Pumking - Cold Press Coffee
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #18
Ranked #5,366
4.05 | pDev: 11.11%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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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.

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Fekim from Connecticut, Oct 27, 2019
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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.

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beerloserLI from New York, Oct 13, 2019
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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.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Oct 08, 2019
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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.

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Peach63 from New York, Sep 30, 2019
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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.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Sep 29, 2019
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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.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Sep 25, 2019
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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-

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Sep 24, 2019
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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.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Sep 19, 2019
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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.

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VoxRationis from New York, Sep 14, 2019
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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.

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matcris from Arizona, Sep 12, 2019
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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.

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twosheds from Massachusetts, Sep 09, 2019
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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.

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akaizer from Virginia, Sep 08, 2019
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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

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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.

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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.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Nov 06, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours, dare I say, pumpkin orange, with tiny white bubbles on the rim of the surface area. Woah, hello coffee! Straight up coffee, with some cinnamon and clove with biscuit malt. Intense, more a coffee beer than pumpkin. Smell is more balanced with traditional pumpkin pie flavors putting up a balanced fight against the coffee. Interesting take, would not rush to have again

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REVZEB from Illinois, Nov 02, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Montauk pumpkin glass.

Look is a clear golden yellow with an offwhite head.

Aroma s spicing and fresh coffee.

Taste is an intense balance between spicing and coffee.

Interesting take on a pumpkin. Maybe a little too much with the additive flavors. The beer kinda gets lost.

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of light roasted coffee, pumpkin and pie spices. Sweet caramel and pumpkin with some bitter roasty coffee.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Oct 31, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew is amazing....it is clear, Amber orange in color and has a marvelous aroma. The smells are of pumpkin spice, coffee, and a creamy malt scent. I think I get honey and some caramel iced notes as well. The taste is sweet, but not cloying...full and luxurious. This is a pumpkin beer done right.

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Suds from Missouri, Oct 31, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I had some regular Pumking to compare this beer too, for a fairer judgment. Pumking is one of the better pumpkin beers out there. Although, it's been a bit since I've had one, as I try new pumpkin beers every year vs. the ones I've already head. You do taste pumpkin, lovely spices, and a hint of coffee. It's works quite nicely together.

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2.44/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It definitely smells and tastes like pumpkin and coffee. My biggest complaint with this beer is the mouthfeel. It’s very light/watery with a light amber orange color. However, it does say cold press coffee. I’m just not a fan of this beer but it taste just like it seems like it would. To me a more rich coffee flavor like a stout with some pumpkin afternotes would be ideal.

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904Native from Florida, Oct 23, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, vintage 2018, a clear orange with a thin layer of lace. Aroma is, strangely enough to, pumpkin and light coffee. The taste starts with pumpkin and spices, then slight coffee, then pumpkin on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation low. Overall a nice beverage if you like pumpkin beers, mixing with coffee is a plus.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Oct 21, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Julian dating 18235. 12 oz bottle.
Orange-Copper hue. Two finger cream head, curtain lacing which subsides rapidly.
A lot of aroma to unpack, vanilla, pumpkin flesh, allspice, cinnamon, pancakes.
Taste is much simpler, pumpkin pie, allspice, with a coffee aftertaste.
Light bodied, easy drinking. A fun pumpkin beer.

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Reef from South Carolina, Oct 21, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of coffee, chocolate, pumpkin, spices, malt, and a nutty quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt (present throughout), a bit of pumpkin, lots of coffee (the dominant feature), some of the nutty quality (hazelnuts, maybe), a bit of chocolate, and spices (nutmeg, especially). An interesting take on the Pumking. The coffee adds a unique dimension to the flavor. It's a bit more subtle than the original, but still tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A well made, likable beer. Drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Oct 18, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid spin on regular Pumking. Nice coffee aroma and flavor. Maybe they've dialed it down but the spices are not dominant and work well with the pumpkin and coffee flavors.

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Lucular from Maryland, Oct 11, 2018
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