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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

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pumpking exceeded my expectations massively. Don't know why but I can't a date. All I can see is a orange gold medium body beer with rapidly dissipating lacing and head. Creamy, pumpkin spice and puree taste. Incredible ale drinkability, with a hefty dosage of alcohol hidden like its nobody's business. Im proud, this is something outside the box that was actually done really well. Cheersarooski

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally getting around to trying this one, after seeing it in a mix a six at barely more than $1 a bottle. Quite a bargain I suppose, but I was not confident enough to buy even three bottles as I was in a generally cynical mood that day and also recalled not being impressed with the creator of the beer apparently saying something like he hates pumpkin beer but brews it for the adoring masses.

Anyhow, it pours a lighter orangish tan color than I was expecting, with some cloudiness and a short head.
The smell is fantastic, however. More pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie, but awesome and loaded with cinnamon and graham. Freshly baked pumpkin graham crackers or pumpkin bread, now I'm not sure. This aroma is making me wonder if I should have grabbed all I could at the low price.

Taste is a little iffier, as is a mouthfeel that is not nearly so full and creamy as I imagined after all that sniffing. Sort of tastes like a muted version of the smell with more sourness and a finish that hints at band aids sprinkled with baking soda.

Pumkin beers are things I usually like a lot more through a first bottle than on subsequent imbibings. So I guess overall this one is good, but ultimately "meh." At least it doesn't remind me of root beer the way the similarly strong Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin did.

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Photo of zshaft
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours nice copper with minimal head. this is aged one year so tons of floaties in the brew. smells of vanilla and pumpkin with some hop prescense noted. taste follows with vanilla pumpkin and some end palate hops. nice mouthfeel. this is the best pumpkin beer ive had but have not had some of the ones rated higher. my go to for this style. very good. like drinking a pumpkin pie w vanilla frosting.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Conceptually, pumpkin never seemed like a good ingredient for beer.
But, it has grown enough to be its own style and this is the most popular.
This particular ale should reduce its spices.
It is on the "1001" list, probably because it helped create the style. But, not on my list.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Pumpkin Ale. Pours a slightly hazy dull orange color. Medium size bubbly white head. Head retention is average, no lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of Pumpkin spices, if the taste was like the aroma this would not be a good beer - more like a spice potpourri. The flavor is very good. The amount of pumpkin taste really puts the spices in their proper places and the whole thing is nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. There is a hint of alcohol presence but it provides a warming effect. Overall a good pumpkin ale

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a pumpkin beer, it is a similar color, dropping professional macro grade clarity. Solid 1/2" of mostly white head on it. Aroma was good, pumpkin pie, heavy on the pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla present.

Taste was a heavy dosing of pumpkin, booziness, vanilla and spice rack. This isn't a 22oz bottle I would ever want to drink myself, shared around Thanksgiving, sure.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you like pumpkin pie or anything else sweet with a hint of pumpkin, the Pumking - Southern Tier Brewing Company beer is right for you. A very nice shade of orange in color and an awesome smell of spices that emanate from the bottle once it is opened up. Pumpkin pie spices , vanilla, and some cream flavor will light up the room ! The 8.6% will also light up the room and light it up quickly because this bad boy goes down nice and smooth. A great seasonal from a great brewery ! Well done !

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You have to really like pumpkin pie or pumpkin rolls to enjoy this beer. The taste and scent are on the mark with pumpkin and spice just like Grandma's pumpkin pie. The beer poured a copper clear with no head or lace. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall the beer nails its mark...but if you don't like pumpkin....no reason to try this one.

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Photo of Zephan
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can't get any better than this and pumpkinator as far as pumpkin beers go. Smells and tastes just like pumpkin pie. Nice copper orange hue. If you're looking for pumpkin beer look no further

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Photo of Sabtos
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light amber with a massively frothy khaki head that dies rapidly to almost nothing but a faint bacterial mat.

Smell is crushed peanut and almond pie crust, pumpkin, cinnamon.

