Pumking - Cold Press Coffee
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #21
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,903
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
328
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  14
Gots
  54
SCORE
90
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GregBarleycorn13 from New York

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The coffee and the pumpkin spices really do go together nicely. Seemed like a weird combo but enjoyed so much I was sad I was finished. Will be going out for more. Worth a try.

Nov 20, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2020 vintage, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees F:
L - goldenrod color with a head that quickly disappeared
S - Spices and coffee, nutmeg, vanilla
T - coffee and spice, but the spice is minimal. Vanilla
F - nice mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O - good beer, better for me than most pumpkins because the spices are suble

Nov 05, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Translucent bright orange, with slight white head. Looks like orange Kool-Aid with a bit of head. :)

Smells of coffee+creme, pumpkin pie filling, and a little bit of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon .

Taste is like the aroma - essentially a cup of coffee & a slice of pumpkin pie. Thankfully, the spices are moderate, so that the pumpkin and coffee are the dominant flavors. Mild bitterness near the end balances the sweetness of the other flavors.

Feel is medium, with moderate carbonation tingle, and a slightly drying finish.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Wouldn't want it on a regular basis, and don't think I could drink more than one, but once in awhile it would be a pleasant diversion from the usual. The coffee is a nice addition. I like it better than regular Pumking.

Nov 03, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Burnt orange with a ton of clarity and an offwhite head that dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing
S - Lots of roasted coffee on the nose with a nutty and earthy profile along with notes of original pumking - cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice.
T - Follows the nose with a dominating presence of roasted coffee with a smoky, earthy, and nutty flavor profile along with hints of dark chocolate and caramel followed by original pumking with pumpkin notes along with fall spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A very complex, but elevated flavor profile from original pumking. The earthy quality of the roasted coffee really stands out in this one.

Oct 31, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear medium yellow color, appropriate head. Aroma is similar to the original Pumking with the addition of the faint aroma of coffee. Flavor starts off as OG Pumking; lots of pumpkin and pie spices. Coffee flavor enters in the middle, very gently, but dominated the finish, ending with a nice bitter espresso flavor. Slightly over carbonated. Overall a nice Pumking variant, glad I tried it, would drink again, not sure if I would buy another 4-pack... maybe.

10/29/20
12 oz bottle, 2020 vintage
4.25 rating

Oct 29, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 vintage

Regular Pumking is my favorite pumpkin beer, and this is the first time I ran into a variant despite the facts that they’re are many of them. With any luck, this will be better than Elysian’s Punkuccino

Pours a cloudy copper orange with a finger of white head that fades to a cap quickly and leaves no lacing

Interesting nose here, lots of espresso, but it’s set off by sweet vanilla, caramel, earthy pie spice, and meaty pumpkin. Minor notes of dark bread and baker’s chocolate. Balanced but decadent

The taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose but it’s still good. On the front end, this is coffee dominant with some vanilla to balance it out. The swallow brings more spice and a touch of roasted pumpkin seeds

For the abv, this has a surprisingly light-medium body that pairs woth gentle tingly carbonation that makes for a smooth drink. Finishes just short of dry

This one was kind of all over the place but I still liked it. It’s an interesting spin on the base beer, but I still much prefer the OG

Oct 15, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle - vintage 2020

Pours a very slightly hazy amber gold yellow-orange with a fairly dense creamy lasting off-white foam head. Smells like a pumpkin pie with coffee, at times sweet and desserty, graham cracker pie crust, vanilla, sweet autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, pumpkin, sweet caramel malts, roasty coffee, hint of mocha chocolate, pumpkin pie, some orange citrusy dried fruit, with fresh almost minty piney floral earthy hops. Tastes like big roasted dark cold brew coffee, fresh pumpkin, autumn spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, maybe allspice, clove, vanilla, graham cracker pie crust, pumpkin pie, toasty caramel malts, dried orange peel, hints of mocha chocolate, bitter coffee grounds, with floral earthy herbal piney hop notes. Feels lighter bodied, creamy and slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice pumpkin ale with cold brew coffee.

