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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


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2007
[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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - OCT 6, 2007
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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2007
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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerisbeauty (1) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 Pours copper/orange with a small white head. Over spiced, buttery pumpkin pie aroma, with a slight caramel undertone, and some leafy hops. Heavily spiced, herbal hops, and slightly alcoholic flavor, with pumpkin meat and buttery caramel hitting towards the finish. Alcohol flavors reside as it warms, but are still evident. Palate is medium/full, buttery, spicy, and alcoholic.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle and served in pint glass: Clean deep golden hue with a small frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is a wonderful combination of meaty pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, allspice, clove, pie crust, maple syrup, and butter. The taste has pumpkin up front and it stays there and ends up overpowering. Spicy, bready, nutty and herbal are things also found on the palate. The mouth feel is aggressive due to the spice but smooth with the carbonation. While good and flavorful, it got to be too much. I think this is one beer that would be better served colder.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle shared by kmweaver at the BA Alesmith release. Thanks man! Poured a clear orangish-amber color with a small off white head. Aroma was pumpkin and spice, but not to strong. Flavor had the right amount of pumpkin to it. Smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium body. By far, the best pumpkin beer Iíve had.


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