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 rajendra82
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer looked orange in color like the flesh of a pumpkin, with a striking clarity. There wasn't much of a head, and the carbonation bubbles formed wispy streamers. The smell was quite a bit like pumpkin pie, with the vegetable smell mixing with cinnamon, and dough. The taste was much more intense than I was expecting, as there were flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg up front, followed by a surprising hop presence. The interplay between sweet, spicy, and bitter was very well done. The finish was dry, and showcased the spices. The body was a little thicker than medium, with a little sticky coating in the mouth. I usually don't go for pumpkin beers, but picked this up based on the recommendation of the store owner, and glad I did.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of JasonSiedman
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of beernet
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:Color is not quite copper, but not quite light amber, but somewhere in between. Clarity is typical for beers of this color.

There was low foam on the pour, which was disappointing. The foam that did appear lasted for less than two minutes. Mild carbonation.

Aroma: Strong hints of nutmeg at first smell, with pumpkin and faint smell of cinnamon. Not a layered smell that has front and back hints, but more of all at once.

Palate: Slight cling to the tongue, pretty much goes to back of mouth. Mild carbonation in mouth in swirl.

Taste: Aftertaste is too bitter this year. The flavors of nutmeg, pumpkin, and cinnamon don't pull through on the first taste.

Overall: This year's run is not bad, but I think 2011's run had more body and layered flavors. The bitterness at the end ruins the light flavors on first tasting for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of dllman25
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of eatmorepizza
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A little strong on the spice, which is nice because too many seasonal beers are overly sweet without the character. Looks like a typical golden, lightly amber color. Mid to low carbonation from the 22 oz bottle. This was my second try of the season, which was consistent with the first. Definitely pick one or two up.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of lindsaylandeen
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love pumpkin beers and this one took the cake. As soon as you hold it up to drink it the smell of fall goodness is right there! I have tried many different ones and this is hands down my fav. Southern Tier is one of my favorite brewery's. I just recently found them and have liked everything i have tried. I'm not sure how I missed them!

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Photo of kushlash23
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of wborr82
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan with a 1 inch foamy head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Nutmeg, pumpkin spices, cinnamon, yams, brown sugars, everything that a pie of pumpkin pie smells like.

Taste - First sip is straight upfront pumpkin and spices, along with a malty caramel flavor, and a bitter hoppy backbone. The cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin is a bold and flavorful treat and is the feature flavor here. The hops add a bitter backbone that comes out in the finish. A little alcohol warmth comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of pumpkin pie flavors coat the tongue. Palate gets more malts, spices and a hop bitterness. The aftertaste is warm, pumpkin flavored and a little bitter.

Overall - Solid and tasty. One of the better pumpkin beers out there. Maybe a little over hyped but still good enough to enjoy to get you ready for the fall seasons.

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Photo of PumkingBeau
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

4 growlers later and going to hit the Pittsburgh beer distributors for the 7 cases I have on order across two beer distributors. Hard to get yet only 2 and 1/2 hours away from where we live. So we make the pilgrimage up to the brewery at least 3 times over the Autumn season. We haven't even hit September yet and have hit the brewery 3 times...Yo Bitch. So the scoop is, ST will have bottles weekend of Labor Day, for now it's $5 glasses and Growlers. So we are getting primed for the upcoming season. The Warlock which comes out in September should be tasty, I'm already thinking Black & Orange with the King /Warlock. Actually had some King left at the bottom of a growler which sat for 2 weeks in the fridge... Talk about taste coming out... Yeah it lost carbonation Bitches but the flavor was 10 times more intense... This beer winters well. If you read this far on more piece of TRIVIA... ST made more Pumking this year than they did of all their beers in 2011, this from the wife of one of the owners.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,515 ratings.
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