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RATINGS: 1691   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This left a nice spicy after taste in my mouth,poured with a thick white head this is not my type of beer but this was enjoyable and would drink again,i enjoy my stouts and RIS more.CHEERS!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Bottle. Body is a copperish color with a nice and fluffy head that leaves a fair ammount of lacing on the glass as it dies down. Aromas are fairly spicy... ginger and allspice cover a sweet caramel malt aroma. Flavor is dynamite. Transitions are wonderful as it moves from spice to sweet malt to a bit of a pumpkin flavor and then back to a pie spice finish. At the same time, mouthfeel is smooth and thick.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Slightly used copper in color. The nose smelled exactly like gingerbread cookies with scents of butter cookies, cinnamon and fresh ginger. The palate continues with these flavors in a very well-balanced beer that I just wish was a touch heavier for the upcoming cooler months. While this almost seems more like a Christmas beer than a Pumpkin (Halloween) beer it will be extremely pleasurable to drink over the Fall and Winter seasons!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
22 oz bottle, via jsquire. Pours a clear orangish body under a one finger fizzy beige head that faded fairly quickly to a wispy film. My first though on the nose was that it smelled exactly like Old Bay. Itís really a mix of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon I suppose, but once Old Bay hit me, I couldnít smell anything but. Funny, the label lists the ingredients, but doesnít mention any spices at all. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness from the malt. The flavor is really different for a pumpkin beer. Iím getting lots of sweet malt and a toasted marshmallow middle fading to a vanilla laced pumpkin meat finish. Just a little bit of citrusy hops peeking past all the spice. Thankfully itís not just pie spice overload. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy but not sticky or cloyingly sweet. The carbonation is a little too overactive for me, but that just seems to be a Southern Tier thing Iíve noticed. A pretty decent pumpkin beer, probably in my top 5, but nowhere near Selins Grove Brewing or even the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin as far as favorites go.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: January 06, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: hazy copper, wispy off white head
Aroma: rich caramel malt aroma with a nice sweet pumpkin candy character, lots of spices especially cinamon and nutmeg, touch of vanilla and crystalized ginger
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong candy caramel character enhanced by a vanilla sweetness, nice array of spices are bold enough to be a major player yet subdued enough to be in balance with the pumpkin, light balancing bitterness
Overall: like a spiced pumpkin candy

Date: October 03, 2010
Mode: draft
Words: tmac woodstock
still the best pumpkin beer aroma, the king of pumpkin beer

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2008
orange body with no head..aroma of heavy spice, anise, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and bread..flavor is of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and licorice...hides the alcohol quite well for a beer with this ABV..interesting and good...share this bottle though

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6028) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle. Appearance: Amber with an off white head. Aroma: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Palate: Medium/full. Flavor: Literally tastes like a pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust. Overall: This beer is way over the top. Itís outrageous. One of the best of itís style.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
(From radiomgb - Thanks, Jeff.) Translucent copper-orange with a small white head that reduces to a thick film. The aroma is large, full of sharp, almost pungent pumpkin pie spice. A little vegetal. Thereís some fresh bread in there as well, and a little underlying malt. The taste is as big as the smell. Lots of pumpkin and spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc). They even got the pie crust in there somehow. Some malty sweetness. Alcohol is not apparent in the mouth. Softens as it warms. Some bitterness in the finish. Full body, medium carbonation. A bit much.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin, in an very awfull way. Pours an orangey golden color with a thin white head. Unpleasant flavor of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lb4lb (2530) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bonus bottle from my want list courtesy of demitriustown. Thanks!
Pours clear and light orange with a huge white head. Smell is big, rich and actual meaty pumpkin like more so than the actual spices which are present but in milder doses than usual. Taste and body are both dull and odd to me. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, but I was not a fan of this beer at all, and am coming to find I donít care for much of anything this brewer makes. Obviously many love it, but I have many other pumpkin beers I prefer.


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