Thursday, October 4, 2018

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking


Fill date: 8/23/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer

AROMA: Fairly strong authentic pumpkin pie presence (puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.). Coffee is also quite prominent, maybe even a bit more than the pumpkin. Cold brew coffee is sweet with no implication of bitterness or roastiness. Nothing in the way of distinctive/individual malts or hops, but base brew is solid. Minor alcohol presence with a touch of vanilla. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/pale orange hue (7-9 SRM). Slightly cloudy body. Moderate off-white foam mostly evaporates and leaves no lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Pumpkin pie flavor is the dominate taste throughout this palette. Character is completely authentic with distinct notes of puree, spices and a graham cracker-like crust. Coffee is more of a background flavor than nose implies. It is evident at both the beginning and the end with a lightly sweet/debittered iced coffee flavor (with just a touch of cream and sugar). Nothing acidic or roasty. Interesting bonus flavor to a delectable pumpkin brew recipe. Aftertaste is of cinnamon and pie crust. Faint alcohol presence seems to add a touch of vanilla and enhance the sweet flavors of the brew. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth, though it seems just a tad thinner than it should be. Highly drinkable at 8.6% ABV. A liquid dessert. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An interesting variation on a classic pumpkin beer. I'd prefer even more coffee presence, but it works well as is. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

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