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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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Sliverx for this one. Need it for the tick...

A: Pours a nice translucent light amber with very little head. There are just a few bubbles along the edges of the glass. No lacking as it drinks.

S: the nose is candies sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and mild banana.

T: this beer is sweet to start, a touch fruity and some mild banana. The spices come on strong next, with a big dose of nutmeg. I get some cinnamon, but this is nutmeg like whoa. The finish is sweet, spicy, and boozy.

M: medium bodied beer. It hits the palate, takes control, and moves off. I get some lingering spice and alcohol on the back end.

O: decent beer for a fall/pumpkin seasonal. But it's mega sweet (as is to be expected from southern tier), and the nutmeg can get a bit intense at points.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really searched for this one during my pumpkin ale kick this fall, but came up empty-handed. But thanks to the master of mutton-chops, Dave, I now have pumpkin beer royalty in my glass as we speak. Cheers!

Brewed seven months before the date of this tasting (“DOB – 09/12/12”).

A: Pours a brilliant, completely transparent orange with an impossible amount of carbonation – looks like a freshly-shaken snowglobe. The head looks about the same, sizzling, popping, and dropping as soon I finish the pour, though the storm of carbonation rising up through the glass keep some nice retention afloat.

S: An aromatic treat; each whiff garners rich, bready, spicy aromas of cinnamon coffee cake, pecan, baked pumpkin, and toasted pie crust. As inviting a nose as I could imagine, without giving off that syrupy character that many sweet beers tend to do. Finally, a beer that truly nails the pumpkin pie aroma.

T: A strong pumpkin flavor hits first, fleshy and sweet, with that dull, earthy twang of the real thing – no canned pie filling here. This is a sweet palate, sure, but it never gets cloying; it gets close, though, as pecan pie, buttery brown sugar, and sugar cookie tastes build on top of the pumpkin base. Piney, herbal hops help cut the sweetness, propping up the cinnamon, allspice, and slight alcoholic tastes at the back of the palate. Finishes with a dry, hoppy, and grainy taste, like a pilsner with more lingering sugar – it’s a dessert beer from start to finish.

M: Medium body with a small amount of carbonation (really just enough to keep it from being too sugar-centric). Nothing seems syrupy about this beer, which is a welcome change from sweet beers like Crème Brulee.

O: Pumking is the definitive pumpkin beer for a reason; pouring a glass immediately calls for turkey and yams. Southern Tier, welcome to my November lineup.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,607 ratings