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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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden colored with minimal head that vanishes quickly. Great clarity with low carbonation. I get pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps a bit of clove. The flavor is aggressively spiced in a similar fashion to the Warlock that I had just tried , but the baseline beer is much lighter in body. This is an aggressively spiced pumpkin brew that offers a lot of flavor. Pumpkin, with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg is what you get with the taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks very much for the bottle, angrybabboon - bottled 08/07/13. Poured into a tulip glass and split with others. Consumed while watching "Dead Alive" on Halloween. Yay, pumpkin beer and gore!

Pours a very assertive orange color (as you'd hope a pumpkin beer would look) with some amber tones. I did give this an aggressive pour, but it yielded a very small, one finger worth of an off-white head that eventually dissipated into a modest ring. Definitely swirling it reveals it to be a far larger beer than it may seem at first, with some thick tears gliding downwards off the glass's edges. A big pumpkin beer here - although far more refined looking than, say, Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin.

There's a delightful array of spices that immediately hit the nose on this, with definite notes of pumpkin and slight bitterness, yet, again, it seems these spices are the ones winning here. Immediate notes of brown sugar, allspice, almonds, nutmeg, and ginger are the most predominant, with then some pumpkin and butternut squash following soon afterwards. It reminds me far more of a gingerbread cookie than actual pumpkin pie here, but it's still very flavorful and enjoyable. Far sweeter than I expected this to be, although the notes of toffee and caramel from the malts could most definitely get cloying in the long run. This doesn't smell like any other pumpkin beer I've had to date - I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying it even here.

The flavor is a little bit more predominant in displaying the pumpkins, but as this IS a ST beer, they can't help themselves in terms from enjoying their sweet stuff. The palate is first awash with nutmeg, ginger, orange peel, cardamom, brown sugar, and allspice, which envelop into the pumpkin notes at middle of the palate and combine with the breadiness from the hops to finally make this truly taste like a pumpkin pie of sorts. The result is uncanny - along with the creaminess in the mouth feel, I could close my eyes each time and imagine an actual pumpkin pie right in front of me. It has the feel of Belgian beers, which makes it extra thick and slightly funky with notes of pears and apricots. Can't find the hops on this, unfortunately, but there definitely is a bit of herbal bitterness at the finish. Did I mention how well the alcohol is hidden on this? Really easy to drink - I hate syrupy, sugary sweetness but the vast diversity of spices and wonderful squash notes made this very easy overall - at least when split.

I really wish I had another bottle of this for Thanksgiving or something. This far less sweet than I expected, and the notes of spices and slight vegetal character, as well as the creamy mouthfeel, made this a unique drinking experience as far as offerings in the style go. I'd gladly have another - maybe on-tap - but it's definitely recommended to split. I split EVERY bomber I buy anyways, but this is definitely something that wouldn't be the worst idea to offer in 4 or 6 packs for the sake of practical drinking.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange with a one-finge foamy white head.

S - Pumpkin pie is very present. Sweet dough and toffee.

T - Sweet candied pumpkin, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Nice little hop kick in the finish.

M - Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - A very drinkable pumpkin beer. This makes a real nice desert beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a surprisingly pumpkin colored pumpkin ale. Not much of a head.

Nose like gingerbread and spices. Lots of clove and cinammon.

Taste is similarly very heavy on the cinammon. Nice light malt flavors to accompany. Little bit of clove and molasses as well

Feel is on the medium side.

Nice potently spicy pumpkin ale. One of the spicier around. Not actually my favorite, feel like the spices over ride the actual beer qualities.

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4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber (dated 10/3/13) into two tulips ( split with wife), white head. Color is a darker orange.

Aroma is fantastic pumpkin spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger

Taste is like sweet pumpkin pie, same flavors as the aroma and some pumpkin - best flavored pumpkin beer our there!

Mouthfeel - solid medium body, medium carb

Overall - best pumpkin beer our there,what better day to enjoy then on Halloween !

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,502 ratings.
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