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RATINGS: 1721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head diminishes quickly, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is not especially strong, medium sweet, ginger/allspice, light clove. Taste is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, light allspice. Fair amount of alcohol evident, though its presence becomes more muted as the beer approaches room temperature For that matter, the beer as a whole kept improving as it warmed, peaking at room temperature. Smooth medium-full body. From my perspective, the high alcohol doesn’t enhance pumpkin beers, as I don’t think too highly of Weyerbacher’s either. Final score is a composite of consuming the bottle as it warmed from 52F to room temperature (71F) -- the lower temp would have scored worse, and the higher temp would have rated higher.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2007
22oz - Aroma of bready pie crust, nutmeg and pumpkin pie filling. Pours clear brown with a small head and decent lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is creamy and sticky towards the end. I was glad I shared this bomber as it started to get to be too at the end. The closest thing to pumpkin pie in a bottle I’ve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
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 ’musk’ 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 you’ll need a ride home from Puca.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2007
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 what’s 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2007
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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2007
[601-20070909] Tap @ Cole’s (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 I’m not a pumpkin pie fan), it’s 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 doesn’t 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 I’m not sure I’d 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 can’t 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.


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