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Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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

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#2,676
Reviews:
1,980
Ratings:
7,593
pDev:
17.04%
Bros Score:
3.59
 
 
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Ratings: 7,593 |  Reviews: 1,980
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a vibrantly clear amber hue forms a light thin white head and as it dwindles lacing sticking to the glass was pretty minimal. This was on tap at Fathead's a couple weeks ago, I had to give in to the Imperial Pumpking, plus I have this whole infatuation thing going on with most of Southern Tier's brews. Aromatics caramel roasted nutty brown sugar with melted butter, whipped cream, and an air of popcorn Jelly Belly jellybeans. Spices and alcohol are flowing as well but the nutmeg, allspice combo don't stick out as much compared to other pumpkin ales out there. Flavors bring to mind pumpkin chiffon pie with pumpkin puree', cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg with a whipped cream sweetness but once again that buttery popcorn flavor came out thank god my portion was a 12oz snifter. Alcohol enters the mix with a smooth burn, but it's hard to get over that "circus peanut" candy marshmallow creaminess it just gets cloying. Mouthfeel is full bodied syrupy sticky with residual sugars creamy bodied with even carbonation flows decently well in small sips. Drinkability is for me an absolute dessert only beer really hard to throw this into a drinking session, plus the high abv can stick it to ya. I applaud the effort to be original with the pumpkin ales but this extreme imperial effort fell short compared to the rest of Southern Tier beers on the market.

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Photo of tapman
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle.

Pumpkin in color; color is a brown orange. 1 1/2 finger slightly off-white head-its practically white until you observe it under intense scrutiny. Looks to be a full bodied ale.

Candy caramel, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. Oh, did I say Pumpkin? Graham crackers ad pie crust are also apparent. Yea, you can't miss that. Hops are not very apparent, but who cares, it smells dilicious.

Vanilla and caramel with cinnamon and nutmeg. Creamy, butterscotch taste in the finish. Tangy, bitterness in the after taste which I can attribute to hops, which are magnum and Sterling according to the label. This beer is so good, like liquid pumpkin pie. 9%, never evened noticed until I re-read the bottle.

Mouthfeel is creamy like a Frapacino and thick. The balance is incredible between creamy and thick. Anybody would love this texture. Still a slight carbonation bite.

I know, this is a huge review. 5s almost accross the oard. I do believe, however, that on BA we review according to the style as well as personal taste. This is perhaps one of the better pumpkin ales out there. It beats the heck out of Bufalo Bill's, O'Fallons, Blue Moon... weriously, nothing can touch this brew. Don't believe me, go try some, become addicted, and support the brewery to make more of this year round. Truly exceptional.

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Photo of ozzyj1
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very well balanced between malty beer flavor and pumpkin spice flavors. The aroma was rich malt with a scent like a pumpkin cookie? It had a good malty backbone with a very good pumpkin pie flavor complemented with nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices.

Very drinkable. The mouthfeel was rich and most importantly balanced. The flavor was sorta a custard-like texture of pumpkin pie along with a beer malty background.

Well done and keep up the good work!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inarguably the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. This beer was delicious, with what tasted a great deal like a very good pumpkin pie with tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. Even the mouthfeel, which was smooth and rich, reminded me of the custard-like texture of pumpkin pie.

The beer poured a rich copper red color with abundant and durable head atop it. Aroma was fantastic - tons of warm winter-feeling spices, like opening a spice cabinet or entering a spice shop. Mouthfeel and flavor were as I've described above, and superlative, particularly for this style.

Highly recommended. If this beer is sold in your area this fall, go out and get some!

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost clear honey color with a modest, but frothy head that leaves a reasonable splashing of lace

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sweetened cornbread

Taste: Opens with a rich pumpkin and spice flavor, which becomes increasingly spicey by mid-palate; after the swallow, the cornbread flavor builds, sweet and buttery; the finish has some alcohol on it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the swallow

Drinkability: A big, flavorful pumpkin brew; among the best if not the very best

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Photo of msolar
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last time I tried this, I only gave it a 3.45 which, in hindsight, it about a full point too low. A beer-buddy and I did a "Pumpkin Lineup" last night and the Pumpking was by far the most desired beer.

