Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #31
Ranked #8,439
4.05 | pDev: 16.79%
Mar 06, 2023
Aug 26, 2007
Notes: All Hallow’s Eve is a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent. It is thought that we harness this magic to brew our powerful pumpkin ale. Not so, but it is with great respect to the magic of their trade that our brewers produce this fine beer. Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun. At first sip, a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking.

19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt, Caramel Malt, Pureed Pumpkin
Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling
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Rated by Ejcqx4

4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Best Pumpkin IMO
Mar 06, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by Corkykab from New Jersey

Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by Crabmando from Ohio

Jan 28, 2023
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bourbony circus peanuts is the first thing that came to mind as I poured the light pumpkin orange translucence into the glass and it settled under two fingers of fast-dissipating cream-colored foam. A closer sniff said something closer to overripe bananas foster with a hint of nutmeg. Nutmeg comes up first from a fairly rough mouth feel, then something boozy and a little dry that overpowers any fruitiness. Now, it is certainly possible that this has lost a step since it has been sitting in my fridge for a couple months while I abstained from alcohol. While not the pumpkin beer I was looking for, I will give it another go later this year with a fresh bottle.
Jan 26, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by Beecham from California

Jan 03, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Dec 03, 2022
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Rated by Neelbeer from New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Delicious, elegant, complex, smells great
Dec 01, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by EdFed from Illinois

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 4 by Eychung from New York

Nov 10, 2022
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Reviewed by WeissDavis from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Beautiful amber orange with a tight-bubbled thin head.
Light pumpkin with notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and strong nutmeg.
Beautifully creamy and smooth nutty pumpkin taste with a very natural pumpkin and cinnamon finish that sits warmly on the palette.
Light body with low carbonation, thin ale.
Served in a snifter at world of beer; beautiful look and complex and well-balanced flavor.
Nov 02, 2022
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Reviewed by mpruden from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Well within its generous date range, poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pumpkin golden, one-inch head that dissipated only gradually, adequate lacing.

Nose: Sweet pumpkin and pumpkin spice, inviting.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy.

Attack: Pumpkin spice nicely balance by hops, carbonation and alcohol evident.

Finish: Medium hop bitterness.

Overall: This won a taste-off I hosted of various pumpkin ales a couple years ago, and I have every confidence it would again. The only pumpkin ale I’d rate more highly is Avery Rumpkin (when you can find it), but it’s really in a whole different class.
Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Light caramel in color with a slightly white head. Can't discern too much immediate pumpkin notes that makes me think this is pumpkin pie in a glass. Definitely some enjoyable cereal grain malt notes. It comes off as fairly boozy and at 8.6% it definitely is.
I think this is a good beer but it's not "pumpkin pie in a glass" as advertised. Clove, some nutmeg, but lots of cereal grains and intermeshed bitter notes. I'm not sure what's going on because a lot of reviews are saying this tastes extremely pumpkin pie like and others are decrying it as being watered down. I'm definitely in the latter camp because this is coming up pretty short in the sweet pumpkin pie regard. It is a good and strong imperial beer but comes off closer to a barleywine than a pumpkin ale. Frankly there might be some quality control issues somewhere in the manufacturing or supply chain that are creating such a variance in assessments of this beer.
Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Webby64 from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
I'm not real wordy but this is good stuff. Not a sweet as Quaff On. Tastes just like Pumpkin Pie, slight bitterness. No head, slightly cloudy. Good stuff! I would buy again
Oct 23, 2022
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Oct 23, 2022
Rated: 4 by thin_mint from Ohio

Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
It came in a clear pint glass, from a tap, without any head. That's not a negative, just the Philadelphia way of pouring a beer. There's a little white fringe on top of a bright, but light copper-amber liquid. It's fairly translucent. The aroma of pumpkin pie spices hits with good malt and hop balance. Without a rich body, like the best of this breed, it is outstanding for one reason, balance. No spice dominates, they just come with great balance. The malt adds just about the perfect amount of sweetness. There's just enough hopping to establish this definitely as a beer. Glass lacing is as absent as the taste of the 8.6 percent ABV. Again, there are a few within this style that provide a better body. As for taste, this ranks with the best.
Oct 21, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2
This used to be my favorite Pumpkin beer with me not being a fan of pumpkin beers whatsoever.
I don't know if my tastes have changed or the beer did, but I find it absolutely horrible now.
It still looks good, but that's where the fun stops.
I will not be drinking this one again in the future. Nor any pumpkin beer for that matter.
Oct 17, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear amber appearance with a large, fast fading white head and modest lacing. Appropriate pumpkin spice aroma along with the pie crust as well. Tasting all those seasonal spices, like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg while set against the pale malt backbone, Crisp, spicy, medium-to-full bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Haven't rated enough pumpkin beers to feel how this one stands among the pack but first impressions are very positive.
Oct 14, 2022
Rated: 3 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Snozzelgrass from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Whoa whoa whoa hold the phone. This beers recipe has most definitely changed. Why would you do such a thing? I came back to revisit the extremely buttery sweet pumpkin pie in a glass feeling and all I got was the obviously new recipe. It tasted like a watered down knock off version of the original recipe. I would not recommend this beer anymore to anyone. Maybe if they have a special release or a tribune release to the original design, I would consider it again. But a hard pass on this beer going forward! why Southern Tier?!
Oct 03, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Sep 27, 2022
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Slightly hazy, translucent amber color with a creamy white head. Good retention and a little lacing.

Smells like a pumpkin pie scented candle. Sweet, buttery, biscuity, heavy vanilla notes, cinnamon and other spices.

The taste follows the nose. Sweet, heavy on vanilla cream and toasted bread/pie crust; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger tie it all together, and the spices balance out the rich vanilla and pie crust brown sugar sweetness.

The mouthfee is slick but not syrupy, medium-plus bodied, well carbonated, shockingly drinkable for its abv and sweetness.

I've never been a big fan of pumpkin ales, but this is still the best I've ever tried. Bravo. Liquid pumpkin pie.
Sep 23, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by GavinK88 from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2022
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Reviewed by athenslife101 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The bottle is a bit boring.
The smell is explicitly pumpkin. Which is a good thing because that’s why I bought it.
The taste is also very pumpkin, but there’s a smooth butteriness in the aftertaste which is super nice.
The feel is also buttery smooth.
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.11 by powerfuldragon from Massachusetts

Sep 07, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by gkwai113

Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle Best By 05/23/24 poured into a small mug at fridge temp 8.6% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright light amber with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap. The aroma is sweet pumpkin and pie spice. The taste is semisweet pumpkin pie filling. No bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, good pumpkin beer, if you're into that type of thing which I'm not...
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 2.5 by bkwagie

Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best by Jun 14, 24. So REALLY in date.

L---Crystal clear, light orangey amber color. Fluffy white head faded quickly to a ring and left very nice lacing.

S---Strong pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon.

T---Pumpkin pie spices as in the nose, but also noteable pumpkin. This is what I want.

F---Medium/full bodied. Mild carbonation.

O---An excellent pumpkin beer.
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Hmpay82

3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Tasted artificial I didn't enjoy the after taste.
Normally I love a pumpkin beer but this one did not hit the right spice notes for me. probably would not buy again
Aug 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
One of the beers I look forward to the most during this season. The look of the beer is what you would typically expect from the style. The nose on this beer is one of the best in pumpkin beer. It's vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie and an earthy maltiness. The flavors just explode as you drink it. The higher abv really helps bring out these flavors. If you haven't had this one, get it. You won't regret it.
Aug 18, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is reaching close to the max of what a pumpkin beer can achieve. The pumpkin taste is deep and natural. The mulling spices are quite nice. So if what you want is a pumpkin beer, then have a Pumking. It doesn’t surprise me at all that this is the most rated pumpkin beer on the site. If you don’t want a pumpkin beer why are you drinking it and giving this a low rating? For the style it’s great.
Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by fattyuter

May 05, 2022
Rated: 3.31 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
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