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RATINGS: 1727   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. Aroma is almost pumpkin, in fact more pumpkin than any pumpkin brew I can remember. However, it is more like Captain Crunch cereal than pumpkin. Really. If you blindfolded me and put a bowl of Captain Crunch under my nose and then a glass of Southern Tier Pumpking, Iím not sure Iíd be able to tell which is which. Nevertheless, I have to give ST credit for nearly nailing the pumpkin aroma. There is no high alcohol presence in the nose. Truly unique. Hazy amber with slow and steady carbonation. Mostly white head, thin but lasting. Flavor IS pumpkin pie. Alcohol is subdued. Wow, they really nailed it. I need to get some more of this and share it at the family Thanksgiving festivities. Itís remarkable how well hidden the alcohol is. The quintessential Halloween brew. Very deserving of itís 100 style percentile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4403) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Pours bright, clear amber into a Tulip. White head quickly subsides to hug rim. Pumpkin, butterscotch and candy corn aromas. Crisp with upfront pumpkin that then wigs out on butterscotch, caramel, ginger and marshmallow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2855) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2007
I am done with pumpkin beers after this. There can be none better. Now THIS is pumpkin. Aroma was HUGE. Not only could you smell the pumpkin and spices, you could smell the crust and the Cool Whip.Pour was the usual medium gold with a nice one finger white head. Taste was huge pumpkin. Again, you could taste the crust and a hint of whipped cream. Spices are there but take back seat to the pumpkin. I would guess this beer was 6% had I not known better. Bravo! Canít get better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4856) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Clear light orange beer, with a light, foamy ring around the sides of the glass - the aroma is, to say the least, explosive and mouth-watering - a pie crust, butter cookie, pumpkin, nutmeg KABOOM to the olfactory nerves - I donít even need to drink this beer - I could sit here smelling it all night - however, I am quite thirsty - the flavor is buttery pie crust, strong pumpkin, medium nutmeg spiciness - it just tastes like Thanksgiving; warm and comforting - the alcohol is present, more so as the beer warms, but never overpowering, just warming, which fits the theme quite well - long, pastry-like finish - this beer is awesome - Iím just going to say it - BEST - PUMPKIN BEER - EVER!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Beautiful, pumkin-orange body with a delicate lacey head. The aroma is incredible. It is soft and sensuous, if a beer can really be sensuous, but this one is. It has a very pleasant maltiness in the aroma, but nicely paired with the perfect amount of cinnamon and gingerbread cookies. The cookie-dough quality carries over into the flavor. It is somewhat sweet, but not too much so. I really like the spicy, yet pastry-like finish. It leaves you with a warming cinnamon taste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
(sample consumed in line @ the ba alesmith party)orange body with not much head.lots of pumpkin and spice in the aroma and flavor,it also has a bit of vanilla and alcohol so it tastes like its barrel aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Poured like a liquid pumpkin. Aroma like a delicous pumpkin pie with all the spices, like a candy pie. Taste like a liquid pie also. Crazy like a candy gingerbread house. I love pumpkins and enjoy this beer but not too much of it. Would go well with desserts and Thanksgiving dinner.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Tasted from bomber at Alesmith release, courtesy of kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Wow, what a crazy pumpkin aroma. Pumpkin color. Pumpkin taste. Wonderful. Maybe it was my imagination, but it think I tasted pie spices, like ginger and cinnamon. Kind of nice spice burn. Fine bubble carbonation with a light tan head. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8036) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Bottle. Clear pumpkin copper orange. Filtered? Interesting nose of fire roasted pumpkin, carrot cake, cardamom, and a heavy, on-the-spot note of pumpkin bread. Rich, bready, toasty, full of sweet, resinous pumpkin bread, heavy on the pumpkin spice. Very different take on pumpkin beer, and probably one of the best. Now we just need Southern Tier to make a pumpkin imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2007
A thick and semi-oily apearance, body of deep gold with leanings towards Autumnal orange. A thin white head is slowly but not quite fully diminishing. The aroma is almost perfect! I never expected to smell anything remotely like this in a pumpkin beer....or any food product at all, other than the toasted pumpkin seeds this so closely resembles. Pumpkin flesh is prevalent, in lieu of massive spicing, and while spicing isnít overdone itís very, very complimentary, perfectly measured and employed. Nutmeg is the heaviest of the spices, followed by very light allspice. cinnamon, ground clove and cardamom. I have never(!!!!) experienced so much glorious pumpkin aromas in a beer, it is just shocking. Heavily buttered and salty, toasted and bready grains and malts collide with pumpkin pie and freshly whipped cream notes. I could nose this for hours and never grow bored. Gingerbread, mild caramel and modest alcohol considering the amount actually present are noted as well. The flavor isnít quite as exciting, but itís no slacker either. Alcohol warmth is mild and shielded from a serious attack by wave after tall wave of toasted pumpkin. Sweetness is medium and balanced beautifully. Bitterness is low, as is astringency. Spicing is a touch more evident but never overzealous, allspice is dominant. Very light hops. Nutty caramel malt is stitched into the flavor with a cunning exploitation of fresh pumpkin and multiple fresh spices. This is so easily the best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had. The finish is spicy, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin and toast lingering for what seems like an eternity. The mouthfeel is medium to medium-full bodied, slick, only lightly sticky, well carbonated and a pleasure from start to finish. Simply incredible, a beer that I will be giving to everyone I can so that they can taste something this magnificent this Halloween, and throughout the holidays.

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