Taste is nutmeg forward, with some clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Sweet and spicy, kind of carpet-ish, with a little bitter green note at the end. Not a huge fan of nutmeg unless it's ridiculously fresh, so this being so heavy on the nutmeg is just a turnoff.

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Photo of caesius
2.3/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Got this on tap. Semi-opaque, medium orange, appropriate for a pumpkin beer but unappealing to me personally. Don't remember much about the smell but it was inoffensive. Taste was bad, a pumpkin spice accompaniment to strong astringent bitterness, drinkable but only with deliberate effort. Feel was just okay, though with the taste I wasn't able to appreciate any subtlety it may have had.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A dense pumpkin orange. You cannot make out anything on the other side of it. Adorned by a thin, light tan head.

Smell: I smell all pumpkin pie spice, which is encouraging for this type of beer. This really is where it gets set apart from other pumpkin beers.

Taste: I can't quite tell what opens up the beer, but it quickly becomes pumpkin and pie spice, peaking with a fantastic pumpkin flavor before disappearing.

Feel: it feels a bit more robust than most similar beers. I rather enjoy it. Not completely smooth, but not really difficult to drink either.

Overall: Great impression of this beer. The packaging is great, and the aroma/taste really set this one apart from other pumpkin beers. Recommended!

Served in a 12oz snifter. Keep in mind pumpkin beers can be polarizing. While I'm not a huge fan of them in general, I tried to provide a bias-free review here.

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Photo of 98green
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap plenty late for the season. So unlike any other "pumpkin" beer I've had. Surprisingly light orange in color. Smell is all vanilla and creme with some allspice. Taste follows the nose, with a nice thin boozy finish (I like that feel). This isn't your typical pumpkin pie spice beer IMO. Really enjoyed this one and need to make a note to seek again next year (this might be said note)

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pumking ale. Some love it, some don't. What is my take on it? Being I am not your typical beer drinker and don't prefer hops tastes, I like craft brews a lot. This one is outstanding in my books. The perfect beer for halloween, thanksgiving or fall, in general.

L: copper orange, with a minimal head that disappears quickly.
S: Delightful. Vanilla, nutmeg, hints of cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and pie crust
T: Pumpkin Pie. Very slight hops bitterness. Creamy, buttery pie crust taste at first, followed by pumpkin, vanilla and spices. Truly delicious.
F: Decent mouthfeel, mild carbonation, great sipping beer, doesn't assault your mouth and tongue.
O: A perfect holiday beer, served slightly chilled in a tulip shaped glass or chalice. Not overly sweet, not overly bitter, it is the perfect pumpkin ale, perfectly balanced and what a pumpkin ale should be. Stock up on this one during the holidays when you get the chance, being supplies are usually limited. Fill a separate fridge with it and enjoy it during the entire holiday season.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

** 11/24/2013
On tap at Blend Bar and Bistro. Light orange-yellow color. Aroma is very sweet, nice pumpkin. Nutmeg. Some bitter notes, but not unpleasant. # Add Brandy, cinnamon, orange to tasting notes.
Values Updated after Pumpkin Beer Comparison.
#4 of 8 in Pumpkin Beer Evaluation.
Double Blind Evaluation of 8 2013 Pumpkin Beers: 1-Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale; 2-Dogfishead Punkin Ale; 3-Fegleys Devious Imperial Pumpkin; 4-Southern Tier Pumking; 5-Terrapin Pumpkinfest; 6-Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale; 7-Shipyard Pumpkin Ale; 8-Big Muddy Brewing Pumpkin

2014 Pumpkin Double Blind Tasting:
1-Sam Adams Fat Jack.
2-Hoppin’ Frog.
3-Fegleys Devious.
5-Southern Tier Pumking.
6-Terrapin Pumpkinfest.
7-Long Trail.
9-Blue Moon.
10-UFO Pumpkin (harpoon).
11-Sam Adams Pumpkin.
12-Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin.
13-Dogfishhead (shocker)

11/02/2016 November 2016 Continually performs exceptionally well in Blind Tasting. 2nd overall of 25 in 2015. An Excellent Pumpkin beer."

