Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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90
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7,506 Ratings
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81
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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
Ratings:
7,506
Reviews:
1,952
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
17.21%
 
 
Wants:
513
Gots:
2,216
For Trade:
29
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Photo of TheBishopco
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of hoagzzz
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

This shit sucks. Artificial cinnamon bullshit. Sorry.

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1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of pooogy
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of TaborTime
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of SWChi
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of rjknyy
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of Brasso
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of AnnArborJoe
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of Pug
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of somalley26
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of jp312
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of Loserphilly
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of emdawg
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Definitely wasn't feeling it at all. I haven't liked the Pumking for years, but for whatever reason it was actually decent for me last year. I dont know if that means the recipe was different or the bottle conditioning on this one was too young or what. It had a nice caramel malty taste but oh man, the plethora of cinnamon reminded me of that God awful Shipyard brew. I never drain pour, but this almost made me do it. No thanks

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Photo of Ljudsignal
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of ajs4bd
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of jfcaa193
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of sliks96
1.5/5  rDev -62.6%

Photo of BeerTwigs
1.56/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My wonderful Girlfriend purchased a bomber of the Pumking right at the end of August, I let it sit in the fridge for several weeks as I slowly worked my way into the season with some lighter pumkin ales and oktoberfests.

I finally decided to crack into this Labor day weekend and boy was I disappointed. The appearance is ok, the color is as expected. What really threw me for a loop was the strong aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Not only did the smell let me down, the first taste did as well. This may have been the hardest 22oz I have ever fought through. It was terribly sweet and impossible to choke donw. I really expected more for this as I usually love Pumkin Pie... oh well. On to the next brew...

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Photo of Ginobili81
1.6/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Sramosiii
1.6/5  rDev -60.1%

Photo of TimSorrentino
1.62/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow. This is one nasty beer. Tasted like an artificial flavored gummy bear or jelly bean.

Pumpkin pie crust in a beer? This has it. Various pumpkin pie spice "flavors" but chemical in nature.

I could not get past the artificial nastiness to take any other "qualities" serious.

I will never buy this again. Blech.

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Photo of J30wang
1.62/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Tastes like cough medicine. Lost the earthiness of a pumpkin ale

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Photo of Rukasu
1.68/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

What a horrendous beer.

Appearance is fine, a nice golden brown, a bit reddish. Solid white head.

Smell is awful. Opening a bottle is akin to walking into a Yankee Candle store in October. The smell is almost artificial it's so strong. Like an overpowering mix of graham cracker, butter popcorn Jelly Belly's and allspice.

If the smell was bad, the taste is only worse. Take everything in the scent notes and add lemon citrus notes plus the potent 8.6% alcohol and you have a recipe for disaster. The taste lingers and lingers. I truly, truly suffered through a bomber of this. My wife had about two sips and nearly gagged.

I've never been a fan of "pumpkin" beers, since there is never any pumpkin/squash taste and only "pie spice", but was told that this was one of the better ones. How wrong my friends were. This just reaffirms my belief that "pumpkin beer" is a complete waste of brewers' time and effort, but it's such a moneymaker that they can't refuse to make it.

Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this abomination of beer.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,506 ratings.
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