Beer Review: Southern Tier Pumking

Beer Review: Southern Tier Pumking, 4.9 out of 5 based on 5 ratings
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Beer Review: Southern Tier Pumking

Beer Review: Southern Tier PumkingI love pumpkin beers, but I tend to be picky about them.  Part of the problem is that Southern Tier Pumkingwas one of the first pumpkin beers I had, and it really is a spectacular beer.  It isn’t distributed anywhere near me, so I always have to try and find some on business trips, or, like this year, order it from an online retailer.  As soon as my shipment arrived, I threw one in the fridge so I could drink it as fast as possible…and review it, of course.  So, let’s get to it!

Serving style: 22 oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Light amber in color, crystal clear with a thin, white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma: Fresh baked pumpkin pie.  The crust comes through as biscuity, sweet malt.  Followed by traditional spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, reminiscent of snickerdoodle cookies.  There isn’t much pumpkin in the aroma…but pumpkins don’t have a really strong aroma, so most of what I associate with pumpkin pie is the spice blend.

Taste: Follows the aroma.  Up front there is sweet crust and pumpkin that is delicately spiced.  It’s not nearly as sweet as the aroma would suggest, very nice balance.  There is a touch of alcohol in the middle, but I would never guess this was 8.6% abv, and the alcohol is pleasant.  The finish has vanilla and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation.  This beer is not thick or syrupy like some other sweet or spiced beer can be; it is clean and crisp and very easy to drink.

Overall: This is the pinnacle of pumpkin beers for me, and I love pumpkin beers.  It reminds me of Grandma’s pumpkin pie and happy family memories.  I am really glad that I ordered a whole case!  As it warms up the aroma and flavor comes out a little bit more and makes this beer delicious to the very last drop.

Beer Review: Southern Tier Pumking 1

 

Craft Brewery: Southern Tier
Beer: Pumking
ABV: 8.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

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