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RATINGS: 1811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Last beer rated at the Richmond "industry" gathering. Light amber. Aroma of pumpkin pie and its crust, surprisingly. Flavor was ginger, cinnamon, faint clove. Frankly, perfect pumpkin pie. Not always my favorite style, but I really like this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11279) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
22 oz bottle-pours a dissipating white head and gold color. Aroma is earthy, pumpkin, medium malt. Taste is earthy, pumpkin, medium malt-caramel, vanilla extract, spices, some hops bite. Nice. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Thanks goes to my brother-in-law. Clear thick pumpkin color. Aroma of pumpkin, and nutmeg. The taste was out of this world. Taste just like the best pumpkin pie in liquid form. Pie crust, nutmeg,light cinnimon,brown sugar, and of course fresh pumpkin. Solid beer. Iím gonna put this on the list every fall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 Bottle. Almost opaque orange pour with white film on top. Aroma is nice, lots of pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg, and honey graham crackers. Very little carbonation. Flavor is bready / yeasty malt, lots of pumpkin, slightly sweet, and a little clove in the finish. Really tastes like a fresh pumpkin. Good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2007
First beer of the night on thanksgiving, and certainly one of the best. The actual pumpkin flavor is stronger than in any beer Iíve had, and at the same time this doesnít go overboard with spices like the Weyerbacher or many others do. Crispy and lightly sweet with a very clean yeast, rich and extremely drinkable for 9%. Hell yes! Southern Tier has another winner with this beer. Looking forward to drinking more next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (933) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. Dark orange pour with a white head. Aroma of graham crackers, cinnamon, brown sugar, light pumpkin, caramel malt and a bit of clove and nutmeg. Flavors of buttery malt, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pie spices. Medium body, sweet/malty/spicy with a spicy/sweet finish. Most pumpkin pie like beer Iíve had, awesome with dessert.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle (650ml). Pours a clear bubbly golden-orange with an average size diminishing creamy white head. Aroma: Ke-rist that smells great! It smells like a wonderful pumpkin pie with whipped cream -- lots of pumpkin and spices -- so, so good. Flavourís also of lots of pumpkin and spices along with some hops, caramel malt and just a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied. Definitely the best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had -- so good that while drinking it I made plans then and there to go back to the U.S. to get more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wamoore84 (20) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 22 oz bottle. Closest Iíve ever come to pumpkin pie in a beer. Not a big fan of pumpkin ale, but I absolutely loved this beer. All the pumpkin and spices were there in the aroma and followed through in the taste. Full-bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1392) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2007
22 oz. bottle. A slightly hazy copper pour with a smallish light-tan head. Strong freshly-baked pumpkin pie aroma complete with all the usual spices, crust, and even the whipped cream on top! Medium to full-bodied and creamy. Tastes as good as it smells! Nicely balanced with plenty of rich caramel and creamy vanilla to go along with all the spices. Warming alcohol is a little noticeable, but only adds to the depth. Best pumpkin beer Iíve had!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2927) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle obtained from HogTownHarry. Clear copper with a small creamy white head. Aroma - holy CRAP, thatís AWESOME - like the best pumpkin pie EVER. Like HTH says in his rating, you can even smell the whipped cream on top. Man. OK, I guess I should taste it. Oh yeah, more pumpkin pie, with a fantastic sweet malt backing. So good, so balanced, and it hides the 9% SO well. Easily the best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had. Fantastic!

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