Vikings, Panthers and the draw of impenetrable teams
Hey, you lasted so long, you might as well reward yourself with a cold (that is, if you are not a 30 year old dork who spent their formative years on Homestarrunner.com, a very stupid way of saying “beer”.)
The sweltering heat of summer, after some delay, begins to recede. The tempting weather comfort of hoodies and shorts took over America, allowing for a few brief weeks of bare legs so we could show the real benefit of losing $ 3,000 on this pandemic squad in the basement. . Hell yeah I roll, brother. Check out these quads under a ragged hoodie I’ve had since college and won’t toss until it literally disintegrates on my body!
That means more than legs of pale chicken meat sticking out from under the quality clothing in the donation bin, of course. We’re always stuck in the middle of squash season, which means it’s always pumpkin time in our beer corner.
After trying a fairly good (but new to me) offering from Elysian, I selected another successful regional brewery that has become a national brand. Southern Tier Brewing Co. has a wide range of IPAs and heavier beers, but is probably best known for their Imperial Pumpkin Pumking ale.
It was my original plan, but it’s also a beer I’ve drunk before. So when I got to Woodman’s and scrolled through the shelves, I made a noise about the brand. I went with Pumking from Southern Tier Nitro imperial pumpkin beer
First of all this beer screamed when I opened it. Southern Tier fills a 16 ounce can with 13.6 ounces of nitrogen beer and the plastic widget that comes standard with these beers. Cracking the top resulted in a rush of pent-up gas that looked a lot like a small freed banshee. Nice touch.
Since it contains nitrogen, it pours out like melted velvet. A thick curtain of bubbles cascades over the glass like a thousand parachute rides through 1960s theme parks, all lit at the same time. That’s wonderful.
The first taste is spice up front – a little cinnamon, a lot of gingerbread, maybe a little clove? She immediately announces that it is a party beer, but the pumpkin does not appear until much later. It’s only really present in the aftertaste for me.
And that’s… kind of the whole experience? It’s not a bad beer, but for such a famous pumpkin beer there is very little pumpkin. It also comes off a little bitter in the back, which takes out all that natural pumpkin sweetness. It’s honestly a bit of a roller coaster.
Take it as you like. If you’re looking for a boozy seasonal beer that doesn’t lean on the pumpkin spice tropes, this is your jam. It looks great and flows great, but for me this beer hit the last lap of its mile and decided 1200 yards was still a pretty long run for most people. At $ 12 for a four-pack (of quasi-pounds), I was actually a little disappointed.
May you be luckier this weekend than me.
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