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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.87/5  rDev -29.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dacrza1
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: November 2, 2013... GLASSWARE: Chimay goblet... OCCASION: post-Halloween weekend relaxation... APPEARANCE: beautifully clear, orange body that frames a bubbling cauldron of steady effervescence; a thin ring of white head produces a dearth of lacing--appropriately dramatic and dark... AROMA: sugary pumpkin, almond nut/butter scents weave with vanilla/cinnamon/nutmeg--complex and rewarding...PALATE: at 8.6% ABV, impressively smooth and medium-bodied; goblet-worthy smoothness with a delayed warming texture ...TASTE: brilliantly caramelized malts that provide a formidable base for the pumpkin puree; bewitching, even/especially for those of us not entirely agog over pumpkin flavored anythings...OVERALL: a victory in the genre...hate to make generalizations, but Southern Tier is bold, flavorful and easily drinkable in seemingly all of their beer profile--a possible Top Five US Brewery, if I were to draft a list...

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Powerful malty nose with a perfume-like vanilla and pumpkin-flesh aroma intertwined. I actually smell pie crust! Perfumy fruity esters present and a whiff of alcohol. Possibly some nutmeg as it warms.

Appearance: Light orange in color with crystal clarity. Large white head with fine bubbles that lasts for some time.

Flavor: Strong malt that was noted in aroma, but not cloyingly sweet. I get some hop flavor and bitterness in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium, but the taste ends with a slight astringency from pumpkin and hop. I do taste vanilla, nutmeg and cooked pumpkin. Some alcohol warming as it goes down.

Overall: Probably the best showcasing of the actual pumpkin flavor I've tasted. The pie crust flavor really takes this to the next level. The sweet flavors are well balanced by bitterness. I really like this one!

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A guilty pleasure. Very far afield from the imperial stouts IPAs or Belgians I might usually drink, but Halloween is but once a year? And this is like the dessert you might drink after another 'serious' beer was consumed as 'main course'.

For once brewer's blurb of 'pumpkin pie in a bottle' is pretty much right on. Suspect they put lot of vanilla in here (or whatever they put in the Crème Brulee, which I don't like) but the pumpkin body and nice cinnamon spice blend kept that sickly sweetness of the vanilla-ish base in proper check for this beer.

Nice deep amber color. The nose actually does not reveal that much of the spice or sweet so when you get the flavors in the taste it's pleasant surprise rather than smells better than taste.

There are many many bad pumpkin beers but this is one of the better. Stands toe to toe with any of Elysian or Dogfish efforts in the pumpkin quasi-style.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,587 ratings
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