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RATINGS: 1894   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (728) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kellertrumpet (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009 does not count
Huge aroma as soon as tapped. Very strong pumpkin tastes with a little nutmeg and vanilla flavors. Would certainly not want more than one of these at a time but definitely a great tasting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Amber color, slight head. Aroma and flavor is pumpkin (obviously) and spices (which really come through in the finish. Not a huge fan of pumpkin flavor or else this would rate much higher for me. Still a damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. My first of a three bottle Pumpkin Ale tasting...The aroma...GOOD LORD...I agree with a rater below. ST makes some kick ass smelling beers. This one by far had the best pumpkin aroma...The flavor was up front pumpkin. Not a sweet pumpkin either...Devoid of any other spice, the finish was a bit dry and boring for me...Leaving this one my lowest of the three. I can see why some would prefer this though, really, which is actually a compliment to this beer...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (332) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2009
22-oz bottle. Thin head disappeared quickly. Aroma is straight pumpkin pie. Wow, Iíve head a lot of pumpkin ales but never one that tasted like this. Fantastic warming and comforting undertone - basically, doesnít taste just like pie filling, but pie crust as well. Iíve read that pumpkin isnít important in the flavoring of a pumpkin ale, but I think the pumpkin comes through here. Complex, sweet, uncommon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
bottle courtesy of bmartin08, thanks yet again! i smell pumpkins before the cap is even off the bottle. ST makes the best smeeling beers in the world, and this one doesnít disappoint. smells of huge sweet pumkin pastry, maybe a pumkin pie clif bar. pours is a light gold color with hues of pale lager and ipa. taste is super spicy pumkins, lots of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg cardamon and even a lil thyme/rosemary. drinks really nice and smooth, dangerous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutbiiliards (17) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
bright orange color with almost no head aroma is sweet pumpkin pie spice flavor issome bitterness with spicey pumpkin and a vanilla aftertaste overall a good fall beer ive heard its also good with a year in the cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2773) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Man this is about this about the best pumpkin beer I ever had. Sure, itís spicy, malty, and rich. But the really good thing is that it has a certain roasty dryness which makes it much less cloying. Poured with a nice off white head and some lace. Color is a medium amber. Aroma is pumpkin pie and spice and definite roastiness. Flavorís the same. Great body and carbonation. Finish is good too, especially due to the dry roasted character. Alcohol is subtle, but present in the very end of the finish. Super rich. Definitely not a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, bright copper with a short lasting white head and great lacing. aroma is great and smells like true, homemade pumpkin pie with big notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, pecan, and sweet, caramel malts. flavor is excellent as well with pure spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger blending with sweet pumpkin, carrot, and vanilla icing to create a hybrid of pumkin pie and carrot cake flavors without being overly sweet or artificial. palate is medium bodied and smooth with solid carbonation and a clean, spiced finish. overall, this brew is the cream of the pumpkin brew crop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2683) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Pours a clear copper/dark amber with white head .... aroma of pumpkin cinnamon nutmeg and bready/piecrust/graham cracker. Tasted like a pumpkin pie ... sugary cinnamon nutmeg bready/pie crust with a bitter/ spicy hop finish ............was delicious had no hint of alcohol and still is the best pumpkin iíve had so far

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