Pumking - Nitro
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Pumking - NitroPumking - Nitro
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #33
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #7,970
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
82
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  8
SCORE
88
Very Good
Pumking - NitroPumking - Nitro
Notes: The King of Pumpkin Beers is now in cans and on nitro! Unleash nitro to see, hear and taste the Pumking liquid with a rich, creamy mouthfeel.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 82 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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.

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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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a glass. Canned 8/21/20, so not 3ven 3 weeks old.

Clear rich amber colored body. Large creamy off white head leaving layers of lacing.

Aroma of pumpkin spices, none of thg he dominating.

On tasting, you get the smoothness of a nitro, other than that, classic Pumking taste, nice balance, sweet, spicy, no bitterness.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a warm spicy sweetness.

Overall, much better than the other Pumking variants. Enjoying this one.

Sep 06, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A loud pop from the nitro release produces a beautiful soft and pillowy creamy topping of bone white coloring. Amazing retention of one inch. A dark and murky orange color has caramel candy apple highlights. The nitro fueled capping alone is worthy of outstanding mention. Faint marcro bubble release.

S: Tradition pie spicing is loaded with nutmeg and cinnamon with some sweet and toasty pie crust. Sweet filling of pumpkin pie, caramel-toffee and warm malt pancake scents. Good awareness, with some toasty walnut accents.

T: The flavor was sweet toffee and caramel, sugary pumpkin pie filling along with some sweet pie crust. Buttery caramel, brown sugar with some traditional nutmeg and cinnamon dusting. Touches of cloying maple syrup and cloves.

M: Light and creamy feel, hard to argue with the nitro infusion makes this a delight on the tongue. Incredibly silky smooth, light body.

O: Heavily spiced and dessert style beer, the nitro makes the appearance and mouthful outstanding. Sweet pie like flavoring.

Jan 24, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9/11/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some haze; big creamy light khaki head that sticks around leaving tons of retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are what you would expect from Pumking. Lots of graham cracker crust going on along with some buttered popcorn. Some caramel and vanilla (whipped cream). Mild spices. Some sweet potatoes, squash and veggie notes. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More graham crackers leading the way. More vanilla acting as the whipped cream. The spices are mild and subtle. Low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with low carbonation. It's slick, slightly creamy, smooth and ultimately dangerously drinkable.

Pumking has always been one of my all-time favorite beers, so of course I'd really like this one. It has the same exact aromas and flavors that you would expect from Pumking. I always felt that Pumking was low on the spice side, and this basically confirms it (I mean that in a good way). Although I guess I would ultimately prefer the original, this is still great. There's really no difference between the two besides the carbonation and nitro aspects. Well done.

Oct 31, 2019
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Nass from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is dark orange with a thick & creamy head that lingers around for a bit. The taste is very much evocative of pumpkin pie. On the taste the pumpkin pie filling & the crust are definitely both in the building along with some spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, & vanilla essence. Wow! that first sip reminds me of egg nog. By unanimous decision pumking is still the champ in the pumpkin beer category. I can't decide whether I like the regular bottle conditioned version of Pumking or the nitro because both are most excellent pumpkin beers. I notice that this beer is a tad bit more aromatic than the regular version. Furthermore, there is a canned on date on the bottom of the can. The texture is sort of watery but which nitro beer isn't these days, that's okay because the lovely lacing that the thick & frothy head leaves around the glass surely makes up for it. The abv is well hidden but you do taste some of it more in this nitro version as compared to the regular version but it's nothing that's going to detract from this experience. I'm sort of hit or miss when it comes to nitro beers but this one delivers imo. Cheers! A-

Oct 27, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

13.6 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/18/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/orange/amber/light copper color with a 2 finger dense/creamy/rocky cream colored head with amazing retention, that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, Amazing appearance. Aromas of big pumpkin, fruit skin/seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and pie crust; with lighter notes of fruit, herbal, grass, peppercorn, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, sugar, bready malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge pumpkin, fruit skin/seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, and pie crust; with lighter notes of fruit, herbal, grass, peppercorn, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, woody, cinnamon, clove, peppery bitter/spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of pumpkin, fruit skin/seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, gingerbread, toasted biscuit, pie crust fruit, herbal, grass, peppercorn, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, sugars, bready malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an amazing malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alchohol for 8.6%. Overall this is an amazing imperial pumpkin ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, sugars, bready malts, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Perfectly balanced rich malts, sugars, pumpkin, and spice flavors. Light residual sweetness with lingering bitter/spicy dryness. Not overwhelming on any aspect. Pretty much just as impressive as the base beer, but smoother from nitro. Love it!

