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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 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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Pours a rich amber color with thin off white head. Aroma is pumpkin, sweet malt, cinnamon, allspice, and graham cracker. Taste is much the same with a toasted grain taste giving it a nice graham cracker taste in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but overall the spice is too much for anyone drinking more then 6oz of this stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
This was a beer that was full on pumpkin pie. Man, just simply insane. Probably the most over the top, pumpkin-ish beer I’ve ever had. And to top it all off, it works amazing well. But, you have to be prepared to the onslaught of pumpkin-pie-goodness that awaits.

The beer pours out a medium-burt orange color, clear with an overly large, 4-finger thick head which took it’s sweet time dissipating. Aroma of sweet malts, huge nutmeg, burnt pie crust, some vanilla and a touch of alcohol. But WOW. What a shock. Amazing aroma.

The flavor had the same effect, just huge pumpkin pie up front, but it also carried with it a good dose of alcohol, so it was a bit like pumpkin pie vodka, but on a small scale. Finish was clean, with a bit of the alchol burn. Fantastic Fall beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 8, 2008
22oz. bomber, pours a clear orange with a two finger white head that drifts to a whispy covering, minimal lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie filling, fresh carved pumpkin guts, nutmeg, and other fall spices. Flavor is more of the same, with the nutmeg and other spice coming out a bit more; can’t find that 9% anywhere. The spice got to be a bit much, but overall this is an interesting beer, especially on a cool fall night. Not a favorite style, but can appreciate what’s going on here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2013 22 oz bottle. Pours a transparent orange color with a small white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie - totally completely pumkin and spice. I would say that I would have given the beer a 9 for flavor, but a 22 of this is quite a lot. Very smooth and the alcohol is quite hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bomber!!!! MMMmmmmmmmmmmmm pumpkin pie! The nose on this beer was fantastic. Perfect pumpkin smell with some light spices. It really had me thinking I was smelling a fresh baked pumpkin pie. The flavor was good but at sometimes a little too much spices. All in all it was very smooth and balanced. Nice mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle into Pizza Port pint; purchases at Binny’s, Niles IL. Crystal clear pumpkin orange in the glass, initial white head of medium size dissipates quickly to the thinnest of dustings. Smells like yeasty pumpkin pie; not sure I like it, but if you like pumpkin pie, I’m guessing you would. Same on the flavor: creamy texture, lactic sweetness, very natural in the flavors, and the spiciness of the pie flavor lingers in the finish. One of the best "spice" beers I’ve had; I’m just not a huge pumpkin fan, I guess.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3532) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2008
wow, what an amzing aroma on this beer. LOADS of pie spices, it smells just like i’m drkinking a pumpkin pie!!! the flavour is a little less complete, lots of cinnamon, caramom, and all spice. Not much else in here, i’m not getting much hops or malt, its like pie in a bottle.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Thanks to rustychiles for the share. Pours a beautiful luminescent orange with no head. The aroma is absolutely heavenly on this. Full of pumpkin, butterscotch, and especially nutmeg. Almost too much nutmeg. Flavor exactly reflects the aroma. Alcohol was very well hidden; didn’t poke through and ruin the taste at all. A treat.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1154) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Clear orange pour, with smaller white head. Pumpkin pie nose with a little exrtra allspice. Flavor is very much pumpkin with spice all over the place. A nice little hint of hops that is blended well with the sweetness. Very clean, and not too much burn from the higher alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Draft at Fat Head’s in Pittsburgh. Pours a translucent orange with a white head that disappears. Aroma of pumpkin pie and alcohol. Medium bodied with average carbonation, boring mouthfeel. Initial flavor of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) that transitions to a white pepper like bitterness. Slight vegetal finish, with lots of vodka like alcohol.


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