Monday, October 1, 2012
Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial Pumking Ale
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. With the start of October I’m going to review as many seasonal (Halloween) beers as I can as well as repost old reviews.
Tonight’s featured beer is Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial Pumking Ale. Last year I heard great things about Pumking (the best pumpkin ale out there), but wasn’t able to get any. I was excited to be able to get a hold of this one from LetsPour. Check them out!
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a clear orange with the thinnest off-white head and not much lacing.
Aroma: Smells like magic in a glass. Pumpkin pie scents to include maple, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and the slightest malt sweetness. Fall in a glass.
Taste: Now I understand the hype. Spices are spot on and perfectly blended. Maple, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin and everything that makes a good pumpkin pie great. The perfect sweet malt backend makes this one legendary.
Overall: So far, Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumking Ale is probably the best pumpkin beer I’ve had (although it is a close one with Buffalo Bill’s Imperial Pumpkin which I am hoping will be available soon). At 8.6% ABV this is one I could easily have a couple bombers of and enjoy Fall festivities, but since getting in California is a treat I’ll treat my bottles like gold.
Southern Tier Brewing Company is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.