Pumking - Nitro
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #32
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,849
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
111
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  11
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Pumking - NitroPumking - Nitro
Notes: The King of Pumpkin Beers is now in cans and on nitro! Pumking’s magical spell will electrify your senses as you hear, see, smell and taste Pumking Nitro.

33 IBU
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 111 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cracked open the nitrogenated can and poured into a pint glass. Creamy, butterscotch pour eventually settled into a murky orange-hued brown with a whipped cream like head. As expected, very little carbonation after the initial pop of nitrogen. Fairly faint aroma of nutmeg and something sweet - like caramel. Taste follows the nose but with a clover / allspice kick. Very well-balanced. The mouthfeel is what sets this apart - extremely easy to drink considering the 8.6% ABV. Quite good - but, personally, i miss the carbonation!

Nov 04, 2021
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - copper colored body with white head

Smell - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove

Taste - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove

Mouthfeel - medium.bodied, medium carbonation, cinnamon sweetness upfront and then even more spicy cinnamon on the back end

Overall - good beer, the nitro smooths out a bit of the sweetness and harshness of the spices. Cinnamon dominates, but this is still drinkable.

Price point - $3.99/16 oz can

Oct 30, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tasted Pumking over a decade ago and I was blown away by the over-the-top flavors. As the years passed, I felt as if ST made changes to the recipe that underplayed the extreme flavor notes and rendered this offering more dry and ordinary.

Enter into the fray, a nitro cousin. It has been years since I ponied up the cash for this beer. But, I figured that I'd give Prince Nitro a try to see if it was worthy of full coronation.

Pours a buttery copper with a huge creamy head that took forever to settle. The nose is exquisite - graham crackers, pie spice and pumpkin. All those notes are also present in the flavor profile. And the sweetness reminds me of this beer when I first tasted it.

The mouthfeel is sIlky smooth and super creamy and, at 8.6%, this is straight-up dangerously drinkable.

This has always been a devisive beer. But, for better or worse, I am a fan of this trick or treat sugar bomb!

Oct 23, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 22, 2021... OCCASION: unwinding with the Cavs' search for their first win while sipping on the nitro version of a beloved Autumn classic... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... pours a sizzling beige-white head that develops to a few fingers, dazzling as it shifts in three distinct colors... its body a chestnut-brown, sans effervescence... heavy nutmeg, brown sugar, malt grains, earthiness, light coffee grains, and cinnamon make for that signature Pumking flavor promise... this iteration is silky smooth, creamy and easy-drinking--a bit of a strike against it, as the OG Pumking had a commanding presence and a big-game feel...this kind of slides through, exemplified by its lightened version of its primary aromatic aspects: nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, and clove... put up against other pumpkin beers, it more than holds its own...against the original, it pales--but that sounds harsher than it should be--best case scenario, this is a gateway to the Pumking Whiskey...

Oct 23, 2021
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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured can into big snifter. Big offwhite head over a murky amber.

Nose is toffee, toasted marshmallows.

Taste is complex, some pumpkin spice with a malty vanilla sweetness and earthy clove notes. Pumpkin notes are vegetal on the finish.

Feel is very smooth, very creamy

With pumpkin beers as with most beers, imperial is the way to go. This is a great example.

Oct 22, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a very strange, yet still enjoyable, imperial pumpkin ale...

...The damned thing looks great, it smelled sweet, and the mouthfeel was a very strange blend of watery yet creamy - all in one. What surprised me, or honestly, kinda disappointed me, was the taste. Very much boozy, very much booze forward to the point it detracted from the sweet pumpkin flavor I could tell was there. Unfortunately, held hostage and very much back by the booze. Overall, it's still a great experience, and if I come across another one, I won't hesitate to crack open and pour hard...

Sep 30, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance -The beer is served a medium golden color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head fades very fast leaving but a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is mostly of a grainy and bready aroma. Along with these smells are hints of caramel and a little bit of earthy hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready taste mixed with some caramel sweetness and a bit of doughiness. As the taste advances these tastes are joined by a bit of earth and a touch of herb, leaving one with a rather crisp and slightly malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is high. For the style, the feel is great and makes for a very easy sipper.
Overall – A decent lager, but nothing to write home about.

Sep 27, 2021
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schoolboy from Ohio

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

I know I had one of these a while back, and this brew is just like I remembered it. Somehow not as good as Pumking. It starts with a disappointing nitro effect. A dud. What effervescence it retains does well to propel a pumpkin spice aroma.

Then, the taste kicks in, a brown ale, with great pumpkin and other spice flavors. The net of all the flavors is strangely coffee. The brew isn't very nitro-foamy at all, quite the opposite the overall experience is pretty flat - the brew would benefit from a bigger nitro charge.

