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RATINGS: 1825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle: Poured an orange color with not much head. The aroma was strange, sweet, hazelnut and caramel. The flavor was also strange. Had some nutty characteristics, some sweet malts and a strong ’real’ pumpkin flavor. None of that imitation pie filling taste. It was a little too much real pumpkin for me.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Been wanting to try this one for awhile. Had this on tap. Aroma was unbelievable, nutmeg, butter (in a good way), pie crust and pumpkin. Taste was much the same, with big spices and a great pumpkin pie taste. This is a pretty crazy beer, if you can call it that. I want a candle that smells just like this beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle, courtesy tpdgreg, I think. Clear golden color amber pour, creamy head and lacing. Aroma is basically just pumpkin pie. And not a simulation of pumpkin pie, but PUMPKIN FUCKING PIE. Dry buttery crust, peanut butter cookies, bread, cinnamon. Here it is, the best smelling beer I’ve experienced. Flavor is terrible. Wait it’s great too! Dry pumpkin pie, malty biscuit, sugar cookies, brown sugar, big on cinnamon and orgasms. Very sweet, dry tasty flavors make this extremely drinkable and delicious. ABV is nowhere man. What an awesome beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Clear deep orangeish amber color. Minimal white head. Medium to thin bodied with a smooth carbonation. Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Begins with a sweetness that becomes tart and tangy. Towards the end and especially in the aftertaste its almost like youve taken a bite of raw pumpkin. This beer certainly accomplishes the pumkiny flavor they were seeking, however, the raw pumpkin aftertaste is a bit odd actually. Kind of tart, a little bitter, and leaves your mouth very dry. Drinking the beer is enjoyable but the aftertaste is borderline unpleasant.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Poured a clean, amber/orange body with a small off- white head with some decent lacing. The aroma is reminds of of a run of the mill brown ale with some caramel, black tea, and subtle toffee. Flavor was a lot like the aroma with some very mild spices present and a bit of alcohol. It was a little vegetal which i guess was the pumpkins flavor. I had higher hopes for this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2008
22 oz bomber - pours a clear coppery orange with a small off-white head. Aroma quite strange - sweet honeyed graham cracker, HAZELNUT! and some very faint pumpkin pie spices. Flavour is kind of all over the place, hoppy, spicy, peachy, sweet, nutty, but itís all tied together well-enough. Alcohol well hidden, though it warms in the finish. A solid, if strange, effort - just not something I could drink lots of.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle: INCREDIBLE aroma of baked pumpkin pie. Wonderful - how did they do it. The taste its not as good as the aroma, but still fine. It is an interesting blend of pumpkins and other bitter veggies. Not bad. Thanks BuckeyeBoy for the hookup.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2008
Growler from Consumer Beverages. best Pumpkin beer I have tasted. Sweet spicy aroma, full bodied sweet, spicy almost buttery flavour. Nice balanced aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 Poured medium-orange, slightly hazy with very little head. Pie crust and caramel in the aroma -- not the spice bomb I expected. Subtle nutmeg and pumpkin in the flavor which is otherwise dominated by pie crust. Boozy finish took me slightly by surprise. A little thin on the palate. Very tasty and warming!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 Bomber. Pours a hazy golden amber color, very little head. Aroma of buttery graham cracker, as in the crust of a pie. Maybe a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg as well, but not too much more on the nose. Very doughy and sweet, with a bit of a bite in the finish. Alcohol is definitely present in this one. Very good. Re-rated 9.8.11. Bomber. Golden and clear, with a thin beige head. Aromas of buttered pie crust and some pumpkin flesh and spices. Lightly buttery pie crust and pumpkin pie filling, mild alcohol, and very slight spices in the flavor. A little warming, smooth, and drinkable for the ABV. Good stuff. 7.5/3/8/3.5//15.


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