Style: Pumpking Ale

ABV: 8.6

84/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumking

What the brewers say

“Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun. At first sip, a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Unique lemon and malt sweetness up front, with notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and creme brûlée. A hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, but caramel candy note dominates. Slight floral potpourri notes on top of the pumpkin.”

Flavor: “Vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel sweetness at first taste, with a touch of pumpkin-pie spices (mostly ginger) to support. The sweetness gives way to the ginger spiciness. The vanilla/caramel flavor comes through a bit artificial, but still works well in the beer. Also tastes of lemon and some earthiness. Finishes slightly astringent and sharp.”

Overall: “A unique, well-executed, original take on a pumpkin beer (the lemon-esque flavor is unique). Biggest complaint from others will be the ginger and the ‘artificial’ flavoring, but personally, I really enjoy it in this beer. It will be polarizing, but for this particular judge, one of my favorite pumpkin beers.”

What our editors thought

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