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RATINGS: 1818   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Courtesy SoLan, thanks Alan! This poured a dark orange color with very little head at all. The aroma is just amazing on this one. It just blows you away with the smell of pumpkin with some cinnamon spices as well. It is almost like fresh pumpkin flesh with some butter mixed in. The flavor is very rich and creamy of pumpkin and spices. It has an almost toasted pumpkin taste to it. The pumpkin is the dominant flavor with the spices in the background. Has a nice full body with a creamy mouthfeel with a slight bitter finish on the back end. All the flavors are blended so well and mask the alcohol perfectly. This is the best pumpkin beer I have had yet, and it will be hard to top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Amber color. Smell of pumpkin, flowers, hair spray, cinnamon, pepper, clove, hops, bread and honey. Tastes the same with a more of a graham cracker taste instead of the bread aroma. Dry bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
thanks to SOLAN! Buttery pumpkin squash aroma. Pours copper amber. The flavor isnít very spicy, loads of pumpkin, i mean real pumpkin, a little buttery, very vegetal, butternut squash like. very very nice pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4208) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Thanks bmartin. Pours a copper orange with a two finger creamy orange white head. Man that is one of the most amazing aromas I have ever experienced. It smells like pumpkin pie cider. Meaty pumpkin, sharp spices, chai latte, nutmeg, cinnamon, some grassy hops too much to describe. The flavor is a little "bigger", more alcohol upfront, mellow pumpkin meat, spices, nutmeg primarily, cinnamon too. The palate is a little more bubbly and warm than what would fit best with the flavor. This could hold up much better with a little less alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Trade with bmartin. The color was light golden with orange hues. The head was creamy and off-white. The aroma was chai tea, pumpkin pie, spices, bubblegum, and sweet candy. The flavor was alcohol, pumpkin, spices, sweet malt, and nutmeg. The palate was lively. The finish was warm and pumpkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (887) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing a bottle! Beautiful bright orange color. Aroma is of candied apples, pumpkin, and cinnamon. Flavor is complex and snappy, of pumpkin spice, apples, and warm baked goods. Amazing pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pours a clear intense orange with a small off-white dissipating head. Aroma is intense pumpkin, cake, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnemon sticks. Similar flavor, but with a bit more caramel and toasted malt flavor and more subtle spicing. Still pumpkiny. Finishes with pumpkin and fades gently. Fairly substantial mouthfeel compared to other pumpkin beers, but itís not creamy and enveloping enough. Kinda hot. Pretty nice! A pumpkin beer that I would love to have multiples of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxxDaddy (411) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Bomber. Pours orange with slight white head. Aroma is all pumpkin bread, with some cinnamon or other sweet spices. Taste is similar, with pumpkin spice being the dominant flavor, followed by other maltiness, with some booze in the back. Despite the slight booze, it goes down very easy. If the palate were thicker, Iíd be in heaven. Certainly the best pumpkin beer Iíve had, though I havenít had too many.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Insane aroma, even cold, once you open it you can smell it a few feet away. Aroma is sublime, fresh baked pumpkin pie with vanilla and cinnamon. Tastes as good as it smells, cannot believe its 9%, not complaining though. If you like pumpkin pie or even cinnamon buns, you have to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Nose of toasted malt, caramel and a hint of pumpkin spice. Palate has pumpkin spice right away and lots of it! Itís followed by the carmel and hints of toasted malt. It has a slightly hoppy finish which seemed to clean off the palate and ask for more. 9% is well hidden. This is probably one of the best pumpkin beers iíve ever had!

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