Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pumking Imperial: Souther Tier Brewing

In the great words of the Campbell's soup people... mmm mmm good.

Southern Tier is new to me. I've never heard of them, and never tasted anything they've put out. This however, makes me want to try more. Pumking Imperial is a pumpkin ale that is just exploding with flavor. When first poured, it gives off a healthy head, not too much where it overflows the glass, but not so little where it worries you. A nice healthy amber color really caught my attention at the first pour.

What really hit me though... the smell. Take a whiff after you pour that first glass. WOW. One scent and all I thought was harvest ale, Thanksgiving, fall. The cinnamon just jumped out at me and I thought it might overwhelm the flavor, but it didn't, it hit the pallet perfectly.

At 9%abv, it does provide a nice little kick, and after a quick two glasses I can personally attest to it. I've always been a fan of October beers, with a love of the spice-y harvest brews. For my money, the Dogfish Head Punkin was the best. This one however, has just surpassed it and jumped to the top of the heap. I'm going to give Pumking a way above average 4 rating, and I highly recommend you try it. If you can't find it at your local beer store, just let me know and I'll pick you up a bottle myself.

1 comment:

Scott-TheBrewClub said...

Interesting review, I think I'm going to grab a bottle as I see it all over the place. I thought the Punkin was pretty good, so I'm looking forward to trying this one as well.