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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer4bears (75) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
650 mL bottle from LCBO. Pours copper with little head and poor retention. Served at the suggested 4 deg Celsius, but actually got better as it warmed up. Spices and pumpkin dominate the nose. Vanilla prominent in the mouth. The palate is really quite syrupy smooth. It had a really sweet taste, reminding me of candy corns and amaretto. The alcohol is really well masked. Sweetness dominates the hops. Really a nice beer that I couldn’t rate higher overall just because it’s not really my style. However, once again Southern Tier shows their stuff!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Claymeister (74) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear orange appearance. Aroma is fantastic with caramel, nuts and pumpkin. Full bodied with a medium sweet taste. This is clearly my favorite pumpkin beer and is hands down the best. Highly recommend this one. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 This is the perfect brew for fall. Pours a distinctive orange hue while reluctantly forming a small foamy head. Has an incredibly fragrant odor of cinnamon and warm pumpkin spices. Goes down quite smooth leaving me looking forward to my next sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Not a big fan of this style, but we have them. Liked this one a lot -c an actually taste the pumpkin as distinct from the pie spices. Seems balanced between the pumpkin and pie flavors, nice aroma like you are in the kitchen. Not overly sweet, but sweet enough that it is more of a dessert treat than something just to sit and drink. Liked it a lot, would buy again and serve to guests.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bomber shared with illini08 and Duane. Poured a bright copper with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was composed of 95% pumpkin and the rest yeast, hops, and some cinnamon. The taste was similar except for a bitter aftertaste that I can’t really attribute to hops. This was decent, but I’d like to try a better balanced pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2010
pours very nice deep golden color, very small head that left quickly. Little carbonation and a great aroma that reminds me of some spicy pumpkin latte’s with the special little drop of booze that makes it warm you up just right. The amazing part is with the taste, you get it all, other than the alcohol. I loved the smoothness of this beer especially with the late tones of the pumpkin puree hitting you right before the slight aftertaste of hops. Very well balanced beer and probably the best ’flavor infused’ brew I have had to date. Great fun when baking up some pumpkin seeds in the oven after carving the Jack-o-lantern for the year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a fine bubbled off-white head. Rich aromas of cookies and pumpkin pie. Taste is light-medium sweet with just a touch of tart, with cookie malt base and complex constantly evolving highlights of spice and earthy hops and a rich long-lasting finish. Light-medium body, relatively soft carbonation, and a slightly sticky texture. Like pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust in a glass - love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haugeberg (72) - - AUG 30, 2012
Poured from bomber into pint glass. The taste is completely enveloped in pumpkiny goodness! Although the pumpkin flavor is artificial, I highly recommend this beer! Completely awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heminator (72) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Ok, this is probably the best pumpkin beer out there. A little heavy, but I have no idea how they got that much pumpkin flavor in there. It really is the perfect blend of pumpkin pie and beer. Get it fresh and on draft if you can.

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