Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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90
outstanding
7,517 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:
7,517
Reviews:
1,954
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
17.21%
 
 
Wants:
514
Gots:
2,218
For Trade:
28
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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for splitting this bottle!

How'd that pumpkin become king? I didn't vote for him... The brew pours a hazy orange amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is a panoply of brewing and baking scents: cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, and Golden Grahams. Damn, this be smellin' good! The taste veers off this course a bit, holding notes of orange peel, brown sugar, pumpkin shell, potato skin, rye bread, and sour cream. It may not conform to the smell's template, but it really ain't too bad, either. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is a solid punkin brew, one of the better I've yet had.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You have to really like pumpkin pie or pumpkin rolls to enjoy this beer. The taste and scent are on the mark with pumpkin and spice just like Grandma's pumpkin pie. The beer poured a copper clear with no head or lace. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall the beer nails its mark...but if you don't like pumpkin....no reason to try this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at America on Tap
Brown sugary caramel maltiness with plenty of pie spices to cut through it, not the worst pumpkin beer I've ever had, might even like it in small doses.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is slightly hazy and autumnal orange colored with a soapy white head. The aroma offers Fall spice, pumpkin bread, brown sugar, rum, malt, cinnamon, pie. Wow. Fabulous scents coming from this beer. Delicious flavor. How is it possible I haven't crossed paths with this beer before? So complex and wonderful. Great feel as well. Thick and syrupy. Not cloying, but sweetness is present throughout. A great beer to split with a few buddies.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Maggie for sharing this bomber.

Poured into a snifter Pumking appears a clear golden orange color. A white cap of foam appears and dissolves quickly. Faint patches of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma suggests a nutmeg-like earthiness upfront. A sweet backing that is somewhat reminiscent of vanilla is prominent before the scent of pumpkin flesh becomes very evident throughout.

The taste is quite bitter which is a complete opposite sensation from what you would expect based off the sweet smooth nose. Quite an intense bitterness that is met equally with a bold presence of fusel alcohol. Throughout the body, but somewhat hiding in the background is a very pleasant taste of pumpkin flesh that tastes earthy and a bit herbal.

There is a lasting aftertaste of hops, alcohol and pumpkin. This is a medium bodied offering with a moderate amount of carbonation. I feel the boldness of the alcohol hurts this brew a bit and takes away from it's drinkability. The nose was fantastic but the unbalanced hop and alcohol character was a distraction with the pumpkin taking a far back seat. For being considered the pumpkin beer that all other pumpkin beers are measured up against, this one fell short.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville NJ. Poured into a tulip with a nice orange/copper color with about one finger of off-white head that maintained throught out.

What can I say, this was like drinking pumpkin pie. Nice pumpkin spice with brown sugar and cinnamon. On tap, I find this not as sweet as the bottle and the spices were not over the top. The mouthfeel was smooth. Very drinkable for a high 9% ABV.

Will have to open my bottle of 2010 to compare, but IMHO the draft will be tops...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a vibrantly clear amber hue forms a light thin white head and as it dwindles lacing sticking to the glass was pretty minimal. This was on tap at Fathead's a couple weeks ago, I had to give in to the Imperial Pumpking, plus I have this whole infatuation thing going on with most of Southern Tier's brews. Aromatics caramel roasted nutty brown sugar with melted butter, whipped cream, and an air of popcorn Jelly Belly jellybeans. Spices and alcohol are flowing as well but the nutmeg, allspice combo don't stick out as much compared to other pumpkin ales out there. Flavors bring to mind pumpkin chiffon pie with pumpkin puree', cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg with a whipped cream sweetness but once again that buttery popcorn flavor came out thank god my portion was a 12oz snifter. Alcohol enters the mix with a smooth burn, but it's hard to get over that "circus peanut" candy marshmallow creaminess it just gets cloying. Mouthfeel is full bodied syrupy sticky with residual sugars creamy bodied with even carbonation flows decently well in small sips. Drinkability is for me an absolute dessert only beer really hard to throw this into a drinking session, plus the high abv can stick it to ya. I applaud the effort to be original with the pumpkin ales but this extreme imperial effort fell short compared to the rest of Southern Tier beers on the market.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light orange with a huge, soft, dense, white head

S - pie crust, pumpkin, very little if any spices

T - pie crust, whip cream, pumpkin, nutmeg, some cinnamon

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I really enjoyed this beer. In the past I had said that there were vanilla notes that I didn't like and the spices were too intense. That doesn't seem to be the case with the 2012 batch. The pie crust and whip cream notes were fantastic. I'm not sure how ST pulled that off, but I'm impressed. This was an all around great beer.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of imperialking
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

From the pour a small head of uniform size forms but recedes rather quickly. Head barely manages a finger in size and leaves a small collar of light tan. Body is slightly hazy orange amber, but mostly see through. After some time though this beer looks quite flat however.

Giant whiff of pie crust and sweet bakers dough. Nothing else just sweet pie crust. Is this even beer??? That is pretty darn impressive though.

A pleasant mix of squash and hop mild pine bitterness. Clove and pie crust sense travels through with a stupidly flaky and biscuity texture. Sweetness comes out with more sips taking brown sugar into the mix.

Well I think this beer needs to be renamed pumpkin pie, but it delivers what it says. My only thinking though, is that it seems so blatantly obvious I wonder if this has artificial flavoring in it??? Crazy!

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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