Pumking - Caramel
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Pumking - CaramelPumking - Caramel
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #51
Ranked #12,306
3.99 | pDev: 11.28%
Yesterday at 08:03 PM
Aug 07, 2023
Smooth, rich, luscious caramel intertwines with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie crust notes to deliver a little slice of Pumking heaven oozing with confectionery delight. A sticky, delicious twist on an old favorite!
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has resounding pumpkin and caramel hints
Taste has a well balanced pumpkin and caramel flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A very good pumpkin beer
Yesterday at 08:03 PM
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Thursday at 06:28 PM
Rated: 4.04 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Wednesday at 03:31 AM
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle. Clear golden color.

Nice upgrade to pumpking. Still has clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin. The caramel rounds things out and makes it less spiced. Solid and fun.
Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by beerrat from Virginia

Sep 22, 2023
Rated: 3.73 by Hazey92 from New York

Sep 18, 2023
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Reviewed by EVH5150

3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I was excited to try this pumpkin ale and had heard it was great. To be honest, everything was fine with the pour and the nose but the taste was straight up cream soda to me. Not that I dislike cream soda but I just couldn't get past it. A decent beer but I didnt get a lot of pumpkin etc. An average one to me. I much prefer the original Pumking.
Sep 18, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Sep 14, 2023
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Rated by BAustin_07 from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great new pumpkin beer added to the Southern Tier fall lineup. Good caramel flavor and not over the top pumpkin.
Sep 13, 2023
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
T'is the season for Pumpkin beers. This one is not bad. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this beer features a beautiful, clear light copper color and a small foamy white head with somewhat better than average retention. Light lacing on the glass. Taste is malty with a nice blend of caramel and pumpkin/pumpkin spices. Don't know if the pumpkin spices could have made this beer artificial tasting because the caramel adds a good bit of sweetness and flavor Mouthfeel is rich and malty...a slow sipper. There is no alcohol harshness. ThE sweetness is not overdone. Not just another dessert beer, I had it with a pork chop dinner and it went really well.
Sep 13, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Sep 13, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Sep 13, 2023
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Rated by port43 from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
So sweet it has to be a slow drink.
Sep 12, 2023
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear orange. Thin foam. Caramel aroma. Caramel and pumpkin spice body. Spicy bitter finish. Pretty sweet. The caramel tastes very artificial. The worst one of the series.
Sep 10, 2023
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Clear, nearly transparent dark amber body. Good head production and retention.

Aroma is a bit musty, implying a heavy hand of the dry spices. Caramel isn't particularly noticeable, but it may be hiding along with the malt base. Otherwise, this smells like a fairly classic pumpkin ale - which Pumpking is. It smells quite good, but it also portends too much dry spice, which can easily overwhelm a beer.

The hefty 8.6% base helps fend off that dry spice on the palate, but it's still more of a player than I'd prefer. There's a hint of the artificiality of regular Pumking that I detest, but it's honestly not quite as bad - but also not as solid as Warlock. At the same time, the caramel doesn't quite add enough; it's there when you know to look for it, but otherwise could easily be overlooked. The pie crust is a lovely addition, honestly, as it adds a slightly sweet and grainy flavor to the malt base in complementary fashion.

Overall, this isn't bad, and it fits the season. It's an improvement over regular Pumking, but it's not going to be a pumpkin ale I happily reach for, either - on the rare occasion I'm in such a mood at all.
Sep 09, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

Sep 06, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
OK, just for clarity, this isn't Caramel Pumpkin, although CARAMEL appears in bold capital letters above Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale on the label. The label even suggests 'rule on caramel'. None of the semantics matters, after two twelve ounce brown bottles are emptied into a clear glass liter mug. There's very little head. The brew is a bright and relatively clear copper-amber. The aroma brings modest Pumpkin pie spices, with an additional sweetness. This is a wonderful extension of the Imperial Pumpkin mainstay from this brewery. Pumpkin and Warlock are Pumpkin brews without reproach. Add this one to that list. The caramel inclusion is very tastefully done. It doesn't overly sweeter the brew, it only adds a minor taste that makes a major enjoyment. Adding just a little caramel sweetness and body does nothing to shortchange the original Pumpkin Ale. Everything true to the original remains in tact here, like taste, body and mouthfeel. That's a good thing, because this brewery has few rivals when it comes to Imperial Pumpkin Ales. This is a pleasant, although not drastic, variation on a very successful brew.
Sep 06, 2023
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Sep 05, 2023
Rated: 5 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

Sep 04, 2023
Pumking - Caramel from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 46 ratings