Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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
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1,949
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7,485
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
17.21%
 
 
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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice hazy orange copperish color with a one finger white bubbly head that lasted for a good minute. The body was a little hazy for any carbonation bubbles to be seen rising. Some light foamy lacing spotted the pint glass here and there; the aroma is pumpkin pie with some nice vanilla scents coming out fairly strong; the taste is exactly the same as the smell with a light drying blandness hitting my tongue; the palate is light to medium with some light sharpness on the tongue. Overall: This is an excellent pumpkin ale. Very popular beer and for good reason.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light orange color, minimal head. Bright aromas of malt and yeast. Tasted a bit of pumpkin, but not as much as in other pumpkin ales. Got a lot of malt and yeast notes, with an underlying wheat character. Smooth mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, wheat finish that is somewhat delayed. Overall not bad, but weak on the pumpkin flavor. Only seen it in 22 oz. bottles.

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber orange color as you would expect with a pumpkin brew.
Arom is a nice pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Pumpkin in the taste, however, the spices also play a big role. There is a healthy hop profile that adds bitterness. Slight alcohol warming in the finish. Medium bodied brew that I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't usually drink pumpkin ales, but when I do....
This is a flavorful and tasty beer. My cousin dropped this New York beer in with a bunch of stuff he'd brought up from Fort Myers.
It smells fantastic and the taste is as close to eating Thanksgiving pie as you could ever imagine.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not really into pumpkin beers, especially if the pumpkin spice is too strong or taste too artificial. However, this pumpkin beer was very good in my opinion. It might be the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had.

Look: cloudy amber hue with an inch white bubble head.

Aroma: malts, pie crust and pumpkin pie spices, really nice aroma.

Taste: Malty sweetness and Pumpkin, but not too much, some vanilla and other flavors like Pumpkin Pie in a glass.

Feel: smooth, soft, medium body

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Photo of dwillie733
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better pumpkins I have tasted. If you like a pumpkin that tastes like a pumpkin pie, this is the one for you. Great smell and taste and no bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Holderness
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L -- Nice orange color with a basically no head to speak of. Looks still. Not very appealing
S -- The nose on this is unreal. Rice pudding, pumpkin pie spices, cream, pumpkin, malts
T -- Tastes fairly similar to how it smells, but there is a sharp boozy note to this brew that lowers its taste score considerably.
F -- Nice and robust
O -- Definitely not worth the $15 for a 4-pack. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a better bet

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4.25) - Nice dark orange color. Fairly clear with a fair amount of head.
S (4.5) - Smells good. Like pumpkin, not pumpkin spice. Plenty of malt and low hop aromas.
T (3.75) - Tastes like it smells at first. Nice malty ale taste, but with a little pumpkin at the end. Not the sweet spice you expect in a pie. But at it goes on, you get more of that. Maybe a little heavy on that end.
F (4) - Easy to drink, smooth, all that jazz.
O (4) - I'm not a huge pumpkin beer guy and this is one of the better ones I've had. I honestly would have been fine with a 6 oz pour. I am glad I tried it, but I'm good for the season (or longer)

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Photo of Dakin
2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Look: looks like a cider in the glass. Light cloudy amber. No head.

Smell: Smells amazing. Pumpkin pie, pie crust, freshly baked blueberry muffins.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste does not follow the nose. Slight pumpkin on the front, bitter in the middle, and followed by melted candle taste on the end. Straight up tastes like they took a pumpkin candle and melted it down and chilled it.

Feel: Candle-like.

Overall: Hype isn't real on this. Sad to say I've never had a tasty pumpkin beer. Hopefully someday. Will not buy again. 3/10.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale copper in color with a half finger of short lived white head, then the beer looks flat. Pleasant aroma and flavor, some pumpkin but lots of spices: cloves, cinnamon, allspice, some nutmeg. The beer is definitely sweet but the spices keep it from being cloying. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy in feel with a hint of slickness, carbonation is less than low and the beer is nearly flat. Aside from the carbonation issue this is a solid beer. I usually don't like pumpkin ales but this one strikes a good balance on the pumkin and spice notes that keeps it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color; very autumnal in appearance. The head quickly recedes and leaves no cap, collar or lacing.
Nice pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg aroma.
There is pumpkin in the taste, however, the spices also play a big role. There is also a significant hops profile that adds bittering. There is an alcohol warming in the finish. Medium bodied to full and chewy.
A nice pumpkin ale that is complex. I will have it again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a 2 finger head that fizzles out to nothing in the chalice, with a festive burnt orange color with light amber shades dancing and out along the sides. 30% opaque.

Smells like a fall candle or a wax warmer. Vanilla cookie, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, nilla wafer, and a touch of citronella.

Quite a bit of spice, some of it burnt, in the form of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of bitter herbal notes; a touch of vanilla, citronella, and yogurt. As it settles on the back of the palate, it rests on lactose, lavender, and flower stem. As it warms the finish tastes like dirt and the alcohol really makes an ugly appearance.

Feel is medium bodied, relatively dry, yet keeps the carbonation firm and interesting.

Overall, Pumking is a pretty hyped beer and the only real hype I see justified is the nose. Incredible nose. The rest of it just falls flat for me. It's not a total failure, it's just an above average pumpkin ale. I ended up not finishing the bottom 1/5 of my glass. I got this bomber on sale for $5.49 so I'm not terribly upset, but unless it's on a mega sale I don't think I'd ever purchase it again.

