Pumking
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #28
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,354
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 16.79%
Reviews:
2,049
Ratings:
5,813
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 02:44 AM
Added:
Aug 26, 2007
Wants:
  558
Gots:
  2,331
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A clear amber/orange brew, an off-white head that leaves some lacing and has some curtains.

Smelling like banana bread or sweet soft gingerbread, vanilla and Christmas spices.

Starting like ginger bread dough, sweet ice cream, vanilla and coconut.

Medium carbonation, slightly foamy bubbles, soft and sticky texture.

For me very much Christmas spice associations in this beer, a dessert alternative at Yule!
Oct 30, 2011
More User Ratings:
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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.
Today at 02:44 AM
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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
 
Rated: 3.96 by Danzifer from Ohio

Feb 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Spencer96 from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by johnny_c from New York

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.81 by ckaplanmd from New York

Jan 25, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium orange color with a mild creamy white head. A strongly bubbling body. SRM of 11. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate and rich bready aromas upfront. There's bread, some smooth orange, and more bread malt. Some sweet potato and pumpkin with a slight pumpkin spice like a pumpkin candle on the finish.

Flavor: Strong bready flavors upfront. There's a pumpkin and sweet orange flavor in the middle, that turns into the pumpkin spice flavor. Finishes with a fall/autumn spice, and slightly bitter finish.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. Finish is smooth, bready, and a small bitter bite on the finish.

Overall: A pretty good and very drinkable pumpkin beer. I haven't had too many pumpkin spiced or pumpkin flavored beers, but this one was the best I've had. Sort of feels like an imperial hefeweizen, but instead of banana bread is flavored with pumpkin. The breadiness is there. There's canned pumpkin and orange. Also some pumpkin and fall spice. Well rounded and drinks well. (Final Rating: 3.91)
Jan 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by Viaduck from California

Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.33 by clm9 from North Carolina

Nov 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by JoeLacy from Ohio

Oct 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Teika_Takahashi from California

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
TW////: I drank this in Mona from Genshin Impact cosplay

Look: Nice amber yellow with an orangey tint! Like if you ate a lot of carrots and then you peed! Foamy head dissipates fast but a thin layer remains.

Smell: Like fucking pumpkin pie bitch. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and everything like a pumpkin spice candle, some apple pie smell, some how it smells like toasted crust too! really amazing.

Taste: It tastes like pumpkin pie spit in beer and yeah kinda disappointing. Good malty beer with some cinnamon and clove flavor, and maybe nutmeg?? very little alcohol taste. The smell was amazing and complex, and the beer itself, at least to me, doesn't really have much "pumpkin" flavor. I wouldn't be able to tell you it was pumpkin beer if I didn't know beforehand. Its not BAD, its just not pumpkin enough.

Feel: smooth, carbonated little bubbles, doesnt leave your mouth or throat dry.

Overall: This experience is not unlike being invited to a costume party and you work hard on a costume to wear to it, and turns out, you're the only one wearing a costume. Excited to go leading up to drinking it, but once I took a sip, was left kinda disappointed and ashamed. I STREAMED THIS! HOW DARE YOU EMBARASS ME INFRONT OF MY VIEWERS! I'LL GET MY REVENGE YOU BREWERS!!!!
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by BradyYokom

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I will admit I was skeptical at first about a pumpkin flavored beer but I am glad I gave this one a chance. If you like pumpkin this one is a must try. Smooth, refreshing, full of pumpkin flavor and a sweet finish. Highly recommend this beer!
Oct 25, 2021
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Look: Slightly hazy yellow. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Mild pumpkin, rye bread, a little citrus.

Taste: Sweet pumpkin pie, mildly spiced. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with good carbonation.

Overall: Nice, if unspectacular.
Oct 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Adam_Rhoad

Oct 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Oct 21, 2021
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
First time trying this.

L: 3.75. Nice dark golden body. Lingering head. Moderate carbonation.
S: 4. Caramel. Pie crust. Spices. Pumpkin.
T: 3.75. Getting more of the pie crust than the spices and pumpkin. Still delicious.
F: 3.75. Slow goer due to the ABV. Thin to medium mouthfeel.
O: 3.75. This is a tasty ale, but for a flavored beer like this I don't think you need the high ABV. Might save one to enjoy on Halloween, but otherwise probably won't buy again.
Oct 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.79 by chris826 from Mississippi

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by csnyder83 from Maryland

Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap.
Amber yellow. Great retention and lacing.
Smells is odd and almost off putting. Like wet cardboard.
Taste is on point though. Great pumpkin sweetness.
Full bodied. Low carbonation. Sweet aftertaste.
I couldn't drink a four pack of this. But am really glad I got to try this.
Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Sep 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.62 by Creepachu

Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Dgman8053 from New York

Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L- Nice, honey warm yellow. With almost no head.
S- Beautiful smell. Very warm and Halloween filled. Nice notes of clove, pumpkin spice, and oats.
T- Nice strong hit of Pumpkin Spice. Very inviting taste that is as smooth and warm as it smells.
M- Super smooth and easy like sunday mornnnnnnnnnning :)
O- Looks can be deceiving. While at first I saw a very simple and basic ale. I was instantly intoxicated by the aroma and the taste of this Fall classic. I see why this beer is ranked #7 of the best pumpkin beers out there.
Sep 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by TheeWarPig from Michigan

Sep 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This and the Warlock stout taste so damn similar its a letdown. They taste GOOD but I thought there'd be more of a difference I guess in my limited experience with pumpkin beers. That said they taste like pumpkin bread and that's great
Aug 25, 2021
 
 
Rated: 4.38 by TealMoon from North Carolina

Aug 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.67 by Hazey92 from New York

Aug 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Aug 08, 2021
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