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RATINGS: 1899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2011
2011; bottle; hazy orange with white head; aroma-vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spices, sweet; taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, warming alcohol feel, average carbonation. Very pleasant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Fresh bomber split with the buds at Crooked Stave. Pours a golden orange color with a light yellow head. Good lacing. Pumpkin pie nose. Somewhat spicy, with cinnamon & nutmeg flavors, but with the pumpkin coming through on the finish. Has a nice depth. Warms on the finish. A tasty treat and must try...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 Remarkable smelling beer - graham cracker crusted pumpkin pie. The taste is much more "ale" like than the nose - caramel malt, biscuit, cereal. Couldn’t drink a lot of this at one time, but really incredible and original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Poured a clear yellow orange with a small white head. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, bread, and vanilla (smells amazing!). Taste is pumpkin, bread, and I know it sounds odd but... those little peanut butter candies with the orange and black wrappers? like those and a little bit nutty. Has a bit of bitterness to it that lingers a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours clear amber with minimal white head. Powerful aroma of baked/toasted pumpkin with hints of nutmeg and other spices. Big flavor of pumpkin and spice but it’s off balance. The alcohol is a little too high. Didn’t live up to its aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Great beer, Nice, light pumpkin flavor but strong flavor of caramel malt and nuts. Great color and aroma. Perhaps the best pumpkin ale that I have tried. The 2011 bottles say 8.1% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (312) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2012
2012.09.03 - on tap at Roasthouse Pub. Pours mostly medium amber, slightly to the brown side. Not much head, dissipates quickly. Aroma is pretty much what you expect, pumpkin pie. Taste is about what you expect as well. Just a bit of tart pumpkin quickly replaced by the spices. Spices coating the tongue on the back end. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Ok I am all over the board on this. Plus it is quite possible that I have been wrong all along with my dislike of the punkin beer. This is loaded with punkin taste. Loaded. Its a sweetness that has very little of the spice that Dogfish is overwhelmed with. This is a total oppisite in the same style. Very interesting and I must admit, much more drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 Beautiful amber orange color, no head. This smells exactly like pumpkin pie, it has all the aspects of one in there. Suprisingly carbonated at first taste, well balanced beer. There is an almost buttery taste, but not much pumpkin pie. Goes down with not much aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Pours a nice orange hue, with a bit of carbonation. The aroma is amzing! If you like pumkin pie this is one of the best beer aromas you will probably smell in quite a while, otherwise you may dislike it. The taste is much the same, though there is also a few notes of ripe fruit like figs and possibly plums. The overall taste is that of spices and cinnamon, but it also very well balanced with a nice taste of pumpkin permeating. An excellent and balanced beer for the fall season.

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