Pumking
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #8
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,631
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 16.71%
Reviews:
2,026
Ratings:
7,781
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
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PumkingPumking
Notes: 19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling
Reviews: 2,026 | Ratings: 7,781 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of bob22andy
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best Pumpkin beer out there. It taste like you are drinking a Pumpkin pie. Some people might not like the large amount of spicing of this beer, but it is what makes it stands out.

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Photo of KRug
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 vintage

Someone tell me why I keep coming across pumpkin beers at the end of April?? Like this is the 2nd one in a few days. Once again, from the clearance section of the liquor store, but for only $1 I couldn't pass it up, and I've heard this one is good

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a finger of soapy white head that doesn't stick around for very long, fades to a film and leaves no lacing

Wow, that aroma is killer. Big spice notes, but completely balanced by notes of squash and brown sugar. Sweet caramel malts bring it all together with a complex nuttiness. It smells so warm and inviting, just perfect in that aspect

The taste is very similar to the aroma with a bit less sweetness, and the hops surprisingly come through a bit to add and interesting balance. Very authentic pumpkin flavor balanced with mild nutmeg and piney hops, tastes like fall

Holy shit does this hide its abv well. It's super light bodied without sacrificing flavor, moderate carbonation leads to a wonderfully crisp finish

I really wasn't expecting to be wowed by an out of season, not very fresh pumpkin beer, but here we are. As a sucker for pumpkin this was phenomenal. I don't think I could have more than 2 in a sitting, but I do wish there was more than a single bottle on that discount rack

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KRug from Massachusetts, Apr 29, 2020
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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wish they sold this all year round. Hands down the best pumpkin beer around. It's almost the exact taste as eating a pumpkin pie.

So smooth and rich in flavor. ABV is high which you can't even taste in this beer it's so delicious.

If you haven't tried it, pick it you next time you see it, you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of Hunamaga
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear yellow-orange with a white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of nutmeg, pie crust, allspice. Tastes of pumpkin pie, all spices and sweetness upfront with a slightly bittering finish. Rich but pretty easy drinking for a beer with this high abv. Still wouldn't want to drink more than one or two at a time, but overall this is a fall classic and works great as a dessert beer.

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Hunamaga from New York, Nov 23, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and Oak and Stone. A light color and a light taste for a beer so full of spices. Effervescent ion the tongue. It's a seasonal gimmick, but in the genre, this is one I'll look forward to each year.

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jeffdr123 from Florida, Oct 23, 2019
Photo of capehaze
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For the first time, I tasted a top 10 pumpkin ale in Pumking.

I compared it to DogfishHead Punkin Ale. Doing so allowed me to taste the difference between a #8 and #25 ranked pumpkin ale. Not an ideal comparison, perhaps, but the best I could do.

And I must admit, the Pumking was better, but only at room temperature. Pumking has a refined, delicate taste, compared to the rugged taste of Punkin Ale.

Pumking's alcohol content, though, is a bit too much, and tends to obscure that very taste profile. Yet Punkin Ale suffers from the same problem, to a lesser degree.

The best IPAs and DIPAs successfully negotiate the alcohol challenge. Pumpkin Ales, not so much. Next year, perhaps.

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capehaze from Florida, Oct 15, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I've never reviewed this! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy, orange-amber with a small, milk-white head that faded quickly. It smells just like pumpkin pie: lots of pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove, and a buttery, bready, caramel malt base that reminds me of pie crust. The taste follows the nose; the first thing I notice is the buttery pie crust with fairly sweet, fresh pumpkin puree and lots of spice. I'm tasting nutmeg, allspice, and clove. There is just a hint of hoppiness at the finish. I have to say it's one of the more unique flavors in a Pumpkin Ale. It's fairly effervescent and the 8.6% ABV gives it good substance. Overall, I've always enjoyed this offering and am glad to finally review it. The pie crust quality gives it an extra dimension lacking in its peers.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Oct 12, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2019 Vintage. Pumking pours an orange hue with a one inch head that dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is rather inviting as I get hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and even elements of the pie crust itself. Flavor wise it starts out nice with the spices but then it gets kind of boozy and creamy at the same time before finishing with the spices again. It is an interesting beer overall but 1 twelve ounce bottle is enough for me.

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BuckyNBeer from Wisconsin, Oct 09, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this stuff. Great flavor and pretty potent. I have a sneaking suspicion that when I drink more than 4 it messes up my digestive system (if you know what I mean), but it’s totally worth it.

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Photo of DrBeergood
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick. Smells like a Jack-O-Latern. Cinnamon, spice, and the weight and texture of a pumpkin pie. Bone sober, I know I'm holding a beer, but after a few? ... Passable

A little rough on the palate but the nose has me, absolutely lovely.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, this is my brother's favorite beer in the world. I have had it many times and somehow never reviewed it.

Crystal clarity, bright orange golden color and superstrong, supersweet, spot on nose. Like pumpkin pie and a big beer.

The texture is rich and coating but not too thick or oily. Flavor is a solid impressuion of the nose. The big abv is imperceptable. This is consistently the best pumpkin each year available on the east coast, at least.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Oct 04, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a gold colour with no head. Nose is of cinnamon and pumpkin, not too far off of a pumpkin pie. Taste is pumpkin forward and alcohol, definitely not sessionable. Still not as bad as some.

