By The Beer Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
Guess what loyal Beer Professor students – I am treating you to a special beer review this week. If you have been reading the Top 10’s from September, and I know you have, you know fall means märzens and pumpkin brews. And fall, like every beer season, has its own unique brews that are highly sought after with the same ferocity as a 13 year old searching for those Kate Upton topless on horse-back pictures. This weekend, I am drinking one of the best pumpkin beers on the market; a brew that is so high in demand, its released in late July / early August. This weekend, Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale is What’s on Tap!
One of the best attributes about a good craft beer is that getting drunk is a byproduct of drinking the great tasting brew, which is precisely what Southern Tier’s Pumking is. On the nose, Pumking smells like Thanksgiving – you notice hints of pumpkin, vanilla and roasted nuts. Taste-wise, Pumking reminds me of candied yams (the good kind with the marshmallow topping, not the communist kind that is just the vegetable) along with malts, nutmeg and cinnamon. Basically, Pumking reminds me of everything that is awesome about fall: hayrides, crapping your pants in the haunted house, girls attaching “dirty” or “naughty” to every possible costume and rich spices and flavors.
Pumking is a great beer regardless of what food it is paired with, but I would suggest you try Pumking with chicken. Tonight I am enjoying Pumking with rotisserie chicken. Or if you are aspiring to be an ultra-refined gentleman, Pumking makes for a great after-dinner brew. It’s malty, sweet flavor creates the perfect balance. So this weekend, relive those horrible pumpkin picking gone wrong memories and enjoy a Southern Tier Pumking.
Alcohol by Volume: 8.6%
Color (SRM): Deep Orange-Amberish
Malts: Pale and Caramale
Hops: Magnum, Sterling