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RATINGS: 1899   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
srwalker155210 (108) - Port Orange, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2015
I don't know what to say. It's not awful, but it's not great. I'll never drink it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2011
I feel like I am drinking a pumpkin pie when I have this beer. Spicy, sugary, lots of cinnamon and ginger(?). Some nutmeg. Body is solid; moderately carbonated. Definitely better near room temperature. I could drink this while I eat some apple and pumpkin pie.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Superb! The aroma is, as expected, pumpkins. The pumpkin flavors are sweet, but not overly so, and balanced nicely with some spices. Very creamy, almost like an egg nog.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2012
22oz bottle. Pour is a nice clear orange with a small off-white head that didn?t stick around long. The aroma is so delicious of pumpkin pie, nutmeg and other spices. Mouth is sweet with big blasts of pumpkin, pie crust and spice. My taste buds are spoiled with every sip. Medium bodied. All the flavors really cover up the alcohol as well. This is absolutely the tastiest pumpkin beer out there. Major props to ST on the recipe and being able to get the flavors to pop out so nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jordinc (105) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Poured from a bomber. Strong beery, spicey aroma - cloves and nutmeg. Tastes of pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves). Very sweet, I would peg it just shy of cloying. Low carbonation, and very smooth on the palate. Great for fall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Un peu à mon grand désarroi (j’ai toujours voulu déguster cette bière et comme mes expéditions en sol américain m’amènent, pour l’instant, rarement plus au-delà des « White Mountains » du Vermont, je n’avais encore jamais eu la chance de mettre la main sur une bouteille de « Pumpking »), je dois avouer ne pas comprendre grand chose à l’évaluation aussi remarquable qu’en font les « Ratebeeriens ». Au nez, je respire la cannelle. le gingembre, la pâte à biscuit, la vanille mais curieusement peu la citrouille, comme finalement la plupart des bières à la citrouille. Robe orange-jaune-pisse-lendemain-de-veille-double-puis En bouche, c’est très doux, l’alcool est indiscernable et des saveurs de gingembre et de girofle prennent le dessus, avec un arrière-goût légèrement désagréable. Ce n’est pas non plus un échec total --- je serais curieux de l’essayer en fût ---- mais mes attentes ont clairement été trompées (phénomène de plus en plus fréquent grâce à RB). Pis c’est ça. La vie c’est du vent qui nous souffle nos rêves d’enfant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Bronze color, nice and clear, finger thick fluffy white head smells of earthy pumpkin, biscuity, with some sugar cookie. sweeter hints of clove nutmeg and allspice. Touches of brown sugar and molasses tastes very similar to the smell. sugar cookie, earthy pumpkin, biscuit, pumpkin spice. the pumpkin dries the tongue out a bit though. a nice dry bitterness at the back of the tongue. slight noble hoppiness. A nice medium body with a slight creaminess. some dryness on the backside definately easy to drink - reminds me so much of fall. i woul ddrink theis with turkey and stuffing, or with yams & andouille sausage. It might do well with some sugar cookies.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
I don’t get it. I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of pumpkin beers, but even so this stuff is wretched. The aroma of sticky sweetness and nutmeg punches you in the nose and literally made my eyes water. I didn’t think it could get worse and yet it did. The flavor is of melted candy corn and pounds of nutmeg. The cloying sweetness seems to last forever but that is nothing compared to the lingering spices that it took about a half of an IPA to wash away the two sips I suffered through. Quite simply one of the worst beers I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Draft at Lockview. Pours an orange amber hue with a thin white disappearing head. Aroma of pumpkin pie, corn flakes, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tastes like pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and sweet malt. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste. I wonder what hops are used? Still the best pumpkin ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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