Friday, September 23, 2016

Southern Tier Pumking (2016 vintage)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer (base style: ?)

AROMA: Strong sweet aroma of cinnamon graham crackers, brown sugar, pumpkin and nutmeg. Spices and flavorings are great, but obscure the malts and hops. Slight alcohol presence with a touch of vanilla. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pale orange/copper hue. Slightly hazy but otherwise clear. Large beige soapy foam when first poured, but it evaporates. Slow, sporadic CO2 bubbles. 2/3

FLAVOR: Some vanilla and alcohol up front with mild sugar and spice in the background. Flavor akin to brown sugar or molasses but not nearly as sweet. Finishes with strong cinnamon graham cracker taste. Gentle spicy bite lingers momentarily before finishing clean. Malt base is simple pale/amber malt and doesn’t impart much distinctive character. Hops are mostly indistinguishable, imparting dry bitterness. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; slightly slick texture. Carbonation is low. Alcohol presence is subtle, but becomes stronger as it warms. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not nearly as good as previous years, though the familiar palette is still very enjoyable. Needs a bit more complexity and body. 7/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

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