SOUTHERN TIER'S PUMKING ALE
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Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed!
Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape.
I can't think of a more fitting name for this one, as it quite frankly is the king of pumpkin beers in my eyes. I've tasted many different kinds over the years and Pumking remains my hands down favorite of them all, an ale laced with the very spirit of Halloween itself. It's brewed with real pumpkin and caramel and boy does it show. Pumking is like no other pumpkin beer on the market, with a smell and taste so rich in pumpkin flavoring that it literally feels like you're sucking an alcohol laced pumpkin milkshake through a thick straw every time you take a gulp. At a whopping 8.6% alcohol, nearly double the amount of poison the average mass produced beer can lay claim to, Pumking somehow never manages to allow its high alcohol content to negatively impact its delicious out of this world taste, a taste so rich and creamy that if you close your eyes you just might think you're eating a slice of pumpkin pie, rather than consuming an adult beverage. Not saying it's not out there waiting for my discovery, but i've yet to find a pumpkin beer in this world that can compare to Pumking. Southern Tier absolutely nailed their intended mark with this one, delivering a pumpkin beer all the other pumpkin beers on the market wish they were. Just be careful with these bad boys, as they're quite strong, whether they taste like it or not, and don't taste nearly as good coming up as they do going down. Trust me on that one.
Time to go slide some shot on video horror into the VCR and finish off the bottle i've been patiently nursing while writing up this review. Is there any better way to spend a Friday night home alone?