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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

   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.

   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 I’ve 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 Grandma’s 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6013) - 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.

   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 I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of pumpkin pie, graham crackers, cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, and gingerbread. Poured amber/orange in color with a large, foamy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is pumpkin pie, cinnamon, gingerbread, and caramel. Light to medium body. Sticky, thin texture. Soft carbonation. Pumpkin pie finish. Overall, one of the best pumpkin beers I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2007
22 oz bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey. Poured a clear orange color. Head was off white and dissipated over a few minutes time. The aroma is an exact mimicker of pumpkin pie. You can actually smell the pumpkin, brown sugar, whipped cream, butter, and warm flaky crust. There was also a dash of cinnamon. Amazing. Sweet on the tongue, but not cloyingly so. Tastes very similar to a pumpkin pie as well, but with a nice warm splash of alcohol. The only thing missing was a dollop of vanilla ice cream. This is an unbelievably good beer, not just a good pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear deep orange with a medium-sized creamy off-white head. Wow! An absurdly amount of pumpkin (could smell across the room after the glass was empty an hour or more later)…also notes of nutmeg, caramel, and French vanilla candle. Flavor of pumpkin, caramel, homemade vanilla ice cream melting, and whip cream that is reminiscent of Thanksgiving Day dessert.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Clear sparkling orange, creamy white head. Just an amazing aroma here that’s full on pumpkin spice bread and warm buttery cookie tones. Room temp brings out further waves of brown sugar, and hints of caramel cream. Fleshy pumpkin flavor is very well balanced on the cinnamon gingery, and nutmeg notes. Could truly taste liquid pumpkin pie, crust and all. This comes off only lightly sweet as the pumpkin puree and spice keeps it all in check. ABV is expertly hidden. Medium bodied, soft and slick carbonation, dry spiced finish. There is no better pumpkin beer in my book! Awesome brew ST. Great creativity...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (639) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle. Amber, orange color topped by a big rocky beige head. Sweet, pumpkin pie aroma with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and hazelnuts. Bittersweet spicy hop flavor with a sweet caramel malt counter balance. Lots of spices, lots of flavor. Alcohol comes through in the finish. When you drink this, you immediately think of Halloween, it’s that pumpkiny. I enjoyed it.

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