Southern Tier Pumking

Friday, I had the day off, so Joey and I went to Surf Taco. Not only do I absolutely love their food, but they have a decent beer list as well. It’s not extensive (with about 5 craft beer taps and 10 bottles), but it changes regularly and they always manage to have stuff that I’ve never had. This was the first beer of the night.

ABV: 8.6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 it’s 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. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly.”

Random: One of my favorite things at Surf Taco is the garlic shrimp taco.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with mild carbonation. The nose definitely smelled like the fall to me. I got pumpkin, spice and something else I’ve never gotten in a pumpkin beer…ginger snap. The taste was a lot of what was in the nose. The pumpkin and spice were there, but definitely took back seat to the ginger snap. The booze was really hidden and could easily get you in trouble. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was unfortunately quick, inviting you to quickly take another sip. After having this, I can see why this is a fan-favorite pumpkin beer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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