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RATINGS: 1669   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SteveLikesBeer (50) - - OCT 29, 2013
It has a rich copper colour and a creamy smoothness that makes it easy going down, which too often isnít the case with high alcohol beers -- and this one is 8.6 per cent. It poured with little head. While it contains spices, theyíre not as bold in the aroma or flavour as in some pumpkin beers. But they creep in on the finish after a vanilla and graham cracker crust introduction. Iíd read very positive things about Pumking and, while I wonít rave about it, Iím certainly not disappointed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Pours dark orange with foamy white head that fades fast. Yup, smells just like pumpkin pie. Really awesome aroma on this. Taste is vanilla up front and pumpkin on the back with a tiny hint of bitterness and alcohol on the end. A little more carbonated and light bodied than I expected it to be. Itís not bad, but I feel like itís missing something. I guess maybe itís not as deep or as complex as I expected it to be. Nor is the vanilla-pumpkin flavor really pleasing to me. Mixed feelings on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimski (49) - - JAN 16, 2014
Southern Tier's Pumking has a beautiful copper color and a slight nutmeg/cinnamon aroma. One can taste pumpkin with some spice up front with a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2008
A pumpkin ale that actually has the taste of pumpkin instead of just over the top cinnamon and clove. This is new! I really love this beer, a great fall treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Even on a hot humid day, the Fall aromas just scream out of the glass. Lighter than most Pumpkin Ales in terms of color. That may be the only fault in this ale. All the flavors you would expect, but put together so all aspects of the flavors have a chance to shine. Beyond outstanding!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doppelthat (47) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2011
The smell of this beer is unreal. Smells just like nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkins. It pours a hazy dark orange. It tastes very much like the aroma. Very much like the normal pumpkin spices but very well balanced. As for me I think most pumpkin ales that are done well are high on the alcohol side. It just seems to work better for this type of specialty beer. This beer is much better on tap than in the bottle as well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2012
soon as you pop the bottle, you think thereís a pie coming out of the oven! unlike other pumpkin beers this isnít overpowered by typical pie spices... pours a nice dark orange with a creamy head... lots of pie crust, pumpkin, cookie dough on the nose... some cinnamon, nutmeg... tastes like a pumpkin pie with a little less spice going down. creamy, medium body.. i just wish the flavor would last a little longer and itíd be perfect. my fav pumpkin beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
caseynswan (46) - - SEP 21, 2012
From 22 Oz bottle, pours amber, is one of the most clear beers I have seen. The aroma is most bewitching, everything fall: nutmeg, maple, wood, cinnamon. Light bodied. Taste is lacking for the spicy nose, but it does have a clean pumpkin flavor with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nasmith003 (46) - Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Sweet pumpkin pie aroma and copper orange color. Sweet malty backbone with hints of nutmeg and allspice. Clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Nose of toasted malt, caramel and a hint of pumpkin spice. Palate has pumpkin spice right away and lots of it! Itís followed by the carmel and hints of toasted malt. It has a slightly hoppy finish which seemed to clean off the palate and ask for more. 9% is well hidden. This is probably one of the best pumpkin beers iíve ever had!

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