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RATINGS: 1770   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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

keanex's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1475) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottled on July 18, 2012.
Appearance: The appearance is a bit disappointing here due to the lack of head, just a very thin off-white head with very poor retention. The body is a very hazy pumpkin color, almost opaque.
Aroma: The aroma is spot on for a desert, cinnamon graham cracker crust comes to mind with some vanilla, not much pumpkin but boy this smells excellent and a huge step away from the rest of pack.
Taste: The intro is a bit mild, hinting at spices while the mid-taste hits hard with the graham cracker crust and some light ginger and nutmeg, pumpkin is noted throughout. This is just a wonderful desert beer.
Palate Medium bodied, oily, with some light prickly carbonation.
Overall: This is the king of pumpkin beers, I donít think thereís anything better in the world than this for what itís going for. I recommend this as a replacement for pumpkin pie during desert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ericular (659) - 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 thatís not too heavy or sticky. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FestDecBeet (169) - - 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 (1434) - 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 palateís 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 (9) - New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014 does not count
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 (2271) - 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 (269) - 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 (753) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lutz2jm (120) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2014
A little hot but very good. Loads of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not a lot of cloves. Some bread notes as well. Overall a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (191) - - OCT 17, 2014
Pours a dark amber/light copper colour with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Aromas are pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pie crust. Tasteís are pretty much a repeat of that. Overall, of all of the pumpkin flavoured beers Iíve had, this is the second best. An outstanding beer, and they truly touched on every aspect of pumpkin pie, which Iíve learned is no easy task.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
deepeary (129) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Bomber from the LCBO. Clear amber colour, minimal head.Smells like sweet cinnamon, bread, pumpkin. Taste is dominated by bitter medicinal notes. Buttery, spicy, deep pumpkin, in a bad way. Intense spice. Warm finish. Herbal-medicinal-bitter taste was too much for me. Sipped on it for an hour and poured half he bottle down the drain. I like pumpkin pie, but I donít like this.

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