JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pumking had two aromas; first on when I popped the bomber was allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and then a roasted pumpkin when poured into a glass. Appearance is a clear orange body, and some lacing of the thin head. The pumpkin flavor is outright and blends well with the 2 row malt. However, the pumpkin ímuskí began to turn me off at the end of the bomber. Well done NY craft brewed pumpkin beer. Drink a few bottles of Pumking and youíll need a ride home from Puca.
Stine (1463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Brickskeller. Pour of bright amber, slightly misty. Aroma is a pure essence of pumpkin flesh and roasted, salted seeds. Almond creme frosting and cinnamon whipped cream fill in the rich back end. Lively and luxurious pie flavor with orange and alcohol infusions. Not ridden with subtleties, to be sure, but whatís there is quite lovely. Hints of caraway kraut and cardamom dry it out a bit toward the finish, where alchohol sterilizes the mouth swiftly. Smooth and medium to full body, alcohol being felt in the texture, but not tasted necessarily. Well constructed and carefully executed, this would be brilliant with a kind of robust porter base. As is, very enjoyable and easy to drink.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Brickskeller. Clear amber body with a small white head. The aroma is very sweet with lots of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor is quite sweet and spiced with cotton candy and caramel joining the pumpkin pie party. Medium/full body is sticky and chewy with light carbonation. Just too sweet for my tastes.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[601-20070909] Tap @ Coleís (Buffalo, NY). Pumpkin pie aroma mixed with cinnamon sticks and creamy gingersnaps. Clear, orange amber body with little white bubbles. Flavour has more pumpkin and spicy gingersnaps and allspice, plus some noticeable grainy alcohol. Medium body is a little gravelly rough. VERY interesting brew (and Iím not a pumpkin pie fan), itís like spices and pumpkin pie blended nicely together in a glass.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight orange colour with a bit of an offwhite head. The aroma is laregly pumpkin with some spice, like pumpkin pie mix before baking. The flavour doesnít have nearly as much pumpkin but has a ton of autmn spices, like the autmn spice cake I had the nIght before. A very good pumpkin beer but Iím not sure Iíd call it good.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - OCT 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a clear, light orange color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are of pumpkin pie spices, with some phenolics as well. Sharp band-aid aroma to it. Flavors are of pie spice, Vienna malts, spicy hops.
Phenolic taste is prevelant. Brown sugar finish to it. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Too phenolic for my liking.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Dough77. I may have gotten an infected bottle. Upon first sip, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg hit you on the tongue, but the finish is rotten vegetables. I drank 1/4 the bottle and poured the other out. Terrible. Surely an infected bottle.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours a glowing orange body with a small, quickly receding white head. One of the best noses I have ever experienced on a beer. A good friend said it best when he said this is the Belgian Red of pumpkin beers. Really canít argue or explain it any better than that. HUGE aroma of pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds and flesh, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Also get some sweet cream at the very end. The flavor is just as good - all of the above with the sweet creaminess expanded upon. Palate is creamy and full bodied; sticky mouthfeel. Finish is extremely lengthy. Medium carbonation. Outstanding beer.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells just like pumpkin pie. Pours clear orange with a white diminishing head. Flavor matches the aroma. Pumpkin and nutmeg dominate the taste but there is enough bitterness to balance and complement the flavors. Alcohol is very well hidden. This would be great to have on Thanksgiving day inplace of dessert.
beerisbeauty (1) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is best seasonal beer Iíve ever had. From bottle poured to pint glass. Look is a great orangy-dark amber with a little bit of a white head. Hits the nose like Grandmaís pumpkin pie. Smooth on the intake with strong pumpkin pulp and nutmeggish flavors that linger and hide the alcohol well. Seems unbalanced and too much to take if drank too cold... Solid palate, great flavor and even better smell. Pick this one up if you can.