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stored in my beercellar for two years now - Tome to open this bottle!
Bottled July 31 2013 and bought at #Systembolaget, Sweden in November 2013.

The beer pours dark orange and a little bit hazy with an almoust two finger high, white, head.

Nose: Pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, gingerbread, butter, cinnamon, newly baked cake and pie crust.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, dried fruit, pumpkin, toffee, graham cracker, gingerbread, whipped cream, nuts and spices.
Body: Medium body. Soft and creamy carbonation. The ABV of 8.6% is very well hidden! Sweet but not to sweet with a dry and bitter ending. Thick, and creamy texture.

This is an absoulte beatiful pumpking beer! The two years in my beeercellar has definitely done the beer good. It was great already two years ago but now it has matured to something fantastic!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

It pours a hazy orange copper colored body that gave a one finger white bubbly head that lasted for a good minute. The body was too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some light foamy lacing spotted the pint glass here and there; the aroma is pumpkin pie with some nice vanilla scents coming out fairly strong; the taste is exactly the same as the smell with a light drying blandness hitting my tongue; the palate is light to medium with some light sharpness on the tongue, probably due to that blandness I may have tasted. Overall: ok well, this is "pumpkin pie" in a beer, so I think ST did what they were looking for. Though as popular as this beer is, I don’t think this is something I would come back to, just too much pumpkin pie and not enough beer.

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Photo of wisebier
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass

L - golden-yellow, with snow-cream white head, which dissipated very quickly, very disappointing. No lacing at all. Not as dark as I would have thought. Not a good sign before I taste.

S - Wow very Strong aroma of pumpkin, spices cinnamon nutmeg and bread graham cracker pie crust.

T - So much pumpkin and spice upfront. I find it very over powering . a lot of sweet malt slight caramel. interesting hop of citrus at the end. It mostly tastes likes it smells, just smells better than it tastes.

This isn't my favorite pumpkin beer. However its not bad if you drink slow. its just too much pumpkin and too sweet for me. I prefer others that have more malt tastes and less pumpkin

I find that women prefer this one more then the men do. just sayin.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of alcohol, pumpkin, spices and popcorn. Body is medium and crisp. Pumpkin, spices, bready malt, popcorn and herbal hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very dry. Quite unique, not in a good way.

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Photo of BradleyJamesGrace
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

If you've never had this beer before but plan to then you likely have extremely high expectations going in because pound for pound it is the most lamented beer of it's kind. There is a reason why this beer has found itself on the top of the pile year after year and that's because, quite simply, there is nothing out there that has captured the true essence of what people's expectations of a pumpkin beer should be quite like it. Even if you despise this beer you cannot disagree that it doesn't immediately conjure everything "pumpkin" and "fall" the second you catch a whiff of it, let alone taste it. In my opinion, when a seasonal beer can immediately illicit within the drinker a sense of the season of which the beer is representing by the mere smell of it, it's off to a very, very good start. I am reviewing this beer from a 22 oz bottle purchased from my local grocery store the other day (I bought another which I am cellering until next year). The appearance is a dark, burnt orange color (think gooey caramel) but is still transparent. There is little to no head and whatever head will form, will not hang around very long at all. The aroma is where it's at here with this beer. Caramel, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, buttered popcorn, candy corns, brown sugar it basically smells like a bag a of candy! Unlike what the aroma leads you to expect, the beer is not overtly sweet but does gradually become sweeter tasting as it warms up. The pumpkin pie flavor is intense and hits you up front and is followed by all of the spice such as cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Their is a distinctive graham cracker type flavor in there too which is very unique. The beer wraps up with a boozy, almost rum like alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is slick and slightly oily in that it coats your tongue and lingers for quite a while. All in all, I have yet to taste a pumpkin beer that does to me what this one does. I have lots of other one's that I love and think are awesome but this one is special. It's such a complex beer (whatever about being a "pumpkin beer"). I'm looking forward to trying the one I put away for next year!

