It seems way too early to start thinking about pumpkin beers, but fall truly is right around the corner. Additionally, breweries seem to be putting out seasonal beers earlier than ever, with summer beers coming in March and fall beers in August. However, a beer as highly regarded as Pumking will likely be sold out completely by mid-September, so I made sure to stock up now. I suggest everyone here do the same.
Served chilled form a 22 oz bomber and poured into a snifter. Pours a cooper to light brown color with an orange hue and a thin white head. Smells are of pumpkin, brown sugar and nutmeg. If I were blindfolded I could easily confuse this for pumpkin pie or pumpkin bars. Carbonation is moderate with a medium body. Tastes are like the smell. Pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg and ginger are evident. Aftertaste finishes spicy and with plenty of pumpkin.
This beer is hands down the best pumpkin beer in my book. I am a big fan of Dogfish Punkin, but this beats it. The smell alone is one of the best smelling beers, and the balance is tremendous. I would highly recommend picking up several bombers for the fall and winter season. I personally purchased 3 to store away for a crisp, autumn evening and may grab another few.
One final story-when I turned 21 and my friends took me out for my birthday dinner, this was the first beer I ordered. Granted I went out on the actual day and ordered a Stella, but I would like to think this was the first one! In any case, this truly was my first craft beer. Years later, it still does not disappoint.
$7.99/22 oz bomber