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RATINGS: 1898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Bottle on 09/13/2008. Clear golden amber body with a medium creamy off-white head and a lasting carbonation. Sweet grainy, spiced pumpkin aroma, slightly astringent. Very sweet slightly astringent flavor, lots of pumpkin and heavy spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/16 - 3.7 Entered 03/29/2008. Richmond Industry Gathering 2007. Light brown body. Aroma of allspice and pumpkin. Sweet pumpkin flavor with some molassas and caramel. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Golden pour. Aroma is pure pumpkin with some spiciness and bread. Flavor is pumkiny with some odd sourness, spice, and an odd tartness. Decent mouthfeel. Good, but not nearly as good as hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bomber shared with illini08 and Duane. Poured a bright copper with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was composed of 95% pumpkin and the rest yeast, hops, and some cinnamon. The taste was similar except for a bitter aftertaste that I canít really attribute to hops. This was decent, but Iíd like to try a better balanced pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewcrew2002 (89) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
The aroma matched the taste, nice cooper color with a small head. Thanks iowaherkeye for sharing this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Smell is strongly pumpkin, the maltiness is pleasant, the flavor is pretty smooth but different than what you would expect from the smell. Toasted malt is the primary taste with a strong cinnamon presence I didnít get at all in the smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2008
bomber courtesy of Iowaherkeye, thanks Joey. great looking pour! bright orangey copper with an orangey off-white head. very fragrant nose with nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and clove. flavor was quite sweet with toasted malt, pumpkin, cinnamon and an odd lingering bitterness. Iím always up for trying a pumpkin beer, this one just seemed too sweet and over the top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing this one. Clear copper body with a smallish off-white head. Aromatic, pie spice, nutty. The flavor follows the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4078) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Bomber from kramer17801; Nose of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cloves; hazy copper with a medium off-white head; flavor of pumpkin, light hop bitterness, cinnamon, and nutmeg;decent but too much spices!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Thanks to whomever opened this to share at the 3rd Woodshop tasting. Nice orange-amber color, sweet spiced aroma. Flavors meld perfectly to provide the impression of pumpkin pie, with sweet caramel malt body. The absolute best pumpkin ale interpretation I have encountered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
thanks to cquiroga (or whomever) for bringing this to the woodshop tasting smooth but spicey, lots of complex flavors, very tasty, very well done. Would love to try it again

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