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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2011
This was a treat. Heavy pumpkin, graham cracker, and nutmeg aroma. Heavy sweetness. It really tastes similar to pumpkin eggnog. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
stumpyiliz (215) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Craptastic. Besides that, aroma is the biggest score. Taste is caramel over the top forward. Too much. Acidic spicing and caramel finish. Quality control southern tier quality control. Produce too much to accommodate the market and this is what happens. This used to be my favorite pumkin beer. Now itís just allspice ass in a bottle. Purchased at whole foods in Northern Virginia.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigda83 (215) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
5 oz pour at the 5-17 brewery public day. This has been one of my favorite Southern Tier offerings for years, but I didnít start rating beer until recently and had to get this one in here. Iíve had many pumpkin beers and was not a fan, but this one is superb. Pours a nice golden and copper color and is clear and sparkly. Aroma of pumpkin hits right away with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and roasted malts. Smells like the fall and winter season, but I wouldnít mind drinking this any time of the year. Taste follows the nose with some extras spices mixed in there. Tingly on the tongue and a little bitterness mixed in. I recommend this to all if youíve never had it, even if youíre not a pumpkin beer fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redtechnj (214) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Hazy copper orange with a thin, almost non-existant off white head. Rich cinnamon and nutmeg aroma, pumpkin,vanilla and ginger snaps. Flavor is rich and sweet. big flavor of ginger snap cookie, pumpkin,sweet potato,cinnamon,nutmeg. The undesputed KING of pumkin beers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
2013 bottle. clear amber with a moderate white head and moderate retention. pumpkin, light nutmeg, icing, very very strong cornbread. strangely strong. i donít get it, actually. itís almost like pumpkin flavored cornbread. weirds me out. medium-heavy sweet, light bitter. medium body, slick feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
650ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a crystal clear orange, with minimal head that quickly dissapears. Looked rather thin while pouring. Aroma of gingerbread. Tastes to me like carrot cake; rich, spicy and sweet. More body than expected. No sign of the 9% abv. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinaMarket (211) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Um...graham crackers stuffed in the neck? Spices, rush of sweet graham crackers from the neck. Honey-Nut Cheerios? Pours slightly hazy orange/golden with very little head. It receds immediately. Spicy grain aroma from the glass. Great legs, and wow, tremedous pumkin pie flavor. I have wanted to try this brew for some time since I have heard so many great things about it, and I am really impressed. Full bodied, slightly viscous, and really delicious. Caramel, coriander, nutmeg, clove, lots of pumkin, and a slightly bittered finish. Well balanced even with the overt sweetness. It finishes sticky but very clean. Makes me want to have more. Oddly, I am getting an extremely faint mold taste in the middle. Maybe just because thereís so much going on in this beer...taste bud overload! Try this beer! Tasted @ 55F.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
22oz bottle, 2011 release. Pours translucent light orange with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie with emphasis on the crust. Taste is perplexingly similar to liquid pumpkin pie with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Moderate hops bitterness with a fairly dry finish. Thin texture with soft carbonation. One of the best pumpkin beers available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2010
22 oz Bottle -- Pours bright and rich amber with a medium off-white head. Big aromas of pumpkin, malt, caramel, ginger, and clove. By far the most pumpkin flavor in all of the pumpkin ales I have tried. The spice is quite subdued allowing the pumpkin to really shine. Creamy mouth-feel and a great long finish. Hides its 9% alcohol very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anderson01 (208) - Idaho, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Cloudy in appearance and golden in color. Very good lacing with a white bubbly head. Smells like grandmaís(freshly baked) whole made pie crust. Definite pumpkin spice aroma. Reminds me of thanksgiving. Taste like pumpkin pie with a trace of hops. Taste like grandmaís recipe. Medium-bodied beer with a creamy texture. The finish is like the cool whip melting in your mouth. This is the best pumpkin beer i have had so far. I loved it.

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