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RATINGS: 1825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bosendorfer (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
This sticky pumpkin ale pours a rich amber, bronzish color with a sliver of white head that quickly recedes to nothing. Im not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but I find this one to be the most enjoyable when had in moderation (its like candy: too much=nausea). The aroma is fantastic on this beer. When you put your nose to the glass, you can pick up fresh-baked pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and sweet roasted pumpkin. I could just smell this beer and move on. On the palate, the beer has a moderately silky quality with a low carbonation. The flavors are of melted pumpkin, baking spice, some milky grains, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel malt. It finishes sweet and does leave you wanting another sip. Seasonally, this is a terrific beer that really puts you in the Halloween spirit. Out of context, its just kind of a candy bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
desrochesb (40) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
la meilleur bire la citrouille que jai bu jusqu maintenant, au nez lodeur rappelle la tarte la citrouille et en bouche on retrouve une belle balance entre le sucre et lalcool

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kabonski (39) - - FEB 14, 2013
Just a great seasonal beer! Best pumpkin ale out there. Tastes like a cookie or baked good. Not very heavy on the pumpkin flavor like you find in other beers. This is a pumpkin ale done right. Try it, you won't be disappointed! ---Mr. Dizzle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
shawn14505 (39) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2008
My first (and hopefully only) drain pour of a Southern Tier beer. This was truly discusting in everway. I went in expecting a typically great Southern Tier beer because most of them are, but after the first sip I soon discovered that this isn’t even close to being good. It dosen’t even taste like beer. Its like pumpkin juice with alcohol and carbonation. Stay far away from this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Archibald89 (38) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Smells just like a pumpkin pie with hints of nutmeg and other spices that complement the pumpkin. Appearance is orange with little head (looks like orange soda). Tastes just like a pumpkin pie even with the subtle taste of pie crust and nutmeg. So far this is my go to pumpkin beer. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Pours clear orange with a thin fizzy head. This is one of the most unique beers I’ve had. Tastes like eating the crust of pumpkin pie. Very good, but towards the bottom the taste gets a little doughy. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Waterbury (37) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2011
A delicious pumpkin beer. Aroma of pumpkin, spices, and vanilla. Would certainly recommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cavery (36) - Palm Desert, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
2011 bottle provided by Drazzamatazz (thanks!), always happy to put away another Southern Tier. Pour was a mildly fluffing orange jello liquid that was fairly resistant in forming a head. I thought it might be a bit cold it but certainly complied with the 40 degree guidelines on the label. The body looks more like a halloween mixer than a beer, with no lacing or head retention on the beer. Smell is nutty pumpkin rind like a pulpy mash before making pumpkin bread. Taste is very nutmeg heavy with nutty pumpkin and buttery squash. The taste is fleeting but also full with authentic flavor. Mouth was pleasantly medium, a nice surprise considering the visual. Pretty good pumpkin beer. Sweet, but its consistent with STs Modus Operandi. Not nearly as gimmicky as many other pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FenrisWolf (36) - - SEP 17, 2013
The smell of all spice and pumpkin are amazing! Pours a beautiful, who would have thought, pumpkin color that makes the mouth water immediately. Great pumpkin flavor without being overpowering. Great sipping beer. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dzzz333 (35) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2009
The pumking is the perfect beer for this fall! or for that matter anytime (although its a seasonal) it had a very small head and the color of the beer was perfect! the smell was great...it pays off when u smell most of ur beers but when u smell the pumking ur in for a real treat....this was definatly a beer that also has a punch 2 it as well...Enjoy.

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