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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

Lightrider's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle into a goblet. Aroma is of allspice and clove, and pumpkin. Pour is an orange honey gold with a fine head. Taste is a pumpkin pie, over the top. Very good. Finish is clean spice. A very good ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Msdrbeat (499) - East Lansing, USA - OCT 11, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. Pours orangeish clear. Strong chai aroma with a hint of pumpkin. Taste is robust and not sweet. A true fall pumpkin beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2324) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2016
This is a good pumpkin beer. It has some flavors that more closely resembles the vegetable rather than a synthetic taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PlantCityJax (56) - Plant City, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Tastes a lot like a spiced cake. Has that distinctive spiced cake note to it. I can definitely drink one during the season as a nice change, but I don't think I could ever drink two in a row. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TH28 (386) - - OCT 7, 2016
12oz bottle. 2016 vintage. Appearance: Semi clear light golden with some haze, and minimal white head that disappears immediately. Almost still. Aroma: Like pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Toasted bread malt is prominent to go with the spicing. Really nice. Taste: Bready maltiness with great pumpkin spicing of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, turning to a light toast and some alcohol heat that accentuates the spice. Mouthfeel: Light bodied for the strength, almost thin, with low carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish: Spicy alcoholic breadiness lingers, with a touch of nutmeg and toast. Overall: Probably the best aroma on a pumpkin beer Iíve had, it smells like the pie and whipped cream are right in front of you. I also like the bready, toasted maltiness that shows in the aroma and flavor. This beer does have room for improvement though. It has very little carbonation, and almost appears still. The high alcohol against the low body doesnít balance well, leaving a thin body that accentuates the alcohol heat. With a bit more carbonation and body Iíd rank this at the top of the pumpkin ale pile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sirmixsomewhat (208) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Pumkingís reputation is well known and deserved; itís nice to look at and is very smooth and isnít in your face with a pumpkin flavor. Itís got more of a spice taste than a pie taste, and it packs a very pleasant punch. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Medic490 (1) - Thornville, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
Very very Good Beer!! Aroma is one of beerís most complex features and very good tasting beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (744) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Pours a clear yellowish orange with a thin white ring. Light sweet cinnamon and spice aroma. Lightly syrupy body. Smooth with a full mouth feel. Spices are more sweet and flowery than most beers of this style. Flavors linger for awhile and leave a fairly pleasant aftertaste. Not really my style but better than most pumpkin beers Iíve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared. Not a big fan of the style but this is quite delicious, basically a pumpkin pie in a glass with rich cinnamon notes. Quite an enjoyable one and pretty outstanding for the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1701) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer (base style: ?)

AROMA: Strong cinnamon graham cracker scent. Nutmeg is quite prominent along with a general autumn spicy aroma. Alcohol is present, but mostly as a background note. No distinctive malt or hop presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pumpkin skin bright orange. Very cloudy body with sediment floating in suspension. Small, beige, soapy foam dissipates quickly. 1/3

FLAVOR: Mild base of pale and amber malts, though they are not especially sweet on their own. A honey/lemon flavor indicative of oxidation emerges towards the middle (though it blends with the palette). Cinnamon and nutmeg gently bite at the end with slight cracker/crust taste. Alcohol imparts a liqueur-type sensation. Palette has diminished with age but is still quite flavorful. Faint spicy hops. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Feels a bit flat in the mouth (but not slick). Alcohol warmth is fairly subtle and easily tolerated. Clean, dry aftertaste. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tastes very good for a year-old vintage, but nothing was gained by aging this beer. Spices faded; mouthfeel is a bit dull. 7/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Pour is a bright amber/orange with a very minimal head of small white spots. Aroma is rich with spices, especially allspice and nutmeg. I can see how others donít enjoy it, but I find it very enticing. The flavor is pretty much the same thing. Pretty nice spicy pumpkin beer with some pleasant doughy malts.

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