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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Pours a clear amber with some carbonation and a minimal head. The aroma is crazy... I can’t really put it into words... maybe a musty cake??? Some yeast in there, vegetables too. I wouldn’t have said pumpkin if I didn’t know it was a pumpkin ale, but I notice it if I know to expect it. The flavor is more of the same, with just a hint of beery alcohol to remind you that this is indeed a relative of your standard amber ale. The mouthfeel is solid, but not too thick, and the finish is long and smooth. A really great and unique beer... if you’re not a huge fan of pumpkin ales, don’t assume that this one is anything like the others.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - OCT 28, 2008
Finally a pumpkin beer that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN. The surprise is itís much weirder and not necessarily as good as you might guess. You know how a pumpkin smells when you are carving a jack-o-lantern? Thatís how this beer tastes. It also has some strong bready notes and light pumpkin spice. The overall sense though is vegetal. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy thick and oily. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a better beer, but doesnít taste nearly of pumpkin the way this does. Buffalo Billís Pumpkin ale might be a nice compromise between something that tastes something of pumpkin and isnít too far off from a traditional bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
One2remeber (145) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle. Head falls off quickly into nothing. Pale orange, crystal clear. Rich, real vanilla cream aroma, no artificial alcohol burn. Real potent can smell from across. Banana bread. Pie crust. Very clean, blended smells. Warming sensation on the middle to back, makes me smile. A little burn from spice, not from booze, perhaps all-spice. No real pumpkin flavor, more last bit of pumpkin pie (crust and cream).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2013
22 oz bottle for 9 bucks. Ouch! This beer flies off the shelf, so I figured I had to pick one up to see what all the hoopla was about. Pours a clear copper/gold with a small white head. Smells like pumpkin pie, some spice and some malt. Taste is a little doughy, pumpkin, some spice, cinnamon and sweet on the end. Slightly thinner body but strangely creamy as well. I like this but I think it is a bit overpriced. Doesnít quite live up to the hype for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Instant favorite for me. Very lush pumpkin aroma with caramel and some marshmallow and vanilla. Very rich on the nose. Beautiful dark orange color with very little white head that leaves some lacing as it quickly dissolves. Medium bodied. Taste is unique. Itís sweeter than some of the other pumpkin seasonal ales, and doesnít have the usual spices like nutmeg and cinnamon present. Caramel and marshmallow and some chai or vanilla. I will get some more of this delicious beer before the season ends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Copper golden color. Very clear. Pumpkin and slight spice in the nose. A touch of caramel. Low carbonation. Very smooth and slightly sweet. Tastes like pumpkin pie filling. Very slightly noticeable alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2009
im not a "pumpkin beer" expert by any means, but this tastes to me just like pumpkin pie. I rated the aroma and the flavor the highest because they are both amazing, very complex and very delicious. The appearance is a tranceparent orange hue. thin white head that dicipates quickly. I really like this beer. Probably the best pumpkin beer ive had. But thats not saying much ive only had 3. Buffalow bills, and dogfish headís.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Just awesome. Pours a beautifu clear reddish orange with a small but present head. Aroma is insanely pleasant and full of nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust, and vanilla creme. Palate is medium bodied, of average carbonation, and goes down extremelysmooth. Taste is a mish-mash of greatness, everything you expect on a Thanksgiving evening.....cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, and a fantastic dry creamy finish. Love this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Draught, Ballantine Willoughby OH Very fresh keg and thank goodness. Not a pumpkin/spiced beer fan normally but this is over the top good. The aroma is out of this world. Pumpkin pie, vanilla, caramel. Taste follows up with great spice flavor and balanced malt. Try this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonsHead (140) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2008
I usually can’t stand a pumpkin ale with flavor, but this one sticks with me. The aroma give you a full feeling of fall. I need to keep a bomber of this for the winter. The taste is straight up pumpkin pie having sex with a yankee candle. It’s almost too much. I had a 12oz snifter of this, and it was almost too much. In the words of comic book guy.... Best pumpkin beer ever!!!

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