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RATINGS: 1821   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance :Amber with copper hue , medium light creamy top.
Nose :Complex spicy nose , vanilla with malt , baked goods with clove, coriander and re apple..
Flavour/Palate :Some frontal harshness, malted pumpkin in character, Christmas cookie backed with earthy notes. Alcohol well covered , It is shown only as filler (warming).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Rich orange clear, with a thin off white head. Big full sweet creamy body. Rich and creamy pielike fullness. A sort round malt over well proportioned holiday spices. Egg nog? Definitely. A bit thick, lowish in carbonation. A good deal creamy. Something doesnít sit 100% me in terms of the palate... Big bold sweet malt. Spicey, but not in a bad way, not at all. Nutmeg, cinnamon and giant egg nog! A bit sharp with the spicy acidity, but still very balanced due to the enormous sweet rich creamy malt. Creamy finish at first, then spice. What a nice holiday treat!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
orange color little murky good head, nose to die for!!! Could have smelled it all night, really good pumpkin nutmeg nose. flavor is nutty with good pumkin flavor chewy mouthfeel, very good, would bye a few of these.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 11, 2007
22oz bottle - Hazy light orange color with tiny quickly dissapearing off white head. Aroma has lots of pumpkin, spices, candied ginger, honey, faint caramel. Flavor also has lots of pumpkin, bit of cinnamon, ginger, clove, light caramel, touch of nutmeg, with a mildly sweet finish. A bit overwhelming in the pumpkin and spice notes, just too overdone for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
Thanks Mike and Jason for bringing. Above average pumkin beer, orange with soapy head, and noteable lacing. SIgnificant carbonation behind nutmeg, hops kick in at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
bottle. pours a slightly hazy orange with a medium white head that fades to the edges and leaves a bit of lacing. the smell is wow-inducing. it smells, as others have noted, pretty much exactly like pumpkin pie. you can even tell the crust from the gelatin. if pumpkin pie came in liquid form, this is what it would taste like. the alcohol is scarily well-hidden. iím not a huge fan of the style (nor pumpkin pie), but this is by far the best iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: If there ever was to be a Pumpkin Ale that is supposed to taste like Pumpkins, this would be it.   The aroma and flavor are all about Pumpkin Pie.   Some smidgen of vanilla.   It doesnít stop there.   Youíve also got the crust, and the whipped cream that sat on the pie too long and began to melt.   While not spiced as much as other examples, which I tend to prefer, this one sure delivers that Pumpkin Pie feeling.   Fiery orange in color, translucent, head is moderate to thin, falls somewhat quickly leaving very sparce lacing.   If you like your beers to be WAY more on the side of Pumpkin flavor, this is for you.   Personally I wished it had a bit more nutmeg and cinnamon.   Low bitterness, good malt base, quite good actually.   I think because of the lack of spices it almost seem to vegetable like.   Yeah, needs a touch more in the spice department.   After a while this one appears still, with no mention of lacing nor carbonation.   However it tiz good, quite good actually, but would be even better with a bit more spiciness.   Iím happy to have had the chance to try this one.   Although, my vote still goes out to Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin as the champ.   Thanks Eugene for the three bottles!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
From bomber. Poured a very thin bodied orangeish/golden color. No lacing, budweiser like thin. Wasnít really feeling this. wayyyyyyy too spicy in flavor with hints of ginger and cinnamon. I pictured this being very good if it had a full bodied, thick pumpkin like mouthfeel and character. On the contrary. Thin, watery, unpleasantly spicy and off base. Alcohol was very apparant and unenjoyable. Like a thin belgian dubbel spiked with liquor... does that even make sense? Exactly. Disagree with the high ratings - and I love pumpkin pie! Drain pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
houseofwares (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Tried from a bomber. The nose displays crushed graham crackers, chai tea, and caramel. The palate is supple, yet firm. There is a sweet malt surge with caramel, pumkin pie with pecan and a touch of hops towards the end. For a punkin inspired beer, I feel that this betters most of the field.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this bomber... Appears a copper toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out into nothing. Tiny remnants of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of buttery playdough, and pumpkin scented wax candles...Iím at a loss of words. I just wasnít digging it from the first smell. Taste isnít as bad as the aromas but thereís this buttery pumpkin flavor that is just strange to me. Mouthfeel is buttery sweet and bitter...odd.

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