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RATINGS: 1900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Clear orange pour - the color of a pumpkin. Thin white head. Lots of bubbles. Smells like pie. Lots of pumpkin and spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg and cream. Nothing on the nose to indicate that this is even beer. Bitter pie flavor with spice and and a buttery finish. Too desert like and not really my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Deep orange/amber color with a smooth beige head. Big spicy pumpkin nose. This brew is potent, the ABV, the pumpkin flavors, and the spices, stronger then any other pumpkin beer I remember. I’m amazed how they pulled the flavors off, but it was a bit to overpowering for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
shawn14505 (39) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2008
My first (and hopefully only) drain pour of a Southern Tier beer. This was truly discusting in everway. I went in expecting a typically great Southern Tier beer because most of them are, but after the first sip I soon discovered that this isn’t even close to being good. It dosen’t even taste like beer. Its like pumpkin juice with alcohol and carbonation. Stay far away from this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Bottle from lilbeerdoctor, thanks! Fresh pumpkin flesh aroma released from the bottle upon opening. Complex layers of vanilla, nutmeg, and even crust. Ambered golden color and a thin white head that didnít really last or lace. Flavor is segmented and astringent which sticks to the roof of my mouth and lingers with a burn until the next sip. I kept wanting to drainpour this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bomber purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago. Pours amber with white frothy head. Aroma of spices and pumpkin, smells just like a pumpkin pie. Taste is of liquid pumpkin pie, no other way to describe it than that. Nice beer for the season, and if you’re looking for a true pumpkin ale, this is it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Light tan-orange with a minimally resilient head. Fills the nostrils with sapid overflow of knock-your socks off spices and brown sugar. Cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice and, especially, ginger snaps, are prominent. Buttered, browned pumpkin crust. Liquid pumpkin pie on steroids. Alcohol accentuates the spicing. On the sweet side, but otherwise the best pumpkin ale since Glacierís Drunkiní Punkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2008
22 ounce bottle from By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA--Yeah! Body a rich light copper-orangy hue. Very light but with big legs. Creamy off-white head. Massive real pumpkin pie nose. Flavor, crisp, delicious, spiced, bready, boozy. This beer is no joke a pumpkin pie in a bottle...crust and all. How’d they do it. Not artificial tasting. Very nice presentation. Good masking of alcohol. Delish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. The aroma is of pumpkin, carrots, raisin, toffee, baked bread. It smells so much like a freshly baked irish pumpkin bread with a hint of peppermint in the nose finish. The flavour is just like the aroma. Dry baked bread slowly envelops the palate as the brew sits on the tongue. Carrot and pumpkin become the dominant flavours with some sweet toffee and light spices as complementary flavours. As the brew passes the tongue, raisins and nuts manifest as the dry baked pumpkin/carrot bread erupts. Hopsy bitterness amplifies the dryness and well complements the other flavours. Alcohol also becomes slightly apparent. In the finish the bitterness fades rather quickly. It takes a short while for the pumpkin bread flavours to fade. Thereafter, youíre left with a dryness and strange numbness on the roof of your mouth. I like this kind of finish a lot, it saves me from having to keep resetting my palate with crackers. This is the best pumpkin ale Iíve had, so far. Itís just like eating freshly baked pumpkin bread, as opposed to eating a handful of spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2008
bottle. thanks bwkrieger. light apricot coloring with very thin head. great pumpkin pie aroma. rich and pumpkin pie. bready and nutmeg. wonderful pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Pours a beautiful copper brown with finger thick off white head. Wonderful nose of pumkin pie filling and even crust. The flavor is the same, with perfect amounts of nutmeg and clove. Creamy mouthfeel.

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