Sep 13, 2020
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: dark orange/copper color with hints of yellow towards the bottom of the glass. a hint of dark rose and cherry wood. 1/2 finger head thats little more than a film

s: very interesting aroma. initially you get pumpkin pie...nutmeg, clove, pumpkin meat, cinnamon squash, brown sugar and pie crust. super rich caramel. behind that is the coffee. smells like fresh roasted coffee beans. the pumpkin pie aroma in this is intense!

t: i will also say it's an interesting taste. super-rich caramel followed by pumpkin. pie crust, clove, lots of nutmeg, and a hint of cinnamon. a hint of alcohol tinge behind that. at the very end is some mellow coffee at the end here that brings just a hint of roasty bitterness. the pumpkin pie flavor definitely dominates, the coffee is just an accent point

m: medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

o: i'll say it again, it's interesting. would i say it's better than regular Pumking? no. it's not bad, but the aroma on this is better than the flavor. nothing offensive about it, and i would drink again

Sep 13, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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

Interesting scent of coffee, pumpkin spiced and sweetness. Really interesting. Sweet and spicy start and a more bitter coffee middle then a drying spicy finish. Pretty decent take on this if you ask me. Less carbonation and a thicker feel round out this brew.

Sep 07, 2020
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izraelc from New York

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

Wasn't sure what to expect but I liked it. Pours a clear amber. Strong coffee aroma. A strong bitter coffee flavor followed by a slight sweetness. Finishes with cinnamon and pumpkin spice. If you like coffee beers this is a good one. It could use more pumpkin to offset the coffee but still really good.

Sep 05, 2020
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Fekim from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very strange for a beer. Initial smell of bitter coffee but later becomes somewhat sweet. Taste is of stale coffee with a hint of cocoa. Light in color. Would not consider this a true pumpkin ale.

Oct 27, 2019
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beerloserLI from New York

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light orange/amber color on the pour with good clarity and a non-sustaining white head. The nose gives a rather unique aroma with a sort of mesh of fall spices and coffee grinds. A rather sweet start to the drinking and that odd mesh carries right over from the nose. I get that sharp pumpkin flavor and spices upfront and a rush of the bitter coffee on the finish. Additional notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, brown sugar, honey, and caramel. Mouth feel is moderate and rather smooth drinking. The balancing of the variant coffee flavor/ base is pretty muddled at times and really seems to take away from the overall enjoyment.

Overall, I'm not all that impressed and I doubt its highly unlikely that I re-visit.

Oct 13, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Not at all a fan of this one. Regular Pumking is a good, highly drinkable Pumpkin beer, but the variations have been pretty weak.

This one looks like Pumking but has absolutely no head and leaves absolutely no lacing.

It smells a bit like Pumking with some acrid coffee notes. Doesn't really work that well to me. Kind of seems like they wanted this to be a "Pumpkin Spice" coffee beer, which I guess they succeeded in because Pumpkin Spice coffee is disgusting and only white girls in Ugg boots drink it.

The coffee is definitely present. That's to be expected. It just doesn't add anything to the flavor. It's like two different beers in one. Is this a Black and Tan for fall season? Lots of spices, not much pumpkin. Or any pumpkin.

The body is fine. Nice carbonation. A bit sticky.

I just don't like this beer. I like Pumpkin beers for the most part, and I see what they were going for here, but to me it just doesn't work well. I think the coffee absolutely murderers the pumpkin notes, leaving a coffee flavored ale with all the nutmeg and cinnamon you could ever want.

Oct 08, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow. Moderate carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of espresso and maple.

Taste of coffee, maple, caramel malts. Moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel.

I was expecting this to pour brown to black, considering coffee. I thought the bottle was mislabeled. The coffee does come through. This was a surprising pumpkin beer. Very good.

Sep 30, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2019 batch

A: A clear orange pour with a very soft and fluffy offwhite head. Good head retention with some spotty bits of lacing on the glass.

S: Interesting aroma. A bit of pumpking and coffee. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Maybe some allspice too.

T: Pumpkin flesh right off the bat, followed by a decently bitter coffee. Coffee flavor isn't super strong but the bitterness is. Allspice and nutmeg follows, mainly. Maybe a hint of cinnamon? More bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Hmph. I love pumpkin beers (Pumking is my favorite) and coffee beers too but this just doesn't quite hit the mark. It's basically just an unusually bitter Pumking with little coffee flavor. Detracts instead of improves, IMO. Ah well, I had high hopes.

Sep 29, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light copper color with a 3F head in a Mikasa Tulip. Excellent blend of cold press coffee and pumpkin. Smooth MF. I like this better than the Pumking. Lots of character, and a distinct taste profile.

