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RATINGS: 1909   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2010
bottled, pumpkin pie aroma light white head not lasting, a clear golden orange color, nice pumpkin flavor with real nice spice notes as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1053) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2010
2010 bomber. Poured a pale golden color with some amber hints, decent fluffy white head, faded. Aroma was of pureed pumpkins, cinnamon, some vanilla and sweet malts. Absolutely delightful. This is the first pumpkin brew that actually reminded me of eating a creamy pumpkin pie. All of the elements were there, earthy pumpkin flavors, some sweetness, a somewhat bready presence, crust-like. Finished with a big lingering bitterness. Another top notch bar setter from Southern Tier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle. Whoa, yippee! a pumpkin beer. Pours a clear reddish hued golden color with a very slight head. Strong smell of pumpkin, nutmeg, and graham crackers. Its a weird beer for sure for me. It tastes like pumpkin pie that is not very sweet and a few days past its prime. I really donít understand the love for this beer. Sweet malty upfront flavor followed by an odd pumpkin spice kick at the end that lingers far too long. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Pumkin beers tend to be great for a second and then pretty awful by the end of the glass so itís pretty impressive that this remains drinkable throughout especially at such high gravity. The color is an appropriate orange the head is white and fine bubbled but it doesnít last long. The nose on this is really nice. It is basically just a bastard ton of nutmeg but it works because itís backed by a cookie like malt character, making this smell like a pumpkin pie baking in the oven. The flavor doesnít quite match this richness, mostly because it is a bit more dry than expected but it is this dryness that lends it the drinkability which makes it really stand out. The carbonation, which is rather unexpectedly heavy, helps in this regard as well. Southern Tier is not a perfect brewer by any means but they do make some interesting stuff as far as flavored beers go and anyone whoís into spiced beers would do well to check this out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2010
9/8/10. Bomber. Clearish orange pour with a small white head. Lovely sweet pumpkin aroma with an amazing spice profile - damn this smells good. The flavor is sweet pumpkin up front, fades into pie spices, and finishes with a nice subtle bitterness. It reminds of delicious pumpkin spice liqeur. Best pumpkin beer I ever had for sure! A little sweeter and less bitter when on tap, even better!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9256) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Finally got to try this one. Pours nice clear orange with white head, big aroma of fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, sweet whipped cream, and a touch of hops. Taste is some nice citrusy hops up front, weird at first but mixes well into the perfect pumpkin pie taste in a beer Iíve had, with pumpkin, sweet cream, and just the right amount of spice. Finishes bitter from the hops to get the sweetness out of the palate. Excellent pumpkin beer, this is how they should all be made!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Draft. Pale orange like an unripe loquat. Smells just like a pumpkin pie. Taste like a pumpkin pie with a lot of spices. Nutmeg is the strongest spice with some other maybe vanilla and cinnamon included. Has a sweet imperial aftertaste, but the mouthfeel is light to medium mouth feel. It was good and I was ready for it in September. It might be a little much in November. Donít know how many of these I can drink in a season...but the first one was very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bomber. Pours a nice clear orange with a slight off white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie and subtle spices. Nothing too overpowering on the nose. Everything really comes forward in the flavor. Tastes like pureed pumpkin pie with whipped cream and spices of cloves and cinnamon. The spices are perfectly balanced without being too overbearing as most pumpkins beers tend to. The smooth, creamy texture of this beer works wonders and is one of the best pumpkin beers I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Clear orange (pumpkin) body below a dense two-inch off-white head of moderate persistence. The aroma is heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg--egg nog like--with a less prominent, but still deep, sweet aroma of pumpkin pie. The taste is quite pumpkin-like as well: A sweet and deep pumpkin flavor, mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and some caramel and toast maltiness. It is also slightly citrusy on the front and back, with an aggressive hoppiness throughout. Mouthfeel is medium, with strong carbonation, a carbonic bite, and spikey bitterness on the middle and finish, accompanied by the pumpkin sweetness as well. A very interesting and complex beer, with that hop addition. However, the slight citrus undertone does seem a bit off with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Great nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bilwaukee (11) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours Dark orange with a creamy off white head about two fingers thick. The aroma is amazing, full of pumpkin and spices. Re taste doesnít quotes live up to the nose but is still impressive. Very balanced between pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. A medium bodied beer, that hits a lot of the tongue very well. Ovrerall a pumpkin beer that is actually really well balanced and goes down great. Surprising that the ABV is so high. Hopefully I will be able to get more of this!

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