This beer is a league of it's own. It has a very unique flavor that we didn't find with any other pumpkin beers. While most seemed to taste of cinnamon and nutmeg, the Pumpking smelled and tasted better - very similar to pumpkin pie.

We couldn't find any on the shelves at the local store and had to ask. I'm certainly going to go out of my way to get this again - next time, a case.

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Photo of tpd975
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came from BeerTruth.... Who else my hookup for everything ST, actually my hookup for nearly everything.

A: Pours a nice amber orange color with minimal bubbles and an average head.

S: Absolutely dynamite. A perfect 5 no doubt about it. It is a perfect match of Pumpkin and spice. The best pumpkin pie on earth could not rival this aroma.

T: Pumpkins and spice. Wow this one is so complex. Fresh roasted pumpkin and all the nice spices found in pie. Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and a hint of All Spice. Wonderful taste.

M: Nice, Light and Smooth.

D: Drinkable, but a bomber is almost too much for one person. A great single glass dessert beer. I put the whole bottle down myself though.

Overall: The greatest Pumpkin beer on earth. That being said I haven’t had a few of the other highly rated ones but to be honest I can't see anyone outdoing this one. Pure dessert in a bottle. I am going to make a pumpkin float out of my last remaining bottle as dessert after Thanksgiving dinner. Can't wait to try it out. As always thanks a million to BeerTruth a true BA trading god.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy God, Jesus, Lucifer, Steven Wright...
This smells of pumpkin bread.
I don't want to know how they did it...
I'm not sure I want to know...
They might have to kill me.
The scent knocks me over, I pick myself off the floor, take another whiff...
repeat.
The flavor is a bit different than what you might expect given the scent, but you can see how it makes sense. I recently tried a soy vanilla chai that reminds me quite a bit of this. Perhaps something of vanilla, a clear creamyness...nutty pumpkin bread is in here though. Some smatterings of tea flavor, maybe.
One bomber of this may be plenty as far as what the palate can handle, but at 9% that is plenty fine drinkability. Not precisely dessert in a bottle but it could easily serve as one, or pair really well with cake of some sort. Yes, definitely pair this with a pastry if you're going to eat something.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Southern Tier bomber etched on label bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours clear light glowing orangy amber. Long lasting near white head. The expected pumkiny/fall spicied nose. Plenty of more pumpkin notes in this full flavor, strong fall seasonal, sweetness and a winey note late. Nice fall sipper, with a long, spicy finish. More quality brew from ST. Not my favorite style, but I would go for this one again, if it a was fall and I had a hankering for a decent drinking pumpkin style brew.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Completely transparent amber (pumpkin) colored body that pours with one finger white head. Head has medium strength retention but eventually fades to nothing. No collar. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Wow. A big whiff of pumpkin hits first. Big cinnamon and nutmeg spices hit second with a solid caramel malt backbone.

T- Lots of pumpkin flavor upfront with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt. Finish is slightly stronger than initial flavor with the addition of a spicy hop bite. Lots of pumpkin, caramel, and spiciness linger on the palate. This tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. It really does. 100% like liquid pumpkin pie.

M-Low carbonation and reasonably thick mouthfeel. Somewhat difficult to swallow.

D- This is the most pumpkin tasting pumpkin ale I have had as of yet. And 9% ABV? I never would have guessed that. There is no detection of alcohol anywhere in this brew. I really love Southern Tier and I am on a Southern Tier kick right now. They really put out great beers that are great examples of the style. As far as Pumpkin Ales go-I do think I enjoy Weyerbacher a hair more due to its spiciness; but this brew definitely has more authentic pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier- Pumking

Bombers, limited time, at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Golden orange with a smal sticky head.
S- Big thick Pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust aroma.
T- Basically, liquid pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, Graham craker, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla
M- Thick and creamy moist pumpkin pie throughout. Slighty cloying though.

Overall- By far the closest to pumpkin pie I've ever tasted in a beer! 1 bomber is enough though.

