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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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours with little head and a light amber color that you would expect for a pumpkin ale.
S: the smell is that of a warm baked pumpkin pie and is completely intoxicating. Hands down best bold spice and pumpkin smell available in beers today in my opinion.
T: equally amazing flavor as smell. Light mix of bitterness from hops to compliment the puréed pumpkin flavor this beer highlights.
M: Surprisingly light mouth with a high drink ability compared against other autumn/winter beers available. Medium carbonation.
O: I was skeptical buying this beer for $8 living up to the hype...this blew my understanding of what you could do with pumpkin in beers and is the # 1 must buy for the season so far. If you can find it, buy it in bulk to share with those friends that appreciate a good beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much lighter than I expected. Less the coppery amber I was imagining, more of a heavy straw, like dilute urine. That came out wrong. But it really is the best colour descriptor I can think of, thanks med surg. Small bubbly head, dissipates pretty quickly. Minimal retention, decent lacing.

The nose jumps out (unsurprisingly) with pumpkin spices. There's a decided note of roasted pumpkin seeds that was not entirely expected, but is really inviting. Aside from the gourd itself, I get the spices so essential to a good pumpkin pie: allspice, nutmeg, cloves, all the good stuff. I swear I even get some of the crust in there. Creamy and sweet for certain. There's even a hint of vanilla there to take the place of the whipped cream/ice cream topping, but not as big a presence as the other notes, and certainly not as prevalent as it is in Warlock.

The taste tones it down a little bit, with the caramel malts and hops certainly more noticeable than on the nose. Don't get it twisted, this is not a hoppy beer by any means, just that I didn't really notice it on the nose, but it is here somewhat in the flavour. The sweet pumpkin pie still drives this beer, as well it should. Creamy and round, it's surprisingly drinkable, and the 8.6% is well covered. Not entirely surprisingly, I liked Warlock better (I adore big creamy stouts), but this is a top tier (no pun intended) autumnal liquid. Reading the admonishments that it 'wasn't as good as last year (nothing ever is, is it...)' had me slightly worried, but, having never tasted 'last years,' this stands on its own as an extremely enjoyable beverage experience.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By far one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. I believe this is about as close as one will get to drinking a pumpkin pie.

A- A golden amber, little to no head.

S- The smell had weak notes of vanilla and pumpkin. The aroma did not hit me very hard.

T- Very pumpkinny. Lots and lots of pumpkin. Some cinnamon and vanilla. The taste lines the tongue and sits with you for awhile.

M- Moderate to high carbonation. Lays thick on the tongue. I like the feel of this beer.

O- A great, interesting pumpkin beer. It's great in small doses. The alcohol really hit me. I prefer Schlafly's, but I'd definitely hit this up again and will look forward to this on a yearly basis.

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Photo of ryand14
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Greels
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Kruja5
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Smithperson
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of DillanWeems
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Apotheosis
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Gk187
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla was obvious and inviting and the taste matched the expectations that were set by the smell. The vanilla added a smooth and creamy feeling that was not overtaken by the high alcohol content. On a fall night this beer is a fine way to start and end an evening.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Miguelitoo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Givemebeer
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle poured into my snifter.

A: a light coppery orange not much head retention or lacing

S: the smell is amazing, overwhelming smell of spices and pumpkin

T: spices, pumpkin, and buttery

M: medium bodied

O: doesn't live up to the hype to me. I like my pumpkin beers meatier and not quite as sweet. This is very good though and makes for a wonderful dessert beer.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CreekyJarls
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RaggaD
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of twonder23
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of shacawgo24
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A-Orange, brown like pumpkin pie. A decent thick white head sits atop like whipped cream. Lacing is okay.

S-Vanilla. Cream. Cinnamon. Clove. Like burying my face in a pumpkin pie. Soft pastries like croissants. Eggnog. Bubbling sugar.

T-Vanilla. Buttery pie crust. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. The slightly sour ale taste comes through at the end. Very sweet, yet tastes like beer. Caramel and toffee are detectable.

M-Moderate/medium body. A spice cabinet stimulates and peppers the tongue gently: Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ginger. Not sure which of aforementioned are actually in the beer. Medium carbonation.

O-Not only tastiest pumpkin beer around, it's one of the better tasting brews period. Smell is a work of art. If Pumking looked and felt better this beer would be a whale. Look and feel are great mind you, but get pushed aside by the amazing smell and taste.

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Photo of mds1101
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Luweezy
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of MrJuengling
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,509 ratings.
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