Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Style: Pumpkin Beer

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 mymrnngjckt
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a a shaker pint. Pours a cloudy amber clolor. The smell is very spicy with notes of cinnamon and honey. The taste was beyond great. Truly a complex taste of spicy with little to no hop presence. The enjoyed every last taste of this brew. The mouthfeel was crisp and very palatable.

Truly an amazing brew and I am dissapointed I only have/had one bottle. This is hands down the best pumpking beer I have ever had the fortune to consume.

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Photo of DrJay
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Biergotter club brewday/tasting. TheBeerFruit provided this one. Thanks Tim!
This one was a clear orange with an off-white head. Good staying power with a little lacing. The aroma was really spicy, lots of nutmeg, pie spice, quite perfumey. Spices dominated the flavour too, probably providing some of the bitterness as well. Nutmeg was quite strong throughout with some alcohol flavour and warmth at the finish. Fairly dry, medium bodied with average carbonation. Though it wasn't bad at all, this was just a nutmeg overload for me.

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Photo of Viggo
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Biergotter Club Brew marathon tasting. I think beerfruit provided this bottle.

Pours a clear orange, medium sized white head forms, leaves a nice lace ring, decent retention. Smell is wicked, lots of ginger, pumpkin, nutmeg, bread, cinnamon, some caramel, lots going on, very nice. Taste is similar, caramel and bread, pumpkin, lots of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, some cloves, very nice and clean spicy finish, alcohol is well contained. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, perfect spices and the ginger really differentiates it from most pumpkin ales. Thanks Tim!

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Photo of aaronh
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks pretty much like an O'fest - orange-amber body topped by an off-white head. Aroma has a bit of spice and some caramel malt notes. Flavor has a lot of pumpkin spice notes, not a lot of hop notes in there, just enough to balance the malts. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a bit astringent. Drinkability is still decent though. This is the first pumpkin type beer I've actually liked.

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Photo of younger35
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from LittleBreeze in our first trade. This will be the second brew I’ve had from Southern Tier and I loved the first. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear yellowish orange with lots of bubbles percolating about. Forms about a half finger bright white head that recedes slowly and leaves a spotty cap and thin collar. Plenty of lacing is left behind as well.
Smell- Definitely got the standard pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spice that we’ve all come to love. A bit of vanilla (ala mode perhaps?) sneaks its way in there along with a big sweet malt that really reminds me of graham crackers. This bad boy has the filling and the crust in it! All of these wonderful smells are done very gently; just the way I like it.
Taste- Wow, FINALLY a really good pumpkin brew. The pumpkin is definitely not at the forefront of the taste like most. The beautifully done malt profile blends with the cinnamon so perfectly I swear it tastes just like graham crackers. Hints of vanilla, nutmeg, clove, caramel and pumpkin (obviously) round this thing out wonderfully. There is a very feint bitterness from the hop that I rather enjoy along with a smack of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Nice full body with a slick feel and medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is the perfect Pumpkin Ale. I’ve had quite a few of these Pumpkin brews in the last couple months and this one is by far the best I’ve had, hands down. It’s rich and smooth and really is exactly how I’ve always pictured these types of brews tasting. Great job by Southern Tier and big thanks to LittleBreeze.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this beer is the epitome of what a pumpkin beer should be. I think Southern Tier hit the nail on the head with this one. Most pumpkin ales have too much spice or are too bland from the amount of pumpkin or the there is no ale flavor to it. I don’t what they did but I think they perfected this type of beer.

Appearance- A very orange and copper toned amber. A level and white head appeared as son as it was poured. The lacing was on point.

Smell- A great autumn scent full of pumpkin spice but still smelled like a beer as well. A little yeast and hoppy but not much

Taste- It was like two of my favorite holiday things combined in one glass in perfect harmony. Pumpkin pie and beer. It was no too over spiced like a lot of other ales in this category.

Mouthfeel- A full bodied and a little creamy.

Drinkability- A great after a holiday meal beer or just taking in the foliage. It reminds you of fall.

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

Bottle at our Septoberfest party. This beer is a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head with decent retention. Patchy lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie and allspice. Medium-bodied with a very nice pumpkin flavor. So many pumpkin beers seem to veer too far into the spice side but this one has a very good pumpkin pie and caramel malt flavor with touches of ginger and allspice. The finish is sweetly spiced and completes the "liquid pumpkin pie" equation. Well done overall.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, 9% ABV. Pours a very clear copper color, with a white fulffy head. Head holda together for a few minutes. Pretty decent lace.

