ReverendMoon (122) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has an absolutely uncanny smell of pumpkin. Hints of cinnamon. Tastes like it smells, just slightly less intense than I would have expected. A great fall seasonal.
kkleu357 (122) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2013 I was looking forward to this one. The beer has a lot of flavor, but it has way to much cinnamon. I also taste sweet corn, which is kind of weird. Its still ok, but the way people talk it up, I?m slightly disappointed.
- Iím going to slightly modify my rating. The longer I drank this the worse it got. Almost to the point of not being able to drink it. It just seemed to taste more and more like sweet corn dipped in a lot of cinnamon. The DOB of the vrew was 8/28/13, so it was fairly new. Iím not sure if we just got a bad batch or not, but the 2 of us drinking this would agree this is by far the worse pumkin beer weíve ever had.
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep orangeish amber color. Minimal white head. Medium to thin bodied with a smooth carbonation. Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Begins with a sweetness that becomes tart and tangy. Towards the end and especially in the aftertaste its almost like youve taken a bite of raw pumpkin. This beer certainly accomplishes the pumkiny flavor they were seeking, however, the raw pumpkin aftertaste is a bit odd actually. Kind of tart, a little bitter, and leaves your mouth very dry. Drinking the beer is enjoyable but the aftertaste is borderline unpleasant.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 Pours a amber orange color. Has a smell of bready malts with a slight roastiness (almost reminds me of toasted pumpkin seeds) and ginger/nutmeg (pumpkin pie). Taste is very similar to the nose with a bit more emphasis on the pumpkin pie but not nearly as sweet. Definitely in my top 3 for pumpkin ales.
drunk_again (116) - GREECE - DEC 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. clear orange color with thin head. aroma is cinnamon, clove, pumpkin, cardamom. taste is pretty much the same with moderate to heavy sweetness.
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The version I tried was the 2011 edition of Pumking. Aroma is sickly sweet and heavily spiced. First spices that come to mind are store-bought pumpkin pie, a spice that I want to say is cloves (I canít put my finger on the actual smell) and an extreme smell of fermentation. The taste is a lot of the same. The beer itself is very, very sweet and is balanced well by bitterness and salitness. This feels more like a fruit beer than a traditional ale. The flavors and sweetness are just so overpowering for me. There is just so much body and so much sweetness that I canít handle it. Normally I love beers with lots of body, but Pumking tastes like what you would get if you put a pumpkin pie into a blender and let it sit for a few weeks until it started to ferment. I was expecting a much more subdued pumpkin flavor so clearly this brew was not made with palates like mine in mind.
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably my favorite pumpkin beer yet. I think these beers are often overhyped but this was a pleasure to drink.
Pours a nice clean gold/orange, however there is very little head, and pour retention. Carb level is pleasant.
Aroma is sweet and spicy. Pumpkin, baked bread, vanilla dominate. The flavor falls in line with the aroma matching very well as you smell the beer and drink it. Pumpkin flavor is present followed by a strong graham cracker and spice aftertaste.
Beer was delightful especially for the style.
Kuzo (115) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange amber with a thick off-white head. Good lacing left on the glass. Smells like refrigerated pumpkin pie. Sweet bready malts with nutmeg and ginger spice. Taste follows the nose. Not as much pumpkin taste or nearly as sweet as I was expecting which makes this quite delicious. It tastes like a beer!!! A bit boozy on the finish. Very nice on the palate. Good carbonation, clean, crisp, and refreshing. By far my favorite pumpkin ale. No wonder this sells out fast at my locally distributor.
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this beer on tap at Busterís on 28th after I ordered and hated a Liftbridge
Farmgirl Saison. The Pumking had a small head that was mostly gone by the time my glass got to my table, but the sweet and spicy pumpkin aroma was still there. Al the stuff you would expect in a pumpkin pie is in this beer and the sweetness doesnít overpower. This was a completely satisfying beer that didnít taste much like a beer or ale. It probably isnít the beer I would have ordered to go with my buffalo burger, but the sweetness was moderated and the spice was not overpowering. I made several calls around town when I got home that evening and it was gone from the shelves in stores. Bummer. Iím going to be watching for this one next year, though.
retinadoc (114) - - MAR 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. 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.