Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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90
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,502
Reviews:
1,951
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
17.21%
 
 
Wants:
513
Gots:
2,216
For Trade:
29
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Triglycerides
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a pint glass:

A: This one pours a nice amber/orange color which really reminds me of fall. with a head that quickly dissipates to a thin white crown without any lacing. Pretty nice appearance here, although a bigger head would be even nicer.

S: Smells just like pumpkin pie, or perhaps some sort of mix between banana bread and pumpkin pie. Smell is pretty strong and inviting, decidedly fall-like.

T: As with the smell, flavors of nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, and allspice dominate. There's also a pretty strong malty backbone lingering in the background, which i'd like to see more of. Faint bitterness on the finish although the brew is generally very mild and rather sweet. Overall, this brew tastes a lot like pumpkin pie in a glass, and there's nothing wrong with that for this style. I do wish that the spices were toned down just a bit so that the other flavours could come through.

M: Very smooth and creamy throughout the sip. However, there's still that faint note of alcohol which is present on the finish. All in all, superbly drinkable.

O: Overall, I think this is a great example of a pumpkin ale. This seasonal classic is certainly something I'll be coming back to next fall, if I fancy some pumpkin ale.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass on Halloween. Thanks for the trade, Gus.

A: Light orange, perhaps an out of season pumpkin orange with shades of hazy yellow. Not much head or lacing.

S: I can smell the pumpkin pie at least five feet away. what a strong smell. So inviting, waiting for me to start the pour.

T: This one delivers. Well worth waiting for. Pumpkin pie with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and attitude. A lightly bitter finish, but that's all right. Sweet, robust and hauntingly tasty.

M: Light to medium with light carbonation.

O: Stands toe to toe with Pumpkinator. If you like pumpkin ales, this one should be on your list. Highly recommended.

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Photo of B33R501
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what's this? an actual southern tier beer i may purchase again? yes creme brulee smells incredible, but a one and done. along with their mediocre choklat, mokah, their terrible harvest ale and the absolute worst barrel aged beer ive had, whatever it was called, backwoods?, wait, let me look it up ... oh, backburner. wow that beer was awful. but i digress.

pretty beer, this was the last beer yesterday after a bourbon county and a fresh pint of high tide, along with capones hot wings my taste buds have been hammered. but this was delicious, drinkable and i gotta try it again on a fresh palate.

big smooth malty blast of i would swear more chocolate and nuts than pumpkin, not sweet at all like their other beers. lots of peanut butter pumpkin flavor (is that a flavor?). wow this was very good.

fantastic on tap, maybe i will try a bottle.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.86/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: This doesn't exactly look like the beer that I know it is. The Pumking pours somewhere between straw-yellow and orange, but leaning orange. There is not much head and what is there evaporates quickly. No lacing.

SMELL: This is what pumpkin beer should smell like, pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, banana bread, cinnamon, clove, allspice and a hint of vanilla all pitch in to make this a wonderful smelling beer. I don't want to finish this because I want to keep my nose in it all night.

TASTE: All of the aromas come through in the flavor as well. The vanilla is a little stronger, there is some nutmeg and a touch of wood noticeable as well. The spices are strong, but the pumpkin most certainly comes through.

MOUTHFEEL: Light carbonation and medium body along with a medium sweetness make this beer very, very easy to drink. There is also no hint of the 8.6% here at all. Smooth and easy.

OVERALL: This is what other beers in the category should strive for. This is an exceptional beer, let alone an exceptional pumpkin ale. The best in class.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 22oz bottle a few weeks ago and saved it specifically for Halloween. Going to pour and review from my stout glass.

A: This beer pours a deep copper color with an orange tint and a thin creamy, white head that leaves some fine bubbles on top.

S: The initial smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie. This beer has a very creamy aroma with some vanilla notes.

T: The taste is of pumpkin pie, more than any other pumpkin beer. Flavors include nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit of clove and pumpkin peel, the real shit!

M: Rich and creamy, has some carbonation but not enough to bring out flavors that are already there.

O: This is a special beer for the Halloween occasion. Perfect aroma and flavor with a good story behind it. If you only have one like me, it deserves to be saved for about this time. Best Pumpkin beer I have had this year!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.6% ABV, 19° P, ingredients. Best served in Goblet @ 40° F, no date.

A - Pumking is a crystal clear shimmering orange amber topped by a well-formed off-white head. After lingering around briefly, the foam seemed to vanish in an instant leaving no lace in it's wake.

S - Pumking bursts fourth with vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream dashed with cinnamon and nutmeg abounding and a drizzle of warm caramel. If that weren't enough, it's all plopped on top of a rich, fresh slice of pumpkin pie. Biscuity malt creates a pie crust smell but the whole combination, which is truly exceptional, is knocked back just a peg by a cooked white rice nose.

T - Almost exactly like the aroma, Pumking is like pumpkin pie with a blob of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkled with a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg, all drizzled with warm caramel topping. That's pretty much what's going on here...until the end when the hops kick in lightly and round out the sweet, creamy beer and give it a nice, moderately dry finish. It's not all dessert though. Grainy pale malt and caramel malt as well as a trace of alcohol spice crosses the palate through the back end.

M - Creamy and smooth at first, the carbonation is present and moderate but does well not disrupting the initial feel of the beer until the finish when there's a light bite upon swallowing. Spices dance on your tongue joyously through the long finish as the hop presence slowly dries out and creates a more crisp feel. Ever-changing and simply amazing, Pumking not only tastes delicious but feels great! And for those cool fall evenings, the faint alcohol also creates a nice warmth.

O - Pumking could be the quint-essential fall beer. Warm and soothing with alcohol, it'll make you feel good on a cold day and really adds to the best season in the universe. Not overly spicy, more pumpkin does the work in developing that sought-after pie-like flavor. Nicely balanced, this pumpkin beer, while strong and assertive, still carries beer characteristics with it,

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,502 ratings.
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