Recommended. The original Pumking is a different experience, and better, but this ale has a completely different feel and is interesting and worth drinking just for the different texture.

Sep 24, 2021
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Dionysus from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice head on this beer great color, Super vanilla on the nose and on the palette. Definitely taste the pumpkin and the cinnamon. The widget makes for a solid pour and nice smooth carbonation. Incredible brew, I would definitely buy it again.

Sep 15, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has pumpkin hints
The taste follows the nose with a silky smooth pumpkin flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Pumpkin beer

Sep 02, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

13.6oz can poured into a goblet

A- pours a slightly hazy amber color with a creamy two-finger head that has great retention long after the pour

S- smells just like all of the elements of a pumpkin pie; creamy pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, clove, vanilla cream and graham cracker crust

T- sweet and creamy vanilla up front gives the flavor of whipped cream, followed by spice notes of cinnamon, allspice and clove. Mid-palate resembles the flavors of pumpkin pie filling, before finishing with notes of graham cracker and cinnamon

M- medium body gives a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that turns into a silky smooth finish, abv hidden well

O- the nitro treatment is a great compliment to a top notch pumpkin beer

Aug 18, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

13.6 ounce can poured into a nonic style pint glass.
Canned on 8/27/20

Looks and smells great. Plenty of spice and pumpkin pie-like aroma and flavor. The nitro softens the spicy dryness a bit but as with most pumpkin beers I find too spicy too enjoy more than a few ounces.

Jan 03, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pumking Nitro from Southern Tier Brewing. Purchased 9/23/20 for $ 4.00 (Including tax) for 16 oz can (actual beer volume 13.6 oz - $ 0.294/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. In reefer at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 12/27/20.
Date stamp on bottom rim of can but smeared and unable to be read. Served at 45.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 50.9 degrees.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Pale gold (SRM 4), hazy.
Body – Medium amber (SRM 12), dirty and opaque. When held to direct light, orange and hazy.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive center pour), antique white, creamy, average retention, leaving a one cm crown and a complete cap.
Lacing – Decent but transitory. Wide band of tiny to small bubbles.
Aroma – 3.25 – Initially moderately strong smell of allspice and nutmeg, with no cinnamon or ginger, no pumpkin, no malt, no hops, no yeast. Lasts.
Flavor – 3.25 – Follows nose; no malt, no hops, no yeast. No alcohol (8.6 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Gastric warming does occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 Far and away too much nutmeg and/or allspice. Cinnamon and ginger (my two favorite spices) appear to have been left out. IMHO, not as tasty as the regular Pumking.

Dec 27, 2020
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krh from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There was a time I was a BIG fan of Pumking and its various incarnations, but now I'm left thinking they are too artificial tasting. Same applies here, typical PK smell and pie spice, but nitro softens it all to a level that seems flat.

Nov 30, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have had a few cans of this already and gotta say I think this format suits the beer quite well.

A- Can opens with a massive hiss. Pours from the can with that super velvety nitro foam cascading at the top as millions of bubbles from the bottom of the glass quickly rise up to the top joining a very thick layer of cream. Great head retention and thick webs of lacing.

S- Aromatically not much deviates from the classic Pumking as you just get a massive wave of pumpkin spice blend, pumpkin pie and medium toast malts in the nostrils. Allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, graham crackers, caramel, vanilla sweets and pumpkin comes to mind.

T- Kind of hard to describe the difference versus the carbonated classic but it feels like it lands a bit softer on the palate with the spice flavors and you get a more balanced experience between the spices, pumpkin and malts with a nice bittersweet finish. Bold spices right off the bat with allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon intensity balanced out by the best pumpkin pie flavor in the business along with caramel, vanilla, pumpkin puree, toast, nutty and brown sugar notes.

MF- Medium bodied with the delicate nitro instead of the bold carbonation. Smooth and silky texture and bittersweet spiciness lingering in the finish for quite a long time.

Pumking is such a cool beer. Massive aroma and flavor that is so over the top and similar to a candle but still just works, so well. Bitter and bold spices balanced by sweet malts and pumpkin pie bliss. Nitro is not always the best for certain brews but it works very well here.

Nov 08, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can into my tulip glass, this beer pours a clear, medium amber color with a slightly off-white, creamy looking head that's well over an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a a solid 1/4 inch thick with excellent retention. Some decent lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas of some bready malts, cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spice such as nutmeg, vanilla, and all spice notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with some pumpkin bread like malt notes followed by the aforementioned pumpkin and various pumpkin pie spice flavors of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. Not really any discernible hop presence in the flavors here. Has a fairly crisp, mainly smooth and creamy, frothy medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Has a clean, slightly dry finish and aftertaste and a clean finish. I enjoy the nitro version of this beer. Nice take.

