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RATINGS: 1883   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 Bottle. 22 oz. Split with James, Andrew, and Tony. Pours murky orange, with a thick pungent white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie, spice, and spice. Full body with a creamy, amazing finish. Highly recommended. Beautiful brew. New 2010 Recipie: Pours a clean orange with a half finger off-white fluffy head. Aroma of pumpkin, vanilla, butterscotch. caramel and cream. Medium bodied with a firm, agrresive, yet also soft, supple, and rich mouthfeel. Very well balanced carbonation, but very toned down pumpkin flavor. Much more vanilla and maltiness. Overall, I prefer the inital Pumking recipe. The over-the-top pumpkin pie flavor of the original was something truly unique. While this is still the king of all pumpkin beers, it would serve the brewers well to return to form and get back to brewing liquid pumpkin pie. Either way, cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1258) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Has a clear golden color. Aroma is mainly of pumpkin spices. Taste is a very well balanced mix of pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and hops. Youíd think that it would be a little more on the sweeter side with all of these spices, but it not at all. It all works out very well to bring a true pumpkin beer. Excellent job!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Clear orange pour. Aroma of pie crust, spice. Spicey flavor with maybe a bit of bitter pumpkin and an alcohol burn. Kind of surprising carbonation for a high gravity brew. Probably one of the better pumpkin beers Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1311) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 Smells like a vegetable kinda. I actually didnít like the smell too much. Looks an amber-orange. Good taste, not quite as good as I was hoping, but definitely a good pumpkin beer. Spicy, cinnamon, maybe some nutmeg. Kinda reminds me of a carrot cake or pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Southern tier is outstanding. Pours a rich brown color with a nice amount of head. Aroma would make you swear you are about to eat a pumpkin pie. Very sweet taste that tastes just like eating a pumpkin pie. I swear that you can even taste crust in the beer. Not a very standard beer as it doesnít even taste at all beer-ish. Its getting unfair comparing these concoctions of Southern Tier against other beers. Definitely worth a taste this fall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2009
bottle, orange amber with light foam, spicy nutmeg, sweet brown sugar, pumpkin aroma, flavors of sweet pumpkin pie without too much or too little, alcohol is non existent,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2009
The best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had, bar-none. Dangerously drinkable and exceptionally well balanced

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Aroma of carrot cake, nutmeg, definitely pumpkin, cinnamon. Pours a rich red orange with frothy white head. Taste of sweet yet bitter pumpkin, spices. Best pumpkin beer iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
draft. Aroma is amazing, spicy pie. gingery, overwhelming in a good way. Pours a clear dark copper color with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Medium palate, nicely balanced body. Taste is spicy with a bitter edge, very drinkable. So many pumpkin beers are either gross or not at all pumpkin or spicy, but this one delivers every fall. Mmm. delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to Kevin for sharing this one. Pours a clear orange with a massive nose of real mashed pumpkins. Light on the spices but I get a little nutmeg. Nice to see a pumpkin beer that doesnít feel spiced up or artificial. Flavor is once again very full of pumpkin and thankfully not overly sweet or overly spiced. Well balanced and quite nice to drink. Well made.

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