Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

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

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I remember seeing. However, I do know that this bottle is from the 2013 release of ST's annual pumpkin beer. Poured into a small goblet/wine glass hybrid.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields not much in the way of head--just a half finger of off-white bubbles that fades quickly, leaving sparse filmy bubbles across the top and no lacing. Body is a translucent orange with hints of burnt umber in places.

Smell - Like so many of ST's "sweeter" beers, this one has a very distinct caramel-corn, buttered popcorn aroma to it. I get a similar characteristic from both Warlock and Crème Brûlée, so it must be something in the spicing they add to get the flavors. It's intoxicating, but a little bit one-note. I don't get much distinction of pumpkin in the aroma at least. In addition to the caramel-corn, there is fainter elements of nutmeg and allspice.

Taste - Here, the bonafide pumpkin element comes in a bit more strongly. I still get a sweetness, partly because that caramel smell is just so cloying that it really impacts the flavor. I also get elements of butternut squash and caramel malt sweetness. Easy drinking for an almost 9% beer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly viscous and medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation. Lingeringly sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a solid beer. I've seen people suggest that Warlock is just Pumking with more bitter, roasted components, and I'm inclined to agree. If I want a pure pumpkin beer (rather than a pumpkin stout or something), there are others that I'm likely to reach for first. However, this one is pretty solid and worth a try for anyone who hasn't sampled it before.

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