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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
Ranking:
#2,665
Reviews:
1,980
Ratings:
7,586
pDev:
17.04%
Bros Score:
3.59
 
 
Wants:
519
Gots:
2,256
Trade:
28
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mike and Jason for bringing. Above average pumkin beer, orange with soapy head, and noteable lacing. Significant carbonation behind nutmeg,allspice,vanilla, maybe some cinammon. Creamy carmel. hops kick in at the end. An aroma experience. 9% not perceived.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, orange with yellow hues. Not much head. No lace.

S: musty pumpkin, almost a little crayon like actually

T: lemon and Orange peel up front with a musty pumpkin and a hop finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a solid pumpkin ale. Southern tier has mastered the flavored beers.

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear light copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy orange-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one on the drink down. Kind of a disappointing appearance. Smell is very complex with caramel malt, biscuits, actual pumpkin puree, and a wide array of pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Taste is of malt/bread/biscuit/crust, unsweetened pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and the aforementioned spices. There is a slight spice bitterness that sticks the the tongue after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and dry finish. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale that is somewhat different that I was expecting. I was thinking that this could be a creamy, sweet pumpkin milkshake of a beer but I like this one as it is.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is a polarizer for sure, but if you like pumpkin beers, youve got to love pumking! it pours a very understated pale pumpkin color, right on que, with a few inches of lazy and patient white foam. the nose is incredible, as much like a christmas cookie as a pumpkin pie, this beer has staying power beyond fall into the holiday season because of its unique spice bouquet, which prominently features clove, vanilla, and allspice. there is less squashy aromatics and forward flavors in the draft version than from the bottle, im not sure why. it still tastes like fresh raw pumpkin, but i think the spices intensify in the keg somehow. its still well balanced, with sweet cookie malt and gentle cinnamon up front and the vegetable spice finish on the back end without all the sugary vibes woud expect. the alcohol is also dangerously well disguised. the mouthfeel i thought was also exceptional, really smooth but not heavy at all for a beer of this magnitude. overall one of the best pumpkin beers out, and not least because of its wide seasonal appeal. amazingly well made, this could be southern tiers best offering.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first thought about Pumking before even opening the bottle was "That's a Badass looking Label". The evil grin on the Pumpkin's face with the crown just really made me excited to try this brew. Two years ago I had picked up a bottle for a friend and myself to split and we loved it. The following year I bought a case and still have one or two bottles left now.

The beer pours out as a clear copper color. The smell of spice and brown sugar rise from the glass along with some pumpkin and other seasonal spices. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Ginger Snap cookie but in a liquified form. It's spicy and sweet. The mouthfeel could be a little thicker I think but overall it's a really good Pumpkin ale and I enjoy it every time I have it.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know where this came from or even who bought it but it was on the table at a friends place last week when we were sampling beers and man was it a find. Don't know anything about the brewery but after trying this and their Hoppe Pale Ale I'm gonna do some research on these guys.

It came from a 22 oz bottle with some pretty cool artwork on it. The beer poured an orange/rust color that was very clear and had an off-white, almost orange head that faded quickly. Smelled strong of pumpkin pie (as all these types of beer do) but with some extra spices that really made it stand out from the other 6 or 7 pumpkin beers ive tried.

It tasted great, that is it tasted like pumpkin pie and good beer. No idea what the alcohol content is and the website doesn't say either but it was balanced well with the flavors. It also had a thick body that was both good and bad depending on if you want to chug this beer or sip on it with thanksgiving dinner. Overall its a pretty drinkable beer and I would like to find more of this stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy amber-orange in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled into a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A medium to high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are inviting aromas of sweet pumpkin pie in the nose, which almost makes this beer smell like a dessert.
T: While there is some malty sweetness and flavors of pumpkins and spices in the in taste, these are nicely balanced with some hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because the sweet flavors in the taste aren't cloying because of the underlying hops and the alcohol content is very well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***Guilty pleasures review coming right up***
Admitidly, I generally celebrate beers of experimental quality, but disguard those that seem more of a gimmic than quality. Pumpkin beers usually fall in this catagory for me, but beers like this one are quickly changing my perception of what Pumpkin Ales can be... or already are.

Pumpking is truely amazing with its bright copper (acturally orange) color, brilliant clarity and lively efforvescence. A creamy head carries a dainty structure yet retains with a sheet across the glass. Low on lace, the beer celebrates the oils and starch that encompass pumpkin beers.

From the onset, the beer demonstrates a sturdy backbone of amber (bread crusty) malts and large caramel sweetness. Freshly baked toast, roasted pumpkin, and graham crackers come to mind. A sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, and hazelnut do just enough to emphasize the pumpkin quality in complementary fashion. A buttery praline-like sweetness is just the pillow that the savory crust notes deserve.

The body is firm, rich, and non-waivering. Creamy, bready and with a robust spicy sweetness that I would not have expected from a beer this drinkable. The return of graham cracker dryness and aftertaste is all I need to keep comming back.

This beer is a gem, comming from a guy who has drank a ton of Pumpkin Ales and haven't enjoyed many.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell pilsner glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its reputation.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with tortilla crisps.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, nice cream, and fair retention. Body colour is a very pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat dull.

Sm: Heavy pumpkin gourd. Some spice, maybe some gourd. Generic middling malts. An average strength aroma.

T: Tastes like pumpkin. Some brown sugar. Gourd. Hints of spices. Balanced but lacking. I do like it, but it is horrifically simple.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Good palate presence.

Dr: Arguably simple but still satisfying; if you want pumpkin, you'll get it. Drinkable and enjoyable but lacking complexity and subtlety. I like it, but I doubt I'd have it again.

High B-

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this twice and sharing both times, this seems like an ideal way to try it. A full bomber may get to be a little much for one person, due to the heavier mouthfeel and spice level.

Pours a cloudy orange, plenty of foam that settles to a skim. Big aroma of pumpkin purée, nutmeg, and clove. Sort of earthy and bready. Not too sweet or spicy in the nose, very inviting.

First sip delivers a big pumpkin wallop with some dry nutmeg/cinnamon in the aftertaste. It has some breadiness, contributing to a fuller mouthfeel. The spices kind of hang around in the back of the throat with a light bitterness. Everything is big and pretty well balanced. Like I mentioned before, this is a good one to share, not exactly a sessioner.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost clear honey color with a modest, but frothy head that leaves a reasonable splashing of lace

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sweetened cornbread

Taste: Opens with a rich pumpkin and spice flavor, which becomes increasingly spicey by mid-palate; after the swallow, the cornbread flavor builds, sweet and buttery; the finish has some alcohol on it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the swallow

Drinkability: A big, flavorful pumpkin brew; among the best if not the very best

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of oline73
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very nice clear amber color with under half a finger of fluffy white head. The head goes away quickly and there is no real sign of carbonation.

Smell: Quite sweet with lots of pie crust hitting you right away. You can pick up some malt and pumpkin. Kind of reminds me of popcorn jelly bellies.

Taste: Much like the smell. Sweet with a lot of pie crust and less pumpkin. There is some hop bitterness along with some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I've tried this several times and I just don't get it. It's better than a bad pumpkin beer, but it tastes an awful lot like buttered popcorn jelly beans.

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2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep clear orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention but no lacing. Aroma of cinnamon with loads of pumpkin. Taste is also dominated by loads of pumpkin and some cinnamon and light cloves. Body has a nice creamy texture with some average carbonation. I was really enthralled by this beer; I thought there were too much pumpkin purée and not enough spices. I guess I am more of a spices kind of guy then a pumpkin.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,586 ratings
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