Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

7,572 Ratings

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: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Love the golden pumpkin like color of the beer. and has some of the bes and has some of the best lacng I've seen on any beer. Just a touch of cloudiness to it.
S- This is all pumpkin. I could smell it wafting from the glass from two feet away. Huge natural pumpkin smell. Not a ton of spice like most pumpkin beers. Just straight pumpkin. Maybe just a bit of molasses too.
T- again this is dominated by a smooth strong pumpkin flavor with just a hint of spice and a bit of caramel. Bit of mineral in the finish and aftertaste. Not to bad.
M- creamy and smooth. Just a medium body. Nothing crazy. imple and well rounded.
O- what I like the most about this is it stays true to the style of the beer. When it says pumpkin, that is what I want to taste. It's not masked up with pie spices and fake flavors. This one is as pumpkin as it gets.

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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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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,572 ratings
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