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RATINGS: 1856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1507) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours a copper color with a very small white head which went away pretty quickly. Aroma is very strong of pumpkins with a hint of vanilla and smells very similar to ginger bread. Flavor begins with the warm feeling of the alcohol mixed with the pumpkin taste. When this subsides, your left with the ginger bread flavor lingering with a bit of a bitter bite at the very end. Mouth feel is medium and is perfect for the beer. This beer is one of the better "halloween" beers I have tried in a long time and does what very well at what its aimed for, tasting like fall. Very unique and definitely a beer to give a try but be prepared for the overwhelming taste and aroma of pumpkin bread mixed with ginger bread.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
If you took water, yeast, wheat, a powdered coffee creamer and orange dye and let ferment for a couple months you will appear to have a pumpkin ale that lacks real pumpkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours orange with a thin white head. Aroma is pumpkin and light spices. Flavor is sweet, lots of pumpkin, the flavor is over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Smells just like pumpkin rolls, including the cream filling; vanilla, pumpkin and spice. Spicy, sweet flavor. Kinda weird. Odd bready/cakey aftertaste with spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tennisjoel (1244) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pour is orange with a smallish head. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and kind of a weird sawdust smell. Vegetable flavor, with some biscuity malts. One of the most flavorful pumkin beers I’ve ever had. Almost to the point of cloying. A little unbalanced for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
22oz. pours a golden with a slight orange ting. aroma is huge spice... clove nutmeg cinnamon, and sweetness... like a pumpkin pie with too much spice. mouthful is more of the same... i bit heavy on the clove... an interesting take on pumpkin beer... more pumpkin than beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 bomber. 2008. First pumpkin ale for me. Definately much more pumpkin and vanilla flavors than spice. Pours yellowish orange with low carb and minimal head. Smells really nice fall, candied earth, pumpkin, vanilla like, warm smell. Taste is of sweetness and pumpkin, without any hearty nutmeg or cinnamon flavors to balance it. Taste more of a pumpkin ice cream or pudding than a pie. Good experience but it is hard to get through 22 oz. on your own due to the lack of balance. Very light viscosity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma has lots of biscuity cereal, graham crackers, vegetal, some pumpkin that’s dry without any sweetness. It is missing the spice that helps make most pumpkin ales more palatable. Medium crisp bone dry body with some minor semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts crazy dry with dry crackers and unsweetened pie crust, very veggie and medicinal. The flavors work okay on the aroma, but is a complete failure on the taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (836) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Bottle: pours a light amber color with just a thin white head, spicy cinnamon, clove, some caramel, taste is sweet with some spice, cinnamon, a thin mouthfeel. Very nice pumpkin brew. Right up there with the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
22oz. I think this is kind of what everyone expects there first pumpkin beer to be. Pours clear golden orange with an off-white head. Very, very spicy nose with some citrus and artificial pumpkin coming through. Body follows suit with very sweet pumpkin, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg standing out. Did I say this was sweet? Also offers some very weird, aloe, soap, sunblock type flavors that I really didn’t care for. Hides the alcohol well, but is heavy on the palate. I think I prefer the not so sweet pumpkin ales.

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