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RATINGS: 1671   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (617) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
The body has a medium amber color with good clarity. Its head is slightly off white in color, about average in size and quickly settles down to a thin covering of bubbles. It has a sweet and creamy pumpkin pie-filling aroma with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and malt. The flavor of sweet and creamy mashed pumpkin jumps out on the tongue. Nutmeg and cinnamon are noticeable and is in perfect balance for me. Underneath there is a good layer of doughy and sweet malt with some hints of spicy hops in the finish. It has a rich, medium to full body with a creamy smooth texture and soft carbonation. The flavor is wonderful like a slice of pumpkin pie with cream toping! Outstanding!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
The Pumking I tasted was the 2013 variety. Nice copper coloring and delicious pumpkin spice smell. Reminds me of fall in a big way. ST rocks and this is just another great beer from the brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
johnnymusky (178) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bomber sampled with 4 bar regulars....this one got a hands down from all 5 of us....only enjoyable thing was its smell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
desrochesb (40) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
la meilleur bière à la citrouille que j’ai bu jusqu’à maintenant, au nez l’odeur rappelle la tarte à la citrouille et en bouche on retrouve une belle balance entre le sucre et l’alcool

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (362) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2014
Sample thanks to kraddel, 2012 version. Light amber with white head. Aroma is pumpkin, biscuit, clove. Taste is sweet, pumpkin, biscuit (speculaas), clove.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigda83 (130) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
5 oz pour at the 5-17 brewery public day. This has been one of my favorite Southern Tier offerings for years, but I didn’t start rating beer until recently and had to get this one in here. I’ve had many pumpkin beers and was not a fan, but this one is superb. Pours a nice golden and copper color and is clear and sparkly. Aroma of pumpkin hits right away with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and roasted malts. Smells like the fall and winter season, but I wouldn’t mind drinking this any time of the year. Taste follows the nose with some extras spices mixed in there. Tingly on the tongue and a little bitterness mixed in. I recommend this to all if you’ve never had it, even if you’re not a pumpkin beer fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2014
As I am Norwegian, my knowledge of pumpkin beer or any other pumpkin product is rather lacking. I was warned by fellow beer drinkers about this being a vile product. But I knew Southern Tier makes top notch beers so I gave it a go. Right away I knew I had a winner. It was starting to close in on Christmas, so my tastebuds were ready for this. It is like a liquid desert with spicy cookies,mixed with copious amounts of alcohol for cozy nights when you watch a cultured movie and just relax every fiber of your body. I love the spicy aromas and the cheeky style of the whole beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jntfan1978 (44) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Sparkling orange/amber color with a small head. Aroma smells of roasted pumpkin and nice smooth malt. Taste of roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, with some caramel notes. Damn....I love the nose on this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitwitchik (257) - USA - APR 20, 2014
Poured from a 2013 bomber aged 9 months into a pint glass a light yellow orange with a white head. Have had this brew many times & found its perfectly grand when aged up to a year. Aroma is spicy pumpkin with mild nutmeg cinnamon-yammy. Flavor is exquisite and as for a non "holiday" brew drinker this is the ONLY seasonal brew released October thru December I drink. Everything else is too spicy too artificial flavor for me. The balance is exceptional. Carbonated still quite well & makes me long the cinnamon sugar rim on the glass so many pubs around here do when Pumking is released each fall. Drinking it plain is just fine and just a fine fruit brew I will continue to seek out each fall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ColovianTrader (251) - - MAR 27, 2014
Aroma of mixed spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, grains, malts and hops. But there is no question this is a pumpkin beer. Flavor leans too heavy on the pumpkin side for my liking. The rich pumpkin and burnt pie crust flavors aren’t balanced out by the spices. Bitter hops are present but drowned out by the other flavors. That combined with a thick feel leaves me desiring a more refreshing brew. Clearly I’m in the minority with this one.

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