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RATINGS: 1674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 17/20
Gutifa (135) - Bad Wurzach, GERMANY - NOV 30, 2013
Orange beer with a good white head. Aroma is delicious! Is really sweet, with caramel and cinnamon. But also some toffee and even some chocolate. In mouth you can find some pumpkin and malty sweetness. Full of spyces and with a more or less bitter end. The first Pumpkin ale that i like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
This was the first pumpkin brew Iíve had that I actually liked, and I liked it a whole lot. Just the right amount of spice, not too sweet (actually it was fairly bitter behind all the pumpkin spice). Spices and heavy carbonation masked the massive abv% without becoming overpowering themselves--very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2013
I received a bottle of this from a good friend of mine (MD). Nothing special in the pour. The body is thin with a small white head and the color is a deep golden similar to bees honey. Aroma is mild with tones of spices. The flavor is tremendous, you can really taste the pumpkin and it finishes with a lingering bite of cloves. I think my mouth is actually numb from the cloves or flavoring added to this brew. This is a complex mix that hides the alcohol with smooth flavor. Very enjoyable. Try one!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigda83 (131) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
5 oz pour at the 5-17 brewery public day. This has been one of my favorite Southern Tier offerings for years, but I didnít start rating beer until recently and had to get this one in here. Iíve had many pumpkin beers and was not a fan, but this one is superb. Pours a nice golden and copper color and is clear and sparkly. Aroma of pumpkin hits right away with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and roasted malts. Smells like the fall and winter season, but I wouldnít mind drinking this any time of the year. Taste follows the nose with some extras spices mixed in there. Tingly on the tongue and a little bitterness mixed in. I recommend this to all if youíve never had it, even if youíre not a pumpkin beer fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Pours an amber color. The nose is pumpkin spice & possibly some hints of vanilla. Comes across that palate rather similar with an amazing lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Pouring a light, clear amber, there isnít too much head (pretty surprising considering most "imperial" anything tends to have lots of it). The smell is very rich with vanilla chai, pumpkin, sugar, and the traditional fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). There are also notes of gingerbread and carrot cake. The taste is immediately rich and sweet. Lots of pumpkin pie and vanilla chai. Good amount of spice mixed with sweet, and a touch of hops at the end. One of the sweeter pumpkin beers Iíve had. Not too boozy, but you can tell the alcohol is there. This beer is pretty full-bodied, which compliments the flavor, to make a great desert beer for the fall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Poured from bottle into a wine glass. Pours a clear orange color with a small white head that quickly fades. Aroma smells sweet and creamy with pumpkin pie spices. Small bite upfront but then fades into a sweet creamy overwhelming taste, mixed in with spices. Mouthfeel is a little bit sharp. The is best of the sweeter pumpkin beers out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swans (127) - FRANCE - OCT 14, 2012
Pours a clean golden orange with a creamy white head. Is just like a pumpkin pie, pumpkin, vanilla, clove. Perfect

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
Great baked, sweet and spicy aroma, taste is straight up pumpkin pie, but without cloying sweetness. Nice deep golden color. Alcohol is invisible. Very well done beer, a great occasional treat but... still not something I could drink on an everyday basis, the spice is just a little too heavy for that. So Iíll call it a novelty beer, but a very well made one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
tried the 2011 version twice, really donít understand the hype. I get pumpkin spice, but no pumpkin taste. Not good.

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