"Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun. At first sip, a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking."... from Southern Tier
Pumpking is a seasonal beer from Southern Tier brewery out of Lakewood, NY that started brewing in 2002 and just became distributed this year in Louisiana. It is one of my favorite seasonal pumpkin beers. Pumpking is an imperial ale coming in with a 8.6%ABV.
The aroma is great pumpkin scent with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. It is Autumn in a glass. Others have described it as buttered popcorn....I maybe get some of that. The color as you can see from the picture with my IPhone unedited is an awesome clear golden orange color. It had a brief white head that did not last long, but it was not a flat beer. The beer had a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is complex and wonderful. Many layers of flavors that continue to develop and show them selves as the beer warms. It has a definite pumpkin/yam flavor, but not over powering. You also taste the spices - nutmeg and cinnamon. I suggest that you take your time and enjoy this beer and notice the change in aroma and flavors as the beer warms. It is a pleasant treat. It reminds me of Thanksgiving and Fall. This is one of my favorite pumpkin seasonals. I suggest you give it a try and maybe tuck away a bottle or 2 for the holidays.
Pumpking would go great with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, pumpkin pie or desserts.
It is a season release that just became available in August. It is distributed in 22oz bottles.