Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden-amber body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a soft lacing. Aroma is great. Lots of pie crust biscuits, pumpkin pie filling, and plenty of harvest spices. Lots of nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon make this more sweetly spiced than sharp. Abundant pumpkin pie aroma makes me salivate and almost tempts me to top this with whipped cream. The flavor is very sweet with more of that pie crust and biscuit up front before more sweet pumpkin pie filling comes in. The spices quickly become acquainted, more so than the aroma. They give off more of a perfume-like taste and distinctness that makes them stand out more towards the backend along with a light, pumpkin hop bitterenss. Along with the added spice and bitterness comes just a trace of alcohol that lightly warms my throat after a dry and spicy, but sweet pumpkin pie filling finish. Lingers with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg for a medium to long amount of time. Lighter bodied, extremely clean, smooth, and very balanced for a 9%ABV beer. Overall, a very memorable pumpkin ale. Extremely aromatic and just as flavorful. Great body and balance make this one of my favorite fall ales to date. Mmmm the spell has been cast!
Leighton (18075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 This was amazing. The ’Commercial Description’ truly captures the essence of the Pumking. I had some on tap at the East Village Tavern. Poured a nice, light gold. Aroma of spices - cinnamon and nutmeg with mild roasted malt notes. The flavor was sweet, incredibly sweet and tasted like rich pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. The alcohol gives the brew a nice warming effect. Very smooth and drinkable. Delicious.
Nejhleader (1431) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
smells amazing, nutmeg, Cinnamon, pumpkin spice. Taste is the same, I thought the body could have been body, but as nice as drinking liquid pumpkin pie.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours an amber orange with no head. Plenty of lights get through this one.
Aroma: Pumpkin pie filling: sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin meat.
Taste: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little sticky.
Overall: This is the king of pumpkin beer to be sure.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 Bottle. 22 oz. Split with James, Andrew, and Tony. Pours murky orange, with a thick pungent white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie, spice, and spice. Full body with a creamy, amazing finish. Highly recommended. Beautiful brew.
New 2010 Recipie:
Pours a clean orange with a half finger off-white fluffy head. Aroma of pumpkin, vanilla, butterscotch. caramel and cream. Medium bodied with a firm, agrresive, yet also soft, supple, and rich mouthfeel. Very well balanced carbonation, but very toned down pumpkin flavor. Much more vanilla and maltiness. Overall, I prefer the inital Pumking recipe. The over-the-top pumpkin pie flavor of the original was something truly unique. While this is still the king of all pumpkin beers, it would serve the brewers well to return to form and get back to brewing liquid pumpkin pie. Either way, cheers.
halfonit (1313) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a clear golden color. Aroma is mainly of pumpkin spices. Taste is a very well balanced mix of pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and hops. You’d think that it would be a little more on the sweeter side with all of these spices, but it not at all. It all works out very well to bring a true pumpkin beer. Excellent job!!
HonkeyBra (4026) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange pour. Aroma of pie crust, spice. Spicey flavor with maybe a bit of bitter pumpkin and an alcohol burn. Kind of surprising carbonation for a high gravity brew. Probably one of the better pumpkin beers I’ve ever had.
pete4999 (1415) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 Smells like a vegetable kinda. I actually didn’t like the smell too much. Looks an amber-orange. Good taste, not quite as good as I was hoping, but definitely a good pumpkin beer. Spicy, cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg. Kinda reminds me of a carrot cake or pumpkin pie.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Southern tier is outstanding. Pours a rich brown color with a nice amount of head. Aroma would make you swear you are about to eat a pumpkin pie. Very sweet taste that tastes just like eating a pumpkin pie. I swear that you can even taste crust in the beer. Not a very standard beer as it doesn’t even taste at all beer-ish. Its getting unfair comparing these concoctions of Southern Tier against other beers. Definitely worth a taste this fall.
blutt59 (6478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, orange amber with light foam, spicy nutmeg, sweet brown sugar, pumpkin aroma, flavors of sweet pumpkin pie without too much or too little, alcohol is non existent,