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RATINGS: 1831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCaptMatey (188) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Poured bright gold colour with a thick white head. Sweet aroma of cream with pumpkin and spices. Flavor is a mass of pumpkin with lots of creamy bread flavor,possibly vanilla, accompanied by notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium to heavy bodied with alcohol well hidden. Flavor tends to dimish and become harsh towards the end of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SinH4 (1130) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2014
Clear orange with a small foam. Spicy pumpkin in the aroma, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, anis,... lots of spices. Sweet start on the tongue, mostly vanilla and cinnamon, but turns bitter soon and gives a nice hoppy finish. Something very special. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (1154) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Bière orangée, peu mousseuse, légèrement troublée par de minimes particules en suspension. Le nez est très «bonbon» (gomme baloune) avec quelques invitants parfums épicés ici et là. En bouche, c’est délicieux. En plus des traditionnelles épices qu’on retrouve beaucoup dans les bières «à la citrouille» – qui sont tout de même assez bien dosées ici – une finale vanillée vient nous surprendre. Le sucre résiduel est bien présent, mais loin d’être trop intense (et on sait que Southern Tier sont capable de dépasser les limites). C’est vraiment une grosse friandise à boire annuellement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ericular (802) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2014
On tap @ something-500 after Mankato Marathon. This is what I was looking for in a pumpkin beer. Sweet but never cloying. Tasteful aroma and taste profile. No sign of high ABV. Flavorful yet refreshing, with an aftertaste that’s not too heavy or sticky. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - OCT 20, 2014
Look: pours a clear yellow color. Bright white head. Smell: pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Some bananas. Taste: pumpkin bread. Feel: rather thick mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Overall: appreciate what they are doing with this beer, but not for me. Like the mild pumpkin flavor with the beer. First drank: home 10/20/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3517) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2014
22 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled 7/21/2014. Semi-clear golden yellow with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices, light graham cracker. Tastes of pumpkin, spices, some bitterness. Maybe my palate’s changed but I enjoyed this a lot more the previous two years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 3/20
Shapiro85 (16) - New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Was not a big fan of this pumpkin beer. Too much of an artificial taste for me. I did however like the ABV, smell, and color of the beer. I would still have again maybe a little after a meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (3553) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2014
22 oz bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Golden orange and clear appearance with a dissipating beige head. Aroma of alcohol, pumpkin spices, pie crust, nutmeg, cinnamon, paint thinner and chemicals. Similar flavor, a little messy with a hot finish. Something seems off here. Disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EyeAmBaldman (391) - Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is spicy, pumpkin pie. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation on the tongue. Taste is fabulous. Has a touch of vanilla and pumpkin pie on the tongue with a bit of nutmeg. Nice seasonal pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (922) - - OCT 17, 2014
Golden orange pour. Nose is fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is pumpkin pie, fruity and bitter ale, mildly astringent for a moment, bitterness and pumpkin spices to the finish. Soft mouthfeel.

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