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RATINGS: 1899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25127) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
Bottled (thanks PilsnerPeter!). Amber colour, not much head. Aroma is very much Xmas cookies along with some pumpkin and mild notes of hops. Flavour is much the same. A real spicebomb

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Had this one last fall for the first time and it knocked my socks off. I’m a sucker for Pumpkin Ales and have been searching for one to top Pumking. None yet, but hopefully this year’s is just as good. 22oz bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with some off-white head. Aroma is super spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Flavor is straight up pumpkin pie. All the spices I detected in the nose are here in full force, plus some added flavors of butter and graham crackers. Yep, it’s still the king.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3368) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle: Clear copper pour with a thin head. Amazing aroma is like the damn pie itself, crust and all! Tons of pumpkin, spice, cool whip... I can smell it baking. Tastes of pumpkin and spice, some floral notes and a more in depth taste of the pumpkin puree. Smooth. Thanks BuckeyeBoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Copper pour with essentially no head. Aroma of graham cracker crust, pumpkin, brown sugar and green leaves. The aroma is pretty good, but the flavor is a huge let down. Tastes like biting into a rotten pumpkin that has been dipped in stale frosting. Some sourdough and spice notes too. I actually had a hard time finishing this beer. Not recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours clear amber with minimal white head. Powerful aroma of baked/toasted pumpkin with hints of nutmeg and other spices. Big flavor of pumpkin and spice but it’s off balance. The alcohol is a little too high. Didn’t live up to its aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Huge graham cracker nose, intensely sweet. Clear gold with thin bubbly head. Pumpkin pie spices and sweetness (nearly too sweet). Along the lines of most of the Southern Tier Jellybelly line of beers that taste more like artificially flavored candy than beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
(bottle - 22 oz) Copper color with a puffy white head. Aroma is very light pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, and the smell of those popcorn balls you get around Christmas time. Flavor is lots of cinnamon at the start that gives way to a very light pumpkin flavor in the middle and a spicy and very sweet finish. Aftertaste is bitter and has that same buttered popcorn thing going on in it. Some gingerbread as well. Couldn’t really taste the pumpkin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
cgarvieuk (21037) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 Bottle at home ... BIG thnaks to berrbill for this despite all that follows Copper coloured ... big white foam head .... Oh my big pumpkin with something a bit unpleasant in nose (wife says popcorn and id say shes sopt on, and i dont like popcorn)... rich yeasty vegtable pumpkin ... its very veggy ...again some popcorn... and quite unlike other pumpkin beers ive had ... really dont like it ... In fact its the First Tarde beer ive poured.. and it really hurt. Given the Postage 1.9...

TK2 YEUCH 1.5 ...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Bottled shared by emacgee. Light orange pour with off-white head (like most pumpkin beers... slightly brighter, perhaps). Smell is prety great... totally like a pumpkin pie with homemade crust. If that sounds good to you... well, then you might enjoy this beer. Also notes of caramel and vanilla in the taste. This beer smells great, but can be a bit much after more than about 5 ounces... my suggestion is share this with friends and enjoy the novelty... but drink 22oz by yourself at your own peril.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
22oz bottle. This beer is awful. Pours hazy amber with a large offwhite head, decent retention, spider web lace. Smells sickly, spicy sweet. Tons of allspice and cinnamon, with a bit of vanilla and a hint of pumpkin. Way too much spice and not enough... well, beer. Tastes spicy sweet as well but not as sickly. Allspice and cinnamon with some pumpkin. Awful nose and flavor, drain pour. Medium body, fizzy carbonation. Overcarbonated in general.

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