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RATINGS: 1916   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 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 (3863) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
bottle with a big thanks to fiver: pours a slight hazy orange amber colour with an off white head.. aroma is outstanding very toasty and a good pimkin aroma real nice toffee malts adn great grain aromas and a good nutty too just fantastic. flavour is great also plety of tasty grains as in aroma, good earthy pumpkin and nice sweetness from the malts finishes with a touch of bitter earth fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Nutty malty aroma. Clear golden with small white head. Pumpkin and spice; nutty with supporting hop bitterness. Touch of alcohol warming. Medium body with full mouthfeel. Finish is dry with mace and other spices coming through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Pours a clear amber with some carbonation and a minimal head. The aroma is crazy... I can’t really put it into words... maybe a musty cake??? Some yeast in there, vegetables too. I wouldn’t have said pumpkin if I didn’t know it was a pumpkin ale, but I notice it if I know to expect it. The flavor is more of the same, with just a hint of beery alcohol to remind you that this is indeed a relative of your standard amber ale. The mouthfeel is solid, but not too thick, and the finish is long and smooth. A really great and unique beer... if you’re not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, don’t assume that this one is anything like the others.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RunningBeerGuy (7) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008 does not count
This is the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever tasted. It smells and tastes like a freshly baked Thanksgiving pumpkin, including a buttery pie crust. You can’t taste the alcohol; you only taste spices. It reminds me of pumpkin pie, which reminds me of a crazy dude in college who ate 2 pumpkin pies in one sitting on a dare.

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