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RATINGS: 1669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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/black/green, 8.6% ABV

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Copper, thin head. Nose is baking pumpkin pie, vanilla, clove, allspice, buttery malt (not diacetyl), Girl Scout grasshopper cookies and a bit of alcohol. Overpoweringly rich but wonderful. Flavor is more of that baking pumpkin pie, rich malt, more alcohol than the nose lets on. A bit of tingly at the finish which goes on with vanilla and pie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
In short: Overly sweet spicy pumpkin ale. Gross.
How: Mtl-crew Halloween-tasting session. Bottle from Rastacouere
The look: Clear golden-orange body with a small white head
In long: Crunchy white-sugar and brown-sugar blend. Apple and cinnamon muffin. Spiciness focus in on cinnamon, too much so. Barley and ginger bread cookies in the back. I didnít even pick any pumpkins? Sickening after a single glass. And to think I was really looking forward to this one, the supposedly best pumpkin beer everÖ Southern Tier Pumpeasant..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Bottle: Pours deep orange with near perfect clarity. The dense, creamy tan head fades quickly, leaving a film. One of the most outstanding aromas in beer. Literal pie crust aroma! It smells like a kitchen which has been used to bake pumpkin pies all day! Intensely realistic pumpkin pie character, with spices varying from allspice, clove, cinnamon, squash, pie crust, oatmeal cookies and even more festive, holiday oriented aromas. Slick texture, not cloying at all. Flavor is not as euphoric as the aroma, but itís still very tasty. Has a great spiciness to it, balancing out the sweet pumpkin pie background. Thereís also a vanilla-like character, along with a subtle herbal presence. The spice scale has a great depth, giving this beer itís rich, realistic quality. Notes of cinnamon, ginger snap, nutmeg, allspice and clove, all evident in the long, appetizing finish. An outstanding pumpkin beer that, out of what Iíve tasted, captures pumpkin pie character most accurately.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pforei (338) - USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Bottle. La Chouffe glass. Pours a clear autumnal orange copper. Head is thick but dissipates quickly. Incredible pumpkin pie crust aroma with plenty of pumpkin, almost asian white gourd drink flavor along with spices of clove, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Unlike many pumpkin ales the beer does not over-rely on cinnamon for flavor. Caramel malt with little hops. But the typical beer ingredients are superseeded by the pumkin pie crust/pumkin bread flavor. Spices compliment, but then cut off the remaining flavors leaving a spicy finish that quells the tongue; making multiple glasses undesired. Medium to full bodied. Not perfect, but perhaps the best pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Bomber arrived today from Drewbeerme. Thanks drew. Pours Orange with a stable 2 finger off white head. Nose is big, from I donít have to get close and I know its there, its big and bold. It smells like fresh pumpkin pie and its very appealing, pretty perfect for the style. Taste is great, little spice, lots of pumpkin pie, its pretty damn good. Stands out as probably the best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had. Really nice, not that I would drink it ever day but on all hallowís eve seems appropriate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LearninBeer (358) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2007
The aroma is a little yeast, pie dough with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg unique. The color is clear light brown/orange. The head pours big creamy of orange in color, fully diminishing. The initial flavor is back of the mouth, pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 light orange-brown appearance. nose is sweet with a mixture of ginger and hops. the flavor is almost too unique for me to comment on. a yeasty initial flavor with a component of raw pumpkin and again heavy on the ginger and also a strong nutmeg component. so incredibly different that it commands your attention, but I donít really know what to think. a quality ale nonetheless

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2007
My Bottom Line:
A biscuity pie crust propels atmospheric spices delivering plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin seeds (amongst others) to the increasingly salivating palate. Unique and intense, this strong Pumpkin Ale manages to remain approachable once tasted, assuring a quenching experience within the multisensorial barrage.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin veil of foam barely covers the clear golden amber.
-The aroma on this one alone could entertain pumpkin pie fans for hours.
-Alcohol is not too evident in the flavor profile.
-The body is lean and clean, perhaps too much so for the decadence announced in the aroma. Then again, it is much more drinkable than what is purported by the enticing spice perfume.
-Whether you like it or not, this should be quite the memorable pumpkin ale.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2851) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle from SL, oh and what a pleaser! The pour was clear orange in color, thin little head, splotchy lacing, decent looking, but far better in aroma and flavor. The aroma was wondeful pumpkin pie in a bottle, by far the best aroma to come from a pumpkin anything: graham pie crust, whip cream on top, spicey pumpkin pie base, slight sweetness, yet spicey zingy enough to keep from anything cloying. The flavor followed the aroma, good maltiness underneath: bread and graham crust. Mouthfeel finished with a little bit of acidity, but quite thin overall for the beer that this is. I have a newfound passion to return to some pumpkin beers this year, as a few last year or two have turned me off to the style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2007
THOUGHTS: I noticed that someone said that this smells like Capín Crunch and it does. Some penut butter cookies too. A really good beer and a great pumpkin beer. Finally Iíve tried a pumpkin ale on par or better than Weyerbacher Imperial Pumkin Stout. Went down easy. Hides alcohole increadibly well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium orangey amber with a small, orr-white head that fully diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma was heavy cookie, cereal and caramel malts, allspice and a bunch of nutmeg. It actually smelled a little like egg nog. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the finish was moderate to heavy sweetness with a short to average finish. It tasted slightly like Capín Crunch and egg nog. There was also cereal malt, but mostly nutmeg, not straight pumkin pie like most. The medium to full body was Oily to dry with tingly carbonation and spiced but smooth finish.

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