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

Added by BeerBeing on 08-26-2007

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Golden orange color, with a foamy off-white head that lives a few spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet candy and biscuity malt, vanilla, pumpkin, and a bit of spices.

Taste: Sweet vanilla blends in with a biscuity malt, some caramel, and a dash of spices. Finishes lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky on the tongue. A light dry flourish at the end.

Overall: Pretty good, somewhat sweet, although less pumpkin-y than I expected.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
1.25/5  rDev -68.8%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Camjmorton
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

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

Photo of irishkyle21
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy white foam. Leaves some lacing as it drops. A mix of copper and gold colors keep my eyes entertained.

This is the best smelling pumpkin beer I have come across. I will be very surprised if I find one that surpasses it, but you never know. The beer smells almost exactly like sugary pumpkin pie (happens to be my favorite pie), I have no other way of describing it.

Tastes of pumpkin pie spices, some hop bitterness and sweet caramel malts. This is one hell of a treat for my big nose.

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Photo of cfinch2
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of thumperskibum
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Bonis
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of djgustafson
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of JC333
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of rojapa
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of SharkNado
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TrilliumFan
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I hate Pumpkin Beer and hate myself for buying it. This is supposed to be one of the best. I didn't like it

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zrab11
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clearish amber color with a nice 1 1/2 finger creamy head

S- Smells like a pumkin crumble cake. Has nice aromas of spices and sweetness

T- Has a nice pumpkin flavor up front followed by some nutmeg and carmel, finishes with a pumpkin peppery brown sugar flavor.

M- Medium to light bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this was a nice pumpkin beer. Had awesome aroma but i couldn't have more than 1 glass of this in a day. It has too much flavor and a little overly sweet. Overall it was still a nice brew

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Medium 2" head with low retention. Golden Orange body, crystal clear. No retention

S- Vanilla, pumpkin, earthy, brown sugar.

T- Starts off nutty and pumpkiny, bittersweet spicy finish. Very flavorful and sweet.

M- Creamy, medium-heavy body. Minimal carbonation

A tasty, full-of-flavor, full bodied brew. My favorite pumpkin beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Gehrig
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a good friend, Imperial Pumpking brought back a bit of Fall in the dead of Winter. Cloudy orange with two fingers of off-white froth, good duration, ample lacing--excellent appearance. The smell is amazing--really reminiscent of pumpkin pie--lots of cinnamon, ginger, and clove. Wow, just wow.

The taste is more restrained than I thought it would be--smooth, sweet, and frothy with moderate spice. Vanilla bean is most prominent, mixing well with ginger and cinnamon. The smell is Imperial, the taste is a little less so, but still delicious--literally like liquid pumpkin pie.

A very smooth mouthfeel, creamy like a cream sickle but frothy like a spiced pumpkin cider. I often avoid pumpkin beer, but Pumpking will get a repeat visit from this avid fan of Southern Tier who is being won over to such alternative Fall beverages. Terrific stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 7,516 ratings.
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