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RATINGS: 1916   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, bright copper with a short lasting white head and great lacing. aroma is great and smells like true, homemade pumpkin pie with big notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, pecan, and sweet, caramel malts. flavor is excellent as well with pure spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger blending with sweet pumpkin, carrot, and vanilla icing to create a hybrid of pumkin pie and carrot cake flavors without being overly sweet or artificial. palate is medium bodied and smooth with solid carbonation and a clean, spiced finish. overall, this brew is the cream of the pumpkin brew crop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2908) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Pours a clear copper/dark amber with white head .... aroma of pumpkin cinnamon nutmeg and bready/piecrust/graham cracker. Tasted like a pumpkin pie ... sugary cinnamon nutmeg bready/pie crust with a bitter/ spicy hop finish ............was delicious had no hint of alcohol and still is the best pumpkin iíve had so far

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2010 Copper pour with lively carbonation and a tight frothy white head that leaves quite the respectable lacing. Aroma is gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, and bready yeast. Like a collection of freshly baked holiday cookies. Flavor is much of the spice noted in the aroma- comes through powerfully. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger prevail. Brown sugar sweetness and confection frosting make up the sweet malt profile. Pumpkin is noticeable but never overpowering or upstaging. Palate is silky, succulent and extremely clean. Quite the interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Pours a transparent copper with a medium sized frothy head and good lacing. Aroma is rife with gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, lots of brown sugar, and pumpkin bread. Flavor is quite similar to the aroma, with similar wintery spices and some concepts of pumpkin pie or some other similarly conceived baked good. An element of sugary cake frosting is also evident. Nothing too complex, but quite tasty. A really good spice/herb/veg, and a really solid beer for autumn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Pours a deep orange caramel color with medium off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and multiple other spices. Flavor matches well, but just doesnít come together right. It ends up tasting lot a thin mess of a beer that doesnít blend well. Not the biggest pumpkin beer fan, but this isnít much of a pumpkin beer either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Caramel pour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet pumpkin pie, perhaps with the whipped cream included. Thereís some nice ginger spice in there too. The flavor is sweet, which youíd expect from Southern Tier, but thereís plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg spice in there too. Itís not too overly sweet though, which is a bonus. Finish is with some pumpkin spice. A little thin is the biggest shortcoming. Otherwise, a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
The Pumking is absoutely THE best pumpkin beer I have ever sampled! From start to finish, this beer provides it all. It tastes just like a slice of pumpkin pie. The beer pours a dark amber color with a very small white head. The sample that I had left no lacing around the glass. The nose was full of pumpkin and spices. The flavor was absoutely delicious, like I said, tasting just like a pumpkin pie. A lot of brewers use the pumpkin as a seasonal speciality, but none have come close to capturing the flavor and the character like Southern Tier did with beer. This was literally like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. Absoutely outstanding!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2009
On tap at Mahars. This is liquid carrot cake, thereís no way to say itís anything else. No hops or malt, just carrots and spice, alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear tanned orange with a medium to large white head. Aromas of warm pie crust, pecans, pie spices Ė ginger, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon Flavors follow the nose, but lean a little more towards the spices, picking up a little meaty pumpkin flavor and heavy on the nuttiness and nutmeg. Finishes with a bit of a spicy feel on the gums, and some lingering pie spice. ABV is really well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Call me crazy, but after breathing this in for a good 2-3 minutes, I figured out the strange twist in the aroma...itís butternut squash! Fresh bomber pours a light orange with a thick, creamy off-white head that lasts and laces well. The requisite pumpkin rind and nutmeg aromas are there, with cinnamon taking a very distant back seat. The caramel malt is quite obvious in the flavor, as is the roasted pumpkin (a bit different than the pumpkin in most brews). Hops make an appearance, but are blended in with nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and that crazy squash flavor! This was my fourth and final pumpkin of the night, and it takes the cake as expected. Paired the "angelís share" of the bomber with a fudge brownie, and it got even better! After "Pumpkin Night" at the homestead, itís obvious that this style really fits the weather in Kansas City right now, and you can officially call me a fan.

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