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Cold Press Coffee Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Cold Press Coffee PumkingCold Press Coffee Pumking

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

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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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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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

-2017. Spiegelau ipa glass for aromatic purposes.

A: A light hazy orange shows the faintest indication of carbonation. A milky, cream ivory head is solid in retention, slight in size, but hardly budges for a length of time, giving a lasting impression. Solid, multiple rings lace down the vessel.

S: Pumpkin latte aroma, fresh roastiness of the cold press coffee along with a dusting of nutmeg spicing. Some powdery cinnamon, but it is the cold press coffee that steals the show here. Some hazelnut, nice strength, and lasting as well.

T: The flavor was roasty freshly ground coffee beans, with a dash of nutmeg and hazelnut giving this a pumpkin latte feel. Spicy pumpkin comes through with some meaty and flesh tones balancing nicely against the warm roast.

M: Light cream malts, softly carbonated, milky cream texture. Powdery nutmeg spicing on inner cheeks, leaves a good coating on the tongue.

O: Overall i really like the cold press coffee addition, really fresh and roasty balanced just right with some natural pumpkin attributes. As it warms the cold coffee comes through even stronger. Even if you don't really care for pumpkin beers, you may find this surprisingly good, drinks like a beautiful roasty coffee porter, while the pumpkin adds a nice layering.

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Photo of hermit990
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours amber with burnt orange highlights. It has a slight haze an suspended yeast is visible. It is topped with an inch of off white head that leaves some nice lacing.

It smells just like regular Pumking with the addition of coffee. The coffee is a lot more mild than I expected.

Once again the taste is Pumking with a mild coffee taste. I am a little disappointed with the subtlety of the coffee. I figured Southern Tier would bring a big, bold coffee flavor.

It has a pretty thick and syrupy mouthfeel

I like the beer a lot because I lot Pumking. I wish the coffee was more pronounced though.

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Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear orange with a small white head.

S- Kind smells like the regular pumpkin pie nose of normal Pumking, getting some hints of roasted coffee.

T- Sweet pumpkin pie, some nutmeg, touch of cinnamon and graham cracker, nice roasted coffee finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Not bad, but not very different than regular Pumking.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A very nice twist off the Pumking foundation...

Southern Tier rarely disappoints and this is one of those times that they certainly do not. A very good looking brew, slightly hazy with yellow highlights - it almost made me forget there was little head with no lacing. The smell was an almost perfect blend of coffee, hints of chocolate, some pumpkin some spice and even hints of apple to my nose - nicely complex. The mouthfeel was lightly creamy with a slight astringent feel once you downed your sip of brew. I noted a strong roasted malt flavor, coffee, pumpkin and a distant booziness that didn't overpower the other scents or flavor - very well done in my opinion. This is definitely one of those to have with like minded friends on a Halloween party night.

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

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

Photo of mpolewan
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Cold Press Coffee Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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