Giant #beer for the champs…Southern Tier Pumking…

I had a new beer from Sam Adams on tap to write a review on, but alas, to the Victor Cruz goes the spoils…

So, I turn my sights back to the state of New York, and actually take a beer directly from my Top 5 list that I posted last week (  To represent the newly crowned Super Bowl champions, we go slightly out of season to a Pumpkin Ale.  From Southern Tier Brewing Company (, we will take a look at Pumking, a seasonal imperial ale, which boils down to limited availability and increased alcohol content.  Southern Tier gives a good little blurb about the beer on its label, which is as follows:

“Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly.”

And I should point out that this beer should not be confused with Jack, the Pumpkin King.  Completely different animal, folks.

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is an orange-yellow coloring with a slight hazing and a thin, white film of head.  Slow bubbling carbonation throughout the beer brings all of the aromas out of the glass.  Smells are like pumpkin bread, with a good dose of cinnamon and an overall roasted character.  The beer’s flavor is amazing.  Sugary sweet, with a huge pumpkin and cinnamon component, as well as an underlying roasted backbone.  Tastes like a pumpkin cookie right out of the oven.  The aftertaste is creamy and rich, with pumpkin and buttery tones.  The finish is quick and clean.  Very impressive.  Pumpkin beers are tough to pull off at times, between the sweet characteristics of the flavors, the spicing, and the overall feel of the beer.  This one does all of those things well, and packs a bit more punch with the increased ABV, making it a fantastic cold weather brew, which is perfect for right now.  So, if you can find it Giants fans, drink it in.  If you’re not a Giants fan (like myself), just take the opportunity to enjoy a very finely crafted beer.

And with that comes the end of the football related entries, which is kind of nice.  Until next time, get out there and explore, either in a new brewery, a new style, or both.  And as always, drink educated, my friends!


One Response to “Giant #beer for the champs…Southern Tier Pumking…”

  1. Like you say, pumpkin beers are kind of hit or miss, but I agree that Southern Tier’s is outstanding. It was like liquid pumpkin pie.

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