Ah, could it really be October without a visit from the pumpkin king?
I thought I would have a pumpkin-off; take two pumpkin beers and do a side-by-side comparison, all while watching a Halloween movie. Let’s just say that Southern Tier Pumking trumped everything else that night. Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin tasted like water in comparison, and Silent Night, Bloody Night, a 1973 John Carradine proto-slasher film, just plain sucked.
Pumking pours a light golden hue with a creamy and lasting head, leaving behind copious amounts of striped lacing. The aroma is absolutely intoxicating; bready and full; like a pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream, without all those cloying sugars to distract from the inherent squashiness.
The taste is exactly like the aroma; vegetal and luscious, with a thick malt base and soft pumpkin flavor. A nice hop presence appears in the slightly bitter and drying finish. The body is a bit lighter than what you’d expect. It doesn’t necessarily have that “big beer” thing going on, but if anything, it allows for higher drinkability. Like I said, the malt is definitely there, but at time, gets slightly buried under all of the squash and nutmeg. I am not complaining though. It is flavorful, smooth on the palate, and what I really appreciate is, this is a solid beer that seamlessly incorporates all of the aspects of what a pumpkin beer should be.
Enjoy this as an autumn dessert beer or paired with a holiday dinner. Or just go the Kristie route. Drink in bed and hopefully watch a better horror flick than I did.