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RATINGS: 1898   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Pours a nice orange hue, with a bit of carbonation. The aroma is amzing! If you like pumkin pie this is one of the best beer aromas you will probably smell in quite a while, otherwise you may dislike it. The taste is much the same, though there is also a few notes of ripe fruit like figs and possibly plums. The overall taste is that of spices and cinnamon, but it also very well balanced with a nice taste of pumpkin permeating. An excellent and balanced beer for the fall season.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 RERATE: Iím bumping everything up a little bit. The pumpkin bread aroma is just incredible; I always end up sniffing the bottle the whole night and even the next morning! More recent bottles have been less vegetal and made better use of the pumpkin bread qualities. Has become my gold standard for pumpkin beers.---- Original rating 08/22/09 Pours a thin but vibrant orange, slight red tint, headless. Intense aroma of pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, brown sugar, dates. Smells like Iím about to eat dessert. Flavor is slightly buttery with some pumpkin bread. Some notes of figs and dates as well. Overall the flavor is fairly subtle, especially in relation to the intense aroma. Bitter hoppy finish with a slight alcohol burn. The aroma doesnít match what youíd expect from the flavor. This beer confuses me. 9/3/6/3/12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1873) - 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 (9298) - 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 (4811) - 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 (1475) - 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.

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