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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:
#2,665
Reviews:
1,980
Ratings:
7,586
pDev:
17.04%
Bros Score:
3.59
 
 
Wants:
519
Gots:
2,256
Trade:
28
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Ratings: 7,586 |  Reviews: 1,980
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange amber color with a small, foamy, off-white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, spices. There were also malty hints.

T - It truly tasted like pumpkin pie. Delicious pumpkin flavor with just the right nutmeg and cinnamon kicks.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really nice tasting pumpkin ale. Absolutely the best one that I've ever had.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of superspak
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/26/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin pie, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove, caramel, pie crust, and light herbal. Insanely amazing aromas with outstanding balance, complexity, and strength of malt and spice notes. Taste of pumpkin pie, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, pie crust, caramel, and light herbal. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin pie, gingerbread, nutmeg,cinnamon, light clove, brown sugar, pie crust, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity; with an outstanding balance of malt and spices; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class pumpkin ale. Incredible balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and insanely easy to sip on. A very incredible pumpkin ale offering, and one of the best ever made without a doubt.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. No lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spice. Cloves, herbal notes. Fairly weak for a 9% abv beer.

Taste: Pumpkin and lots of it. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Some spices notes with herbal flavors and grassy hops. Very big.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Lots of carbonation here with a larger body. Ends spiced and dry.

Overall, what is the point of a 9% pumpkin beer? I just couldn't figure it out. It's not bad, but it sure isn't something I will go and buy again. Just wasn't for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is it about pumpkin pie that we like? Is it the spice? Well yes, undoubtedly, but there's more than that. There's the sweetness. But in addition to the sweetness, there's a thin edge of acidity that we like. It's that edge of burnt sugar, and that blackened edge of crust... it cuts through the sweetness. And guess what? Yeah, you got it, Pumking has it.

It tastes very much like pumpkin pie. Intended or not.

I get mainly all-spice and nutmeg in the nose, but there's some cinnamon too. And if you go beyond that, yes, there's some very nice caramelish malt.

Oh, and it looks good too - hazy-orange amber and all of that. Nice head. OK. It's pumpkin beer, who cares?

The flavor combines the all-spice/nutmeg with the caramelish malt sweetness to give an almost nutty flavor that's OH SO LIKE pumpkin pie! Or is that a bit of butteriness? It reminds me of the crust as well. Thankfully, the cinnamon isn't over-done.

It's mildly bitter, and the spicing helps to balance it. What sweetness there is, is welcome - and it never appears sweet. Nor does it finish overly spicy. There's just enough, and then it all dissipates in the finish.

In conclusion, this is one of the finest - if not the best - pumpkin beer that I've ever had. And I base that on two things: one, it's more than just a spiced beer, it actually tastes like pumpkin, and secondly, it's not overly spiced. Worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Georgia; served in a snifter.

Appearance: Copper-orange body that has a creamy tan colored head. The head soon reduces to a ring and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Aroma: An enticing and complex blend of spices and bready malts. Improves with warming.

Flavor: as usual for style, this is a bit over spiced. Still, quite enjoyable and the spices don't overpower the malt base . There's some actual pumpkin flavor too. Lightly sweet balance, although more even bitter/sweet mix from mid-taste on as some hops kick in. (barely 4)

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, with a medium+ body and good carbonation.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper and orange in color with some highlights of amber when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a vert thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small-medium sized thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie with moderate amounts of sweetness - there is the moderate flavor of pumpkin with some of the traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

T: Like the smell, the taste also features lots of pumpkin pie flavors. There is a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness with strong flavors of pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden and the beer is really quite delicious - the sweetness is not overbearing or cloying and there is a light amount of hop bitterness that helps to balance it out. Annually, one of my favorite pumpkin beers that is easily accessible in the area.Very appetizing in the smell and the taste.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is seems a lot like banana bread along with cinnamon, pumpkin, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise bready with flavors of pumpkin and spices like cinnamon & nutmeg. There's also a strong buttery flavor in it. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, I can where some people might like this beer as it's quite different from other Pumpkin ales, but I just did not like the beer very much.

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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

9% ABV per label.I like the concept of the Imperial pumpkin ale but in the end it just didnt seem to hit home with me,poured into an impy pint glass a clear deep copper with some dark orange tint a thinner wispy head atop.Full on spice and alcohol in the aroma maybe even a bit much in the spice department,heavy cardamom and clove with a dose of vanilla bourbon it becomes a bit boozy after it warms a little.Spice and booze overpower the palate in my mind very spiced like the nose cardamom and clove with a lingering cinnamon that bourbon vanilla booze hits and hits hard making a bit tough to swallow after awhile for me some dryer toastiness tries to show thru but it faint.I think a little over the top for me I still like the concept but this was just to much for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a somewhat murky orange-brown with a decent light tan head.

