Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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90
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7,508 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:
7,508
Reviews:
1,952
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
17.21%
 
 
Wants:
513
Gots:
2,216
For Trade:
29
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Photo of Budlum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 release, cellared for 2 years.

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Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 NeutralOverlookHotel
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mjgpy3
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GTengineer
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 MrsSpills
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pats3peat12
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bundy462
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_O
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of udfan07
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite pumpkin beers. You can taste notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and what seems to me is graham cracker. It's like pumpkin pie in a bottle. Such a great fall beer.

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Photo of Ron_Mexico
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of packbacker99
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTitan13
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding imperial pumpkin ale. Southern Tier puts out some great beers. Awesome desert beer as I always horde these pumpkin ales for anytime of the year especially Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Big flavor profile here as I get a lot of graham cracker pie crust on the front, followed by pumpkin pie, vanilla, cinnamon, malt, almond and even whip cream. This is a very well balanced pumpkin ale that hides the 8.6%. Honestly, for me it comes down to this, Schlafly and Elysian's Great Pumpkin as the top imperial pumpkin ales.

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Photo of BonzaiZymurgist
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The amber ale both smelled and tasted like fresh gingerbread coming from the oven. The alcohol was well-hidden, and the nose kept the senses alive. Southern Tier has remained consistent in quality and fulfilling expectations.

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

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

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,508 ratings.
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