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RATINGS: 1811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle: Clear bronze color with a small white head...immediately upon pouring the aroma hits. Notes of massive cinnamon, nutmeg, PUMPKIN, and creme fresh all noted...I don’t think I’ve ever smelled something like this before, it’s even more rich than a true piece of pumpkin pie. I was expecting this to be very sweet in the taste as well, but I was wrong...fairly crisp start with a very natural pumpkin taste that also has the cinnamon, nutmeg and creme notes their to back it up. Finishes on a dry note that just made me want to pour some more. Great dessert brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle. Tasted during local beer tasting at grocery store. Potent pumpkin aroma. Pours orange without a lot of carbonation Taste: Very little spice and heavy on the pumpkin. Not my style. I prefer more spice and less pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, goblet. Pours a hazy orange, scanty head, but sparkling. Aroma, wow, this really is pumpkin pie in a glass. Pumpkin, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, something earthy evokes walnuts. First impressions on the tongue, much the same, plus more spices, orange zest and ginger. Earthy-sweet. Nice sparkles on the tongue. The alcohol canít be tasted, but it certainly is felt, and fast. I donít know whether the beer gives up its more subtle flavors more quickly than most, or whether the alcohol has just anesthetized my palate, but halfway through the glass, itís a much simpler beer, mostly pumpkin and caramel, but itís still nice, and still has a nice nose long after most beersí aroma would have faded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle. My second "pumpkin" beer, and quite different from the DFH brew that I tried before. This beer focuses much more on the spice side of things, much like pumpkin pie. Spicy aroma and flavor, tastes like liquid pumpkin pie in a glass..with a generous amount of cinnamon. A novelty of a beer for sure, but worth the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle. Clear orange pour with thin head. Aroma and flavor were pure pumpkin pie with some alcohol mixed in. Somewhat light body. Not bad, but not all that impressive either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1476) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours a copper color with a very small white head which went away pretty quickly. Aroma is very strong of pumpkins with a hint of vanilla and smells very similar to ginger bread. Flavor begins with the warm feeling of the alcohol mixed with the pumpkin taste. When this subsides, your left with the ginger bread flavor lingering with a bit of a bitter bite at the very end. Mouth feel is medium and is perfect for the beer. This beer is one of the better "halloween" beers I have tried in a long time and does what very well at what its aimed for, tasting like fall. Very unique and definitely a beer to give a try but be prepared for the overwhelming taste and aroma of pumpkin bread mixed with ginger bread.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
If you took water, yeast, wheat, a powdered coffee creamer and orange dye and let ferment for a couple months you will appear to have a pumpkin ale that lacks real pumpkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours orange with a thin white head. Aroma is pumpkin and light spices. Flavor is sweet, lots of pumpkin, the flavor is over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Smells just like pumpkin rolls, including the cream filling; vanilla, pumpkin and spice. Spicy, sweet flavor. Kinda weird. Odd bready/cakey aftertaste with spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pour is orange with a smallish head. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and kind of a weird sawdust smell. Vegetable flavor, with some biscuity malts. One of the most flavorful pumkin beers I’ve ever had. Almost to the point of cloying. A little unbalanced for me.

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