Southern Tier Pumking. I’ve heard this regarded as THE pumpkin beer to have. That it would be impossible to get once October came around. With all the praise floating around, I knew I had to make sure I snagged a few bottles for myself. A dear friend was able to get two bottles for me, and I was able to find a cold one at a local bottle shop. I’ve been hoarding these waiting for the best time to try one. Yesterday was that day.
I had a long, tiring day of work and the fall chill was in the air, leaving me longing for summer nights, but a Pumking seemed like just the thing to turn the day around and celebrate the fall.
I cracked open the bottle, and poured it into a 22 oz Goose Island glass, as I don’t have a goblet or a tulip glass. The color was a beautiful hazy orange and it smelled almost like a pumpkin pie. The first sip exploded with spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe even allspice and clove? The second sip was good, I could really taste the sweetness come through.
As it warmed up, it did start to taste a little boozy, and at 8.6% it is easy to see why.
Overall, it was tasty, but I think I was expecting it to be a little more phenomenal. I will gladly drink up my other two bottles, but will continue on a quest for my favorite pumpkin beer this year.