Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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Photo of WesWes
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pumpkin scent that's almost pie-like. This has got to be the best aroma on a pumpkin beer ever. Not only do you smell the pumpkin, but you can smell the spices and the crust. The taste is awesome. This is as close to heaven in a bottle as you can get. This would be great with Thanksgiving dinner. It's liquid dessert. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a fantastic seasonal; maybe the best fall seasonal ever.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amberish brown with thick head.

Smell: Strong pumpkin spice and malt.

Taste: Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, some pumpkin, malt and a strong vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation and smooth / creamy.

Drinkability: Nice pumpkin ale with a slightly different twist because of the vanilla flavors I tasted. Still prefer Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale though!

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Photo of weeare138
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this bomber...
Appears a copper toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out into nothing. Tiny remnants of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of buttery playdough, and pumpkin scented wax candles...I'm at a loss of words. I just wasn't digging it from the first smell.
Taste isn't as bad as the aromas but there's this buttery pumpkin flavor that is just strange to me.
Mouthfeel is buttery sweet and bitter...odd.

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Photo of
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle, enjoyed on Halloween, of course!

Very clear, pumpkin orange/gold. Formed a small, off white, creamy head. Not much in the way of lacing or legs.

Scent was composed of cinnamon and allspice, basically all the stuff you get from a pumpkin pie. Brown sugar. Buttery pie crust?

Not quite liquid pumpkin pie, but a very full spice profile. Pumpkin can be tasted, but pretty hard to find. Alcohol is noticed, but not obnoxious. Caramel and toffee in the middle, some roast notes as well, but overall quite sweet. Almond flavor. Finish is quite bitter, grassy/herbal.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Rather dry.

Very complex. In the other pumpkin beers I have tried, I've enjoyed the more subtle ones (DFH, Smutty). Count this one as a win for the more "in your face" versions. Only complaint is that the pie spices seemed to linger a bit much in the aftertaste.

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Photo of alexgash
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear, medium copper body with golden edges. Small, tight, lacy, off-white head. Nose is wow! Buttery pecans, pumpkin pie, toffee ice cream, candied bananas, and a holiday spice cabinet. I like how the spice is backed by outlandishly toffee-soaked malts and fruity ester depth.

The taste does not disappoint! Starts off with toasted malts and subtle spicy hops. And then the spices and toffee malt goodness come on strong. Caramel corn sweetness and butteriness take center stage, accompanied by pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, white chocolate, and candied pecans. Finish is sweet and caramel-y with lingering spices and faint spicy hop bitterness. Slightly warming. Full-bodied with a sticky, mouth-coating feel. Very well done! By far the best pumpkin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of jrjohnso
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers but this one stands out. The guys at Southern Tier did another big beer spot on. They probably make the best Big Beer series of any brewer right now with this, Unearthly, Jahva, Hoppe, Heavy Weizen, and more.

22oz bomber poured into a goblet. 1st taste was too cold at refridgerator temp, then allowed to warm up. Flavor was present throughout.

Big aroma of fresh biscuity malt combined with some kind of pumpkin pie spice. Similar great taste to match.

This is one beer to savor over a crisp fall night. A version all the sweet artificial tasting pumpkin beers can aspire to be.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick light tan head when poured hard on a pretty clear orange body.
S- Big pumpkin aroma with lots of spices like cloves and the other regular spices. There is one spice that does stand out from the norm but I can't put my finger on what it is. Light grass hops are also found in it.
T- It's a nice blend between actual pumpkin and the spices to make a pumpkin pie. Starts out with spices and slowly turns to pumpkin and then they meet in a nice middle for the aftertaste. Alcohol does come through stronger than most pumpkin beers but nothing to get a warming from. Light bitterness on mid and tip of tongue left from the grass hops. Cloves, pumpkin, and grass hops are left in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- Its a damn good pumpkin beer, especially for my first one of the season.

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Photo of becktone
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Beautiful clear copper in color with gold yellow highlights near the bottom of the glass. Excellent lacing, but head retention could use a bit of work, it settles out to what is better described as a thick film.

Nose: Absolutely the most unique aroma I've ever encountered from a pumpkin ale. The aroma reminds me of fresh pies on Thanksgiving. . There is a spiciness to it upfront, and most notably an aroma that I closely associate with homemade pie crust, the kind with the crushed up graham crackers that get cooked with sugar and butter. All I can say is that the beer smells great, unexpected for a pumpkin ale, but I can see this one being real good.

Tongue: Complex flavor profile here....unlike any brew I've ever had before, there is a lot here I can't put my finger on...but I'll still try. That crust-type of flavor is there again. There isn't as much of the traditional pumpkin pie spice in this brew, however I really like it. This is one unique brew and it sets itself apart from others in the style. Perhaps the main spice I am picking up here is allspice? Little bitterness from hops, alcohol and spices give balance to this brew. ....ha got it! The aroma and crust like flavor actually remind me of vanilla, you know those sugar cookies that they sell at grocery stores with the colored icing on top...yeah really reminds me of that. One smell and you'll know exactly which cookies I'm talking about. Believe it or not, I can actually taste a bit of pumpkin here, I'm not talking about spices I'm talking about the way a can canned 100% pumpkin smells when opened, its right there in the back, pretty faint.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This brew has a good body, nice and full and carbonation doesn't get in the way either. Finish is great, leaving an aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. This is a beer I'll seek out again. Mind you, this isn't the typical pumpkin ale, it is very unique however, it is very good. I don't know if I'd classify this in the same class as Dogfish Head and Schlafly since these are something that is almost completely different in style. In my mind they are traditional pumpkin ales, whereas this isn't, hey, as the label says, Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It is different from a pumpkin ale, I don't know how to describe this, you'll just have to try it for yourself. I guess you could say its kind of like comparing Granny Smith Apples to Crab apples or Kumquats to Oranges-same family but different.

