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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3331) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
22 oz. bomber. I was thrilled to go to the bottle shop earlier this week amd see a nice display of pumpkin and oktoberfest beers. This was one of the first bottles I opened, and what a great choice it was. Pours a clear orange with a moderate off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Fantastic aroma of fresh pumpkins with light pumpkin pie spices. It really smells like a fresh piece of pumpkin pie. The flavor was again very reminiscent of a fresh piece of pumpkin pie, with the spices nailed just right and fresh pumpkin flavor. A little vanilla detected as well. The alcohol at 9% was extremely well hidden. Iíll be heading back to the store for more of these for sure. Yummmmmm!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a medium and cloudy orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pumkin pie, fresh pumpkins with a nice fresh crust, a pinch of spices, and light caramel. I was getting a trace of perfume. Tastes of pumpkins, vanilla, light crust, and caramel. Light alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden. I was really into the fresh pumpkin pie aroma. I also liked the fact that the spices took a back seat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 On tap at Quotations in Media, PA. Clear crystalline orange with a small off-white head. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie with nutmeg dusted whipped cream. Yum. Taste is even better. Rich pumpkin puree sweetened with honey and brown sugar. Sweet buns then some clean, lemon pith drying to bring down the sweetness. Avoids the bitter spice aftertaste in most Pumpkins. Something artificial about this but just so tasty. What a treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
egajdzis (5270) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Poured a clear copper color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, vegetal pumpkin, and buttered popcorn jelly beans. Taste was just the same jelly beans as the aroma, vanilla, some yeast, straw, and a dry finish. Perhaps some pumpkin in there as well, and I usually dig the non-spiced pumpkins, this was just weird though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4437) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours a translucent orange with lot of golden notes and a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of wow...pumpkin pie. I have said this with other pumpkin ales, but most go overboard on the spicing. This one smells just like a fresh piece of pumpkin pie sitting in front of me. Also reminded me of the pumpkin pice yankee candle. The pumpkin is there, the crust, hints of vanilla and light pumpkin pie spices. Flavors of the same, for 9% alcohol well hidden. As other noted the pie crust is another thing that comes across in the aroma and flavor that many pumpkin ales miss. Low hop flavor and bitterness...but enough there to keep it in the beer relm. Not overly sweet either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle from Riverís Bend. Poured clear copper color with a large off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid doughy pumpkin pie and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy balanced carrot cake flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of long duration. Standout seasonal beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Now this is a pumpkin beer. If you want to know what this tastes like, let me put it to you like this: Yankee Candles Pumpkin Spice candle in a beer form. The minute you pop the top you are hit with an abundance of pumpkin and spice of which Iíve never seen in a pumpkin beer. This is extremely well done. I think the only thing that this would need would be some kind of sweetener to balance out the taste a little bit. The spice is abundant and dominating. At 9% youíre going to feel this one a bit as well. This would be absolutely wonderful to drink outdoors sitting around a campfire. My new favorite pumpkin beer without a doubt. Iíll surely be drinking a few more of these. Well done Southern Tier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2007
An orange color with a small white head. Mild hop nose, but really faint smells. The flavor is bold: lots of pumpkin and spice. Good malt characteristics with a bit of hops in the finish. Good balance. Short finish. Highly carbonated. Full bodied. As Iím drinking this Iím thinking Iím going to get another bottle as soon as I can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Draft @ Coles in Buffalo. Orange body with a smallish off white head and very nice lacing on the glass. (3+) Sweet fruity pumpkin aroma is very nice. Spicy with lots of sweet gingersnap notes, as well as cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. Flavour is very similar - Spices are dominant - cinnamon? ginger? nutmeg? but more of a blended melange than in the aroma. Spices are well balanced by sweet fruity pumpkin in the background. Spice lingers with just a touch of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. (3+) Alcohol is lightly warming but minds its manners. My glass did not last long enough to find out if the alcohol comes out more as it warms up. This was very very nice. 9/3+/8/3+/17+

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours a beatiful copper color with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is fantastic, pumpkin, dough, ginger, clove. Flavor is huge blast of pureed pumpkin, some more ginger, light clove notes, caramel malts. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes sweet. This is by far the best pumpkin beer. Not at all like the typical "all spiced up" versions. Wonderful!

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