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RATINGS: 1898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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
alexanderj (3524) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle; poured a clear, caramel orange. Small to medium, white head. Aroma of caramel and spices. A lot of nutmeg. Some vanilla and toasted malt. The flavor was somewha distinct for the style, despite the familiar presence of spice and pumpkin. To me it tasted like vanilla, although not quite. Can’t put my finger on it. Liked it about as much as Weyerbacher’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
Orange, amber colour with an off white head. malty, spicy aroma with a light cookie note. Malty, cookie sweet flavor. Spicy and sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
I am sad to say that this was a huge disappointment. Tasted more like they had simply added pumpkin spice syrup into an equally heavy beer. In the end, it just didn’t mesh well and I might as well have been drinking the stuff I used to use to make a Pimpkin Latte at Starbucks. Oh well, I hope that other Southern Tier offerings aren’t overhyped also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a nice big off-white head. Overwhelming aroma of pumpkin, sweetness, and spice(a good thing). I enjoy pumpkin beers(to the point of brewing a pumpkin ale myself each autumn), but this one just doesn’t quite do it for me. It was too sweet, not enough spice too match the malt and pumpkin. It was so sweet that I couldn’t detect any hop presence. It is just too much thick, syrupy, oversweetness, etc. If it were tamed just a bit with some added spice and even a little hoppiness I believe it could be a great example of a pumpkin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep clear orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention but no lacing. Aroma of cinnamon with loads of pumpkin. Taste is also dominated by loads of pumpkin and some cinnamon and light cloves. Body has a nice creamy texture with some average carbonation. I was really enthralled by this beer; I thought there were too much pumpkin purée and not enough spices. I guess I am more of a spices kind of guy then a pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2008
pours a coppery orange with full flluffy white head. sweet spicy buttery pumpkin aroma. full mouthfeel with spicy buttery full dry slightly bitter finish. spicy hidden backgrounds and a mild hop presence, very full beer, maybe a little too much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a dark orange with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly pumpkin and spice. Tastes just like a pumpkin pie. Has a refreshing warming sensation from the alcohol to make me think I was really tasting warm pumpkin pie. Great pumpkin brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Pours a transparent copper bronze with a wispy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of rich lightly sweet earthy roasted pumpkin. Body starts with good fullness and sweet caramel malt with a lot of chewy pumpkin flavor and mild bitterness before a drier finish. Definitely a lot of big pumpkin flavor throughout, but fairly well balanced with sweet malt. Could use a little more cinnamon spice to it, but is still a very unique brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Not my favorite pumpkin beer. Appearance was a nice and amber. Aroma was strangely sweet was a heavy veg and spice smell. The taste was also a little strange, with heavy spices and more of the pumpkin/veggie. Not for me. There are much bettter pumpkin brews out there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
Bottled. Clear dark golden coloured with amedium sized white head. Very sweet with notes of herbs, perfume, xmas spices, cookies and pumpkin? Not good.

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