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Southampton’s Pumpkin Ale is an amber ale that is brewed with pumpkin and traditional pumpkin pie spices in New York.

Southampton Pumpkin Ale

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.  It was a very pretty orange-ish color, smelled slightly sweet and spicy.  The first sip was very mellow, with mild sweetness and cinnamon and nutmeg coming though.  I really liked how this beer was able to bring out all the delicious pumpkin pie flavors without tasting like a pie in a glass.

It got even more delicious as it warmed up to just below room temperature.  I will definitely keep my eye out for more of this later in the season.

Yum!

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Beer

 

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Southern Tier Pumking

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.

Southern Tier Pumking

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.

Southern Tier Pumking in a glass

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.

Pumking in a Goose Island Glass

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Beer

 

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