Pumking
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #8
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,993
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 16.71%
Reviews:
2,038
Ratings:
7,822
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  552
Gots
  2,328
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: 19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling
Reviews: 2,038 | Ratings: 7,822 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After avoiding pumpkin beers forever, I visited World of Beer and they had it on draft. Delivered in a snifter with a cinnamon/nutmeg on the rim (ala salt w/ amargaritas). Utterly delicious!

Dec 11, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumking is the OG pumpkin ale from Southern Tier. It has been around for a while and for good reason. It is robust, sweet pumpkin with just the right amount of spice. Not too much. It also has a great medium body. All around, good beer.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Nov 02, 2020
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a golden brown colored ale with a thin lacy head. Pretty sure I see a hurricane in my glass.
S- The aroma is a nice combination of oats, pumpkin spice, banana bread, clove, spiced bread and nutmeg. Toned down, but very nice. It gets more expressive as the beer warms.
T- The taste follows the nose very well. It's super nice and bready with a decent amount of sweetness and bitterness. Clove, allspice, nutmeg and ginger are there. Banana bread and of course pumpkin spice, fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie. Maybe even some slight apple cider.
F- Medium bodied mouthfeel.
O- Dangerously flavorful, and toned down in the best way possible. A mouthful of fall and halloween. As the seasons change, I crave this exact beer. Will seek this out again.

Oct 27, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a copper orange color with a three quarter finger head of off white foam. Great head retention, poor lacing.

Aroma: Smells like roasted pumpkin/banana bread and fresh baked pumpkin pie. Lots of nutty roasted pecan. . . definitely a good amount of cinnamon spice and nutmeg on the nose as well. A bit of bananna/bubblegum and vanilla too.

Taste: Upfront there is a nutty, sweet and savory roasted pumpkin/roast pecan malty flavor. It's chewy and very rich. It quickly transitions into flavors of butterscotch caramel and vanilla custard. There's a bit of piney hop bitterness briefly, before it becomes juicy with delicate notes of cherries and sweet figs.

Feel: Great mouthfeel. Mid-heavy body, Medium carbonation. I remember this being a lot thicker in the past, I'm glad they lightened it up a bit - other editions were borderline syrupy.

Overall: One of the best.

Oct 20, 2020
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drbrech from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden/amber, moderately opaque. Slight head that quickly dissipates. Faint "pumpkin pie" aroma. Initial flavors are a nice mix of spices (clove, nutmeg, allspice) and slightly smoky pumpkin. Spice notes intensify on the aftertaste, with a slight hoppy bite that fades into lingering hints of bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is quite crisp and light for this style of beer - not syrupy like some. Not particularly sweet, and the spices don't bludgeon you over the head like other beers in this category tend to do. Overall, a very good "pumpkin" ale.

Oct 11, 2020
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jws7968 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much better than I remember. Pumking really holds its own, although there are a couple pumpkin beers I like equal or better, personally. Had tonight, paired with chili for dinner. That really brought out some of the spices in the beer. Really hides its 8.6 ABV. Look forward to this time of year.

Oct 03, 2020
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper. Light foam. Even pumpkin aroma. Bolder flavor than I remember. Big pumpkin malt taste. Almost smokey. Slight bitter finish. Pretty good.

Sep 13, 2020
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mellonsm from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I look forward to this every fall season. My only complaint is that it gets released too early...in July now. For me this is the prototype of what a Pumpkin beer should be. Amber color, crisp and clear. Aromatic with a great blend of cloves and ginger. Balanced taste with the spices not too overwhelming, subtle graham cracker on the exhale, and easy too drink mouthfeel.

Sep 04, 2020
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Seanjohnhunt from California

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living in Southern California I was excited to finally try this one. I was a little disappointed. Especially with all the hype and outstanding reviews. It has good mouth feel, maybe a touch watery, has good taste but I mostly get the bready-grahm cracker taste. The spices are mellow and I do not get raw pumpkin flavor on this one like some of the other great beers above this one. It's a solid pumpkin beer for sure but not super close to the top like Elysian great pumpkin or St. Arnold Pumpkinator..

Aug 30, 2020
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Dalkri from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Well worth every penny. The aroma is predominantly graham cracker crust. The flavor is complex pumpkin spice that is bold but not overwhelming the beer base. The main flavor I'm getting is from the nutmeg which gives it a delicious eggnog/bubblegum flavor which blends perfectly with the imperial ale base. This is the perfect beer for the fall season. I will definitely be buying this beer yearly from now on!

Aug 27, 2020
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Smoore_xx from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite pumpkin beer of the season. For me it’s the perfect amount of everything and not to many spices. Always a go to for pumpkin season!

Aug 26, 2020
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bob22andy from Ohio

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.

May 13, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

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

Apr 29, 2020
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ChadSchwenk

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!

Apr 02, 2020
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Hunamaga from New York

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.

Nov 23, 2019
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jeffdr123 from Florida

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.

Oct 23, 2019
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capehaze from Florida

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.

Oct 15, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Oct 12, 2019
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BuckyNBeer from Wisconsin

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.

Oct 09, 2019
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Boyce77

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.

Oct 06, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3 Way comparison between Sam Jack-O Ale, Whole Hog Brewing Pumpkin Ale, and Southern Tier Pumpking.

L: Lightest and most clear of the 3. Glossy surface. Seems like it should be hazy and well-developed.

S: Pumpkin spice overpowers almost all other notes. Southern Tier doesnt use a particularly powerful malt blend to begin with. It smells nice overall, but the worst of the 3.

T: Classic southern tier brewery taste. It seems they use the most mild malts to emphasize the other aspects of their ale. Tastes like spice and booze. It's acceptable but the worst of the 3.

F: Light and watery with plenty of alcoholic warming. It's pretty bad and the worst of the 3.

O: Highest ABV of the 3. Highest popularity of the 3. Lowest quality of the 3.

Oct 06, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Oct 04, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

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

Oct 04, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

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.

Sep 30, 2019
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Clemsongoat from South Carolina

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.

Sep 27, 2019
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