Style: Pumpking Ale

ABV: 8.6

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



The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.