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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +14.8%
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 +23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Murrhey
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass (should have used a snifter) in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thick white head that sunk less quickly than I thought it might. Brown-orange color with somewhat low clarity. Carbonation not terribly active.

S- Pumpkin is present, yes, but booze and spices are the predominant aroma here. Molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon come together to make it smell like a pumpkin pie. A boozy pumpkin pie.

T- Oof. The alcohol got rough here for me. Doesn't hide booze well. Molasses, pumpkin and warming spices flesh out the beer. Nice flavor all alcoholic notes aside.

M- Surprisingly thin.

O- Not the world-class I thought it was going to be, but good nonetheless. Thanks to my buddy Brad in Buffalo, N.Y. for shipping this out here.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of RWLawman
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Hazy orange with a prominent head displaying good retention.

S - Probably the best feature of this beer. The odor is heavily dominated by pumpkin, followed by the presence of brown sugar and faint malts.

T - Best described as pumpkin pie in liquid form. Very sweet flavor which, like the nose, is heavily dominated by pumpkin and followed up by brown sugar. There is the slightest hint of alcohol on the back as well, but certainly nothing offensive about this beer. Delicious.

M - Moderate mouth feel. Enough to coat your mouth. Consistent.

O - Outstanding offering by Southern Tier. I'll look for this every fall.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured Pumking into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear light orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly.

S - Golden graham cracker crust, some light malt.

T - Wow, nice pumpkin spices. It has nutmeg, cinnamon, light pumpkin.

M - For a Imperial Pumpkin Ale I wish it was a little fuller. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - Not too bad, probably will always try the Pumking when fall hits.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of The_Blodge
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A: Crystal clear burnt orange color. Very small head that quickly dissipates.

S: Pie crust and spiced cookies. Almost reminds me of a snickerdoodle. Graham cracker, allspice and definitely nutmeg coming through the nose. No detectable hop presence.

T: Sweet nutmeg and pumpkin pie flavor. Not cloyingly sweet though. Very nicely balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Finishes with a graham cracker flavor that lingers.

M: Medium body with a coating on the tongue that carries the flavor through in the finish.

O: I have never been a big fan of this type of spiced ale. Although, I must say, this is an excellent example of this style. Pumpkin ales I have had in the past did not deliver the pumpkin flavor that this truly does. Well done. Surprisingly drinkable, this would make a great holiday beer to share with friends and family.

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3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: orange clear, with little head that dissipates quickly and next to no lacing
S: graham cracker, allspice, pumpkin, ginger. Smells like a great dessert.
T: initial taste is exactly like smell, sweet, almost the taste of pumpkin bread. Grassiness comes in shortly, and a bitterness that doesn't quite mix with the initial flavors.
M: sweet mealtimes that coats tongue throughout. Little bite of spice up front, and the bitterness grabs the tongue a second, but that combined with the alcohol content leads to a slightly metallic taste that doesn't linger.
O: thought this could be really good from the smell, but the middle-to-end flavors are just a little too much of a contrast from the start (which, granted, is a little sweet).

Edit: as the beer warmed slightly, the contrast lessened slightly.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,593 ratings
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