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Photo of mobud
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.
A- Dark pumpkin color that was crystal clear. No real head to talk about. Short foam that goes quickly.

S- Rich pumpkin pie smell without being overbearing.

T- Pumpkin pie tasty with a little sweetness on the back end. The alcohol also comes into play late in the sample as it warms up.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- Not bad, but not my first choice. It was nice to try a different spin on a popular seasonal style.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head. There was a couple spots of lacing, but they were little.

This is probably the best smelling pumpkin ale I have to date .There is actually pumpkin in there...not just the pie spices. Good amount of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and even a bit of a graham cracker crust scent lingers in the background.

The flavor is top of the class, also. All the elements of the aroma blended together in liquid form. It's like having your jaw wired shut and drinking your pumpkin pie through a straw. Amazingly good. The sweetness that's gets stronger as I go along is the only draw back with this one.

This beer is creamy with lighter carbonation. The bomber emptied rather quickly on me. Oh well, guess I will have to go get another.

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Photo of flowerysong
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy light orange, off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Smells like pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust.

Taste: Highly spiced, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Caramel and grain notes, medium bitterness and a definite fleshy pumpkin taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent. Good flavour, fairly well balanced. Better with a meal than on its own.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice deep amber color. Not that much head retention
Aroma: This is where this beer truly excels. It smells like just baked pumpkin pie. After you pour the beer smell the empty bottle. Weird like popcorn jelly bellies.
Flavor: Real good balance between the pumpkin flavor and the spices. Nice note of hops in the middle
Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy
Other comments: I love pumpkin ales so this was definitely worth the $9. Too bad you can only get it once a year. This is my second favorite pumpkin to Bethlehem Brewing's

Update. This might be my desert island beer.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one-finger thick off-white head into an oversized goblet. the head leaves a thin ring of lace and sheeting throughout. the body was bright and alive and the color of copper.
s - smells overwhelmingly like toasted pumpkin bread.
t - hints of allspice, grainy breadiness with a sweet caramel finish. it's the finish that begins to taste like pumpkin pie to me.
m - medium bubbly mouthfeel.
d - nicely done. goes down smooth and really takes this style to a whole other level.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this twice and sharing both times, this seems like an ideal way to try it. A full bomber may get to be a little much for one person, due to the heavier mouthfeel and spice level.

Pours a cloudy orange, plenty of foam that settles to a skim. Big aroma of pumpkin purée, nutmeg, and clove. Sort of earthy and bready. Not too sweet or spicy in the nose, very inviting.

First sip delivers a big pumpkin wallop with some dry nutmeg/cinnamon in the aftertaste. It has some breadiness, contributing to a fuller mouthfeel. The spices kind of hang around in the back of the throat with a light bitterness. Everything is big and pretty well balanced. Like I mentioned before, this is a good one to share, not exactly a sessioner.

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Photo of Ranic
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at The Gingerman in NYC and had never heard of it before, so I decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Clear dark orange without much foam.

Smell: I was completely blown away when I first took a sniff. It smells exactly like pumpkin pie, spices and all. I really didn't expect it to smell as spicy and as much like a pie as it did, but it was definately a pleasant surprise.

Taste: Very creamy and spicy. I sort of wish that it was a little less creamy because it was almost a bit too much for me. Other than that, this was one tasty beer. The spices weren't overpowering and I didn't even notice the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

Drinkability: I loved drinking this beer. I love the desert character that the spices and the pumpkin bring to the table, and I can definitely see myself sipping a few of these after a good meal or while relaxing in front of the television.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A perfectly clear orange beer with very little carbonation. Even with a hard pour, not much of a head forms.

S- Pumpkin pie with lots of buttery crust. The spices are wonderful. The 9% alcohol is not apparent at all.

T- Very good, but something is a little off to me. The spice and pumpkin flavors are very strong and great, but there is a harsh rubber flavor to it as well.

M- Very creamy with just the right amount of spiciness. The alcohol is a tad drying.

D- Very rich and flavorful. This was actually kind of beastly. This is the king of pumpkin beers, but it is not necessarily the best one.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-14-07

Pours a crystal clear orange color, with a fizzy white head that fades quickly.