Nose full of pumpkin pie spices, but not overwhelming. A bit of vegetable pumpkin aroma, followed by just a bit of citrusy hops. The more I smell it, the more it smells just like a pumpkin pie, crust, and whipped cream included! Fantastic.

Lighter caramel malt, followed by pumpkin pie spices. Just a hint of citrusy bitterness. So smooth, just like drinking a pumpkin pie.

Good, full body, very soft carbonation, not overly sweet. Alcohol is so well hidden. This is the best pumpkin beer I have had so far.

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

A-Chill hazed orange...minimal head...

S-Awesome graham cracker aroma...I'm not sure how they achieved this but it is stellar...also pumpkin pie notes minus the heavy spicing so often found in pumpkin beers...extremely inviting aroma..

T-Graham crackers and pumpkin pie..a liquid desert....this is beer? incredible what they achieved with this...I love the fact the spicing is low key...graham cracker pie crust resonates throughout this experience.

M-I'd call it medium bodied...certainly not a big ass sipper...but not light and watery either.

D-Town Hall makes a hell of a pumpkin and this is right there with that that. The graham cracker is truly unique and the pumpkin is pumpkin, not some all-spice mix...great beer...one of a kind....one everyone should try..splendid...

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Photo of far333
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear and light orange colored with streams of fine bubbles quickly rising up. A thick head of finely bubbled white foam rests atop and leaves a half inch thick cap.

Aroma is light pumpkin, spice, and buttery corn.

Flavor is hidden on the front of the tongue, but appears as the liquid rolls through the mouth. Initially corny, morphing to faint pumpkin, then sweet vanilla, then hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, then butterscotch, a little nutty, a little salty even. Odd tasting malt finish. Alcohol remains largely hidden.

Even mouthfeel, moderately carbonated. Average drinkability for me due to overly corny, buttery flavor.

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

pours a beautiful clear copper/orange with no sediment. creamy white head/lacing. aroma is of canned pumpkins and sweet buttered, bready malts. taste follows suit along with a very subtle hop bitterness underneath. mouthfeel was medium-full, viscous yet frothy with nice carbonation. this was a one-trick pony, maybe some dessert spices would have raised the complexity and made this one more interesting to drink.
Update: have had this since...I appreciate that the pumpkin really comes through without interference from additional holiday spices...pumpkin isn't an overwhelming aroma or flavor but they managed to get the pure pumpkin fully expressed in this beer. Top notch for style.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly one week into December, too late for a pumpkin beer? Let's hope not...this 22 oz. received from MrBendo, poured into a Widmer pint glass.

Bottle lists: 9.0% ABV

A: Glowing golden-orange, a touch lighter than many of the pumpkin beers I'm used to seeing. Almost clear, with the faintest chill haze and moderate amount of widely-spaced bubble streams. Head is tight & creamy, a shade or two off-white, and a little sudsy.

S: Modest smell of pumpkins, spice, and all things 'autumn'. Buttery caramel with a concealed hopping.

T: Oh, yes. Lightly toasted caramel melds beautifully with the essence of pumpkin. The earthy/gourd flavor is smooth and slightly 'ripe': not too funky and 'dirty', not terribly spicy either. A terrific balance between hops, spice, and the delicious puree of pumpkin flesh.

M: Medium fullness, sharp spices and crisp carbonation. Once the initial hit of carbonation subsides, this one gets much smoother, almost velvety, even buttery. A subtly warm 9% alcohol, very sneaky.

D: With the first taste, this was certainly in my personal 'Top 3' of pumpkin ales (with Elysian & Weyerbacher). Rich and flavorful without leaning too hard on spice for content. Superb drinkability on it's own; all too easy to finish a bottle of this tasty brew. I will seek this one out next fall - East Coast BA's, you've been warned!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blazing bonfire orange with candlelit jack-o-lantern edges. The head looks like a large dollop of whipped cream atop the beer, except it isn't that bright white. How about whipped cream to which brown sugar and orange peel have been added? Mmm, sounds good. Looks good too. An acceptable amount of tattered lace helps the cause.

