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Finally it's October,  time to start enjoying what fall brings other than crappy weather and leaves.

Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale!!!!!

For those who love all that is pumpkin, if you haven't tried this brew yet you should be ashamed of yourself! Bottom line it's the best pumpkin out there here are the facts.

Southern Tier Pumking - Autumn Seasonal
Classification: Bossiest Pumpkin Ale on the Planet
IBU: Pumpkinrific
ABV: 8.8% but it feels just like 9%
*sold in 22 oz and keg only

Pumking is well, intensely pumpkin, with a hint of thanksgiving dinner. One of the best pumpkin ales I have had, sure to be a favorite. It tastes like pumpkin without throwing spices down your throat. It is reminiscent of my mothers pumpkin pie in beer form. The aroma is one of the first things you will notice about this beer that is completely unique, and sets it apart from all other similarly named brews. It fills the room with a spicy scent, a bit of an exaggeration, but hardly far fetched. This aroma is followed by an intensely sincere pumpkin flavor that will truly knock your socks off. That is why it is my top pick for this fall. If you haven't had anything from Southern Tier drink this one first. Then try the rest. Then repeat. Drink from a goblet or tulip glass, I always prefer a snifter to really get that pumpkin up my nose. Enjoy…

If you like Pumking you may like what I have lined up. Here are my favorites of fall:

Avery The Kaiser 
If you like Pumking and love Octoberfest brews this is the one for you. An Octoberfest with balls "finally!!" those who know, understand they have nothing but great beers. (My favorite) The Maharaja which I have coined the holy grail of beers because it is just as hard to find than it is magical (at least in my neck of the woods).

Dogfish Punkin 
They have the 90 and the 120 but but there pumpkin falls short of Southern Tier. It's good don't get me wrong, it's strong, and has an intense aroma and tastes like pumpkin (duh…) Just what I would expect from Dogfish Head, they never disappoint.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 
Smuttynose is always impressing me. A somewhat underrated brewery from NY their flavors are always so rich I don't understand why they aren't HUGE by now!  I just tried their pumpkin, and it was very well balanced not to spicy like a lot of pumpkin beers tend to be.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead 
A good average pumpkin ale, a bit too much spice, and not enough pie in my eyes. Still all in all a good beer, and should not be overlooked if you have the chance pick it up.

Well anyhow my beer is empty time to get a fresh one.


Coming up!
East Coast Vs. West Coast is not just a rap thing anymore…( The beer war starts brewing next week!)

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