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RATINGS: 1901   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

retinadoc's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
retinadoc (221) - - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 Bottle. Formerly, the best beer Iíve ever had, bottle or draft. Unlike any beer Iíve ever had. Like pumpkin cream pie in a bottle. Rich, cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Rich deep red color. Delicious, creamy mouthfeel with creamy finish. The sensation is like drinking a rich dessert. Amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4657) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
22 ounce bottle from Woodmanís in Rockford, IL, consumed a bit below cellar temp in a Konig Pils glass. Hazy bright orange, little head, fully diminishing...sweet pie-spice aroma, more spice than pumpkin probably - basically pumpkin cookies...on the tongue itís booze immediately, and it doesnít let up; this is one of the more overtly alcohol-dominant beers of itís strength Iíve ever had, and itís sort of a raw alcohol not all that well mixed with light vegetable/fruity notes and a bit of sharp hops towards the end (just a bit), with very little malt evident; touches of dark chocolate roastiness do appear eventually with some warmth, but itís not enough. Rather thin - yet syrupy from the alcohol - low carbonation. I loved this beer when I first had it, probably 2009-10 or so, in part because it was a lot more "pumpkiny" than most other beers of itís type that I could get then - Smuttynose was the only other one I remember liking at the time. And I usually bought it a couple of times every fall and still enjoyed it, but last year things started to change, possibly in me or possibly in the beer - or both as they have changed the recipe over the years - and this yearís model I find pretty hard to choke down, and probably wonít finish the bottle. Sigh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlatAffect (1) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2016 does not count
Usually I jump along for the ride with all of the fanfair surrounding the annual pumpkin beer craze. Pumking always stands the tallest as the best and most remarkable. First tast this year, 2016, was from a four pack of 12 oz. bottles. Not sure if there has been a recipe change or if there is a freshness issue with my local purchase. It does not tast skunked, however, it has an umistakable bitterness of hasty handling. Maybe the smaller bottling is not an ideal delivery of the stuff. If it tastes like this again, it will be my last sampling of southern tierís pumkin beer till next year. If it keeps tasting like this? Iíll move on to the other exploding variety of seasonal fall beers and leave this one in the past as a "has been."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Deadpool37 (100) - - AUG 22, 2016
Pours a deep clear golden orange amazing aromas of pumpkin spice and pie crust. Great pumpkin flavors with nutmeg graham cracker and a warm finish. My top pumpkin beer of choice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hoppystout1 (2) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2016 does not count
Appearance is orange and gold. Pours with a fluffy head. Aroma is pumpkin spices and graham cracker crust. Taste is delicious with classic pumpkin pie spices and a somewhat buttery pie crust finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Palate is smooth and the carbonation is on point. Overall, this is an outstanding example of a pumpkin beer, and falls short only to Schlaflyís Pumpkin Ale (the best).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
basaywhat (171) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2016
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a head the dissipates quickly. No lacing. Strong clove and nutmeg nose. Drinks smooth with a strong malt backbone and a hint of pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a clear golden amber. Aromas of all spice, nutmeg, a touch of pumpkin. Nice spicy taste with pumpkin notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tobyrando (38) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Nice medium spice aroma. Taste is very layered with spices, pumpkin flavor and light sweetness and earthiness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keenano (21) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Pours golden orange from the bottle. Huge aromas of vanilla, pumpkin, light spicing - cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight sweetness initially with a lasting pumpkin taste on the palate. Hop bitterness minimal throughout. Long, lasting finish. Overall, a great pumpkin seasonal. Canít wait to enjoy again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeschmoe213 (18) - USA - MAR 18, 2016
This is probably the best pumpkin brew Iíve ever had, except something was different with the 2015 batch. Almost a little acidic or more biting on the tip of your tongue than previous years. Iím hoping 2016 goes back to previous performance levels, but letís be honest... this is one amazing brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
migwell (276) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Call me a traditionalist but I prefer to eat my food and drink my beer... separately. Thus Iíve never had a pumpkin brew before this one, which comes highly recommended. Looks OK, smells spicy, tastes fairly crappy and spicy although the food content is pretty subtle. Have to say, I regard the whole fruity or pumpkiny beer thing as a deplorable novelty in the vein of flavored coffee. A few sips in, Iím at the ídrink it or dump ití stage, and I rarely dump one. Well, never again.

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