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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,667
Reviews:
1,980
Ratings:
7,587
pDev:
17.04%
Bros Score:
3.59
 
 
Wants:
519
Gots:
2,257
Trade:
28
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,587 |  Reviews: 1,980
Photo of BigRed10
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of rpjterp
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OldeGolde
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First few sips were pretty cold, right out the fridge, and I was very disappointed - a medicinal taste. Didn't want to drink more. But then I let it sit for a few and as it warmed it got better and better. It was like "a warm piece of apple pie" and helped me to ring in the fall season a couple days early. Truly the best pumpkin beer I've had.

A sweet, warm, leaf-crunching slip-n-slide of autumnal spices and squashes. KNOCK IT BACK!!

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Photo of MathiasOB
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robrio89
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dd53grif
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of RyanKininger
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mando31
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wjbent
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jgardner
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EmeraldSea44
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeersAndBeards
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is truly the KING of PUMpkin beers! It comes at you with a wonderful aroma of Pumpkin Spices, coupled with its other flavors, but who cares about those? You want the Pumpkin taste, YOU GET THE PUMPKIN TASTE!!!!!!

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Photo of akopczyk
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevieTheH
2.37/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EMH73
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright orange with a two finger white head that was well retained and left decent lacing. Smells and tastes like pumpkin pie-pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, caramel and some booze. Taste gets better as the beer warms. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of aclockworkchris
4.99/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jhartley
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber. 2016 vintage.

Appearance: Golden orange body with a 1/2 fingers worth of bubbles on top. Decent lacing left in the glass.

Aroma: Yep, it's a pumpkin pie in a glass! Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. Inviting aroma!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just like drinking a pumpkin pie! This one tastes even better as you let it warm up. The mouthfeel is light, however there is a little strange after taste which lingers a little after each sip, but is gone shortly thereafter. I rated it lower due to this.

Overall: A beautiful looking and smelling beer and other than the strange bitter aftertaste this is still a fabulous beer. I think sitting it in the fridge for a year helped this one quite a bit, too.

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So many people have reviewed this.
Looks bright orange just like a pumpkin
Smell is incredible. Pumpkin with tones of nutmeg and cinnamon are warm and inviting.
Tastes like good pumpkin pie with an emphasis on spices. There is real pumpkin pie and there is fake pumpkin but this falls into the real category. It's grandma's pie, not the grocery store's. I'm getting cinnamon as it goes down.
Mouthfeel is medium. Nothing special.but It's almost like I should be drinking this beer warm.
Overall a delicious beer!

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear orang color,less than average carbonation. Aroma is boozy custard pumpkin pie,boosted by a lot of spice. Taste was the same but too much nutmeg or clove,it made it a bit off putting after a few sips. As it warms it starts to taste like a pumpkin pie spice candle,a little artifical. Some will probably like this and I understand why but some probably won't either and I get the reasons why also

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Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of daringer
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I remember thinking this beer was the cat's pajamas about two years ago. I distinctly remember marveling over how "authentic" the pumpkin flavors were...
But now I'm disappointed. Maybe there's been a dip in quality from Southern Tier, or maybe my tastes have changed. Either way, this beer was something I'd been looking forward to and was subsequently disappointed by.
Look is typical fall ale: orangey/red. Nice.
Smell had me going for a second. I could practically smell the graham cracker crust...
Taste fell through majorly. It wasn't a bad drink, and I'd like to try it from the tap to see the difference...but the 8-point-something-alcohol percentage isn't hidden at all, leaving an acrid astringency. Not wholly awful, but not great.
Mouthfeel was fine.
I suggest you try it, form your own opinion, but the alcohol--instead of warming pleasently like a rich Belgian Tripel--seemed to scratch and deaden the flavors. 3ish/5

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Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,587 ratings
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