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RATINGS: 1885   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest ’08. Again thanks to Harry for this one. The brewer needs a really good seasoning. Don’t know what that means, but apparently it was hilariously funny on the night. Amber colour with thin beige head. Too spicy for me. Cinnamon and banana bread. Cereal with dried banana in it. Some ginger. There is something there I can’t quite place. It’s weird, but ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-12-08 bottle
Beautiful IPA head over a clear orange amber color. Strange yeasty pumpkin spice clove smell. Sweet funky taste. Creamy nice palate. Taste is strong and not subtle - alcohol is not very well masked. Overly sweet flavor. I just don’t think I will ever really like pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
Bouteille 650ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée et claire. Nez épicé (cannelle, muscade), malté de biscuits graham, léger de citrouille et de pain avec de faibles notes d’alcool. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, moyennement crémeuse et aux faibles notes sirupeuses. Goût assez épicé (muscade, cannelle, pain d’épice, notes de gingembre, de vanille et de réglisse noire, présentes toute la gorgée) avec un moyen goût de citrouille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de biscuits graham, de pain, léger de caramel doux et sucré (notes de sucre bonbon et de bonbons à la cannelle). Parallèlement l’on assiste à un pic de goût épicé (pain d’épice) puis en finale l’on retrouve un léger regain de goût de cannelle avec un léger goût de houblon herbeux avec de petites notes de légumes bouillis ainsi que des notes d’alcool doux. Post-goût long et un peu sec, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux avec un goût épicé (muscade, cannelle et pain d’épices, léger de gingembre), léger de citrouille ainsi que de faibles notes d’alcool.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle (Many thanks to HogTownHarry). Well, this was just not for me at all. Unbelievably cloying and sweet and over spiced. I really struggled through this one. Noticeable alcohol and one dimensionally sweet/sugary. I’m kind of sorry for rating it so low as its rated so high here, but on the other hand i just couldn’t get into this one at all. Not a good experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
A Sim rate (bottle at ChrisO’s): Cinnamon graham cracker aroma. The next sniff is like broken chips of wood, then some bizarre spices and a bit of sweet potato. The head looks like washing-up liquid was involved. Tastes like graham crackers (again) and banana. So spicy, woody and wheaty. Despite what all the boys said, I quite liked this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This left a nice spicy after taste in my mouth,poured with a thick white head this is not my type of beer but this was enjoyable and would drink again,i enjoy my stouts and RIS more.CHEERS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2609) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Bottle. Body is a copperish color with a nice and fluffy head that leaves a fair ammount of lacing on the glass as it dies down. Aromas are fairly spicy... ginger and allspice cover a sweet caramel malt aroma. Flavor is dynamite. Transitions are wonderful as it moves from spice to sweet malt to a bit of a pumpkin flavor and then back to a pie spice finish. At the same time, mouthfeel is smooth and thick.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Slightly used copper in color. The nose smelled exactly like gingerbread cookies with scents of butter cookies, cinnamon and fresh ginger. The palate continues with these flavors in a very well-balanced beer that I just wish was a touch heavier for the upcoming cooler months. While this almost seems more like a Christmas beer than a Pumpkin (Halloween) beer it will be extremely pleasurable to drink over the Fall and Winter seasons!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
22 oz bottle, via jsquire. Pours a clear orangish body under a one finger fizzy beige head that faded fairly quickly to a wispy film. My first though on the nose was that it smelled exactly like Old Bay. It’s really a mix of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon I suppose, but once Old Bay hit me, I couldn’t smell anything but. Funny, the label lists the ingredients, but doesn’t mention any spices at all. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness from the malt. The flavor is really different for a pumpkin beer. I’m getting lots of sweet malt and a toasted marshmallow middle fading to a vanilla laced pumpkin meat finish. Just a little bit of citrusy hops peeking past all the spice. Thankfully it’s not just pie spice overload. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy but not sticky or cloyingly sweet. The carbonation is a little too overactive for me, but that just seems to be a Southern Tier thing I’ve noticed. A pretty decent pumpkin beer, probably in my top 5, but nowhere near Selins Grove Brewing or even the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin as far as favorites go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: January 06, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: hazy copper, wispy off white head
Aroma: rich caramel malt aroma with a nice sweet pumpkin candy character, lots of spices especially cinamon and nutmeg, touch of vanilla and crystalized ginger
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong candy caramel character enhanced by a vanilla sweetness, nice array of spices are bold enough to be a major player yet subdued enough to be in balance with the pumpkin, light balancing bitterness
Overall: like a spiced pumpkin candy

Date: October 03, 2010
Mode: draft
Words: tmac woodstock
still the best pumpkin beer aroma, the king of pumpkin beer

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

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