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RATINGS: 1696   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/white/green, 8.6% ABV

   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 (373) - 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 (7797) - 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 (2888) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Orangy and clean in colour with a nice thin lacing head. Smells of ginger cookies fresh out of the oven. Tastes very smooth and clean, coats the throat slightly. A nice taste of ginger and a bit of cinnamon. Very smooth. A little more on the ginger snaps then pumpkin pie, but still a very high quality beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
Clear light orange beer displaying a gentle off-white head. Thick-smelling off the start and kinda fleshy, but vegetal, almost avocado reminiscent. Spicy, chewy graham cookie notes with strong cinnamon and apple notes. Buttery, baked bread and biscuits, very sweet palate. Typical Southern Tier syrupy palate. Floury malt nature. Flowery minimal hop finish. Dull and big for nothing. Repelling sweetness supported by little complexity. Every bit as good as Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Aroma is pumpkin pie. Appearance is the only let down with a pale orange hue and off-white head. Flavor is the best of the pumpkin brews Iíve had. Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie all the way. Medium-full bodied beer that remained smooth but donít think I could have finished a bottle. Great after dinner brew.

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