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RATINGS: 1833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetfande (8) - , Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2008 does not count
22 oz bottle, earlier release than last year. Had on draft last year and honestly can say the draft was superior. However, quite unique taste and aroma-anyone for pumkin pie-A nice treat for the fall season. Alcohol is downplayed by the spice and the pumpkin.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (10700) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 Back on 8/21/2008 I gave this an even 3.0 (broken down as 7/4/5/2/12) finding it very corny and both astringent and cloyingly sweet. I promised a rerate and nearly 3 years later here it is. Bomber from a couple of friends for my birthday. Thanks! A couple of the finest people I know, and I’m not saying that because they gave me beer. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Below average head retention. Aroma of huge pumpkin, spice and gingerbread notes, some corn and buttery notes as well as very faint hops. The taste is huge spice notes, pumpkin, buttered popcorn. Bitter hop finish. Some toastiness. Medium-full bodied. OK, looks like I wasn’t too far off the mark last time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear golden, with a very thin white head that disappears. Aroma is sweet and well like pumpkin pie with all the assorted spices and some corn. Taste is corn up front, then some more of the pumpkin and spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. I’m not a fan of pumpkins or pumpkin pie, but this seems to be spot on.....assuming that is what they were going for. Not really my thing, but seems well done from a great brewer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours clear amber in color with thin white head. Aroma sweet, spicey and pumpkin. Taste spicey, spicey, caramel malt and pumpkin with bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bomber->lager glass: Pours an average, frothy, white head that exhibits excellent lacing atop an amber body. There is a earthy yeast aroma, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon aroma emanating from the glass. The body is medium, texture is oily and creamy and no carbonation. The flavor’s duration is average-to-long, and lightly sweet. Really makes me think of pumpkin pie--an excellent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours clear orange with a thin fizzy head. This is one of the most unique beers I’ve had. Tastes like eating the crust of pumpkin pie. Very good, but towards the bottom the taste gets a little doughy. Overall a nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle, pours a clear golden orange color with no head to speak of. Pumpkin pie aroma, spice and sugar and lots of pumpkin. Great pumpkin flavor very clean alcohol is present as the only detraction, but other than that its really nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2008
My 1st pumpkin beer for this year and what way to start. poureda clear amber with a small off white head. aroma pumkin pie spice brown sugar, cinnamon, and all the other wonderful spices that go into a pie. Flavor If I wasn’t drinking this I would swear it taste just like the pumpkin pies I make for thanksgiving dinner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4740) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2008
22 oz bomber purchased at Spirits RB. After being let down by Choklat and utterly disappointed by Creme Brulee I wasn’t sure what to epxect with this one. Well Southern Tier nails this beer by giving it a good dose of pumpkin and spice but not making it to over the top a la Creme Brulee. The noe has notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. The flavor is pumpkin and cinnamon that balances nicely with the base beer. I can’t stress enough how nicely balanced this beer is and by no means do you notice the 9% alcohol that I’m sure will easily sneak up on some people.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2948) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Wow, this beer is awesome! Just like the menu said, it tastes like pumpkin bread right off the bat. There is the perfect balance of malt and pumpkin flavor and just the right sweetness. It’s the best pumpkin beer I’ve tasted, no wonder why I’ve matched it with my Chimay white rating.


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