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RATINGS: 1818   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2020) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Unlike most pumpkin beers i have had this had a more authentic pumpkin flavor as opposed to a pumpkin pie flavor. The difference is in the amount of spices. There were nutmeg, all spice and other spices but the were softer than most pumpkin beers. A nice copper hue with a thin off white head. Palate could have been fuller, otherwise a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured a copper/orange with a three finger white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin. Flavor was pumpkin and spice with a slight malt taste. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (713) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle. Orange color, some carbonation, minimal head. Flavor is roasted malt, pumpkin seed, pumpkin pie spice, ripe fruit. Medium-light bodied. Lingering sweetness, just looked at the ABV, hot damn! Yeah, this is some pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle. Deep copper orange in color with a nice fluffy white head. Spicy clove pumpkiny aroma. Vanilla fruity notes. Pumpkin spicy malty flavor. Caramel notes. Medium bodied. Finish is spicy. Very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (1918) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Robust malt and spice aroma. Clear orange color with a small off white head. Bread and spice flavor fading in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (20345) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Bottled, thanks PilsnerPeter! Clear deep golden, minimal head. Overpowering gingersnaps aroma. Very sweet with thick, dense mouthfeel. A one flavour beer - fatty gingersnaps and sweet potatoe is the clostes I can relate to. Very sugary, extremely sweet and very powerful. Alcohol and syrup dominates the finish along with this extreme spice flavour. As subtle as an elephant in an antique store and as refreshing as tabasco. A beer for sipping in minimal amounts, but that really has no depth or even any pleasant flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Aroma and taste of pumpkin spices. A little over spiced for my liking. I say less pumpkin, more beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
thanks nhorweeen. orange brown, dark pumpkin ale color, white head. very surprising aroma. pumpkin gingerbread, over powering. pretty awesome sweet and spicy. tastes a bit like potpourri. very fall beer, pretty excellent for what it’s supposed to be. huge alcohol, considering i can hardly taste it. great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Holy crap, pumkin pie! Smells of fresh baked pumpkin pie, taste is more of that, liquified pumkin pie, with a lot of spicey goodness to accompany it. Can almost taste the whipped cream on top. Far and away the best pumpkin beer out there.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4926) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Slightly hazy orange body with copper and bronze highlights and a very thin slightly off-white head - very little carbonation shown from the pour! Aroma is crazy - more nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon than you’d smell in pumpkin pie!!! This aroma is amazing - seriously one of the best and most ’realistic’ [to the object the brewmasters are trying to recreate] beers i’ve smelt! Full-bodied; Super chewy mouthful with a potent alcohol flavour. Good spice throughout with more of the pumpkiny flavours roaming long with a ton of brown sugar and caramalised swetness. Overall, a potent and very festive beer for the season. If you can stomach the whole bottle or pass it around the table, you’ll be a hit for Thanksgiving! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 10-August-2008, sampled on 21-September-2008.

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