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Photo of number1bum
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a golden color with excellent clarity, quite a few bubbles rising to the top and a good two fingers of off-white head on top. Retains only a thin lace around the rim but does leave some stick.

Smell is absolutely like pumpkin pie. And the amazing thing is that it not only has the spices that many other pumpkin ales achieve, like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, but it actually smells like the pumpkin component also! Amazing, truly a revelation.

Not only does this smell like pumpkin pie, it tastes like it too! An incredible blend of pumpkin pie spices, but they're not overdone. And beneath it is a wonderfully sweet pumpkin-flavored (how the hell did they achieve that?) malty base. After trying many other pumpkin ales that don't taste anything near this good, I'm shocked. The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with a hefty medium-body, and this is as drinkable as any pumpkin ale I've had.

My goodness, I never thought I would say this about a pumpkin ale, but this is an incredible beer! I have found the one pumpkin ale that is worth coming back to again and again and again. I can only hope that this is an annual seasonal. Wow. Not sure what else to say...wow.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know where this came from or even who bought it but it was on the table at a friends place last week when we were sampling beers and man was it a find. Don't know anything about the brewery but after trying this and their Hoppe Pale Ale I'm gonna do some research on these guys.

It came from a 22 oz bottle with some pretty cool artwork on it. The beer poured an orange/rust color that was very clear and had an off-white, almost orange head that faded quickly. Smelled strong of pumpkin pie (as all these types of beer do) but with some extra spices that really made it stand out from the other 6 or 7 pumpkin beers ive tried.

It tasted great, that is it tasted like pumpkin pie and good beer. No idea what the alcohol content is and the website doesn't say either but it was balanced well with the flavors. It also had a thick body that was both good and bad depending on if you want to chug this beer or sip on it with thanksgiving dinner. Overall its a pretty drinkable beer and I would like to find more of this stuff.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clean and a distinctly rust orange color with a full finger lightly orange head that fades fairly quickly. The smell is really nice. Its got that meaty baked pumpkin pie and cinnamon nutmeg aroma. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is creamy. Full flavored, the baked pumpkin taste is hearty and the amount of nutmeg/spice is right on target...IMO, the spices in so many pumpkin ales are over done. This one is really good. I also recently enjoyed Gordon Gerski's version at the Power Plant Brewery in Parkville, MO. The smell, mouth feel and flavor of this one complement each other well. Very drinkable...the 9% ABV is well hidden. I'm going to stock up on these for the holiday. Well done!!!

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Photo of Lupe
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-honey color with a frothy off-white head. Settles to a fine cap that leaves behind sporadic lacing.

Rich malty aroma of caramel with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. Smells like pumpkin pie in a glass - including the graham cracker crust. Complex, unique, and very intriguing.

Lots of vanilla, caramel, and pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Also has a creamy, butterscotch taste and a nuttiness to it. Finishes tangy with slight bitterness. Tastes just like a liquid pumpkin pie. At 9%, the alcohol is not at all perceived.

Creamy and rich, medium-full-in body and super smooth. Light carbonation on the tongue. Big and flavorful, intriguing, and easy to drink in a non-session beer kind of way. A top pumpkin beer.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass a clear orange with a one finger head that disappated fairly quickly, leaving some suds on the surface with a smal ammount of lacing

Earthy Pumpkin on the nose, I don't know why but the pumpkin in here smells much more than a pumpkin, than a pumpkin pie which Pumpkin Ale's usually tend to smell like, there is something a bit more alive about the smell. Also some notes of spice, not overly spiced, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnimon

The taste isn't as fully developed as the nose would lead you to believe, but it's good none the less. Obviously the pumpkin is there as is the spice.

Thin body but slightly creamy, very very smooth drinking with a moderate ammount of carbonation.

One of the better Pumpkin Ales i've ever tried, very unique nose and taste, definately worth a shot

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into two Sam Adams glasses.

Nice auburn color with a quickly diminishing tan head. Not a lot of lacing. Aroma of malt and pumpkin with hints of spice. The pumpkin is upfront in this one. Taste reminds me of a strong brown ale, with strong pumpkin notes. Again the spice is subtle. Now I appreciate a spiced up beer, but this one is much more concentrated on the pumpkin, and pulling that off is quite impressive in a bigger beer.

Good body and carbonation, this is a good Fall sipper. I wish I had another.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours with some viscosity. It produces a muddied and murky orange beer with a thin white head. The lace is spotty. This is definitely not your typical pumpkin beer aroma. Instead of the bombardment of spices, this beer has some depth to the nose. It's very earthy and vegetal and smells the most like actual cooked PUMPKIN than any other beer I've smelled. And graham cracker. Big graham cracker notes. The nose is so strong and intriguing. I just keep picking it up to resmell again and again. It really grows on me and I like the aroma more and more. The spices on the nose are secondary and quite suitable. I get a little cinnamon and fresh nutmeg. The beer tastes like it smells. But I pick up some clove and ginger on the buds as well. Again, the spicing is fairly light, which is good. Then the cooked pumpkin base and crystal like maltiness can do their thing. Graham cracker maltiness is huge. Vanilla bean, pistachios and a little nougat add complexity. The alcohol is hidden quite nicely. For an imperial pumpkin ale, this does not feel "imperial" in an alcholic sense. The body is medium to medium-full. I'd have to say this is one of the best (and easily the most intriguing) pumpkin ales I've had. It's like a subtley spiced pumpkin pie sitting on a very noticeable crumbly graham cracker crust with a nice dollop of homeade whipped cream on top.

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