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Photo of LarryV
1.71/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'll admit that I just don't get pumpkin beer, nothing seems more gimmicky to me. A friend told me this was the best so I decided to try a bomber. Even more amazing to me, 4 packs of this crap were $15.79, thank god I only tried a bomber. Acrid, with a strange bitterness and noticeable alcohol heat - the smell reminds me of a pumpkin scented candle. What's next, turkey and gravy flavored beer, maybe mincemeat beer? I have to do myself a big favor and accept the fact that pumpkin really doesn't belong in a beer. If you want pumpkin, do yourself a favor and have a slice of pie and have a good beer to compliment it.

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Photo of TH28
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 2016 vintage. Appearance: Semi clear light golden with some haze, and minimal white head that disappears immediately. Almost still. Aroma: Like pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Toasted bread malt is prominent to go with the spicing. Really nice. Taste: Bready maltiness with great pumpkin spicing of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, turning to a light toast and some alcohol heat that accentuates the spice. Mouthfeel: Light bodied for the strength, almost thin, with low carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Spicy alcoholic breadiness lingers, with a touch of nutmeg and toast. Overall: Probably the best aroma on a pumpkin beer I’ve had, it smells like the pie and whipped cream are right in front of you. I also like the bready, toasted maltiness that shows in the aroma and flavor. This beer does have room for improvement though. It has very little carbonation, and almost appears still. The high alcohol against the low body doesn’t balance well, leaving a thin body that accentuates the alcohol heat. With a bit more carbonation and body I’d rank this at the top of the pumpkin ale pile.

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Photo of Kelliinlv12
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this time of year...the taste of pumking what i expect a pumpkin beer to taste like. And unkike some pumpkin beers its not too sweet, smells like pumpkin and tastes like pumpkin...with a great after taste of cinnamon and spices. Definitely at the top of my list!

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Are you kidding me? This beer is so good. Love the gingerbread/graham cracker notes that come through. My favorite pumpkin to date. Dangerously drinkable at 8.6%.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This year I am actually trying to go through all the different pumpkin beer offerings across the landscape, at least as much as I humanly can. I can say, this offering from Southern Tier is pretty damn good.

The beer is not so impressive out of the bottle - an orange colored ale with no head or lacing, though it's got pretty good highlights. The smell was very impressive - a strong scent of pumpkin, sweet, mixed with just enough of the ale to make a good odor in the nose. The mouthfeel was considerably carbonated, but not overpowering, some astringent feel, but easily overlooked. Now, when it came to the taste, it was everything I smelled, the pumpkin, the ale, the 8.5% ABV (a very nice touch). Overall, though I haven't had many pumpkin beers, so far this one is the best and I wonder if I will actually come across something better.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pumking's reputation is well known and deserved; it's nice to look at and is very smooth and isn't in your face with a pumpkin flavor. It's got more of a spice taste than a pie taste, and it packs a very pleasant punch. Excellent.

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Photo of CgmCav
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. It's the shiznit. Lacing, head..whatever. Who gives a crap. This is October all bottled up. Great beer anytime, but works its charm as a post-dinner dessert beer. Grab it.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle - vintage 2016

Pours a slightly hazy highly carbonated golden amber orange with a frothy white foam head. Smells like real pumpkin pie with big graham crackery pie crust, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, bready caramel malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like bitter floral earthy grassy pine, pumpkin pie spices, booze, vanilla, graham cracker crust, pumpkin, bready caramel malt, with some dried fruit medley. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice imperial pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Yellowish-orange when held up to light; moderate head that dissipates quickly. A surprisingly thin-looking beer.
S: Where this beer excels most! HUGE nose of vanilla, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
T: A wallop of spice on the front, with a massive vanilla backbone. Vanilla quickly becomes the dominant flavor, with the spices adding a tingling warmth. The initial kick of spice was (at first) a bit much, but my palette quickly adjusted.
F: The more I drink this beer, the more I like it.
O: Truly pumpkin pie in a glass; its plaudits are well deserved.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different from your normal pumpkin ale. Strong nutmeg smell that continues into the taste, with vanilla and orange --like a Creamsickle -- and chocolate as well. Barrel-aged in a whiskey barrel? It tastes so to me. Very good.

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Photo of matcris
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber, with a finger of off white head that dissipates quickly down to a ring. Good carbonation when rocking the glass. First pumpkin beer where I'm actually getting some pumpkin in the aroma. Nice vanilla and some holiday spices and nuts, as well. In the flavor, I mostly get an odd caramel sweetness up front and then a good bit of bitterness that takes that sweetness over. A little vanilla, pumpkin, and the usual nutmeg/ holiday spices. The carbonation is nice and full. The body is medium and the beer has a slight stickiness to it but overall, quite dry. It's just that up front 'odd' sweetness that is kind of turning me off to this one. Edit: Put a name on the weird sweetness i'm getting: butter. Diacetyl?

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me say upfront it is September 2016 and I'm drinking a 2014 Pumking.
A - Pours a soft, murky orange with a small white head that lingers as a ring forever.
S - Aroma is a very nice, mellow pumpkin beer with just a touch of spice.
T - Flavor is pumpkin and spices, very balanced. A slight bitterness on finish. Spices have mellowed nicely.
M - Carbonation is lower than average, mouth feel is soft.
O - I've been drinking Pumking for several years and I really feel it is best after a year or two of resting. I find fresh Pumking too harsh, so I like to let the spices calm down. You know its Fall when you are drinking Pumking.

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Photo of jaybirde63
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The smell and taste of Fall..
Clear.and smooth (considering the ABV) maple overtone is very appealing giving it a grahm cracker tast with a light coriander after taste with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg..I did not notice any clove ( thank God )..

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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