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RATINGS: 1916   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 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.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
V - clear golden orange color, right off the bat reminds me of a pumpkin. Very small, practically non-existent head.
A - the pumpkin aroma (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) is incredibly potent, able to get whiffs of it from three feet away. Close up, the nutmeg is almost overpowering. Very pleasant.
T - follows up on the aroma but introduces a creamy richness from some hops and just a touch of malt.
P - after the strong aroma, the taste is almost too much and this is one of the very very few spiced ales that I think might benefit from a more mild taste in order to let the nose of the beer do the work.
Overall, very good and at least in the top 2 of pumpkin ales with the Elysian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Holy Cow. I have never smelled nor tasted a pumpking beer like this. A huge Thnaks to Kingpin IPA, man what an awsome beer. I could almost taste a pumpkin pie. Nice orange color with beige head. Taste was amazing. I can’t say it enough. the 9% is very well hidden.

   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 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 can’t find it. Can’t taste the alcohol at all, I expected quite a burn with such a high abv.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (2103) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2008
I usually can’t stand a pumpkin ale with flavor, but this one sticks with me. The aroma give you a full feeling of fall. I need to keep a bomber of this for the winter. The taste is straight up pumpkin pie having sex with a yankee candle. It’s almost too much. I had a 12oz snifter of this, and it was almost too much. In the words of comic book guy.... Best pumpkin beer ever!!!

   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!

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