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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