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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter during a tasting with my dad and brother.

Pours an attractive amber/orange color with minimal white head.

Smells fantastic. Slightly burnt toast, but everything is sweet and spicy. I get sweet malt, cinnamon and nutmeg spices. I really get a strong gingersnap aromas.

Flavors match the nose, basically. Gingersnap is not as dominate and but or still tastes like cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is crisp but smooth, medium carbonation. Decent hop aftertaste? Prob my least favorite characteristic. Takes little away.

Overall, this is my favorite pumpkin beer, for that I have to give it a high overall rating. Very tasty. Some will disagree, but I'm a huge fan. Cheers.

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

this beer is a polarizer for sure, but if you like pumpkin beers, youve got to love pumking! it pours a very understated pale pumpkin color, right on que, with a few inches of lazy and patient white foam. the nose is incredible, as much like a christmas cookie as a pumpkin pie, this beer has staying power beyond fall into the holiday season because of its unique spice bouquet, which prominently features clove, vanilla, and allspice. there is less squashy aromatics and forward flavors in the draft version than from the bottle, im not sure why. it still tastes like fresh raw pumpkin, but i think the spices intensify in the keg somehow. its still well balanced, with sweet cookie malt and gentle cinnamon up front and the vegetable spice finish on the back end without all the sugary vibes woud expect. the alcohol is also dangerously well disguised. the mouthfeel i thought was also exceptional, really smooth but not heavy at all for a beer of this magnitude. overall one of the best pumpkin beers out, and not least because of its wide seasonal appeal. amazingly well made, this could be southern tiers best offering.

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22oz bomber poured into Revolution imperial pint glass:

Pours a very clear bright pale orange with a two finger frothy off white head that slowly recedes to a patchy quarter finger creamy head. Aroma is graham cracker crust, pumpkin pie spices, and vegetable sweetness. Big sweetness up front is followed by mouth coating spices. Like drinking liquid pumpkin pie. No perceptible alcohol. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Smooth and creamy, just a little sweater and it would be cloying. First time reviewing Pumking after having it numerous times. Among the best pumpkin beers available. Big and bold like Southern Tier does best. I can see how some would be put off by Pumking, its a love/hate beer.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,537 ratings.
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