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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3818) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle at America on Tap Brown sugary caramel maltiness with plenty of pie spices to cut through it, not the worst pumpkin beer Iíve ever had, might even like it in small doses.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tyr (3) - Gastonia, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2015 does not count
Sampled on tap at Carolina Cinemas Charlotte. Nose of vanilla, spices. Tasted of Lucky Charms, and long, sticky, and (for me) undesirable finish on the tongue. I can see why it would be popular in and amongst the style, but not something I personally care to try again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
BigRedOne (1) - Natick, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2015 does not count
Couldnít even finish a bottle. TOO MUCH vanilla/floral flavor. Absolutely overwhelming!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Easily one of the best pumpkin beers Iíve had. The pumpkin spice is very good and understated from start to finish. Tried courtesy of Ryan and Liz in 2015.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (481) - Minneapolis, - OCT 9, 2015
Iím not a pumpkin beer drinker but my wife loves them and since this is considered one of the best I thought why not. The smell is sweet pumpkin. Alcohol is well hidden. I can see why for the style itís so high rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Body has a gilded orange hue with minimal dusting of white head. Delicious smell of pumpkin, candied yams, nutmeg, and vanilla. Light citrus spice taste followed by warm pumpkin flavors, banana bread, toasted coconut, and faint herbals. Creamy mouthfeel with very smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (433) - - OCT 4, 2015
Vibrant pumpkin and graham cracker aroma, vanilla and cinnamon too. Taste is just like the aroma with some hops in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freekyp (1949) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
The clear and present king of pumpkin ales, Pumking greets its kingdom each fall with a triumphant fanfare of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. With a regal frothy beige crown and deep orange-brown surcoat, the Pumpking bestows its gourd-infused spice cake flavors upon its loyal and ferverent subjects. While the king is a jolly old soul, evoking visions of warm fireplaces on cool autumn nights, he also has a dangerous alcoholic side, well hidden from both flavor and aroma, than can rise up quickly, sending subjects stumbling towards their beds with a swift kick. The king ends the festivities with hoppy smack across the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Slightly sweet pumpkin and spice smell, taste is quite spiced with fall flavors, mostly cinnamon...very strong though...spiced flavor is quite strong..too much so...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2308) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA via Plum Market. Slight haze, sweet aroma with something I can?t place. Flavor has some banana bread and herbs. Faint ginger lingers on the finish. Actually interesting compared to the overly pumpkin pie flavoured options.

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