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: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. It has a decent lacing on it for 8.6%.

S: Nutmeg and pumpkin aromas with brown sugar and graham cracker.

T: Pumpkin is very noticeable right away followed by spices cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves a long with caramel. The alcohol is masked well for the ABV.

M: Has a medium body with light amount of carbonation.

O: Finely got to try this one and I think it lives up to the hype around it. This is definitely a beer for the pumpkin lover.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden light copper color with a quarter inch cream head that dissipates into nothing.

Graham cracker, ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin comprise the aroma, with clove, a touch of orange peel, and diacetyl adding intrigue. Vanilla comes into play late.

Ginger, butter, and graham cracker dominate the flavor, with cinnamon, clove, and a pumpkin finish rounding out the flavor profile. It's pretty sweet, with underlying caramel malt flavor on the cloying side.

Body is thick and syrupy, with moderate carbonation, and significant alcohol warmth.

The diacetyl and graham cracker flavors that are intentionally added are the icing on the cake that really make this beer pumpkin pie in a glass.

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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy golden orange supporting a thin head leaving nil lace. Smell of pumpkin and light spice. Taste has whats in the aroma with a good punch of the pumpkin and the sweetness of the caramel malt with good balance of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A different enjoyable Imperial that would be good with pumpkin pie.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from the bottle, Pumpking was a copper color with a very slight off-white head. It leaves a generous lacing around the glass to note staying power. The aroma is graham cracker, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pretty much everything else about pumpkin pie except pumpkin. In the initial taste, one get sour pumpkin, cinnamon toward the back of the throat, a heavy dose of clove, and a hint of nutmeg. One gets a little of the sliminess of pumpkin in the mouthfeel and a certain degree of acidity in the slightly thicker than average ale. For my money, I think this is the best pumpkin ale you can buy despite a lack of pumpkin in most phases of the beer. It is a polarizing beer to many because pumpkin is masked to a great degree. Allow the other elements of pumpkin pie appear nicely though.

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey color and clear with white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is marshmellow, pumpkin, and spices.

Taste is like pumpkin pie or bread. Starts out sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Pumpkin breadiness, banana, spice, and cream. Bitterness comes in late to remind you this is beer. Very nice. Got better and more complex as it warmed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall this is a holiday winner. Definitely worth a try even if not your style beer.

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