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RATINGS: 1825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Pours a clear copper with no head. Aroma is warm and rich; pumpkin pie and fresh baked bread. Taste is pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, bread, and butterscotch pudding. Very slight bitterness in the finish with a long finish. Moderate carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel that is thinner than expected for a beer at 9% ABV. Alcohol is undetectable. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Bomber. Clear orange-amber with a light beige head, barely-there, and soon-gone. Nose of dark, earthy pumpkin and huge spice. Grainy, sort of reminds of a cross between malt extract syrup and the host of scents wafting around a homebrew store. Taste is overly sweet (underattenuated?), though the resolve to a dry finish reveals tons of vanilla and whip cream notes, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Yams? I was skeptical at first, but the alcohol is very well hidden, and the lasting after-effect is resoundingly of Thanksgiving! Rosi says it tastes like Lebkuchen. Man, delicious! [11/7/2009: 3.7]

2013, this time very fresh. This bottling is much the same, still a bit overloaded in areas, a bit childish, perhaps less ípumpkiní and more spice, but still easy-going for its size. [8/25/2013: 3.5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allendodd (115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
I had this beer on tap at Busterís on 28th after I ordered and hated a Liftbridge Farmgirl Saison. The Pumking had a small head that was mostly gone by the time my glass got to my table, but the sweet and spicy pumpkin aroma was still there. Al the stuff you would expect in a pumpkin pie is in this beer and the sweetness doesnít overpower. This was a completely satisfying beer that didnít taste much like a beer or ale. It probably isnít the beer I would have ordered to go with my buffalo burger, but the sweetness was moderated and the spice was not overpowering. I made several calls around town when I got home that evening and it was gone from the shelves in stores. Bummer. Iím going to be watching for this one next year, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks corey70! - Pours clear orange and still, no head to speak of....aroma is pie crust, vanilla cream, cinnamon and some pumpkin...flavour is similar, initially sweet and malt centric, some mint and dough, but shifts to bitter, astringent pumpkin spice and diacetyl, had some prickly carb to it also which suprised me ...glad to have tried it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to Cavie. Right off the bat thereís a fantastic dry spice aroma. Taste of pumpkin, lots of spice, and malts. Dry feel. Aftertaste goes on forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - NOV 2, 2009
bottle thanks to corey70. pours a rich orange/amber with off white head. aroma is insane with pumpkin pie and spice. drinks extremely easy at 9% and is just a flood of liquid pumpkin pie. the flavor makes you think back to your youth when you get that first piece of pie for the season. finishes with nice cinnamon and nutmeg and just begs to be chugged. absolutly the best pumpkin beer iíve had to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle via trade thanks to truehumand on BA. Pours clear pumpkin orange with a dissipating off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin, pumpkin spices, gingerbread, corn, and biscuit. Flavor is sweet and very pumpkin pie like with loads of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, butternut squash, and some bready pale malt. Palate is smooth and creamy and slightly warming. Finish is long. Nice pumpkin beer overall, but maybe not quite the king of pumps (or pums I guess - what happened to the other P?).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Shyam and the Bang-Golly Beer Club. They have a VARIETY of beers. Had waited for this a long time so I am happy it could be my 900th rating. Nose is very full with clove, nutmeg, sugar, cinnamon, maybe a hazelnut, and then very authentic pumpkin. A but on the vegetable side rather than pie, but very good. Full notes of pie crust as well. Color is rather transparent and a standard orange gold. Flavor is much like the aroma, with the soft, sweet pumpkin notes kind of subdued by the spice, which I would take or leave. Texture is not nearly as thick as I would like (yeah, my standard is Big Black Pumpkin) but this is still good, if not comforting. Really good - glad I had it, may even seek out again. PS, barrel age this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Cletus. Clear orange appearance. Aroma is dry spices and a large element of kettle corn. Quite the autumn smell. Kettle corn and candy corn dominate the taste. Taste is way too dry though and the spices stand unbalanced. Few flavors stand with you past the finish and they are not outstanding flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
walrussell (168) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Okay, I like this beer, but it tastes like a scented candle. It smells like a scented candle too, but not as much as the flavor. Vanilla, cinnamon, some clove. Alcohol incredibly well hidden. Taste is all pumpkin, without very litttle bready beer flavors underneath. Mildly sweet.

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