Pumking - Cold Press Coffee | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,111
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
251
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
51
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 251
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very mild haziness on the pour, light carbonation, and minimal to no lacing whatsoever. Dark orange.

S - Grain, cereal, bready, pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, and delicate coffee roast.

T- Bready, cereal grain, spice, pumpkin, and mild coffee bitterness on the back end. A little bit of alcohol effervescence.

M - Chewy and full bodied, slick and viscous.

O - An interesting twist on a classic.

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Photo of bnes09
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kayrex
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KAP1356
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IronLover
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a short, white foam with medium low retention. Cooked pumpkin aroma with notes of marshmallow and wet cardboard. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Smooth creamy feel through the middle followed by slowly emerging boozy warmth. Sweet cooked pumpkins with marshmallow flavor followed by bitterness through the middle. I assume the bitterness was enhanced by the coffee but I tasted no coffee. Pumpkin flavors return on the back end with boozy warmth. Finished with lingering sweet flavors and light coffee-like bitterness. Aroma was a bit off with the wet cardboard notes. Marnshamallow aromas seemed artificial. Although I guess marshamallows themselves probably are completely artificial. ST has so many good offerings, but this is not one of them.

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Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
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 justintcoons
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden amber. Slightly hazy. Light carbonation. Short head dissipates quickly.

Nose
Baked pie crust, light roast coffee, nutmeg, allspice, and pumpkin pie.

Taste
Light roast coffee, baked pie crust, and caramel. Bouquet of allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin flesh, and stem.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and smooth.

Overall
This could have benefited from a bigger coffee boost. The light "cold brew" coffee that was added seems to be adding a substantial bitterness. This should have been better.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells and tastes like an amazing fall candle. Good in miniscule doses. Had a sample cup and that was almost too much

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Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Heinen's in University Hts., Ohio

Pours golden with some orange; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have hints of caramel along with some sweet malts. The coffee aromas are mild, but there. Hints of vanilla in the mix. Everything comes alive in the flavor department. The coffee really comes through in the flavors. Lots of buttered popcorn and fresh pie crust. Graham cracker and vanilla is there. It finishes roasty and slightly bitter due to the coffee. This one really doesn't come off as sweet at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth.

This is a great variation of a classic. It has a perfect balance between the coffee and what you would expect from the original Pumking. Well crafted. Highly enjoyable stuff. This one is a winner.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncelauro
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
1.5/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Perfect orange color, mild chill haze. Fine bubbled white head retains well enough, settling to a thin cap. Wispy and spotty lacing.

S: Nutty coffee of a lighter roast, blast of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg behind. Pumpkin flesh. Toasty malt underneath. Perhaps a whiff of green hops.

T: Follows the nose. Nutty coffee has only a very mild bitterness and astringency. Blast of pie spices rides up to meet it: cinnamon heavy, clove, nutmeg, and allspice behind. Pumking has never been shy about being a spice-forward pumpkin beer. Pervasive vanilla. A sort of green and bitter hop flavor kicks up a bit toward the back end. Lightly toasty malt base anchors things. Coffee and spicing linger on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a round creaminess. Ample carbonation.

O: Pumking is iconic in its category and known for bringing an intense blast of pumpkin pie spices to the forefront of the experience, though perhaps at the expense of being over the top. In this version, the coffee actually adds a welcome new dimension. The cold pressed, light roast coffee adds an easy nutty coffee flavor without much bitterness or acidity. It's a tried and true pairing that works well (just ask Dunkin' Donuts). This is still a straightforward, bullish, and bombastic beer that can wear on the palate. More of a sipper than a sesher, just like the original Pumking. But if you love coffee and pie spices and hate subtlety, then this is the beer for you. Bonus: no yoga pants and Uggs required to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacwomyn
2.32/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

2018 beer is very coffee like. Taste zero pumpkin. Previous years were better.

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Photo of rolltide
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the upper-right side of the label: "VINTAGE 2017 227 19:25:21"

Appearance: The head is off white and creamy textured with good retention. The body is a slightly hazy orange color with a hint of brown.

Aroma: Woah, this beer has a crazy aroma. There is a perfect merger of pumpkin pie spice and earthy coffee aromas as the beer is smelled. It honestly smells a bit more like potpourri than anything. If anything it is more reminiscent of Christmas...not entirely sure why...it just has this earthy quality mixed in with this unidentifiable combination of aromas. Simply put it smells fantastic. It's the kind of beer you could sit four a whole hour and never get tired of smelling. After a while it started to give off aromas of ginger.

Taste: The character that comes through in the flavor is exactly the same as the aroma. It has a ton of this earthy quality with a touch of berry which comes across as what acidic coffee often delivers. It also has a strong nutmeg presence. It tastes just like a candle store smells like...if that makes any sense. If anything negative could be said about this beer it would be that it is over-spiced.

Mouthfeel: The body feels a bit light for this beer. It is heavily spiced but it drinks more like a tea than a beer with malt. There is a bit of astringency to the beer which slows down drinkability a bit.

Overall: The beer is extremely festive and over-the-top with flavors and aroma. Where it lacks a bit of body it makes up for, overall, in sheer character. This is a beer that doesn't just throw coffee into the mix and hope it works. This was expertly balanced with the other very pronounced flavors to deliver a unified punch to the palate. I would highly recommend picking it up if you like pumpkin beers but want something a bit more aggressive. I would buy it again.

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Pumking - Cold Press Coffee from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 251 ratings