Pumking | 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: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
19 Degrees Plato
8.8 Degrees L
2-row Pale Malt
Caramel Malt
Pureed Pumpkin

Kettle Hops: Magnum
Aroma Hops: Sterling

Added by BeerBeing on 08-26-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,723
Reviews:
1,998
Ratings:
7,682
pDev:
17.04%
 
 
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529
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2,298
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Photo of Melalina
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth and tasty with a mild kick.

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Photo of ESchweers
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vidblain
2.82/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amsage19
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of 32arden
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuryMeInSmoke
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours super clear copper color with a dense white head that settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Very light pumpkin spice and nutmeg, clove, mild alcohol aroma and cinnamon.

Taste - Taste is much better and stronger than the aroma. Sweet potato, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, vanilla. Alcohol is still coming through a little. cinnamon and brown sugar.

Feel - thin mouth feel, little warmth from the alcohol, would be much better if it was a little thicker.

Overall - Not a bad pumpkin beer, nose is thin and weak taste is pretty solid.

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Photo of Haybail
2.39/5  rDev -41%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The Color of this Bre is Beautiful. A nice Amber Color. Almost the color of Whiskey. The aroma is that of Caramel. I wasn’t very inpressed with the flavor of this beer; it almost taste like fingernail polish remover. I will not have this beer again especially for the expensive price. Not worth it.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey color, fully translucent with a pure white head. Head is creamy, a bit lager like and doesn't have much retention. There is some lacing but nothing to write home about.

S: Strong smells of pumpkin, caramel, vanilla and that's pretty much it. Very sweet presentation.

T: It tastes of pumpkin, caramel and vanilla. Maybe some speculoos, but that's pretty much it. To the point and definitely not as sweet as I expected.

M: Heavy-ish medium body with a carbonation that is a bit too lively for the beer in my opinion. Still decent.

O: I usually don't like pumpkin beers, but this one is by far the best I've ever had. Still nothing spectacular, but it really delivers a nice dessert like (but not cloying in any way) pumpkin flavored beer.

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Photo of CaseyFellinger
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DS31
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap

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Photo of Bbock13
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdm9465
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kaitjs7
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Just-the-sip
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KurtisCarman
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrueryDC
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kreg02
2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

everything about this says it's going to be fantastic but there is something about the taste that just doesn't sit right, almost like a hop bitterness that shouldn't be there. smells amazing though, really nails the pumpkin pie aroma and it feels creamy and hides that almost 9%. each sip has that same good pumpkin flavor but with this lingering undertone of bitter in a really not great way. got better as it warmed but still, eh.

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Photo of bierzeit
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Translucent amber
S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon
T: Initially very sweet, true to their claim I pick up an amount of whipped cream and vanilla,along with the aforementioned spices, malty finish
F: Creamy with a fair amount of carbonation
O: Probably the best pumpkin ale I’ve had

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Photo of Nass
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer was back in 2014 and it was awful. I had trouble finishing a 12 ounce bottle, It was way too watery & sweety but with some tweaks made to it the 2018 vintage is much better. This beer is balanced better & there is more & spices added to this batch as well. In addition to, the alcohol is also hidden well. I agree that this beer is well carbonated for a pumpkin ale. Although this beer is a little on the pricey side but I still highly recommend that you try the Southern Tier Pumking as well as the other variants of this beer too. This brewery has improved over the years. Southern Tier makes me proud to be a fellow New Yorker. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Categart
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,682 ratings