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RATINGS: 1897   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear copperish orange color with a miniscule white head. Nose is pumpkin pie, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, some crust notes as well. Palate is full and filmy with lots of spices gripping the tongue and refusing to let go. Flavors are some dirty malt hints, more pumpkin flavoring, lots of cinnamon and fresh crusty malt notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4755) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep orange body with a tall-standing, frothy, white head. Smell: All rights, friends, so, it smells greatly of oven-fresh pumpkin pie. Whoís with me? Who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN is with me? Taste: Sweet caramel malts plunged deep into fresh pumpkin puree and liberally coated in a pumpkin pie spice blend and smoothed over with a touch of vanilla creme. Iím sure itís been said dozens of times over, but itís rather pumpkin pie-like, with the malts even mimicking a flavor of rich, crisp graham cracker crust garnished with candy corn. Subtle hop presence and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiced pumpkin taste and some slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Excellent for a pumpkin ale! Look, whoever is giving you advice like, "donít bother with Pumking" is no friend of yours. Take your vengeful fists and clock that mofo in the mouth and spit on their prone, beaten body, because they arenít helping you at all. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighlanderOne (1201) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Poured from big bottle. What an aroma - like those orange and white halloween candies with a touch of brownie crust. True amber color, thin tan head. The candy/brownie comes through in the flavor as well, along with pumpkin pie, spice and hop notes. Alcohol is barely noticed in the back. Great finish. What a beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
22oz bottle. Whoa! Smells like Thanksgiving Dinner. The whole spread. Fresh baked pies, fresh rolled crush cooked to perfection. Whereís the turkey, whereís the mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing. Oh man! Flavor has all of the spices youíd look for in a pumpkin beer. Loads of nutmeg. Huge flavor. Tastes better than the best baked winter squash Iíve ever eaten. Mellow spice, nice brown sugar complexity hidden in there, a bit of banana bread or carrot cake in there too. Not too sweet, smooth and creamy. Very nice fresh pumpkin character and loads of nutmeg. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Poured copper with a decent yet short lived head that did leave a little lace behind for the offering. Pumpkin pie in a glass on nose with hints of a buttery flakey pie crust. On mouth this beer lives up to the aromas. While presenting a light medium mouthfeel this beer delivers on cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. I did pick up some hop on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
shared a bomber pours a nice orangish amber colour with a light head. strong pumpkin nutmeg aroma. sweet flavour of nutmeg pumpkin and cinimamon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maverick34 (2915) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Poured a nice orange. A bit of head that disappears quickly. Nice pumpkin spice and cinnamon aroma. Pumpkin bread like taste with hops to finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2009
From a bottle poured brown with a good amount of head. Spicy malty flavor that tasted like pumpkin pie, with a quick finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2009 650mL. Pours a clear orange with a good almost high amount of carbonation. Has a tan, semi-rocky, one-finger head that settles down quickly to practically nothing. Aroma is insane. I have never smelled these notes in a beer: gingerbread house, cinnamon roll, carrot cake with lots of cream cheese icing. Taste is a bit of creamy, spicy pumpkin pie but then becomes mostly carrot cake with a nice hoppy bite at the end. Hoppiness at the end becomes a bit soapy. 9% is very well hidden. Overall makes other seasonals and pumpkin beers look stupid.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2008 Bottle from Binnys, shared with brother Eric. Pours cloudy/hazy bright orange with dancing sediment and abundant rising bubbles, quickly fading white foam head. WOW NOSE! Fresh baked carrot cake/pumpkin pie, right out of the oven! I canít believe what Iím smelling, it smells so good I almost donít want to drink it for fear that the taste with let me down and thus ruin the aroma for me. Not to worry, the nose comes through in the flavor! Taste is smooth with mild carbonation and slightly bitter pumpkin pie filling, carrot cake flavor with a slight hint of malt and hops. Alcohol is very mild as well, making this brew hard to keep in the glass, but it does catch up to you before long. The taste is just a notch below the nose in freshness...making me really want to get my hands on a fresh bottle! If only I could find this on tap!

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