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was aged for 2+ years before consuming....acquired in 2013.....I expect great things from the Pumking!

A- Gotta love the label on this one...full props! The beer itself pours a golden pumpkin color that is slightly chill hazed....the head is superb with a two finger thick layer of goodness that retains super well, and the color of this is slightly off white...almost an orange tinge to it. Awesome lacing, with plenty of small foam patches clinging to the glass and it's difficult to see what the carbonation is like.....great look overall!

S- Full on pumpkin pie to start, with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh baked pumpkin, doughy crust, creamy buttery sweet malts, honeyed vanilla ice cream...this is amazingly food like in aromas....fresh out of the pumpkin patch, to the oven, and into the nostrils!...Sweet!

T- WOW! Fresh pumpkin pie, straight out of the oven best describes this one! Lots of spice....nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, pumpkin puree, pie crust, whipped cream, nutty sweet malts....Roasted pumpkin seeds, vanilla pods....stupid good!

M/O- Solid medium body, and super mellow, creamy carbonation....this is the epitome of what a true dessert beer should be, as well as what a superior craft beer is, when made to resemble what is stated! Alcohol presence is very muted.....I truly feel like I am enjoying a super version of pumpkin pie with added goodness.....a great beer and I highly recommend cellaring a bottle or two and letting it sit.....this doesn't get much better.....Southern Tier is a great brewer for sure!

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Photo of MountainGoat13
1.42/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Holy beer death: WTF happened to this beer? For years pumpking has been our favorte, hands down, in pumpkin beer taste tests for being malty, not too rich, and not overly spiced. We're curious if somehow the our 2015 22 oz bottle / batch somehow got botched because all 5 of us who blind tested it immediately poured out the bottle - it was disgusting. It tasted essentially like burned, carbonated toffee with wet newspaper. It seemed like someone took a budweise, added pumpkin spice syurp and caremels, and then burned it. Considering we may have gotten a ridiculously wrecked batch, this review is biased - but we're reluctant to ever buy it again now.

The look was good, standard. Smelled heavily of toffee, and mouthfeel was thick & syrupy despite the relatively good look. Head standard, though thinner than expected. I will call this the single worst beer I've ever had in my life - even worse than Shipyard pumpkin (which tastes like a soft-drink but which now seems palatable vs. this bottle of pumpking).

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Photo of hardysf
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better pumpkin beers out there imho. This tastes a lot like unbaked pie crust with a hint of pumpkin and a lot of allspice. Tastes like a candle to me.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opened up a bottle from 2014. Poured a cleared golden color with a lot of sediment. Has a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both mild. Strong nutmeg spicy aroma. Fairly decent. Strong pumpkin and nutmeg taste. Creamy and smooth. Medium to heavy bodied. Not a lot of pumpkin pie spice like many pumpkin ales.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: its a hazy orange/copper color. pours a 1 finger white head, but as it settles it goes down to just a thin bubble film on top of the beer

s: pie crust, pumpkin, pumpkin puree, loads of spices: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, a hint of coriander. a nice vanilla presence in here as well. its a very thick smelling beer - like alcoholic pumpkin pie

t: big pumpkin upfront followed by a big spice hit..lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. those are immediately followed by a thick pie crust flavor (which is really quite a treat to have in a beer) and some vanilla beans. there is a small alcohol presence in the end here to which helps to balance out the sweetness a bit

m: medium, but on the heavier side. carbonation is on par with most pumpkin ales, if not a tad bit higher

o: it is like alcoholic pumpkin pie. i enjoy it - i think i enjoy basic pumpkin ales a bit more - but this beer is nice to sip on. i can see it being a bit polarizing, and if someone were to not like this i wouldn't hold it against them. there is a lot going on in this beer, but i dig it.

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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