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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22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Review date 8/25/2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange-copper color. Looks mostly clear with a bit of chill haze. The pour generates a very thin layer of head that dissipates very quickly. No real lacing to speak of on the glass. Alcohol legs evident on the sides of the goblet. Only a few stray bubbles of carbonation rise to the top of the glass.

Smell: Right up front, I get a lot of pumpkin pie spice aroma (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon). Underneath it there are some graham cracker notes, and some pumpkin that start to emerge. On the end, there are some slight caramel hints, with a little bit of a sweet, whipped cream/vanilla aroma revealing itself too. Reminds of pumpkin pie, definitely. A very nice smelling beer.

Taste: A lot of sweetness upfront, followed by a strong spicy note represented by that baking, pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) matching the nose. As it gets to the middle of the tongue, some more of the pumpkin flavor comes out, followed by a bready, graham-like taste and hints of a ginger flavor emerge. As carbonation flows over the tongue, it finishes with a fading, fizzy bitterness, and the alcohol tastes start to come out as well. Boozy tasting at the end.

Mouthfeel: Interesting feel on this one. Seems deceptively thin at first, but as it travels through the mouth it picks up a smooth, creaminess that coats the tongue. Some tingling and warmth on the finish from that alcohol.

Overall: Pumking is definitely an interesting take on the pumpkin beer. It does achieve in evoking thoughts of pumpkin pie and the autumn season. Drinking one definitely feels like it's time to bring on the season. I enjoy having one of these in the season, but I don't find it something I would really seek out all the time or of which I'd buy excessive quantities. Still, it's definitely worth a try as the legend it is. Those that enjoy it really seem to love it, so there is value in finding out if it meshes well with your palate. During the season it seems to available just about anywhere, and at $6.99 a bottle (in this area, at least), it is reasonably priced, so it's worth at least one try.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,608 ratings