Eric

Oct 26, 2020
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jslice99 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L-Pours a nice orange color with a thick white head due to the nitro. S-Smells very nice. Pretty much the same as the original Pumking. Just like a punpkin pie. T- You get the pumpkin pie spice taste but also a faint vanilla due to the nitro. Personally i like the taste of the original way better. The original version is one of my favorite pumpkin beers and i can see what they’re going for with this nitro version. This one is a lot creamier and the alcohol is very well hidden but i’m not getting blown away like i do with the original version. F- Feel is light. To me it’s not very carbonated and the nitro just makes the beer feel watery and thin. O- Overall it is a good nitro pumpkin beer. Like i said i see what they were trying to do but the original Pumking is just way better. To me the nitro just takes away too much from the beer. Don’t get me wrong it’s still enjoyable but it’s no where close to the original.

Oct 22, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the can, it pours a clear red-brown amber with a small but thick head that slowly reduces. In the nose, it is pumpkin pie spices predominating. The same for the mouth - honestly it smells better to me than it tastes - the pumpkin pie spice seems to hang around a blt too long for my liking. Feel is smooth, due to the nitro.

Oct 11, 2020
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socon67 from New York

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Certainly a different feel on nitro. I've enjoyed the variants but still prefer the original better. This can pours a murky orange with plenty of foam. The smell has more spice than I recall. Flavor is much like the expected pumpkin pie, but the creamy feel of nitro gas adds to a vanilla finish. A fun beer to try, and a fun twist on a classic beer.

Oct 06, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours typical of most nitro beers, with a golden cascading body, with a foamy white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like vanilla, pie crust, spice, and caramel.

Like most nitrogenated beers, this does sacrifice a bit of flavor for texture, but it's still a good beer. The vanilla seems to be played up a touch here, or maybe that's just the extra creaminess playing tricks on my palate.

This is smooth, and clean, and very creamy, with a great drinkability.

I'm not sure that this entirely improves on the original Pumking, but it's an intriguing twist for sure.

Oct 04, 2020
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Mbbiker from Wisconsin

2.72/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First time I pored a beer because of how bad it is and gave away the remaining cans.
Looked great in the glass with a thin 1/4" head which im used to with a nitro.
Mouthfeel was like I was drinking a day old can of coke, sticky and flat carbonation.
Taste like a day old pumpkin pie flavored soda.
Overall I love a good nitro but this is one to skip. Stick to the regular pumking much more enjoyable.

Sep 30, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bronze color with a fingers worth of tiny nitro head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of pumpkin spices up front, mainly cinnamon. Some vanilla in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of pumpkin spices and vanilla and then picks up some lighter pumpkin/squash notes. Finishes with lingering pumpkin spice

M: Medium bodied with moderate nitro feel

O: A solid nitro version of pumking. Makes it easier to drink

Sep 20, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can dated 08/20/20. Sampled on Sept 12, 2020.

Beautiful nitro-infused copper-mahogany pour with a silly cream colored head that lingers. Good clarity.

The aroma is mostly cinnamon beyond the other pumpkin spices such as nutmeg and allspice that one usually gets in the style. Malt sensations.

The mouthfeel is generally in the light to medium range but very smooth and creamy.

As for the taste, again it is the cinnamon that takes center stage. It also has a malt sweetness. I think the cinnamon is overdone and almost burning. But alcohol is buried. Not bad. But not one I would buy over and over.

Sep 12, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

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

Well I guess what goes for stouts goes for this too - it's a totally different beer - don't know the science behind it all but the minute you "nitro" a beer you're exchanging some of the taste for a different/smoother feel - this is smooth as silk - and in this particular case the beer comes off a lot more vegetal - less sweet and "pumpkin-spiced"? than the standard version - not gonna commit too much to an opinion until I've had another but I like the trade-off here more than some nitro stouts (Guinness and Young's for example) - less of the sugars and spice and I'm appreciating more of the pumpkin element - plus it does not drink at all like an 8.6% abv beer...

Sep 10, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured hard like a champ from a 13.6 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a faintly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger creamy off-white head. Typical nitro retention and lacing; that is, all the retention and lacing ever.

The aroma brings a ton of pumpkin spice and nutmeg, with plenty of cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet cream. There's some suggestions of ginger snaps and biscuits with the absolute foggiest idea of brown sugar. Very sweet, but smells like it should.

The flavor toes the line of cloying, but never quite crosses it. Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg and vanilla. Finishes with brown sugar, ginger snap cookies, and a touch of booze. Very spicy throughout.

The feel is typical of a nitro beer, however it's a bit on the watery side. There's some alcohol warming and a lingering spiciness, like after chewing Big Red gum.

Overall, this is a solid pumpkin beer, though I feel the nitro detracts from the original. It's not bad, but just get the regular version.

Sep 07, 2020
Pumking - Nitro from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 111 ratings