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
Ratings:
7,517
Reviews:
1,954
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
17.21%
 
 
Wants:
514
Gots:
2,218
For Trade:
28
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Photo of ZinFanDave
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flavors of spices and bubblegum.

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Photo of Riff
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, coppery color with a minimal amount of off-white head that faded quickly leaving a tiny bit of lacing. Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. Taste is sweet. Bread up front, a little caramel flavor, notable pumpkin flavor, some hop bitterness throughout, finish is stronger pumpkin pie flavor. Medium body, medium carbonation. The balance feels a touch off. The more I drink, the less prominent the pumpkin pie flavor is. I can see where the cult classic has followed, it's certainly a good beer, maybe something I'd like about once a year though.

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Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of faatcase
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jgolka
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of _nickg_
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Babalu614
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great seasonal imperial by Souther Tier. Poured into snifter from 12oz bottle. Poured clear copper color with aromas of spices and pumpkin. Tastes like it smells, pumpkins and spices. Very smooth going down with medium carbonation. So far my favorite pumpkin ale.

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

Photo of Trentt2
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nace4
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of theduffster
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What glassware haven't I had this in over the years and every time it always turns out the same way. Here's my observations based on this cult classic:
The appearance was a semi-dark murky rust/copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy to fizzy head. What lace there was just slid right on into the beer and that wasn't really that much.
The aroma had some pumpkin pie crust/bready sweetness up front. Sweet pumpkin extract. Barely any pumpkin pie spice.
The flavor was mainly sweet through the pumpkin extract and pie crust. Light vanilla proceeded in and around the overall taste. Aftertaste was the pumpkin pie.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. It's quite smooth along my tongue.
Overall, to me, I'm not a part of this "cult classic" as I tend to lean towards other pumpkin ales before this as I don't find this to be as "balanced" as many others on the market. If there was some more "spice" to it, perhaps, some pumpkin pie spice, maybe some ginger, allspice, or cinnamon that would help make it better to me. Also, I tend to look for more of the true "flesh"-like quality of pumpkin instead of the "extract" which is only the sweetness of the pumpkin along with some brown sugar.

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

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wilhelmr3
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CHigby2K6
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wiescins
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emeyer
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemochas
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petrusek23
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of carmike813
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,517 ratings.
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