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RATINGS: 1898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Pca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pca 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 its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10829) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle. Sparkling orange/amber color with a small head. Aroma smells of roasted pumpkin and nice smooth malt. Flavor actually tastes like my mom’s homemade pumpkin pie and not like pumpkin pie spices. Wow, well done and this is the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle: Pour is medium clear golden with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is strong of real pumkin and a ton of nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Very well blended brew right away but after 10 seconds, the spice took over and it became a bit over-spiced. Damn good effort by Southern Tier and a damn good brew but just a little tweaking could do a ton for this brew. Alcohol was well hidden and Flavor overall was not lacking even the slightest. Good brew and I would definitely go out of my way to buy this brew for Thanksgiving to share with my family and friends. Damn good Holiday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours a clear honey amber with white head. Smells of cloves pumpkin and caramel. Flavor reminds me of a starbuck’s pumpkin latte. Body is light with little carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Absolutely the best pumkin beer I have ever tasted. Don’t pass this one up. Tasted like liquid pumkin pie. Score one for Phin and the crew! Can’t wait till next year to get some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - OCT 1, 2008
The name says it all. Beautiful orange pour with almost no head. Low carbonation, very silky on the palate. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2013 Growler thanks to Ryan. Keg from 2012. Clear orange pour. Medium foamy head. Nose is all spice, clove, pumpkin spice, molasses, cinnamon and vanilla. Flavor is vanilla, pumpkin, fall, all spice, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, not a ton of residual sugars with a low bitter finish, and not much alcohol. Tastes like eating a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Delicious! Original: Clear orange pour, nice lacing...does an excellent job at what its trying to be, taste just like pumkin pie...overall a great job, recommend for fall/winter 10 3 9 2 12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Pours deep brown with a moderate head. Aroma is VERY spicy. Excellent, thick mouth feel with a strong flavor of cinnamon and other pumpkin pie crust spices. Freakin’ awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2009 Bottle thanks to zathrus13.Pours with a small, foamy, off-white head with a clear orange body. Aroma is sweet pumpkin pie and spices with everything but the whipped cream. Taste is sweet, nutty, nutmeg, pie crust, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, the taste even has a bit of the whipped cream that the nose is missing. The alcohol is well hidden. Water like mouthfeel, with medium amounts of carbonation. Would always welcome this in a trade around this time of year. Great stuff!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Jakebra crush. Aight, I have definitely had worse beers. That being said, not a fan of the Pumking. The smell is offensive at first, then you get used it, then it’s offensive again. Taste is pie crust, sourness, and dry dryness that leaves your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth. Very disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2008
[Tap] Pours a clear deep orange with a moderate off white head that dissipates gradually. Aroma is pumpkin, pie crust, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Flavor is a lot of pumpkin, a little spice, and a crusty type flavor. This beer goes waaaaay downhill after it gets warm, make sure it stays cold. Otherwise, a great beer.

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