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RATINGS: 1670   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. Nice label that reminds me a little of the Weyerbacher concept. The pour here is chill hazy coppery orange; very Halloweenish color in this, with off-white head. Aroma is big pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, slight caramel malt, orange zest, mango, and hops. I swear I smell candy corn in this, too. The flavor is caramel malt mixed with subdued yet layered pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, hops, more orange zest, and a very smooth palate that remains complex throughout. This is definitely one of the best pumpkin ales I have had thus far, and well worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Iíve long been of the opinion that if youíre going to drink a Pumpkin Ale, it may as well be an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. And here I have one. From the bottle it makes a striking pour, a crystal clear orange/amber with a hefty ecru head. Good lacing. The strong alcohol content gives the aroma an almost liquer-like twist, albeit it contains the usual allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some squash. The flavor gives the allusion of sweetness because of all the pumpkin pie spicing, but thereís some bready malt and an underlying earthy bitterness that keep the reality in check. It finishes on a cookie spice finish with just a touch of bitterness. Pretty decent, but, not being a huge fan of the style, I think that having drunk a bomber will suffice for a while.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
This spiced ale pours a orange color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some pumpkin. Very nice aroma, might be the best smelling beer I have had so far this year. Medium bodied spiced, vegetable beer. The malts are gingerbread cookie, caramel. some pumpkin. Nice blend of the spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and cinnamon, they are there but in the background. It is really like a slice of pie in a bottle. The start is sweet and it finishes spicy. Best Pumpkin Ale I have tasted. Hides the 9% alcohol extremely well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle: Pours a clear orange color with a big white head. Aroma, graham crackers, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Flavor, graham crackers, brown sugar, lots of pumpkin pie spices, but the actual pumpkin is barely noticable. Itís definitely the first beer Iíve had that really captures the "pie in a bottle" but itís a little over the top at times. Still pretty good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
22 oz bottle, Jimmack Invitational 2007. Amber in color. Aroma has a huge amount of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and caramel. Taste is very spicy, with alot of nutmeg, cinnamon, and is sweet with caramel and pumpkin. Tastes and smells like fresh pumpkin pie, but it is very overwhelming. A bit too sweet for my tastes- I can see how people would get into this though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Clear golden amber with a very light tan head. Smells just like pumpkin pie, moreso than any other pumpkin beer Iíve had. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and ginger in the nose along with toasted nuts. Sweet flavor of vanilla cookies and the spices from the aroma. Hops show up late in the finish to cut the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Poured a clear orange color into the lager glass. There was a light beige head and minimal lacing. The scent was of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin extract. The taste was over the top sweet with pumpkin, spices, caramel, malt and nutmeg overwhelming the palate. A vanilla touch in the finish. A little too sweet for my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Bomber. Light copper color with a minimal off-white head. Doesnít look like much, but what a nice aroma! Cinnamon, clove, gingerbread and rice pudding with a liberal sprinkling of nutmeg. Pumpkin is really an afterthought. Nice light biscuity malts with pumpkin and spice flavors, and even notes of carrots? I love the overall balance of this- not an overbearing, overspiced heavy pumpkin bomb like some of the others of this style. All the more surprising as this is "imperial." Even the alcohol is well subdued. Normally, I donít seek out pumpkin beers, but I bought this since there was such a good "buzzí out over it. Another nicely executed specialty brew from ST.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2326) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear orange coppery color with a medium white/beige head. Aroma of pie crust, pumpkin filling, nuts and caramel. Taste is of fresh pumpkin filling, pie crust, nuts and freshly whipped creamy butter. Different from most other pumpkin ales in a better way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours orange, with a white head. Aroma is pumpkin, spices, and pie crust. Flavor is pumpkins, spices, caramel, and some vanilla. Almost over powering. Interesting and very up front.

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