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RATINGS: 1835   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2008
Bottled 0,65 ltr. Clear amber color, small white head. Aroma - never had a beer, which has so strong aroma of brown Finnish Christmas Cookies. Syrap, cinnamon etc. Same with flavor: Christmas cookies in liquid form. Perfumic. Not much pumpkin flavors and not much going on in this brew, except Christmas spices.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Pours a hazy, golden orange with a thin white head. It smells like pumpkin cobbler or a pumpkin tart with a sweet graham cracker crust; great nose. Light to medium bodied and slick with a tight spicy finish. The flavor follows the nose with a slight drop-off. This is hands-down the best pumpkin beer that I have sampled to-date, with Schlafly Pumpkin Ale coming in a few lengths behind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Courtesy BeerVirgin72. The clear, dark orange-amber colored body is topped with a thin, foamy, off-white head. A soapy wash of spotty lace slowly decided to rejoin the body. Aromas include fleshy pumpkin, caramel, graham cracker, and and odd hint of corn tortilla chips that I have never before experienced in a beer. Flavors are mostly sweet, pumpkin and caramel malts showing strongest, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg coming through as well. Big bodied, with balanced carbonation, the mouthfeel is on the syrupy side. This one seems to be more about pumpkin than the spices, which I appreciate, but I still cannot fully get behind it, as pumpkin and fall spices just do not appeal to me all that much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3696) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle Pours out a nice gold/copper topped with a whip cream sand head. Aroma of fresh baked Pumpkin Pie. Tast of spice, nutmeg, and every other ingredient used for a pumpkin pie. This was the best pumpkin brew I have ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4435) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Smell is pumpkin pie, squash like, real smelling pumpkin, nutty, very autumn like. Look is orange colored somewhat clear with an off white head. Taste is real pumpkin, fallish, yeast, and earthy. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
This orange amber pour smells of gingerbread cookies and pumpkin bread. Bready spiced flavor swiftly followed by alcohol and pumpkin. A nice offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22983) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
Bottled (thanks PilsnerPeter!). Amber colour, not much head. Aroma is very much Xmas cookies along with some pumpkin and mild notes of hops. Flavour is much the same. A real spicebomb

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Had this one last fall for the first time and it knocked my socks off. I’m a sucker for Pumpkin Ales and have been searching for one to top Pumking. None yet, but hopefully this year’s is just as good. 22oz bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with some off-white head. Aroma is super spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Flavor is straight up pumpkin pie. All the spices I detected in the nose are here in full force, plus some added flavors of butter and graham crackers. Yep, it’s still the king.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2902) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle: Clear copper pour with a thin head. Amazing aroma is like the damn pie itself, crust and all! Tons of pumpkin, spice, cool whip... I can smell it baking. Tastes of pumpkin and spice, some floral notes and a more in depth taste of the pumpkin puree. Smooth. Thanks BuckeyeBoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Copper pour with essentially no head. Aroma of graham cracker crust, pumpkin, brown sugar and green leaves. The aroma is pretty good, but the flavor is a huge let down. Tastes like biting into a rotten pumpkin that has been dipped in stale frosting. Some sourdough and spice notes too. I actually had a hard time finishing this beer. Not recommended.

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