I tend to like the noses on well-brewed pumpkin ales, but this one is simply amazing and might be the best one ever! The usual aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices are present and accounted for. The thing that makes Pumking sing, though, is an eggnog-like vanilla custard creaminess that makes it smell *exactly* like pie slathered in whipped cream. Fantastic.

Although the flavor is a carbon copy of the nose, it doesn't hit me the same way. I'd like to see the vanilla complement the other flavors rather than overwhelm and dominate them. The label doesn't list vanilla as an ingredient, but it has to be in there. What I'm tasting isn't coming from malt, hops, yeast, pumpkin or the traditional spices.

The flavor of the caramel malt is buried pretty deeply beneath layer upon layer of gourd and spice (major nutmeg with a sprinkling of cinnamon). I wouldn't mind so much, except that a bolder maltiness might have rounded things out. Sweetness and hop bitterness are evenly matched. It sounds like I don't like Pumking. That isn't it, it's just that it isn't as jaw-droppingly wonderful as expected. Southern Tier is a great brewery, so the bar is set pretty high.

For such a high-ABV ale, the body/mouthfeel is on the light-medium side. I hate to say it, but it ventures close to thin on the finish. Carbonation this laid back would have worked in a bigger beer. It doesn't work as well here.

Southern Tier Pumking isn't the best Imperial pumpkin ale that I've ever had (Elysian Night Owl), nor is it the best all-around pumpkin ale that I've ever had (Smuttynose). Still, it's a more than worthy seasonal that lovers of the style owe it themselves to seek out.

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Photo of flexabull
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99, thanks again!

Beer pours a clear bright amber color, with a decent white head on top.

Aromas are of deep dark pumpkin spices, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baked pie. Very nice nose!

Taste is very pumpkin like. Dark spices, that aren't all that sweet. Like a richly baked pumpkin pie. Some dark burnt brown sugar flavors, some creamy malts, and a crisp tart slightly alcohol bite on the finish. Very nice flavors.

Mouthfeel is very thick, well rounded, and full in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. A bomber is a bit much for one person. But this is still easily the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. Lots of spicy pumpkin flavors, without a lot of sweetness... tasty beer! But it should probably be shared.

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Photo of crwills
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Although this is one of the few Pumpkin beers that I've somewhat enjoyed, I don't have a lot to say about it. My single comment is essentially: "It's like drinking a ginger snap." It smells like a gingerbread cookie and tastes like a gingerbread cookie. I wouldn't want to drink a lot of it, but maybe half a bomber after dinner would be nice. The alcohol (guessing it's somewhat above average) is well-hidden as well (which just adds to the drinking cookie feeling).

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Photo of Murchmac
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a lot of hype around it and I was very excited to get it. The first pour of this beautiful pumpkin colored beer brought with it an amazing smell of pumkin, spices, bread, and alcohol I couldnt wait to drink it.

The first sip was something out of this world. Amazing, bready, pumpkin, spicy, alcohol. After a while this beer got overbearing.

Kinda like going to see a Motley Crue conert, fun at first, but at the end it gets noisy and too loud.

Try it with a friend so you dont have to drink it all by yourself.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep orange with less than a finger of head. Very good look for a pumpkin ale.

Smell: Very nice. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Pumpkin pie in a bottle.

Taste: Again, very good pumpkin flavor along with nice spices. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very good flavor and there is a small bit of alcohol warmth as you go. Good job here.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness and a good pumpkin pie flavor remains for a while.

Drinkability: Very good pumpkin ale. This is not a style that lends itself to drinking a lot of it, but this is about as good a the style can get. Very good job by Southern Tier. Especially nice on a nice cold night. Will search this one out again come next fall.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange tinged copper with a two finger head that fades slowly to a fairly thick cap. The resulting lace is a tattered webbing that sticks nicely to the glass.

Smell; this actually has a very discernible pumpkin aroma along with soe mild spicing. Some brown sugar and caramel malts are present as well as just a hint of hops in the background.

Taste; as with the smell the pumpkins are very easy to pick out, and there's a very pleasant spiciness that does not become cloying like a lot of pumpkin beers tend to. Some caramel, brown sugar and mild ginger fade into a faint bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and very creamy, and the drinkability as good.

