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RATINGS: 1811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Pumking is an ode to Pķca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pķca 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 the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow itís alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let itís 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 the Pumking.
2007 - Brown Label 7.9% ABV w/text & logo on bottlecap
2008 - Brown Label 9.0% ABV w/text & logo on bottlecap
2009 - Orange Label 9.0% ABV w/text & logo on bottlecap
2010 - Orange Label 9.0% ABV w/logo only on bottlecap
2011 - Orange wood grain background label 8.6% ABV and Southern Tier logotype in two lines.
2012 - Same as 2011 label 8.6% ABV, silver/black/white bottlecap.
2013 - Same as 2012 label and bottle cap 8.6% ABV, date stamp in green text.
2014 - New label design w/orange/white/green, 8.6% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1524) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a very thin white head. Very sweet aroma of pumpkin, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg, and sweet cream. Way too sweet flavor but the pumpkin is there. There is really no way I will finish this entire bottle on my own. If itís pumpkin you are going for you will get that here; unfortunately it is just way too sweet for me...The side of the bottle suggests pouring this into a goblet at 40 degrees F. Initially in following this suggestion I was a bit overwhelmed by the sweetness of this beer. After this has sat some I will say that it does get better with a combination of the open glass and the increased temperature. However, I still donít think I will finish the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Poured from bomber into Goblet. Somewhat clear burnt orange with thin off-white head that doesnít leave much behind. Pumpkin galore - sweet pumpkin pie aroma with lots of spice, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, with a dollop of creme. Do not smell much beer in there, but that is fine; it smells delicious. Very spicy and pumpkin-like. Surprisingly, a lot of the spiciness seems to come from the hops. Somewhat sweet pumpkin pie is evident and it does taste as if there is whipped cream. The alcohol is a little too noticeable. Moderate carbonation, creamy body, pretty dry body despite the sweet pumpkin taste. Easily the best pumpkin beer I have had. Doesnít really seem like a beer, more like liquid pumpkin pie. However, between the alcohol and very un-beerlike taste, it is hard to drink too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2378) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle. Orange. Small head. The aroma is sweet and spicy (clove) like gingerbread biscuts. Sweet vegtable, sweet malt, lots of spices, small bitterness. Big bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Orange to golden-brown in color and topped by a dense off white head. Lovely aroma of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee and ginger bread. Lightly sweet caramel malts and vanilla flavors lead into an array of spices and some moderate hop bitterness. Some slight alcoholic warmth in the finish and some lingering pumpkin and spice on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2009
bottle, pours viscous almost oily but copper and bright, little orange head disappears quickly. nose is graham crackers, cloves, spices, taste is maple syrup graham crackers, with a nice hoppy finish. i must say this is the best pumpkin beer ive had. the spices arent overpowering, and the pumpkin taste is delicious. great stuff. im really impressed with the hop character coming through in all this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2010 Bottle... Poured a clear orange with a thick head. Really incredible nose. Aroma of spiced, pumpkin squash and a roasted malt quality. This brew had a nice balance of beer and pumpkin. More like a pumpkin bread than a pumpkin pie. Buttery with a little bit of hops and a thick, malt and booze character. Easily the best in its class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
This is pumpkin pie in a bottle! Very strong aroma and flavors of pumpkin and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Mild alcohol taste. Not for everyone, and in fact, I would prefer a bit less of the strong pumpkin/spice flavors. Still, very good. Great for dessert in the fall!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2626) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Shared bomber at a homebrew club picnic. I believe that this bottle was a little dated. It poured a hazy, orangy amber with a modest, off white foam and lacing, but the aroma was only minimal pumpkin and spice and more of a nutty, almond scent. The flavor presented sort of a graham cracker taste with moderate bitterness and subdued but noticeable alcohol. Highly regarded as the go to pumpkin ale for the season, so I will have to seek out some fresh stock in the future.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Draft at The Bad Apple in Chicago: The bartender said this went on tap the day before and you could really taste the freshness. Very well made beer. Starts off with a orange/reddish body that screams fall. Great, two-inch head. The aroma is amazing, not only because of the depth and complexity of the things that I smelled, but because of how closely it mimicked a fresh baked pumpkin cake that was just pulled from the oven and covered in a sugary glaze. Fantastic. The aroma is so perfect though, that there is no way the body can stand up to it. Now, donít get me wrong, the body is great and my rating with reflect that, but the aroma is just that perfect. Phenomenal when fresh and on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2010 Bottle from Arena Liquors in Columbia, Missouri. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. Really nice aroma of pumpkin seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, caramel malt, red apples, alcohol, vanilla, ginger, and allspice. The flavor is also a nice, complex balance of those elements along with a nice hoppy bite. Smooth palate, light-medium bodied. Outstanding- the best pumpkin ale Iíve ever had. RE-RATE, 8/27/10. Draft served in a Southern Tier tulip at International Tap House in Soulard. Very, very sweet nose and flavor. It occurred to me that this beer isnít necessarily a lot like just pumpkin or pumpkin pie, but rather pumpkin pie crust. Once this idea was put in my head by another guy a few weeks ago, I agree 100%- pie crust. Brown sugar galore, graham cracker, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Donít get me wrong, the usual pumpkin beer notes are there, but this is pie crust all the way. Medium-bodied, with a sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very sweet. I like it a lot. RE-RATE again, 10/2/10: I love the smell of this- sweet, brown sugary, toasty, and a little spicy, just like pumpkin pie crust. The flavor, however, washes out all of that a little bit. The body, mouthfeel, and flavor notes just donít live up to it. Itís not bad at all, and certainly interesting, but Iím let down when I actually taste this. Some vegetal notes murky it up, too. Not bad, but Iíd take Schlaflyís Pumpkin Ale over this.

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