It’s day five and I am still drinking pumpkin beer; my mental state remains pretty good and I have been putting extensive training into preparing for my squash-atholon. I remain optimistic that I will be able to make it to the finish line. True, there have been a few set-backs and at times I feared I may never love pumpkin again but then along came Southern Tier and their Pumking, which restored my faith and re-affirmed my sense of purpose.
Southern Tier Brewing’s Pumking is an ale brewed with pumpkin. Pumking pours clear copper colour with a little bright white head; the head dissipates pretty quickly leaving a small amount of white lacing. There is a lot of pumpkin on the nose and a sweetness that reminds me of vanilla bean. The pumpkin flavour is prominent when you drink the ale with the vanilla notes tempering the earthiness of the squash. There is a decent amount of body to this beer and it has a subtle winter warmer quality imparted by the relatively high ABV of 8.6%. The finish is also quite earthy and a bit alcoholy.
Overall I think the gauntlet has been thrown down and I give Pumking nine candy corns out of a possible ten.