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Photo of Winter
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light copper in color with a tan head. Aroma of pie crust, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin. Mouthfeel is medium in body. Very malty flavor. Reminds me a lot of the bready pumpkin pie crust, as opposed to a lot of the familiar pumpkin pie spices. I think this apparent too in the ingredients listed. This really is more focused on the malt and pumpkin flavor. Honestly, I don't get all the spicing that's talked about except maybe for some nutmeg and clove. Finish has a mild bitterness to it.

It's an ok, pumpkin ale, but I think there are far better (Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Pumpkin Post Road by Brooklyn and Cottonwood). Interesting, yet not all that exciting.

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Photo of nsmartell
2.15/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Enjoyed from the comfort of my own living room. From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice orange/copper with a thin head.

Smell: Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! You can really smell the spice. You will really enjoy the smell if you like pumpkin pie.

Taste: Very spicy. I was 50-50 on pumpkin beers, but this is just too spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but too much aftertaste.

Drinkability: Just too spicy for me.

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

Ok, I had this one tap last month and let's just say it blew all other pumpkin beers out of the water. So on the day before Thanksgiving, I'm giving myself some pumpkin pie in a glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass a mostly clear orange with a slight amber hue. The head starts small and eventually becomes a large collar with some splotchy bubbling on top.

SMELL: Big time pumpkin smells couple with a perfect spiciness of ginger and nutmeg. They're in perfect balance with a clean base beer that serves up just enough hop aroma to keep this beer like. Even the pie crust is in this beer in the form of a bready malt aroma.

TASTE: Despite being liquid pie, this isn't the cloying sweet bomb you'd expect. Some hop bitterness and flavor is actually the first thing to hit your mouth. It quickly gives way to a bready malt and some wonderfully spiced pumpkin. The finish is a blend of all the flavors and leaves the perfect taste in your mouth.

MOUTHFEEL: Definitely the biggest body I've ever experienced in a pumpkin beer. Carbonation level is average and adequate. The beer is a bit slick and syrupy, but is still nice.

DRINKABILITY: Though this site doesn't say so, this beer is at around 9% ABV, but you'd never guess. I saw a friend of mine down 4 pints of this beer without blinking, so the drinkability has got to be high.

Bar none, the best pumpkin beer out there. What a great way to warm up for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I just hope the pie is this good.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves a two finger tan head that has excellent retention, and leaves very good lacing. Body is orange amber with peach highlights.

Smell - pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, faint hint of toasty malt biscuit.

Taste - much like the smell. Pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices, a little bit of caramel, and a faint hint of lemony hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and with a thick fluffy-ness.

Drinkability - decent ale, but I'd want a change of taste after one or two, and the ale's high abv limits sessionability anyway.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright orange/copper with a thin, lasting white head.

The smell is of pumpkin pie - one of the most pumpkin pie aroma I've had in a beer, if not the most. Pumpkin pie spice, but not overpowering. Cream. Nice.

The taste is of pumpkin pie, with all of the expected spices. I wish I could say that I liked the taste as much as the aroma, but there is something candle-wax about it and is very sweet, with plenty of caramelish malt. Still, it has a nice taste that holds its own. Some vanilla and warming notes come through as it progresses. Sweet finish.

Medium-bodied, this leaves a nice pumpkin pie aftertaste on the palate.

One of the best pumpkin ales I've had, I do recommend it. Still, the drinkability is limited with the sweetness and spiciness.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.49/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

22oz. bottle - the final fall seasonal left in the fridge

Pours a clear orange-amber with a dense white head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma is quite amazing - it smells like a fresh baked pumpkin bread or cookies. Has a really rich spiced bready smell with a nice blend of spices. I can just sit and smell this thing all night.

It tastes like it smells, except that it seems about 10 times as intense. It does have a fresh baked pumpkin bread taste, but the loaf weighs about 50 pounds and smashes your teeth in. The first taste is nice, and then this sucker becomes instantly cloying. Too sweet and just way too much in general. Sharp, spicy aftertaste.

Full body, plenty of CO2.

After a few discriminating sips, this sucker found the bottom of the drain. What started out as an olfactory delight, turned out to be the most extreme example of what I generally dislike about most pumpkin beers.

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

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Huge pumpkin pie aroma: Nutmeg, ginger, biscuity, allspice.

T: A ton of pumpkin spicing: Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla; light sweetness, graham crackers (like the crust of a pie), slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body & slightly higher than moderate carbonation, well-attenuated, fairly dry finish.

D: Crazy for its weight/strength.

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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,635 ratings