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RATINGS: 1909   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Pca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pca 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 its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Bottle pours a crystal clear light amber with a decent clingy head and residual lace. The aroma is rather nutty, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spices, and cookies. The flavor is quite like a slice of pumpkin pie, in an almost disturbing sort of way. There is no mistaking, this is not subtle, it is quite pumpkin forward. The ABV is well hidden. The palate is quite rich and lively. Overall, this is great if you like pumpkin pie - and I do, but man, this is the real thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Pours a clear orange colour with a sudsy white head with decent retention. The nose offers an explosion of pumpkin pie, with butter, brown sugar, all spice, nutmeg and an assault of pumpkin essence. The flavour is spicy, vegetal (pumpkin) and root-like. The mouthfeel is slick and amply carbonated and easy drinking considering the abv. This is very fresh tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
This is one of those kinds of beers you can rate from memory because there is just so much memorable about the flavor of it. Definitely one of my favorites. You know how they have those bed-in-a-bag things, where you can get basically the entire sheet set, shams (whatever those are), pillowcases, comforter, etc.? That’s like this beer for pumpkin pie. It’s like the Willy Wonka everlasting gobstopper of pumpkin pie. You can taste the crust, then you work your way to sweet pumpkin pie filling, the palate acknowledges the spiciness of the nutmeg and cinnamon, then you are left with the creamy airy flavor of whipped topping. NOM NOM NOM. Best fresh, for certain.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy orange with a thin creamy white head with great retention. Aroma is something else... there’s an aroma here I can’t quite place, custard, vanilla and sweet coriander, really one of the most amazing aspects of this beer - so much going on! What a treat - tastes like a pumpkin-malt beverage more than a beer, certainly compared to other pumpkin beers. SO spicy, very light herbal hops, plenty of sweet malt and vanilla, light alcohol presence. Creamy body with excellent carbonation. I’m blown away! Many thanks to jjpm74 for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timpala11 (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2008 does not count
Nice surprise after trying other pumpkin ales, this one has a pumpkin pie taste that I have yet to find in its overly spiced competition. I found the finish to taste like a fresh pie crust, perfect for the season, and a beer that I will save a bottle or two for Thanksgiving.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2008
22 oz bottle at a local sports bar. Amazing. Pours a clear orangy-golden color with little head. Aroma is very strong and spicy and has a strong character of sweet potatoes. No surprises in the taste- spicy and sweet just like the aroma. Palate is smooth and crisp. Really nice twist on the pumpkin ale theme and very enjoyable. Would be good at a thanksgiving dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2008
22 oz. bottle shared by akevitt. Pours a light amber-orange body with white head. Aroma and flavor of pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread with the associated spices - particularly cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel; slightly fizzy initially on the palate. An excellent seasonal beer that is easy and enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2102) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 19, 2008
22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, darker golden color. There is a slight orange tinge to it. There was a small off-white head on it that dropped away rather quickly, and leaves no lacing. The aroma is interesting. Missing is the pumpkin pie spice that you usually get with this style. I get mainly pumpkin and cinnamon. However, there are some other aromas. There is an almost funkiness to it, but not in a bad way. The taste is interesting. There is the pumpkin, as well as clove and cinnamon. There is a dryness and a touch of sourness to the brew. Also a nuttiness in the flavor profile. This is an interesting take on a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Nice golden orange color, lots of head, moderate lacing. Initial nose of pumpkin and cinnamon. Tastes of caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin with a hint of coconut. Overall the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. Bodega restaurant had it on draft but the keg ran out, now I cant find it. Can’t taste the alcohol at all, I expected quite a burn with such a high abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2008
I’ve never enjoyed pumpkin beers in the past, but I had also never tried one this highly rated so I figured I’d give it a shot...turns out I just really don’t like the style. Very powerful smell of cloves and pumpkin, and taste is just too overpoweringly pumpkiny. Great job of masking the alcohol content though.

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