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RATINGS: 1820   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
22oz bottle. This beer is awful. Pours hazy amber with a large offwhite head, decent retention, spider web lace. Smells sickly, spicy sweet. Tons of allspice and cinnamon, with a bit of vanilla and a hint of pumpkin. Way too much spice and not enough... well, beer. Tastes spicy sweet as well but not as sickly. Allspice and cinnamon with some pumpkin. Awful nose and flavor, drain pour. Medium body, fizzy carbonation. Overcarbonated in general.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Pours a clear orangish amber with a short lived off-white head that showed decent retention and lacing. The smell is fantastic, like a pumpkin pie. Huge Pumpkin aroma with brown sugar and spices with some base malt. The taste is a little spicier than the aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon and addition spices. There is an underlying malt sweetness with some pumpkin and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. This is the most authentic pumpkin ale I’ve tasted in recent memory and a perfect drink for Halloween evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 Bomber. Pours clear bright golden orange with white head. Aroma is loaded with pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, bread and squash. Flavor is pumpkin pie to the ’T’. Loaded with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and a little doughy. If there goal was to make a brew that taste like pumpkin pie they have definitly succeeded. Really good stuff. I dont think I need a whole bomber , but still pretty damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2008
What a truly well done pumpkin beer. Aroma is vegetal, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and probably some other things I’ll smell when I have this again. The appearance is pumpkin orange. The flavor is a pumpkin explosion. Thats the beast I can come up with. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle shared by durhambeer. Thanks Bob! Had this one a few times over the past year. Nose is straight up pumpkin pie with an emaphasis on the crust. Flavor is equally pumpkin-y with more spices and a good helping of cream. This is a great pumpkin beer but that doesn’t mean I want a whole bottle of it. Like many of the special southern tier beer, 3-4 ounces is about all I can handle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredword1 (5) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2008 does not count
I love this beer. It’s expensive, but worth it. They weren’t afraid to be generous on the pumpkin, and they hopped it up nicely. Good job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2008
A pumpkin ale that actually has the taste of pumpkin instead of just over the top cinnamon and clove. This is new! I really love this beer, a great fall treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrP00tz (17) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2008
P00tz sez....It wasn’t long before I grew weary of my employment with the postal service. Long hours of perusing around neighborhoods barely leaving the interior of my transport. P00tz needs more excitement in his day to day. It is with great pleasure that P00tz has taken apprentice with a mercenary and is learning his craft. This beer pours a soft copper orange with a nose and flavor reminiscent of eating raw pumpkin meat covered in nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and vanilla. P00tz likes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - OCT 28, 2008
Finally a pumpkin beer that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN. The surprise is it’s much weirder and not necessarily as good as you might guess. You know how a pumpkin smells when you are carving a jack-o-lantern? That’s how this beer tastes. It also has some strong bready notes and light pumpkin spice. The overall sense though is vegetal. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy thick and oily. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a better beer, but doesn’t taste nearly of pumpkin the way this does. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin ale might be a nice compromise between something that tastes something of pumpkin and isn’t too far off from a traditional bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 As soon as I opened this, The Bride says ’I want a candle that smells like that’. The aroma is truly amazing, with spicy pumpkin notes mixed with graham cracker. hints of cinnamon and ginger and clove. I was actually a bit scared to drink it fo fear that the flavor wouldn’t match the flavor, but I shouldn’t have worried. Nicely rich palate, with pumkin, and cinnamon and graham cracker and ginger and vanilla clove and - just trust me, its really, really good. Thanks to theisti for the trade!

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