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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1.95/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

OK, I now know I probably just don't like this style. I love Southern Tier so I figured this was a good bet for my first pumpkin beer. But I thought it was just awful and poured it out after 1/4 glass. I like spiced beers but the spices here not only overwhelm the standard beer ingredients; they are just distasteful. Other types of beers are an acquired taste, but I think you have to be born with a taste for something like this.

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3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden yellow, with a touch of head and lace.

S - Vanilla, pumpkin, spices

T - Spices, cotton candy, vanilla. A little disappointing..

M - Light bodied, not much aftertaste

O - I tried this 2 years ago, but thought I got a skunked bottle. Turns out I did, however, it still tastes like candy corn, but much better with carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer so many times and so many different ways. The most unique being drinking it from draft, while sipping on a shot glass of vanilla vodka. It's quite interesting if anyone ever wants to try it.

A: Dark blonde with a red hue. When poured a beautiful white head forms.

S: Hands down the best part about this beer. You stick your face in it and just get amazing flavors. Nutmeg, Vanilla, Graham Cracker Crust, just what you imagine of fall.

T: The best way I describe it is liquified pumpkin pie. Up front you get the delicious malt, middle is more of the spice of the beer, and back is just a tiny bitterness from the hops.

M: Extremely light for the higher alcohol content. Goes down like a session beer when it shouldn't.

O: I've drank a lot of pumpkin beers, dog fish punkin being the last one, but nothing tops the king. It is hands down, the best pumpkin beer out there.


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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

aged 1 year.

A: Dark copper, orange. slight off white head. very light.

S: pumpkin pie. nutmeg. dark roasted pumpkin. cinnamon and a slight roast malt. a little squash. MMM

T: More pumpkin pie! a whipped cream essence lol . decadent pumpkin and deep spice. cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. the sweetness is there but quite mild. not too complex but balanced nicely.

M: Creamy. medium bodied with a quick squash finish.

O i love this beer. put a year on it and its even better. the syrup sweetness goes and it balances nicely. pumpkin pie in a glass / 92

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2.02/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Had this on tap, after hearing all sorts of hype from friends and beer-enthusiasts.

This might actually be one of the worst beers I've ever tasted. I can honestly say that I enjoyed Yuengling Light more than I enjoyed this. Had I bought a bottle of it, it might have actually qualified for my first drain-pour-beer of all time.

Appearance: couldn't take too good of a look due to the dimly lit bar, but it seemed to be a fairly nice copper color. Couldn't tell if I just had a shitty bartender or if it was inherent to the beer, but I had no head whatsoever.

Smell: I get a HUGE whiff of cinnamon and graham cracker, maybe a bit of bread and nutmeg. Quite honestly, nothing that pleasant. None of these aromas really come together in a coherent or enticing manner. Not impressed.

Taste: a little bit of bitterness mixed with a HORRID creamed-corn flavor. I get the cinnamon and nutmeg, and maybe a little bit of graham cracker, but to be quite honest, the creamed-corn flavor is undeniable. If somebody had blindfolded me and not told me that I were supposed to be drinking a pumpkin beer, I would NEVER even consider it for a second.

Mouthfeel: a little bit watery, but disgustingly sweet at the same time - less in the flavor, but more in the sense that this beer felt grainy and almost disgustingly sweet. Each sip was, quote honestly, painful.

Overall: save yourself the money. This beer honestly gets by on its reputation alone. I cannot fathom why anybody would be impressed by this brew, but alas, to each their own.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,517 ratings.
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