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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (207) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2009
22-oz bottle. Thin head disappeared quickly. Aroma is straight pumpkin pie. Wow, Iíve head a lot of pumpkin ales but never one that tasted like this. Fantastic warming and comforting undertone - basically, doesnít taste just like pie filling, but pie crust as well. Iíve read that pumpkin isnít important in the flavoring of a pumpkin ale, but I think the pumpkin comes through here. Complex, sweet, uncommon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimjongill (207) - - JUL 19, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2012 This beer has grown in popularity of late. Best I?ve had it is on tap, maybe 2 months old. After that, the spices die off too much for it to be quite so enjoyable. Good pumpkin flavor, balanced with other herbs and spices. Very fall-like. This is, to this point, the best pumpkin ale I?ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (207) - USA - OCT 13, 2013
Sadly a much over hyped brew. Light , bright orange hue. Billowy head. Hint of pumpkin and cinnamon. Flat carbonation. Mediocre wash down. Lacks body. Very thin and simple. I had this at a bar and bought a bottle to make sure of my conclusion. Second time is not a charm. Needs more flavor and hops. Seems a bit manufactured and without a natural flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (207) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Alright Iím a little behind in my beer-drinking, only now getting to this pumpkin brew. For someone who usually avoids pumpkin beer for the spice shit show that they often are Iíve had a few this year that have been rather good. Having recently tried and been impressed with Imperial Compass I picked up the King to giver a go. This is the first of the pumpkin beer this year that Iíve actually noticed the pumpkin flavour and I thought it worked. Pours a golden clear with some white head. The nose is just like a pumpkin pie. Lots of pumpkin smells, vanilla, some malts, and a little spice. The taste is a straight-up mash-up of beer and pie. Lots of pumpkin favours, vanilla, hay malts, and some allspice. Itís not an amazing beer, but it is a damn honest rendition of a pumpkin beer, which is exactly what itís supposed to be. Iíll rate it as that, which will work in itís favour. You canít bitch and complain about a pumpkin beer tasting like one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
bottle. pours a slightly hazy orange with a medium white head that fades to the edges and leaves a bit of lacing. the smell is wow-inducing. it smells, as others have noted, pretty much exactly like pumpkin pie. you can even tell the crust from the gelatin. if pumpkin pie came in liquid form, this is what it would taste like. the alcohol is scarily well-hidden. iím not a huge fan of the style (nor pumpkin pie), but this is by far the best iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chribban (205) - SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2013
A bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden. Yellow to orange, hazy, beer with just a little, white, head. Nose: Vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, gingerbread, cinnamon, cake and butter. Taste: Pumpkin (of course), vanilla, fruit, apples, toffee, caramel malt and spice. Medium body an quite strong carbonation. A little bitterness - A great pumpkin beer or should I say: a great beer? Yes I should!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Pours a nice golden color with a light head and light lacing. Aromas of a pumkin pie, cinammon, spice and pumkin. Flavors of a lot of spice with some pumkin flavor, but the spice bite at the beginning seems almost like and alcohol bite to it before the flavor takes over. Good mouth feel though for a pumkin, little more body to it that most pumkin beers should have...but donít.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dal9000 (203) - Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Tall 650 ml bottle that states: kettle hops magnum, aroma hops sterling. Pours golden amber with a nice white foam. Slight aroma of pumpkin. Initial flavor of malt and roasted pumpkin. Thick slightly slick mouth feel that leaves a pumpkin taste on the roof. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdskinns (203) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle. 2010. Slightly cloudy orange color with a minimal white head. Aroma is heavy on the pie crust, bready aspects with pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon. One of the best smelling beers Iíve encountered. Taste follows the aroma with a ton of bready malt, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very good but there is something kind of unpleasant on the back end. Not sure what it is. Medium body with a creamy texture. I liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Clear yellow-gold with off-white creamy head. Serious nuttiness shines through immediately with allspice, pumpkin, and butter. Initial alcohol bite is almost matched by vanilla and pumpkin flavors. Tastes like carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Good body, maybe a touch over-carbonated. Spice and booze linger long after last gulp. The king of pumpkin beers? Maybe. A good beer in general? Juryís still out.

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