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: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking

Appearance: pumpkin colored, small to no head, and no lacing.

Smell: incredibly delicious pumpkin pie.

Taste: prominent pumpkin spice followed by a malty light fresh hop.

Mouthfeel: medium but feels more like a soft drink.

This is quite a different October brew. It is heavy in pumpkin spice and can be initially delicious, but it goes down like a soft drink (soda/pop/cola/whatever the yankees call it). I'm on the fence with that feeling. The alcohol is almost not detectable in the aroma or taste to myself.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Southern Tier has an effective pumpkin pie-like beer recipe with Pumpking. I found the graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust aromas/flavors to be the most prominent, with sweetness and pie spices more tuned down in the mix. The combination unites for a fairly enjoyable and unique pumpkin ale, one that I would return to each season. That being said, I find it hard to finish a single bottle by myself in one sitting - this is too big, sweet, and rich for that.

Pours an ephemeral, whitish head that barely lasts after the pour, never reaching higher than a half centimeter, fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small islands of foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, a small string of dots that ring the perimeter of the glass. Beer's body is a semi-hazy (40-50% opacity), deep golden orange color, a much paler golden orange when near light. Small amounts of carbonation are visible along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of graham cracker butter crumb pie crust, so: grain scents, malt sweetness, and well-placed diacetyl. Could probably throw in some essence of sweetened, condensed milk and the smoothness of pumpkin pie batter, but the overwhelming aroma I get is of a very aromatic and mouthwatering pie crust.

Front of palate finds graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust, sweetness, vanilla, and modest pie spices (cinnamon) that are thankfully relegated to the background. Mid-palate continues the graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust with vanilla, adds some baked pumpkin/squash, and reduces the pie spices to a fairly low level. Back of palate tastes continued graham cracker and butter crumb pie crust, baked pumpkin/squash, vanilla, faintly spicy nutmeg and allspice, and a minor hint of ethanol. Aftertaste of baked pumpkin/squash, graham crakcer and butter crumb pie crust, and vanilla.

Beer's body is medium-heavy to medium, with carbonation in a range of medium to medium-high, resulting in a mouthfeel that borders fizzy, but never quite reaches it, resulting in a smooth, foamy mouthfeel overall. The carbonation complements the body's thickness quite nicely, the beer is quite pleasant on the palate. Finish is dry and leaves a lingering dryness and substantial sweetness on the palate, compelling another sip.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Golden pour with one finger of white head. Good carbonation, spotty lace, finger retention.

S - Pumpkin pie! Banana bread, canned pumpkin, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice. They pretty much nailed the pumpkin element on this one.

T - Pumpkin pie filling, mild sweet spice. Very interesting stuff. A bit sweet. Pie crust.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, sweet finish.

O/D - Great drinkabiliity. Lovely pumpkin element that really worked. I don't typically enjoy pumpkin beers, but I love pumpkin pie, and this did it for me. A really neat beer.

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4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a 22 ounce bottle. This beer is one of the better pumpkin seasonal beers that I have tried. The beer is a copper color and has nutmeg/allspice/cinnamon aroma. The beer is sweat, yet it has earthy undertones.

The beer tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the 22oz. bottle a light copper color with a 1 1/2 finger slightly off-white head. Lively carbonation is observed, there are quite a few bubbles rising in the glass. The room is almost overwhelmed with the aroma of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) and a sweet caramel-like aroma. A slight aroma of pumpkin is picked up. 1st sip brings a dry dose of the aforementioned spices...a little TOO dry for my tastes. This could use some more malt or maybe a hint of brown sugar sweetness to even out the dry bitterness! Mouthfeel is medium, not watery or heavy. Overall, a bit of a disappointment. WAY too dry & bitter, almost unpleasantly so! Perhaps I got a bad bottle, unfortunately (or maybe not) it was among the last ones of the season, at least at Total Wine and More @ Claymont, DE. I'll have to look around and see if there's more somewhere out there, otherwise i'll have to wait a year to give this another chance. From all the reviews i've read, I was expecting something much better.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,506 ratings.
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