Quick Take: Southern Tier took a very popular and minorly flawed pumpkin beer, one that I’m quite fond of I might add, and made it better. The use of rum is an intelligent and well-considered addition that doesn’t really turn the beer into something entirely new, but enhances the flavors that are already present. For fans of Pumking, it’s a no brainer and worth trying, even at $18 a bottle. If you never understood the hype or prefer a meatier pumpkin beer experience, this might not change your mind. My personal opinion is that the rum is so well-integrated, it seems like it was always there and exactly what Pumking should be. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go back to standard Pumking after trying this, but given how difficult it is to find, I might not have a choice.
Episode 2 of Drew’s Brews Reviews is here! The beer review show you never knew you wanted and no one needs. I try the seasonal release of Post Road from Brooklyn Brewery and lay down a little info about colonial pumpkin beers. Tis the season for spiced amber pumpkin beers for only a few more days, so get ’em while you can.