Oct 23, 2019
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I would definitely say that it has a creamy feel when compared to the normal Pumking. Good sweet pumpkin pie like nose on this brew. Sweet then bitter ending. Good stuff. Really creamy feel to this beer. Alcohol hidden. A nice take on the classic Pumking

Oct 17, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber. Beautiful nitro surge. Incredibly smooth off-white head.

S: Just like a pumpkin pie.

T: The first thing I did was have a spoonful of nitro head. It tastes like it could be ice cream. A pumpkin lover will enjoy this. It's a bit more mellow than the original pumpkin because the body is much lighter. All the pumpkin spice is concentrated on the forward palate, and you get a real ale flavor on the back palate. It is still very much a beer.

F: Creamier than Pumpking but by time you get to it, the ale flavor is all over you. As a beer drinker, I like it. But this isn't a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks

O: It packs a punch. Back it up with a more basic 6pack to polish off your night.

Oct 15, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber with some brown hues as well as some orange, but leaning more towards brown with a frothy, creamy off-white head that sticks around the entire time -
S - Pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, vanilla. Malty. Smells like it should.
T - Follows the nose: Tons of pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, vanilla - maybe even a little ginger along with notes of vanilla intermixed.
F - Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation - creamy and smooth, yet somewhat thin
O - A nice pumpkin beer with tons of flavor, but overall the mouthfeel is a huge letdown for me. Overall, I prefer the other Pumking variants over this. It almost tastes like a flat Pumking

Oct 13, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden,caramel color with a massive egg white head. Smell like Pumpkin, pie crust. Smell is very muted. Tastes like flat Pumking. Not sure why they picked nitro for this beer. A bland (except Ethyl) taste and flavor. They did not compensate for the nitro creaminess in any way. Super bland. taste. Feels flat ,creamy, finishes juicy. Way too expensive, 17 dollars for a 4 pack of pints.Overall this beer is a novelty item in my opinion. If they took into account what the Nitro does they could have made a stellar legend, maybe next time-

Oct 10, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

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

Poured a reddish-orange color with good head and constant lace ring. Typical "pumpkin pie" aroma although mostly pumpkin spice and some peppery spices and not really any bread (just more of a sweet pumpkin aroma). The nitro aspect mutes some of the spiciness from the beer and makes it creamy with some pumpkin and pumpkin sweetness flavors. Finishes easy with a dry crispness to it.

Oct 07, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high creamy off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently covered the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkins are present in the nose along with notes of spices.
T: The taste taste follows the smell and has flavors of pumpkins along with notes of spices such as nutmeg and ginger.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit dry, and very smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel, but it seems a bit dryer and spicier compared to the regular version.

Serving type: nitro-can

Oct 06, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

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

Poured from a can with a TON of frothy white head. Eventually faded to 3 fingers, then stuck around so long I finished it with a little head remaining. Fairly clear orange color. Smells mostly like pumpkin pie spice. Super smooth feel due to the nitro. Tastes a bit like un-sweetened pumpkin pie. Not amazing but a pretty darn good pumpkin pie-like ale. Would buy again.

Oct 03, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9/11/19

A: Hilariously loud gas release when opening the can, startled the hell out of me. Pours a very dark orange with a large and nearly solid head. Really can't even see the bubbles at first, it's so fine. Nitro for sure. Excellent head retention (an understatement, it's literally perpetual) and thick sheets of lacing.

S: Wonderful pumpkin pie aroma. Pumpkin flesh, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg is what I get. Heavenly.

T: There is a bit of pumpkin flavor up front but really it just tastes like pumpkin pie (whipped cream included, I swear). The spices linger after the initial richness and sweetness wear off. Again, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg mainly. Decently bitter on the back end, which helps balance it out.

M: Fairly heavy and smooth.

O: Well, Pumking is my favorite pumpkin beer and the addition of nitro only seems to improve it. Not a dramatic improvement but the appearance and aroma are markedly better at least. Well done, Southern Tier.

Sep 30, 2019
Pumking - Nitro from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 82 ratings