Sep 25, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light opaque bronze color with a small white head. Smell is reminiscent of Pumpkin, brown sugar,spices. Surprisingly not picking up any coffee notes. Tastes better than standard Pumking. The pumpkin and coffee notes blend together very well. Also some McIntosh apple notes. The pie spices are in the background.Feels snappy and crisp,well carbonated. This coffee addition improved the Pumking-

Sep 24, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

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

Pours a good en brown color with a surprisingly large amount of head. Smells like coffee beans mostly, rather than "coffee", but that could just be my lack of actual coffee experience. Not much pumpkin flavor that I could tell, but the spices weren't bad following the coffee bean flavor. Definitely prefer Elysian Punkuciono for a pumpkin/coffee beer.

Sep 19, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a taster; vintage 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden leaning toward amber color with a one to two finger, white colored head, rim retention, and spotty lacing.
S: Aromas are largely sweetened coffee with a touch of pumpkin and spice.
T: Semidry. Flavors of coffee (largely), pumpkin (less but appreciable), spices (nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon -- in that order), and caramel (least). Bitterness is moderate, but right in the Goldilocks zone.
M: Medium bodied with moderate, persistent carbonation.
O: Reminds me of a Pumpkin Spice Latte. But with alcohol ... and actually good.

Sep 14, 2019
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matcris from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Huge, eggshell head. Deep golden, almost red, with tight carbonation rising, and lots of thick lacing.
AROMA: Almost getting a carrot type smell. Lots of pumpkin/holiday spices. Coffee is there, just behind all the spice.
TASTE: Coffee up front in the flavor. Spices linger. Strong bready malt.
FEEL: Slick, but, dries on finish. Medium feel; a bit chewy. Light carbonation.
OA: As advertised. Enjoyable.

Sep 12, 2019
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twosheds from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Orange-gold with a white head.

Smells like pumpkin pie and coffee.

The initial sip has a lot of spice. The coffee comes in more at finish which seems drier than the standard Pumking. I think the coffee makes it a little more bitter than I expected.

Overall, it seems less balanced than the original, but that's not surprising. I'd probably stick with the standard Pumking, but this was worth a try.

Sep 09, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour had almost no head and not nearly as much effervescent as the Pumking. Look is clear and amber. Scent is heavily coffee with a bit of a stronger, less sweet spice evident -- not much pumpkin present. Taste is very coffee upfront and on the backside, along with a bit of an espresso aftertaste. The pumpking (he he) taste is evident throughout, but strongest in the middle. Feel is similarly full bodied to the Pumpking with a bit more creaminess. Enjoyable, but found the OG Pumpking to be preferable for my tastes.

Sep 08, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: A good mix of coffee and pumpkin spices up front along with some caramel maltiness and light booze

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the pumpkin spices and coffee and then slowly goes into the caramel malt and light bready notes. Finishes with lingering spice and coffee

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Almost like the beer version of a pumpkin spice latte/coffee. The abv is hidden nicely among the spice so it drinks nicely. Definitely makes for a nice sipper on a fall evening

Sep 05, 2019
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Oktoberfest from Ohio

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

12oz bottle poured into a Hard Rock pilsner 'cause I'm a savage.

I enjoy pumpkin beers as much as the next guy, assuming the next guy likes pumpkin beers quite a bit.

Pumking is one of those that I like in small doses. It's great, but the returns are diminishing until eventually, I feel like I'm licking one of those three-wick candles at Bath and Body Works that's usually $37 but right now they're buy one, get two free plus a lip balm and hand sanitizer. As long as you buy twelve of each. Or something.

The coffee addition is welcome. Its roasted flavor mellows out the strong pumpkin notes without completely overwhelming it. There's still a residual pumpkin sweetness floating around there. The coffee and the pumpkin compliment each other well.

I bet that was supposed to be "complement," wasn't it. Seriously, do we need two spellings?

For me, this is an easier drink than regulation Pumking. What it is not is a straight up pumpkin beer that calls to the spirit of the late summer/early Autumn. This is not bottled Jack 'O Lantern, nor was it meant to be. So if your enjoyment of the style is contingent on a more traditional offering, be aware.

Dec 12, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointing considering how much I liked their regular Pumking beer. This one was just not quite balanced right. Looks great, light amber-orange color with abundant fluffy white head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of coffee, pumpkin and spice. Taste follows the nose, except with a slightly acidic, sour coffee taste and sweetness that was almost cloying. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation but there's that sour aftertaste again that ruins the enjoyment of the mouthfeel. Just overall a letdown.

Nov 06, 2018
Pumking - Cold Press Coffee from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 328 ratings