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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamT (114) - Wilson, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2013
22oz bottle share compliments of Dave F., Thanksgiving 2013. Golden hue wth mostly diminishing white head, virtually no lacing. The pumpkin and spice hue punch you in the nose even before you pour this into a glass. Heavy pumpkin, spice & nutmeg greet your taste buds in the best way possible, the moderate average finish is just as enjoyable. I thought DFH Punkn was my favorite pumpkin beer, not anymore. Best spice/pumpkin beer I have had so far!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pours a relatively clear orange. Wonderful aroma of pie spice and brown sugar. Not surprisingly, tastes similarly, wonderful rich pie spice and brown sugar sweetness. The king of pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
draft. Aroma is amazing, spicy pie. gingery, overwhelming in a good way. Pours a clear dark copper color with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Medium palate, nicely balanced body. Taste is spicy with a bitter edge, very drinkable. So many pumpkin beers are either gross or not at all pumpkin or spicy, but this one delivers every fall. Mmm. delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Wow! It really takes a lot to impress me with certain beers, especially pumpkin beers. Dogfish makes a "Punkin" beer that is fantastic in itís own right, but this one delivers on a different level. Compared to the Dogfish "Punkin" ale, this has a lot smoother caramely note to it with a strong pumpkin taste. The Dogfish has a mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar and a bit more spicier notes that is fantastic, but the Southern Tier might be better. The aroma is FANTASTIC! The taste is out of this world! and the follow through is crisp and easy. Give a try, highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours hazy orange with no head. Big pumpkin pie aroma. First sip is aggressive, and there might be a little bit too much going on in this beer, as some of the flavors seem to conflict with each other. The cloying, cinnamon predominance is hard for me to get used to, but it does get better with every sip, which saves this beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
22 oz. bomber...poured a deep pumpkin orange with no head...aroma was of pumpkin spice, but also contained hints of cinammon, nutmeg, nuts, and vanilla...taste was a nice mix of sweetness, from the vanilla to go along with the pumpkins sorta of bitter taste...this could become a national substitute for pumpkin pie...great brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
I wasnít sure about this one. Itís basically like drinking a pumpkin pie. Surprisingly, thatís not a terrible thing. Very sweet but with enough warming alcohol to give it a bit of depth. Itís a bit of a novelty, really, but I suppose thatís what these things are supposed to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Just not for me. Smells like a pie, tastes like a pie. WIth a weird aftertaste of beer. So its like you ate pie, and then belched up some beer with it. Heavy on the pumpkin pie spices and even a note of crust. I just couldnít drink this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HisBoyElroy (107) - Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Decent beer. Definitely a lot of pumpkin going on. Smells like buttery popcorn. Good beer for Halloween.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dr_MedievAle (107) - USA - NOV 9, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 Aroma: Hot buttered popcorn. Come on guys, diacetyl spoilage? Christ. Appearance: looks great. Clear gold. Decent carb bubble action. Ivory head. Taste: smooth diacetyl. Bitter vegetables. I am thinking this beer is from a bad batch. Either that, or all these Pumking fans are idiots. There is a pumpkin flavor here, but it is mostly buttered popcorn. Palate: creamy. Finishes bitter. Or butter. But not better than good gourd, or any other pumpkin ale for that matter.

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