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RATINGS: 1825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottle. Wow, this absolutely surprised me. I was worried about a pumpkin beer but it was awesome. Very unique aroma and flavour profile that was more like ginger bread than anything I expected. Fantastic on a cool autum evening. You definitely need to try this even if you are scared of pumpkin flavouring.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Haslinger (870) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2008
22 ounce bottle. Pours a nice orange haze. Very good aroma of gingerbread and warm spices. Smells a lot like a kitchen should around the holidays. The taste is absolutely delicious. Spicy, caramel, some gingerbread cookie taste. This is a damn good brew

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bomber. Crystal clear orange amber with a foamy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles flying to the top. Nose smells just like Ivinís ginger snaps. Flavor is ginger snaps and pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Interesting, pleasant, but I donít get the hype.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 Pours a dark orange with a bit of copper and a nice off-white fluffy head. Aroma is extremely sweet with a bit of spiciness, exactly like pumpkin pie as everyone here agrees. Flavor is much like taking a bite of pumpkin pie and it immediately liquefies in your mouth. It was very well balanced though between the spice and the sweet malts which gave it the edge over other pumpkin ales. Nice smooth and creamy finish as well. Full bodied and low carbonation. This is a very rich and warm beer that is quite different than any others in the style.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bomber. Forgive me but, yes, it pours a clear pumpkin orange with a small dirty white head. The head quickly settles to just a few pools of bubbles. Unmistakable pumpkin pie aroma - no need to light a pumpkin spice candle if one of these is being poured. Aggressive pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and anise. Very sweet but somehow dryish finish and creamy texture. This is no decorative miniature pumpkin. I liked it but did feel that it was too heavily spiced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Bomber courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours a clear dark golf with a half finger white head. Nose smells like real pie filling, cinnamon, spice, etc. I had the Weyerbacher Pumpkin last night and that smelled more manufactured like a pumpkin candle. Taste is real pumpkin pie spices, not over the top at all. I swear I can taste the crust too. Itís got a little alcohol burn in the finish but not bad. Medium mouth feel. This is good stuff. Thanks G-Diddy!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Sampled side by side with Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin and Dogfish Head Punkin. Pours a deep copper color with orange highlights with a small sticky foamy head. Aroma is first pumpkin, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor follows the same pattern, big pumpkin taste with pie spices and a touch of caramel malt playing a secondary role. Itís nearly the opposite of many "pumpkin" brews, which tend to be all spice. Also not as sweet as some. Alcohol is well hidden to the point of being close to undetectable. Nearly creamy on the palate. This is my new pumpkin brew baseline. Definitely the king of the three!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - 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.


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