Pumking | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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90
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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
Ratings:
7,502
Reviews:
1,951
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
17.21%
 
 
Wants:
513
Gots:
2,216
For Trade:
29
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Ratings: 7,502 |  Reviews: 1,951
Photo of digitalflood
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharp315
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dakin
2.36/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Look: looks like a cider in the glass. Light cloudy amber. No head.

Smell: Smells amazing. Pumpkin pie, pie crust, freshly baked blueberry muffins.

Taste: Unfortunately, the taste does not follow the nose. Slight pumpkin on the front, bitter in the middle, and followed by melted candle taste on the end. Straight up tastes like they took a pumpkin candle and melted it down and chilled it.

Feel: Candle-like.

Overall: Hype isn't real on this. Sad to say I've never had a tasty pumpkin beer. Hopefully someday. Will not buy again. 3/10.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnj21655
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear pale copper in color with a half finger of short lived white head, then the beer looks flat. Pleasant aroma and flavor, some pumpkin but lots of spices: cloves, cinnamon, allspice, some nutmeg. The beer is definitely sweet but the spices keep it from being cloying. Medium bodied and a bit syrupy in feel with a hint of slickness, carbonation is less than low and the beer is nearly flat. Aside from the carbonation issue this is a solid beer. I usually don't like pumpkin ales but this one strikes a good balance on the pumkin and spice notes that keeps it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color; very autumnal in appearance. The head quickly recedes and leaves no cap, collar or lacing.
Nice pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg aroma.
There is pumpkin in the taste, however, the spices also play a big role. There is also a significant hops profile that adds bittering. There is an alcohol warming in the finish. Medium bodied to full and chewy.
A nice pumpkin ale that is complex. I will have it again.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alphakitty
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Botulizard
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerme124535
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Raziel313
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a 2 finger head that fizzles out to nothing in the chalice, with a festive burnt orange color with light amber shades dancing and out along the sides. 30% opaque.

Smells like a fall candle or a wax warmer. Vanilla cookie, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, nilla wafer, and a touch of citronella.

Quite a bit of spice, some of it burnt, in the form of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of bitter herbal notes; a touch of vanilla, citronella, and yogurt. As it settles on the back of the palate, it rests on lactose, lavender, and flower stem. As it warms the finish tastes like dirt and the alcohol really makes an ugly appearance.

Feel is medium bodied, relatively dry, yet keeps the carbonation firm and interesting.

Overall, Pumking is a pretty hyped beer and the only real hype I see justified is the nose. Incredible nose. The rest of it just falls flat for me. It's not a total failure, it's just an above average pumpkin ale. I ended up not finishing the bottom 1/5 of my glass. I got this bomber on sale for $5.49 so I'm not terribly upset, but unless it's on a mega sale I don't think I'd ever purchase it again.

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Photo of JustinSparks
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarryV
1.71/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'll admit that I just don't get pumpkin beer, nothing seems more gimmicky to me. A friend told me this was the best so I decided to try a bomber. Even more amazing to me, 4 packs of this crap were $15.79, thank god I only tried a bomber. Acrid, with a strange bitterness and noticeable alcohol heat - the smell reminds me of a pumpkin scented candle. What's next, turkey and gravy flavored beer, maybe mincemeat beer? I have to do myself a big favor and accept the fact that pumpkin really doesn't belong in a beer. If you want pumpkin, do yourself a favor and have a slice of pie and have a good beer to compliment it.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TH28
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 2016 vintage. Appearance: Semi clear light golden with some haze, and minimal white head that disappears immediately. Almost still. Aroma: Like pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Toasted bread malt is prominent to go with the spicing. Really nice. Taste: Bready maltiness with great pumpkin spicing of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, turning to a light toast and some alcohol heat that accentuates the spice. Mouthfeel: Light bodied for the strength, almost thin, with low carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Spicy alcoholic breadiness lingers, with a touch of nutmeg and toast. Overall: Probably the best aroma on a pumpkin beer I’ve had, it smells like the pie and whipped cream are right in front of you. I also like the bready, toasted maltiness that shows in the aroma and flavor. This beer does have room for improvement though. It has very little carbonation, and almost appears still. The high alcohol against the low body doesn’t balance well, leaving a thin body that accentuates the alcohol heat. With a bit more carbonation and body I’d rank this at the top of the pumpkin ale pile.

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Photo of Kelliinlv12
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this time of year...the taste of pumking what i expect a pumpkin beer to taste like. And unkike some pumpkin beers its not too sweet, smells like pumpkin and tastes like pumpkin...with a great after taste of cinnamon and spices. Definitely at the top of my list!

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Photo of descobar
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,502 ratings.
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