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RATINGS: 1695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Bottle from VA. Clear orange with no head. It really does smell and taste just like pumpkin pie with lots of cinnamon. Yummy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a thin bubbly off-white head. The aroma......oh my god - liquid pumpkin pie. NO LIE! Down to the cool whip and crust, it is there! I’m almost afraid to taste it because I don’t want to be disappointed. Ok.....drinking it. The taste definetely focuses on the crust of the pie, and also the pumpkin and spices. There is a hint of alcohol and hoppiness, that is wish was even more pushed into the background.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
An absolutely incredible beer. Spectacular out of the bottle but damn near ambrosia on tap. Well balanced pumpkin pie flavor and a crisp finish to the malty body. Sumptuous pie spice aroma with faint pumpkin in there as well. Truly divine in front of a fire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 WOW. Huge thanks to GMCC2181 for knocking my socks off with this one. Up front, I am not and have not been a huge fan of spicey/pimpkin beers, but this one was so spot on that even I loved it. Looks, smells, and tastes just like pumpkin pie, seriously. Even the crust is in there. All that’s missing is a scoop of ice cream. This one is thick, creamy, and pumpkin pie in every way. AWESOME.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abcfan (715) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Wow, aroma is amazing on this brew! Smells like pumpkin pie on a graham cracker crust, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Taste is pretty much the same, very nice pumpkin taste throughout, with a sweet graham/cream finish. this one is dangerously delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of lots and lots of nutmeg, some cinnamon and clove. Flavor has sweet malt and all those spices. Really a big spice bomb, a bit grating on the tongue by glass’s end. For me, this was a far cry from Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or even Southampton Pumpkin. 6-4-5-3-11/2.9

Rerate yields a much-improved feeling about the nose, very impressively rich in spices that practically warm you before you even take a sip. Aside from that, pretty much the same opinion as before.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Holy hell I did not think the aroma of spicy pumpkin would be this awesome. Just like a fresh baked pumpkin pie. Appearance is clear orange and peach color with a minimal off white head. Flavor...ok that is too strange for a beer. It tastes like pumpkin pie...Its not bad but shouldn’t be made for beers...Palate is medium bodied with an aftertaste of pumpkin. Weird stuff. Very hard to rate...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2008
#1400. Tasted 9/2/08. 22oz bomber. First pour is relatively clear with an orange, amber golden hue. Sparse off-white head. Wow! this is a total pumpkin pie aroma. i’ve heard of brewers using canned pumpkin in their batches, but this is personified. But it’s the whole deal, spices, crust and filling. Crazy nose. Full bodied and damn fina. Lotta spice and character, but something odd stands out. Metallic from the chill? Odd spicing? There’s something that just holds this one back a little...Sticky, lingering finish. Subtle hop character and the alcohol is also rather well masked. Slight buttery undertone. Sticky and crisp. For as smooth as it is, the bitter character rears its head and kinda ruins the roll. This is definitely the biggest pumpkin I’ve ever had, but not my favorite. Sticky cloying finsih. Second and final pour is rather more heady and dissipating. Same character. More slight esters are shining underneath the spices. Cherry raspberry and tart cranberry nuances. The spices overwhelm the palate, but a lot shows up on the proximity. Toasty cookie malt character. Rather sticky finish. Lingering and cloying. It’s almost as if the palate is not as much, if not accompanied by the aroma, which is substantial. This si good, but not as good as my hometown hero, Schlafly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3442) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle. Pours orange with a small white head. Aroma of cinnamon and gingersnap cookies. Flavor of slight pumpkin and more gingersnaps and gingerbread cookies. I don’t know what people are referring to when they say this tastes like pumpkin pie--because it doesn’t. Maybe pie crust? It’s pretty decent though, at least if you like gingersnaps.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Bottle shared with GMCC2181, poured a nice clear amber color with aroma of spice, nutmeg, and fresh baked pumpkin pie. Taste is exactly like pumpkin pie, spices, graham crackers, ginger and a nice alcohol finish. the best pumpkin brew I have had!

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