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RATINGS: 1897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, golden-amber body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a soft lacing. Aroma is great. Lots of pie crust biscuits, pumpkin pie filling, and plenty of harvest spices. Lots of nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon make this more sweetly spiced than sharp. Abundant pumpkin pie aroma makes me salivate and almost tempts me to top this with whipped cream. The flavor is very sweet with more of that pie crust and biscuit up front before more sweet pumpkin pie filling comes in. The spices quickly become acquainted, more so than the aroma. They give off more of a perfume-like taste and distinctness that makes them stand out more towards the backend along with a light, pumpkin hop bitterenss. Along with the added spice and bitterness comes just a trace of alcohol that lightly warms my throat after a dry and spicy, but sweet pumpkin pie filling finish. Lingers with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg for a medium to long amount of time. Lighter bodied, extremely clean, smooth, and very balanced for a 9%ABV beer. Overall, a very memorable pumpkin ale. Extremely aromatic and just as flavorful. Great body and balance make this one of my favorite fall ales to date. Mmmm the spell has been cast!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 This was amazing. The ’Commercial Description’ truly captures the essence of the Pumking. I had some on tap at the East Village Tavern. Poured a nice, light gold. Aroma of spices - cinnamon and nutmeg with mild roasted malt notes. The flavor was sweet, incredibly sweet and tasted like rich pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. The alcohol gives the brew a nice warming effect. Very smooth and drinkable. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nejhleader (1431) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2009
smells amazing, nutmeg, Cinnamon, pumpkin spice. Taste is the same, I thought the body could have been body, but as nice as drinking liquid pumpkin pie.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Appearance: Pours an amber orange with no head. Plenty of lights get through this one. Aroma: Pumpkin pie filling: sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin meat. Taste: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little sticky. Overall: This is the king of pumpkin beer to be sure.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1313) - 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. You’d 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!!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (4026) - 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 I’ve ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1415) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 Smells like a vegetable kinda. I actually didn’t 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.

4.3
   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 doesn’t even taste at all beer-ish. Its getting unfair comparing these concoctions of Southern Tier against other beers. Definitely worth a taste this fall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6478) - 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,


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