumpkin, coffee, hops, and malt is fairly well done, but I'd prefer the coffee to be a little more forward and dominant. That's what's supposed to set this beer apart from a normal pumpkin ale, and in that regard, I feel it falls a little short of the mark.

All that said, this is an enjoyable beer, and this is coming from someone who doesn't particularly love pumpkin ales - and really did not enjoy the OG Pumking.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours amber with a small head and minimal lacing.

The smell is exactly like a pumpkin muffin. There are tons of pumpkin and fall spices. The coffee is very subtle.

The coffee is less subtle on the taste than the smell, but it's still small. The great spice and pumpkin flavor comes out strong and the coffee balances nicely.

It's medium body and carbonation.

It's good, but I like the regular better. The coffee tastes a bit artificial and detracts from the beer, IMO.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a hint of sediment suspended within presumably from the coffee. There's a fingernail of off white covering half of the top. The aroma is comprised of lightly roasted coffee, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. I'm tasting pumpkin pie spice which is quickly blended with the lightly roasted coffee. The flavors compliment each other well and neither overpowers the other. The mouth is lightly oily and viscous.

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Photo of peabody
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CaptainHate
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/15/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big pumpkin, seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, gingerbread, toasted pie crust, caramel, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, dark/bready malt, and light coffee notes; with great strength. Taste of huge pumpkin, seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, gingerbread, toasted pie crust, caramel, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of pumpkin, seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, gingerbread, toasted pie crust, caramel, brown sugar, light vanilla/coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, dark/bready malt, and light coffee flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/grainy/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 8.6%. Overall this is a fantastic pumpkin ale. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, dark/bready malt, and light coffee flavors; very smooth and insanely easy to drink for the ABV. The coffee aspect was really not huge at all, but it seemed to make the mouthfeel way more silky and smooth. Same Pumking flavor profile with less bitter/drying spice notes. Not as aromatically vibrant on pumpkin/spice notes as the base beer. A highly enjoyable offering as expected, but still prefer the base beer much more.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryan4120
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Orange - but slightly dark. There's somewhat of a haze to it but it still has great clarify. It's tough to describe. It's not as bright orange as the standard Pumpking. Minimal light tan head.
S - Just like standard Pumking but with coffee added. Tons of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice, vanilla but with this version the addition of coffee adds a nice smell that in my opinion, enhances the overall smell of the beer.
T - Tastes very similar to Pumking on which it's based but the overall flavors seem somewhat toned down and obviously the coffee adds a strong flavor profile. You get your cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, vanilla, ginger - maybe even a little raisin, but the back end is all about the coffee flavor. It goes without saying there's a lot of malty sweetness to this one.
F - medium bodied - verging on full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - I think I actually prefer this one to the original Pumking. The coffee flavors actually adds to the overall flavor in a very positive way. The coffee flavor cuts down on the overall sweetness of the standard Pumking while providing another layer of Fall flavor that really makes this beer stand on its own.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.67/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, orange-gold body, though really no appreciable head formation to be seen.

Smell: Spice-forward but sweet-smelling in a heated sugar element with some caramel tones to it. A bit boozy, frankly. Enthusiastic sniffing and one still has trouble really gleaning the coffee component.

Taste: An unprepentant joining of basic table sugar, ground spices and hot, hot booze, leaving any hopes for some good-time pumpkins or quality coffee miles behind. The heat, the harshness and viscosity of it make it feel like a sip of rueful cough syrup going down, making for a grimmacing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A real 'boo!' for the Fall season.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter golden hay, good head. Aroma is even and really highlights the cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Taste is good, not too spiced, though the coffee is rather muted, though if it was heavier it might have clashed more with the other flavors. Way more balanced than the rum barrel aged version and even prefer it to regular pumking

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Cold Press Coffee Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 180 ratings