S: definitely a pumpkin beer! Rather than going overboard with spices on top of.a boring base like most "pumpkin" beers out there, this truly smells like a freshly-baked pumpkin pie, weaving together the spices. At the same time, far too much sweetness.

T: liquid pumpkin pie. Very sweet with a familiar pumpkin puree taste alongside the usual spice suspects and a hint of vanilla. Good spice pattern, but the sweetness is over the top and borderline cloying.

M: medium body with a very creamy texture. The sweetness gets to be far too cloying.

D: similar fate as the mouthfeel. For me, just like with actual pumpkin pie, only with an extra pound of sugar mixed in.

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Photo of nickfl
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a brilliantly clear, orange-copper colored body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - An earthy, slightly fruity aroma with distinct notes of real pumpkin pie, even notes of freshly baked pie crust.

T - Sweet malt up front with a strong, spicy/earthy pumpkin note. Some husky toasted malt in the middle with musty, herbal hop flavor. Finishes with moderate hop bitterness and lingering spice character with notes of cinnamon, allspice, and clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This beer has the most remarkably realistic pumpkin pie aroma I have ever encountered. Most pumpkin ales taste like bad spice soup while some manage to become an interesting combination of malt and spice, but none ever really smell like pie, at best they smell like something that can remind one of pumpkin pie when the idea is suggested beforehand. This beer on the other hand is really something extraordinary, it truly smells like home made pumpkin pie, right down to the bready note of pie crust. This aroma is remarkable and quite pleasant, but I am still not sure it makes for a good beer. The flavor is a bit of a mess with heavy toast and musty hops that just don't make me feel like I want to finish the bomber sitting in front of me. In the end, I have to regard this as an interesting technical exercise rather than a normal beer. The aroma is genuinely impressive and my hat is off to the brewer for their achievement, but the beer just isn't all that pleasant to drink. This beer is a must try, but at the same time not one that I would drink again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mactrail
2.35/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Such a wierd nose. There is a powerful aroma of candy, I'm thinking Kandy Korn, which I find totally revolting. But hey, it's Halloween.

Lots of sticky malt. The hops seem wildly inappropriate. A harsh bitterness on top of a sugary, sweet spice base. Not pleasing contrasts like a good sweet and sour duck. I can only think of pumpkin pie made with aspartame-- the artificial sweetner that gave Tab that nice bitter taste. Here it ain't nice.

This is my second tasting and it only gets worse. My apologies to those who liked it. I give Southern Tier credit for listing ingredients-- very good for educating us drinkers-- I mean consumers.

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Another great pumpkin ale in life. Poured into a snifter, a nice orange-amber with just a slight haze, bubbly with a patchy layer of white bubbles for a head. Truly amazing aroma of ginger snaps and pumpkin pie...not subtle, but full of pleasant aromatic pumpkin and spice, just like it's supposed to be. Taste was not quite as tremendous, but still very good. The flavors were a bit more subdued than the aroma, which is just fine. A sweet malt base with a background of soft pumpkin, overlaid with vanilla, spice, and cinnamony pie crust. Gentle hop bitterness and alcohol warnth in the finish. Medium body, and very drinkable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Bright apricot color. White head has a fine bubble, but low retention and lace.

S – Incredible grain, walnut, and fresh baked pumpkin bread aroma. More bread than pumpkin, but delicious none the less.

T – The flavor profile is straight from the nose. Huge pumpkin bread and walnut character arcs through gingerbread and carrot cake, and ends with a touch of booze.

M – Full, buttery mouthfeel. Almost a little too heavy, and it could use a little more carbonation to help cut through the huge flavor profile.

O – Aggressive pumpkin bread flavor is stellar, but a bit overpowering.

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Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to drink one of my few remaining Pumking's tonight. When it comes to this beer it seems like people either love it or hate it. I am firmly in the love it category with this one and I bought more of this beer this year then probably any other single beer.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass. Pours a bright orange color with very little head. What was there quickly disappears and leaves very little lacing on the glass. This is my one complaint with this beer. If this had a nice big foamy head it would really do this beer wonders and make it more delicious. It's kind of like having pumpkin pie without whipped cream, it's good but it's even better with it.

Aroma is big on sweetness and spice. It has pumpkin, cloves and nutmeg. It's light on the cinnamon which I find overwhelming in a lot of pumpkin beers. The sweetness to it is really great smelling in a pumpkin beer, I might not like it in all beers but in this one it works great.

Taste is a lot like the nose suggests, very sweet with pumpkin, nutmeg and cloves. As a lot of people describe, it's like pumpkin pie in a glass. Like the nose I really like the sweetness in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with below average carbonation, which works very well for me in this beer. Drinkability is OK, it's very delicious and I enjoy it every time I have a glass but the sweetness makes having more then one difficult. I usually like to split the bomber at least 2 ways.

Overall I love the taste and smell of this beer, if they can add better head retention to it this could easily move way up my list. A little whipped cream with the pumpkin pie would be awesome.

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Photo of smithj4
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pumking from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 7,586 ratings
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