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RATINGS: 1688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (848) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Had this one right out of one of the tanks that age the beer at the brewery. Canít say accurately about the appearance because of it not being filtered yet and coming from a holding tank that hasnít yet bottled the beer. But the flavor was bliss. There was a very prevalent pumpkin note with some spices of coriander, cinnamon, little vanilla, and others. Now, the fact that I had it so fresh from the batch might have a little to do with the flavor rating but I will wait till they bottle and sell it first. Sweet, spicy, and a tad milky with a touch of sour. I would almost consider this a desert rather than a beer...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Maybe I have lost my affection for Pumpkin beers, or maybe this was a structural mess? Poured beautifully, golden orange body and a frothy ivory head. The aroma reminded me of a spiced cream/ milk. A lot of vanilla, too much, nutmeg, and lighter on the cinnamon and a strange mildly sour creamy note? It was not sour, like infected, but like spoiled milk. My wife, lover of pumpkin beers, poured hers out. The spices seemed distorted and contrived, like they had come from an extract rather than raw ingredientsÖ just not a fan.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours orange with a thin white head. It has a huge pumpkin and cinnamon aroma. Cinnamon and other fall spices add a tasty zing to the big pumpkin and malt flavor. Itís big and full without being overwhelming. Excellent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2009
This is a nice one. Poured darker orange into a snifter. On the nose you get pumpkin and more pumpkin. Almost like a pumpkin pie only with lots of alcohol. Some malt in there as well as there should be. Nice candied pumpkin sweetness all the way down and stays around on your palate with a great pumpkin aftertaste. Definitely up there on the list with the pumpkin beers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Clear orange, her body is aglow with amber highlights, free to shine in anticipatory brilliance as there is neither head nor lace to interfere. I donít even need to raise the glass to my nose to find myself enveloped in the richest pumpkin nose I have ever encountered. Creamy pumpkin pulp. Warm gooey pie dough. Ginger, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla mingle in a perfect blend of spices. Rich condensed milk and coconut milk sop it all up in a sweet, spiced, pumpkin delight. I could smell this beer for minutes on end and be fully content doing so, but where is the fun in that. Savoring my first quaff, her mouthfeel is clean and balanced with a medium weight which lightly coats my tastebuds. Fresh pumpkin and spice lingers on top of my tongue while soft pie crust gives her some chewy meatiness. A light, dry, herbal finish lingers in my breath with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and all-spice. The sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk which pervaded her nose also pervades her palate, though in a more subdued manner. Milky, creamy, lightly sweet with hints of tropical esters, she cradles all within her beery depths. Each savory quaff sends chills up and down my spine, and far too quickly my glass is exhausted. A lingering warmth whispers of pumpkin and spice while a creamy coating lingers atop my tastebuds.

Hands down, the best pumpkin beer available today. I havenít had previous years, but from what I have heard amongst my fellow beer geeks, each year Pumking reigns on high atop his throne of Pumpkin Beerdom. I am definitely going to make a point of tracking down this beer when fall comes to pass once more.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - APR 18, 2009
This harvest fall brew is excellent in all aspects. It does a good job making the nose smell like fresh floral hops, sweet buttered popcorn, and hints of bubblegum. As you drink it you can taste the fall spice and it is nector from the PumpKing. It is full of hops and malt with that same popcorn and bubblegum flavor stuck in your nose and palate for the entier duration of the beer. Overall it has a great flavor balance and great amount of carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2009
If you like pumpkin pie than this is for you. Thick liquid pie in a bottle. Aroma of pumpkins and cinnamon. Thick chewy pumpkin and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bloodybabboon (2) - USA - APR 4, 2009 does not count
Singly, the one brew which I look forward to the release of every single year. A must try.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2009
11/29/07 fluffy/dimply very light tan creamy head and very light clear amber body. golden at edges. aroma is pumpkin pie and crust. not too sweet as I was afraid of, and also smells like the inside of a jack-o-lantern. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, then goes tingly and spicy with the carbonation. more aroma of allspice and cardomon. flavor is spicy and malty, with lots of canned pumpkin. a little bit of caramel malt in the background, and a hint of sour grassyness, but not too much. finish is a little dry and raw pumpkin. very good but I still like the Weyerbacher better. more sweetness kicks in as the beer gets warmer. good with sharp cheddar.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2009
Pumpkin orange with a thin white head thatís gone. Aroma of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, this thing smells like pumpkin pie. Taste of pumpkin, spices, whip cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and mild alcohol. Finishes up pretty spicy. Pretty good for a pumpkin beer.


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