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RATINGS: 1916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Mostly transparent, ripened banana gold color with a huge head of milky white. Aromas of freshly baked pumpkin bread, complemented by balanced pumpkin pie spices and a doughy malt base. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Bready malt base with a restrained baked pumpkin flesh flavor. Clove and nutmeg present, but more of a background role. Excellent flavors and remarkable in that the delicate pumpkin flesh isnít lost in a jumble of spice. Great execution.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a hazy copper with fluffly off-white head. Aromas of alot of ginger bread cookies, cinnamon and other spicy notes. Tastes is like a ginger bread cookie in liquid form. Notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. alcohol is well hidden. Great pumkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2008
22 oz bomber shared by Duane w/ myself and Nimrod. Poured a hazy red/orange with a small white head. Pumpkin, spice and yeast aroma. Decent malt backbone supported the pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, and other spices fairly well. There was just something funky about this that didnít sit right with me. All of the flavors did not mesh well. Still, I kept drinking it, so it wasnít all bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2008
22 oz. bottle from Jerc - thanks man. Pours hazy orange amber with a small off white head. Pumpkin pie aromas, (not at all overdone like some pumpkin beers) sweet squashy notes, a little toasty with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices. Sweet malty and spicy flavors, pumpkin, molasses, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon and a little peatiness. Medium to full body, gentle carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle from Buffalo. Cloudy Brown Orange with foamy white head that thins quickly. Enticing ginger, nutmeg, cinamon aroma that tastes the same as it smells. Whatever goes in pumpkin pie is in here. Sweet but lacks carbonation Funny, reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 for some reason. Flavours blend so well you forget itís 9% but leaves you nice and warm, perfect for those cold autumn nights. Had this on tap at Coles in Buffalo and as good as it is in a bottle, it was amazing on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Smell: corn on the cob, some spice (ginger, nutmeg), cooked pumpkin in the nose. Some canned and fresh corn flavours as well, but thatís not unexpected with a pumpkin ale. Overall quite solid and tasty with something bitter going on in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Aroma has a dusty spiciness emanating throughout the nasal cavity. Dark orange/amber a small tan head. Flavour explodes with a wild spiced pumpkin, some alcohol is noted. Full bodied, spicey, again the dustiness of this is wonderful, very dry. Wild! Thanks mds!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
22-oz bottle sent my way via trade with jah noth. Pours harvest orange with a small, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat diminishing with spare, if any, lacing. Somewhat disappointing on the lack of head or lace. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, cereal, straw, biscuit), average hops (grass, herbs), average yeast (dough, leaves) with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar. There is an interesting mix of lightly buttered biscuits and sugar cookies that permeates above all the typical "pumpkin beer" spices that is rather intriguing and inviting in a raw dough kind of way. The pumpkin is not too much nor too little yet is much more present than most pumpkin beers. Medium bodied, aided by the uncharacteristically high alcohol content, alcoholic texture, average carbonation that fizzles away rapidly, and a chalky yet dry finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. I am quite taken by this pumpkin beer as it seems to nail the one thing others cannot - it gives the pumpkin flavor along with spices (typical) but also adds a freshly baked crust to the aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Bottle on 09/13/2008. Clear golden amber body with a medium creamy off-white head and a lasting carbonation. Sweet grainy, spiced pumpkin aroma, slightly astringent. Very sweet slightly astringent flavor, lots of pumpkin and heavy spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/16 - 3.7 Entered 03/29/2008. Richmond Industry Gathering 2007. Light brown body. Aroma of allspice and pumpkin. Sweet pumpkin flavor with some molassas and caramel. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Golden pour. Aroma is pure pumpkin with some spiciness and bread. Flavor is pumkiny with some odd sourness, spice, and an odd tartness. Decent mouthfeel. Good, but not nearly as good as hoped.

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