Are you excited? Because over here at the HQ we are estatic!
You can take a quick glance at the beers that we reviewed last year.
For a brief tutorial, we will be looking at several qualities of the beer:
Rating the beers in pumpkins , from 1 to 5, 1 being the poorest and 5 being the best score.
First up is Southern Tier’s Pumpking. This beer comes highly recommended from just about everyone. The minute you mention pumpkin beers, most people will ask if you’ve had Pumpking.
Since it’s so highly recommended, it’s going to be the beer that kicks off the month!
So let’s see how it did!
It has a strong pumpkin smell to it that immediately hits you as soon as you pour the beer. There’s another scent in the background and I almost want to say it’s reminiscent of melted butter. Like the way a graham cracker crust would smell.
You can definitely pick up all the typical spices that are common in pumpkin ales which is a good thing! This is highly desirable and something that you want smell right away.
While the pumpkin and spice smell was spot on, I have to say that graham cracker crust smell was a little distracting in a way.
Color was good on this beer but I would have liked to see it a bit darker. It had a slight orange hint to it and for pumpkin ales this is a must. It’s gotta be orange! The light color is a great indicator of how light of a beer this actually is.
Really not much head to speak of, and the little poof that was there didn’t last long at all. You can tell by the picture that there isn’t much going on.
This is probably one of the more complex pumpkin ales we’ve had in terms of flavor. There is a lot going on here and I definitely picked up some vanilla in the background as I drank the beer.
The pumpkin flavor is strong along with the typical spices; cinnamon, clove, and allspice. The spice flavor lasts through out from start to finish. The vanilla and the caramel/butter notes makes it stand out from other pumpkin ales.
It’s not as beer tasting as most ales. It is definitely a lot lighter in that regard. Can be good or bad depending on what you are looking for. I prefer a more beer taste to my ales.
It’s also on the sweeter side as far as pumpkin ales go. After sipping this for a while, I found it to become too sweet. I definitely would not be able to have more than one.
I also had a chance to try this beer on tap which seemed to intensify the sweetness. One sip was enough for me, I couldn’t drink more than that. From the bottle, the sweetness builds over time.
The beer was good but not something I would purchase again or specifically seek out. The flavors and complexity of the beer were solid. However it being on the lighter side and also being more sweet than I want in a beer, means that I’ll pass it by.
If someone is new to pumpkin ales and likes sweeter things, then this beer is definitely for them! For those that like a hearty pumpkin ale, this won’t tickle your fancy much.
Have you had Pumpking before? What are your thoughts?
Come back next week to see what else is up for review!