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RATINGS: 1886   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
650 ML Bottle. $6.49 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a very clear light orange amber with only a dusting of a head. Vegetation in the nose: pumpkin and other autumn smells, along with some hint of spice and some bread. Flavor is a well-done crusty pumpkin pie... slightly burnt, slight pepper finish. I donít like it as much as Iíd hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (8691) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 BOTTLE: wow! Clear gold pour, aroma was pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla. Taste was more pumpkin, spices, gingerbread, and malt. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Wow this was the shit. Tastes like cinnamon nutmeg and pumpkin spice with a dangerous amount of sugar and body to bring this whole thing up to PURE PUMPKIN PIE BEER! Great beer, one that I was hesitant to try, but holy shit this was decadent. Just ridiculous how good it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2009
im not a "pumpkin beer" expert by any means, but this tastes to me just like pumpkin pie. I rated the aroma and the flavor the highest because they are both amazing, very complex and very delicious. The appearance is a tranceparent orange hue. thin white head that dicipates quickly. I really like this beer. Probably the best pumpkin beer ive had. But thats not saying much ive only had 3. Buffalow bills, and dogfish headís.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4531) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle. Poured a small white head, transparent body, very little carbonation, and a gold hue. The aroma was pumpkin, gingerbread sweet, spicy, some cinammon, some malt, vanilla, and pumpkin pie. The flavor was pumpkin, brown sugar, sweet, spicy, ginger, vanilla, cinammon, and malt. The mouthfeel was tingly and a medium bodied beer. Fairly well balanced and full of pumpkin and gingerbread characteristics, but a little bit of an overkill at the same time. Nonetheless, still worthy of a try.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Even on a hot humid day, the Fall aromas just scream out of the glass. Lighter than most Pumpkin Ales in terms of color. That may be the only fault in this ale. All the flavors you would expect, but put together so all aspects of the flavors have a chance to shine. Beyond outstanding!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Clear orange-gold pour with a small, short-lived, white head. The aroma is of fresh baked, toasty pie crust with some vanilla, roasted pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor pretty much follows the aroma with a touch of caramel and just a hint of hops on the finish. A little bit cloying though. Dry medium body with lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1408) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2009
A hazy amber/yellow orange concoction. The head is average. Has a hazy thickness to the look. Not bad. The aroma is out of this world. A very, VERY bready smell. Heavy yeast and a cake-like aroma. A combination of pumpkin pie and -- perhaps more strongly -- carrot cake. Like a liquified confection. Immense. The taste is very strong carrot cake. Pumpkin spice and brown sugar. Very conspicuous alcohol burst. Hits the back of the tongue with authority. Rich and bready, like a sugary cake. Feels thick and foamy. Milky and chunky. Chewy. Itís delicious and bursting with flavor, but also seriously heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle An pretty early Halloween in July. Pours a clear amber orange with a thin off white head. The head has average staying, and laces fairly well. Has a good pumpkin spice aroma, all spice, ginger snap cookie, and pumpkin pie. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is sweeter than spicy. Not bad but would have liked to see it kicked up a bit. Has a watery texture. An okay finish with an okay aftertaste. I typically like pumpkin beers but this just seemed too sweet. Maybe its because its July.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (905) - Friona, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Had this one right out of one of the tanks that age the beer at the brewery. Canít say accurately about the appearance because of it not being filtered yet and coming from a holding tank that hasnít yet bottled the beer. But the flavor was bliss. There was a very prevalent pumpkin note with some spices of coriander, cinnamon, little vanilla, and others. Now, the fact that I had it so fresh from the batch might have a little to do with the flavor rating but I will wait till they bottle and sell it first. Sweet, spicy, and a tad milky with a touch of sour. I would almost consider this a desert rather than a beer...

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