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RATINGS: 1909   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Pca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pca 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 its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaysbeers (86) - - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle, to a glass. A very good pumpkin beer. Smells like sweet, warm pie. Taste is centered on the pumpkin spice sweetness, but not in an overwhelming syrupy way. Kind of a lager base with a slight bitterness in the background. Medium carbonation. The high alcohol level is not apparent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
The aroma on this beer alone is the most impressive thing I have had in a beer for a long time. Huge aroma of ginger bread men, cinnamon and spice. Great flavor of pumpkin spice, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. This is the best pumpkin beer I have had by far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours a great orange color with a nice 1 1/2 finger head. The aroma smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, cream. Just wonderful. The taste is amazing. It literally tastes like a pumpkin pie. You can actually taste the crust of the pie. Just a near perfect example of a Pumpkin beer. Excellent!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
If you took water, yeast, wheat, a powdered coffee creamer and orange dye and let ferment for a couple months you will appear to have a pumpkin ale that lacks real pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alex4r (82) - - APR 28, 2012
Not A big fan of pumpkin beers. This beer pours an orange color with a white head that disappears right away. Nose is sweet. Cinnamon and spice plus pumpkin pie. Taste is consistent with the nose, just way too sweet for me but better than a lot of the other styles. The wife loves it so I keep buying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ocean82 (82) - Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2012
A bit yeasty and bready tasting. Hints of pumpkin and spice. Not as full as an Imperial should be. --- Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2010
bottled, pumpkin pie aroma light white head not lasting, a clear golden orange color, nice pumpkin flavor with real nice spice notes as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
beersammich (76) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Id classify the smell as pumpkin cologne. The taste is a bit better, but not much. disclaimer Im not a huge pumpkin beer fan and this wasnt an exemption. Had from a bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbchrist (76) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2012
The only thing I could smell was cardamom, so it missed that overall pumpkin-y smell. The color was faint orange, the palest orange I have seen in any of the pumpkin beers Ive tried. It is intriguing on the palate, and my bottle was almost minty on the first few tastes. I could really feel the alcohol compared to lighter weight fare, like the Big Boss offering. It lingers on the tongue just long enough to be interesting, and it seems like a fun beer for watching football or playing darts at the local bar. Would recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Clear orange (pumpkin) body below a dense two-inch off-white head of moderate persistence. The aroma is heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg--egg nog like--with a less prominent, but still deep, sweet aroma of pumpkin pie. The taste is quite pumpkin-like as well: A sweet and deep pumpkin flavor, mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and some caramel and toast maltiness. It is also slightly citrusy on the front and back, with an aggressive hoppiness throughout. Mouthfeel is medium, with strong carbonation, a carbonic bite, and spikey bitterness on the middle and finish, accompanied by the pumpkin sweetness as well. A very interesting and complex beer, with that hop addition. However, the slight citrus undertone does seem a bit off with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Great nonetheless.

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