Pumking - Nitro
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #33
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #6,619
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
42
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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: 13 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by DrBeergood:
Photo of DrBeergood
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kkmiller76
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Nass
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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-

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Photo of _Adam_
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of superspak
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thanatosbat777
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wafers
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBucks
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NextBestThing
2.31/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the superb looking 13.6 oz can into a nonic. Body is orange, nearly as orange as the can itself and no different than the standard Pumking. Nice creamy head of slightly off-white foam, a zillion tiny bubbles which appear densely packed but are actually light and airy. Good.

The nose is cinnamon forward but I also catch pumpkin flesh. There's really an amalgamation of spices here that I am not able to individually distinguish. It's definitely Pumking.

This beer tastes awful. I actually feel that I drinking vomit. On the back palate I am sort of tasting the pumpkin pie spices and maybe a little bit of the graham cracker that the experts rave about in Pumking, but it's very muted and overpowered by the pukishness. The only caveat I feel is worth including is that I did drink this beer slightly warm which I'm imagining ratcheted up the unpleasantness. Macabre.

The highlight of this beer by far is the mouthfeel if you can get past the upchuck flavor. Very creamy, amply carbonated, medium-light body. Excellent.

Hard for me to believe that I simply got a bad can. This beer is certainly not for me although I will hold my nose and attempt one more from the four-pack before sacrificing my toilet bowl to the rest of them. Stay away.

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Photo of StretchZep
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pure heaven!!!

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sirspins
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Unclevince
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of moltch
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "D.O.B. 09/18/19 21:49:52 FL"

Appearance: The head is what's noticeable first; big, white, creamy textured with a slightly glassy surface, retaining like the meringue on a pie. The body is amber and as transparent as glass. It is picture perfect.

Aroma: The beer has a nice aroma of cinnamon, with a light touch of clove, and some very obvious nutmeg.

Taste: There is a pleasant toasted oat-like flavor to the beer, with a light bit of fruity flavor which tastes a tad like brandy. It has some clove and some cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: The body feels smooth but oddly thin. It is as if what the beer makes up for in smoothness it lacks in overall texture or thickness on the palate.

Overall: The beer starts out looking and smelling amazing, but it starts to taper off when it comes to flavor and texture. While this is still a good Pumpkin Beer it just seems to be lacking character. The flavor just doesn't have enough punch and the mouthfeel, while smooth, has no breadth of texture on the palate. For lack of a better term it just feels "mushy" on the palate. It is still a good enough beer to try but patrons of the original variant might find it a bit lacking comparatively.

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Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Pumking - Nitro from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 42 ratings