On tap in Rochester, MN

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Photo of Peach63
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with 1/4 inch white head, which quickly dissipated. No lacing. Light carbonation.

Aroma of pumpkin spices, floral hops.

Taste of allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. Slightly bitter. A bit sharp.

Medium bodied feel, dry finish.

A fairly good pumpkin ale from Southern Tier.

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Peach63 from New York, Sep 30, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked great.

Smelled Great.

Felt great in the mouth.

Taste - sad face.

I was expecting a much less beery brew with this one, but was left a little disappointed. Definitely prefer warlock.

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Clemsongoat from South Carolina, Sep 27, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from 12oz bottle in a pint glass in September 2019. There was a "Vintage 2019" date on the label, and I drank this about 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Medium dark golden-red but clear, with a 3-finger tan/brown head. Head was tall and very carbonated, and left a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Varied aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, spices, cinnamon, toasted malts, and caramel as well, but overall the pumkin spice and caramel dominate the others. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: There is a strong caramel and pumpkin flavor as well as some peppery spices. Also some other spices like cinnamon. I do not get any bitterness from hops. The caramel is most prominent.

Mouth-feel: Medium alcohol, but with a very smooth and creamy body. Matches the 8.6% alcohol on the label.

This is a nice, flavored ale that has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. I prefer pumpkin ales that have a little more spice in the flavor, but I do like this. This is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This is a fun beer and good to drink often. It is currently my 2nd favorite pumkin ale, and I would buy this again.

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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania, Sep 21, 2019
Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a small quick receding head. Smell is reminiscent of pie spices, pumpkin, pie crust. Tastes of apple,pumpkin,cloves,cinnamon, Feels very light bodied with a definite ethanol background. Almost feels too thin for the alcohol content.Carbonation is just adequate. Had this years ago and now remember why I did not really like this pumpkin beer. Too clear,too thin, something artificial? Overall I don't really recommend this.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Sep 20, 2019
Photo of EnderFett11
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale orange with tons head that took it's time fading. Plenty of pumpkin flavor, but a bit heavy on the hops flavor. More ale than pumpkin flavor, not my preference for pumpkin ales. A bit more pumpkin flavor as it warmed. Purchased 2019.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Sep 16, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | 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 two finger, white colored head, rim retention, and limited lacing.
S: Aromas of grasses and grains initially with a touch of pumpkin and spice, evolving to strong pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, as it warms.
T: Entirely dry. Flavors of pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg are very present. Mostly pumpkin. Bitterness is light, but imparts surprising sharp finish for this style.
M: Medium bodied with moderate, persistent carbonation.
O: The taste of Fall in New York State. Really enjoyable.

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VoxRationis from New York, Sep 14, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour had a slight head that quickly faded out and left a bit of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Color was straw amber. Feint pumpkin smell with even subtler floral/caramel scents. Feel is full bodied with a bit of cut to it (from the bubbles I imagine). Flavor is pumking (he he) flavor with a bit of sweetness on the ending. Very, very enjoyable.

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akaizer from Virginia, Sep 08, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been my favorite pumpkin beer, along with Southern Tiers's Warlock. The flavor profile changes slightly each year. This years offering was sweeter, and had more graham cracker notes. Along with the spices, like nutmeg, anise, cinnamon, some ginger notes. No alcohol detected. Medium mouthfeel, Finish is medium to dry. No bitterness... A four pack of this in an evening will make you happy.

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Beertsipper from New York, Sep 08, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle vintage 2019 into the test glass.
A - Dark straw color, solid carbonation, yields a relaxed white cap.
S - A touch of spices, vegatal element
T - Balanced with the base malt and fruit/spice additions creating the pumpkin pie illusion quite well
M - Medium in body , crisp in carbonation, semi sweet
O - A very well constructed offering, not to weighted toward spices

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Aug 29, 2019
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4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the many things I miss about the northeast. A real pumpkin ale, just the right amount of orange vegetal mash with a good mix of cinnamon and other fall spices. A perfect brew.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear amber with fine, tan head.

Smell is sweet and spicy, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and some wheat dough.

Taste follows the nose but ups the sweetness and adds a bit of booze.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer, bit way too sweet.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Dec 18, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall one of the best pumpkin beers I have tried. I generally like smooth dark ales and this fit right in. Just like a pumpkin pie in a bottle with a slight kick at the end of the glass. Definitely preferred from a tap but the bottles were almost as good.

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Locytf from North Carolina, Dec 08, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Crisp, golden body with some effervescence, soft, offwhite head with a mixture of bubble sizes that is well retained.

Smell: Like fall spices, some pumpkin, some graininess. No hops or earthiness. It actually smells kind of like a wreath in a craft store. Smell got better as the beer warmed up, additional pumpkin pie notes and whipped cream and vanilla.

Taste: (Cold) Gourd-like with probably unflavored pumpkin, some fall spices come through, some caramel and vanilla that compliment the beer well overall. Some bitterness with it that lingers on the tongue. (Warm) Totally different. Alcohol was clearly present. Got the vanilla. Got the pumpkin pie. And more alcohol.

Feel: Medium-thick mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, goes down easy. Heat from the alcohol.

Overall: Mix between a sipper and a take your time beer. Does it live up to the hype... it's pretty good but not mind blowing.

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erk0607 from Colorado, Oct 26, 2018
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