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Review by Surly Duff on 10/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 4 10 2009
Pours a clear golden color with a hint of orange to it. Small thick foamy white head atop and settles to leave a small layer of white across the top of the brew and some sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smells of baked pie crust with a nice hint of sweetness and a touch of cinnamon. Bit of pumpkin and a touch of butter (in a good way). Hint of nutmeg and light allspice.

Smooth malty body with a great dry sweetness. Again it's just like a pumpkin pie. Buttery crust with light spice of nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon. Light carbonation and a nice hint of light carmel. Light touch of toffee.

No sign of the 9% ABV. Great pumpkin flavor without getting overly sweet like some pumpkin brews can and without the fake pumpkin taste many have. Well done.

Price: $6.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 01/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 18 4 10 2008
A solid haze of dark golden apple with a medium orange cast to its body. Large, bubbly, off-white capping grows up quickly from a good pour. The foam slips down kind of fast to leave an always present and solid skim. Some tattered sheets and strings of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma is straight up like a fresh homemade pumpkin pie! Wow! It has a very nice, clean, and very pleasing nose with a tender pie crust that stands out the most and the spices are just right with a well balanced spice of buttery pumpkin bread, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Perfectly pie-like.

Taste is much of the same with a very clean, easy going character that just seems like drinking a freshly made pumpkin pie. Tenderly tasty with a well toned and lengthy array of buttery pumpkin, pie crust fluff, and spiced just right with its notes to cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a fun and firm smack on the lips with creamy pieness thats akin to licking the fork.

Solid medium body; clean, tender, and bold with a slight carbonation texture. Has a ghostly effect to what the actual pumpkin pie leftovers would have on your lips and on the palate if you just ate a piece. Creamy smooth and a delicately woven dry texture to its finish. It's pretty damn impressive that a beer can be brewed to nearly emulate the effect of a food and this "Pumpking" from Southern Tier does a great job of pulling it off.

Not sure how this beer is possible? Muck like Creme Brulee and Choklat, the craftability that Southern Tier cranks out to be more like food is very impressive. Also not sure how or why this is 9%? It does have some warming abilities behind its quaffable nature to be found as you go. But beers at this high of ABV usually have a thicker, heftier, more malt laden type of character, and this really doesn't have that. It has a very decievingly clean and crisper smoothness that seems more like a simple pale-like ale. Just goes to show the boundries of brewing continue to be broken by impressive craft brewers like Southern Tier.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tayner on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
38 2 4 5 4 4 2008
22 oz bottle

pours a clear, crisp, clean copper color with a white head that was fairly stickly, lots of carbonation bubbles.

smell is odd, and for me not in a good way. it has a strange wet sock and dirty leather shoe smell. I can smell pumpkin as well, a slick, raw, rotten pumpkin smell, not at all pleasing and it really turns me off. where is the cinnamon, nutmeg? nope, just raw, rotten pumpkin and wet socks.

taste follows smell, slick, rotten raw pumpkin. after swallowing i can feel the heat/warmth from the 9%, but it is only an afterthought. Did they even cook the pumpkin first? did someone forget to add the spices? this was not at all pleasant for me.

Mouthfeel is fine, good level of carbonation, light but not watery feeling.

I cant give this a good drinkability... although the alcohol is well hidden, and the carbonation is fine, but after about 6 ounces of TRYING to like it I had to pour the rest, my gag reflex got the best of me on this one... now i need to go brush my teeth, or wash the flavor away with a really hoppy IPA.

Served In: Snifter

Review by James Kitchens on 09/29/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 17 4 8 2008
Color is dark copper, minimal foam. Smell is all about the pumpkin. Lots of things going on. Pumpkin pie, yeast/bread dough, spices. Taste follows the smell. Tons of spot-on pumpkin flavor. The yeast/bread taste is even in there to make you think of pie crust. The spices are balanced very well also, and don't come out too strong. Feel is slightly on the medium thick side.

Overall, this is probably my favorite example of this style. And this is a personal favorite style in the fall. I really like this one.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 09/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 17 4 7 2008
Thanks to NG for this brew>

A- Crystal clear burnt orange with a white bubbly head that fades into a ring on the glass.

S- The EXACT same thing as pumpkin bread batter. It has the exact hint of cloves and spices in it.

T- A lot of tame attributes as the aroma. It ahs some crisp bite to the finish, but the main player here is the well blended pumpkin. Really great to sip on.

M- Very nice, and easy to drink.

O- O very good pumpkin brew. Has a lot of flavor in it without being obnoxious. Thank, Jorge.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 09/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 12 3 8 2008
A standard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a light amber / dark copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Lots of clean caramelized, sweet malt notes add an almost butterscotch note. This is nicely lacking in the typically lame over-spiced pumpkin-pie spice blend. Aromas similar to vanilla, toasted cotton candy, . The aroma is incredibly distinct and quite sweet I would not have guessed that pumpkin would add these butterscotch / caramelized notes, but they are quite different from anything I have ever gotten from malt. While this does smell fairly sweet there is a significant, equally competing, toasted malt note that adds a ton of biscuit malt character.

Lightly sweet compared to what the aroma might have suggested, though this still ends up being quite sweet and at times a touch cloying. This does have a medium fullness to it that coats the palate a bit after each sip. The finish has a touch of hot alcohol to it as well as a lingering toasted cotton candy like note that gets more like toasted grain as the finish lingers on in the palate. An interesting, sort of fruity, butterscotch-sort-of flavor plays a significant role here and has a soft vanilla like edge to it. As the beer warms, the significant, toasty grain notes starts to take on a nutty flavor.

This is a very interesting take on the style, I really, really like that the spices seem to have been left out of this beer entirely (or at least used differently than typical); the pumpkin character though is quite a bit different than I was expecting and not in a bad way. This definitely comes off as a bit cloying (which is typical of this brewery), though I now expect to get dessert when I crack one of this breweries beer open.

Price: $9.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 02/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2008
A - Pours a clean dark golden, light amber colored body. Head is small, but thick and frothy. Good retention.

S - Wow, huge pumpkin pie here. Really really smells like pumpkin pie filling. Graham cracker crust is even in here. There might even be whipped cream in here too. Crazy.

T - Taste is exactly like the smell. This is real life liquid pumpkin pie in a glass. It's crazy how spot on the flavor is. I can't describe it better than this. Take a piece of pumpkin pie, liquify it and there you go.

M - Medium bodied. Slightly "heavy"

Overall - Well, I don't usually like pumpkin brews, but this is pretty damn good. Sort of like drinking my dessert.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 8 17 4 8 0
Poured out of that Ernest Borgnine looking labelled bottle into a pint glass.

Looks like clear pumpkin pie in color, with a thin head. Aroma of pumpkin pie - crust, spices, pumpkin, the whole smash - with a bit of vanilla. Tastes a bit better, with an initial nutmeg spiciness alongside caramel malt and mashed pumpkin. Bitterness keeps it from becoming cloying. Finishes with a dryish pumpkin pie flavor that's reminiscent of a good autumn ale colliding head on with a good pumpkin pie. Creamy round mouthfeel. 8% and doesn't taste that big. Among the best pumpkin ales I've had, up there with Cambridge Brewing Company's pumpkin ale and the late, lamented Woodstock Ichabod Crane.

Price: $7.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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