Smell is gingerbread, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and huge pumpkin. Like a pie in a glass.

Taste is...wow. Pumpkin pie flavors dominate, sweet caramel malt reminds you that it's beer. I can even pick out the whip cream on top. The alcohol adds a pleasant warming, without being noticeable. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is perfect, hugely creamy and dense.

Drinkability is good, but it is extremely sweet.

Overall, the best pumpkin beer you will ever try. I'm going to pick up several more before the season is over.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a fluffy two finger head. Some big bubbles remain on the surface when the head recedes. Some spotty lacing dots the glass.

Smell: loads of pumpkin and spices come through.

Taste: caramel, cinammon, nutmeg, and pumpkin are the main components. There is a bit of breadiness here too. The pumpkin does not taste fake like some other pumpkin beers. Nice bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start. Softer towards the finish. Medium bodied. Mild aftertaste.

Drinkability: great tasting and easy to quaff pumpkin beer. I always thought DFH had the best pumpkin ale, but this is right there with it.

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Photo of ABCBeer
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After trying many different pumpkin ales through the years this is definitely the best ever! I was a little unsure about this 9% abv pumpkin beer but after you have one taste you know this stuff is great. The appearance looks great, the smell is amazing with the smell of hops, pumpkin, and spices. The taste is a mouthful of flavors with lingering suprises after you take a drink. The mouthfeel has a nice body but not too rich or thick and not too thin or watery, just right. For a 9% abv beer it is very easy to drink, I counldn't see having any problem sitting down and drinking a few bottles (22oz) of this stuff. It is truly the best pumpkin ale ever made and is rightfully named as the Pumking! Southern Tier once again creates a masterpiece of a beer. Can't wait to see what they have in store for the future.

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Photo of sleazo
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times, been meaning to review.

A-pours a medium brownish orange with a ice 1.5 finger white finger head.

S-Wow, this is more about the pumpin than the spices. you get a big whiff of buttery roasted pumpkin with hints of the assorted pie spices and graham crust. I really have never smelled anything like this before.

T-Rich waves of sweet caramel malt and roasted pumpkin hit the palatte upon first sip. Then you get hit by a mid swallow generic hop bitterness. The aftertaste brings the spices. There is a subdued ginger, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a good balance of sweetness from the caramel and bitterness from the hops and spices.. There is also a certain nuttiness here which seems as if they used pumpkin seeds somehow in the brew. I am not sure if they did but it tastes like it. Also for the % you do not get any alcohol, it is very well hidden. The roasted quality of the malts and pumpkin are very evident as well as a nice underlying vanilla tone.

M-medium bodied and medium carboation. Pushes the flavour through the mouth well.

D-This one lives up to the hype. This is more roasted pumpkin with spices than pumpkin pie. Really unique and more pumpkin flavoured than any other "pumpkin ale" I have had. This actually makes me rethink what I know about the style.

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Photo of morayeel
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best pumpkin ales I ever had.

I spent more time smelling this ale then drinking it. The smell is like a pumpkin pie when it comes out of the oven.

The taste is very pleasant like your eating a piece of pumpkin pie. Very nice hint of all spice and cinnamon that are balanced perfect.

I thought the drink ability was great you could sit down and have several of these on a fall day while watching the leaves change colors.

Very nice semi orange color with a nice but not to thick foam on top when poored from the bottle.

Great Job by the Southern Tier Brewing group on this Pumpkin Ale!!!

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Photo of genog
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber, orange, brownish color with thick and creamy white head. Lacing on this one is fair and does not stick around for too long. Aroma is thick, heavy, and reminds me of grandmas kitchen on thanksgiving (although, we always had thanksgiving at my parents... odd); Caramel, cookie dough, sweet cinnamon and vanilla, and PUMPKIN of course. This one smells like a freshly baked pumpkin pie and I feel like I can put whip cream on the top of this one. Taste is heavily sweet with all the above aromas now tickling the palate. I find some cinnamon and nutmeg and this flavor lasts a while. Delicious beer to share, since it is a heavy one.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,593 ratings
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