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RATINGS: 1916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22oz. Bomber. Color is light amber with virtually no head. Aroma is simply pumpkin seed, fresh bread and clove. Flavor is really more of the same with a hint of nutmeg. Finish shows some bitterness, but the memorable note is really just long lasting pumpkin on the tongue. The body is well balanced and showcases the pumpkin nicely if thats your thing. Alcohol kick is deceptive and well hidden. If you like being pummeled by pumpkin in your beer, you’ll love this one. The quality is there, but this beer is just overwhelming with a flavor that I don’t care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Pours orange with a white head. It smells like my grandmother’s house. Taste is all the spice and pumpkin flavor you’d get in a pumpkin pie. The alcohol isn’t apparent while drinking. Finish is malts and cinnamon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2008
strangest nose i ever experienced in my life, its not pumpkin, i dont know what it is. burnt clove? burnt something. very odd. flavor is not nearly as overwhelming as i thought it might be after wrangling the creme brulee recently. it has some real sweet pumpkin pie flavor but its very much in the background and an aftertaste, along with that mystery ’burnt’ smell. zero evidence of alcohol, thats for sure. before drinking this, i was convinced that southern tier was some kind of novelty brewery making silly beers becuase the vanilla in the creme brulee was just too much. forgive the constant references to that brew, but i think its representative of the chances southern tier is willing to take. this is very interesting and not overwhelming, and definatley thought provoking at the least.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetfande (8) - , Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2008 does not count
22 oz bottle, earlier release than last year. Had on draft last year and honestly can say the draft was superior. However, quite unique taste and aroma-anyone for pumkin pie-A nice treat for the fall season. Alcohol is downplayed by the spice and the pumpkin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2016 Back on 8/21/2008 I gave this an even 3.0 (broken down as 7/4/5/2/12) finding it very corny and both astringent and cloyingly sweet. I promised a rerate and nearly 3 years later here it is. Bomber from a couple of friends for my birthday. Thanks! A couple of the finest people I know, and Iím not saying that because they gave me beer. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Below average head retention. Aroma of huge pumpkin, spice and gingerbread notes, some corn and buttery notes as well as very faint hops. The taste is huge spice notes, pumpkin, buttered popcorn. Bitter hop finish. Some toastiness. Medium-full bodied. OK, looks like I wasnít too far off the mark last time. UPDATE: Iíve tried this several times since the rerate, and I freaking hate this beer every time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours clear golden, with a very thin white head that disappears. Aroma is sweet and well like pumpkin pie with all the assorted spices and some corn. Taste is corn up front, then some more of the pumpkin and spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. I’m not a fan of pumpkins or pumpkin pie, but this seems to be spot on.....assuming that is what they were going for. Not really my thing, but seems well done from a great brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours clear amber in color with thin white head. Aroma sweet, spicey and pumpkin. Taste spicey, spicey, caramel malt and pumpkin with bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bomber->lager glass: Pours an average, frothy, white head that exhibits excellent lacing atop an amber body. There is a earthy yeast aroma, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon aroma emanating from the glass. The body is medium, texture is oily and creamy and no carbonation. The flavor’s duration is average-to-long, and lightly sweet. Really makes me think of pumpkin pie--an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours clear orange with a thin fizzy head. This is one of the most unique beers I’ve had. Tastes like eating the crust of pumpkin pie. Very good, but towards the bottom the taste gets a little doughy. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle, pours a clear golden orange color with no head to speak of. Pumpkin pie aroma, spice and sugar and lots of pumpkin. Great pumpkin flavor very clean alcohol is present as the only detraction, but other than that its really nice.

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