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RATINGS: 1671   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
22oz, no date. My lord, this smells absolutely delicious! Clear amber orange with a 1/2 finger off-white head that doesnít take long to fade to a ring. The first things I smell are fresh snickerdoodle cookies and pumpkin. Lots of spices--cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg are what I can pick out. I got a hint of orange hard candy in there as well. Flavor mimics the aroma with more bready cookie notes and some caramel malt. Finishes drier than Iíd have thought. 9% ABV? Masked pretty well, as I only got a light tingle on the tongue from it. Minimal bitterness noted. Medium body with low carbonation. As this warmed further, I did pick up on some vanilla. I really hope this cellars well, as this is the best pumpkin beer Iíve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Your simply the best, better than all the rest...
This is the best smelling pumpkin beer EVER! Smells like pumpkin muffins, sweet, grainy, sweet bread wrapped up in a pumpkin. Oh just so amazing and original and sweet, I want to eat the aroma. Itís burnt and earthy, and totally amazing. A clear orange color with a small head. Taste is well attenuated pumpkin sweetness. A light and extremely quaffable beer, no hint of the alcohol. But, really all you want to do is sit there and smell it. 22oz bomber, split 3 ways, Hobgoblin tulip glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2362) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Large off-white head of rather fine bubbles. Kind of sloppy on top. Big spicy aroma with some nutmeg, and corn. I am getting a big corn aroma from this. Dry and very bready. Actually, just like cornbread. Color is a dark golden orange. As it warms, distinct gingerbread aroma comes through. Wow, extreamly soft malty flavor with loads of gingerbread, cinnamon and soft fresh bread. Kind of strange. Donít think that I have ever had a beer that tasted quite like this before. Noticable alcohol presence. Finishes spicy, soft and malty. A very strange brew. Decent though but not really wining with me though..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Not to sound trite, but this is the best pumpkin beer I have ever tasted. Smell is nose shattering with smell and taste of a pumkin pie, with nutmeg, vanilla, and ginger. Hides the alcohol very well. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2348) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Sampled with Stegosaurus during our second Boston Tour. Served at Sunset Grill. Orange pour with sweet aroma, cinnamon, nut and other spices. Sweet spice/ brown sugar taste. This was actually pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zywiecporter (10) - Flintstone, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2007
If you are looking for liquid pumpkin pie, go out and buy this beer today! As a longtime pumpkin beer drinker, never quite had one like this. Strong, strong, nutmeg flavor, with solid pumpkin notes. If this is the flavor you like, itís well done, no question about it. I, however, found the spicy taste and aromas slightly overdone. Nevertheless, still a very fine brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (2751) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Rerate on 09/03/2012. The BEST goddam pumpkin ale I have ever had period. The color is a nice but unremarkable copper. The aroma is outstanding, like pumpkin pie in a glass. Immediate notes of baked bread/pie, malty, with a little spiciness. The flavor has the right amount of pumpkin, spices and maltiness. Smooth finish, leaves some sweetness on the plate. Nice thick mouth feel. Something I look forward to every fall. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2007
POurs dark orange with deep notes of pumkin and the associated spices. This os one of the few that actually get it right by combining all of the flavors from the pumpkin to the spices and actually balance them all out. The beer finishses and drinks with nice complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Most pumkin pie like beer yet. From the whip creme topping to the orange filling. Slight whtie head with copper color. Fits a great pumkin beer profile

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7659) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Bottle at our Septoberfest party. This beer is a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head with decent retention. Patchy lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie and allspice. Medium-bodied with a very nice pumpkin flavor. So many pumpkin beers seem to veer too far into the spice side but this one has a very good pumpkin pie and caramel malt flavor with touches of ginger and allspice. The finish is sweetly spiced and completes the "liquid pumpkin pie" equation. Well done overall.

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