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RATINGS: 1653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (9948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin, fruit, cinnamon, ginger. Flavour is ginger, malt, fruit, cinnamon, pumkin, spices. Weird beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9883) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 This was amazing. The ’Commercial Description’ truly captures the essence of the Pumking. I had some on tap at the East Village Tavern. Poured a nice, light gold. Aroma of spices - cinnamon and nutmeg with mild roasted malt notes. The flavor was sweet, incredibly sweet and tasted like rich pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. The alcohol gives the brew a nice warming effect. Very smooth and drinkable. Delicious.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (9881) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, pumpkin, christmas cookies and heavy spicy - cardamom. Flavor is quite sweet. Sweet and spicy finish. It smells just like christmas cookies, which is great for aroma but not for taste. 081211

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (9870) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle, 2011. Clear deep golden with small white head. Aroma is "pebernødder", malt, spices and cardamom. Flavour is malt, spices, cardamom, cinnamon, "pebernødder", little caramel, medium sweet and a little bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (9836) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2009
Bottle, bought @ De Molen. Reddish orange color. Pumpkin, potatoe and mango in the aroma. Potatoe and pumpkin in the sweet, but also flowery and slightly perfumed flavor. Chichory bitterness in teh aftertaste. IMO is beer and pumpkin not a happy marriage.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (9657) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottled. Orange/golden coloured. Light brown head. Aroma is spiced and full of pumpkin. A touch marzipan and sugar. Flavour again is full of spice and pumpkin. Is a bit fruity and to some extend reminds me of Danish brown cookies. Wierd. Medium bodied. Has a dry and spicy end. As said very weird beer, and not really one I would go back to.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (9495) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Draught at Rattle&Hum, NYC. Cloudy orange beer with a nice offwhite head. Pumpkin aroma, sweetish, nutmeg, toffee, caramel, salty, woody, juniper berries, cedar, herbal, some nuts. Grassy flavor, pumpkin, salty, nutmeg, hazelnuts, sawdust, cinnamon, ginger, woody, cedar, juniper berries, caramel notes, pumpkin, herbal, fruity notes and with some hazelnuts. Amazing, I honestly never thought I’d give a pumpkin beer a rating like this. But this is so good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2008
22-oz bottle sent my way via trade with jah noth. Pours harvest orange with a small, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat diminishing with spare, if any, lacing. Somewhat disappointing on the lack of head or lace. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, cereal, straw, biscuit), average hops (grass, herbs), average yeast (dough, leaves) with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and brown sugar. There is an interesting mix of lightly buttered biscuits and sugar cookies that permeates above all the typical "pumpkin beer" spices that is rather intriguing and inviting in a raw dough kind of way. The pumpkin is not too much nor too little yet is much more present than most pumpkin beers. Medium bodied, aided by the uncharacteristically high alcohol content, alcoholic texture, average carbonation that fizzles away rapidly, and a chalky yet dry finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. I am quite taken by this pumpkin beer as it seems to nail the one thing others cannot - it gives the pumpkin flavor along with spices (typical) but also adds a freshly baked crust to the aroma and flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 25, 2011
from erzbierschof.ch - hazy dark orange colour with a little foam left; a solid aroma of pumpkins and cane sugar; sweet and full-bodied, subtle carbonation; some residual sweetness with long notes of carotts and pumpkin - well... why not ?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9065) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of pumpkin, pecan, carmel, earthiness and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of pumpkin, pecan, carmel, spice and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering pumpkin finish. Easily the best Pumpkin beer I’ve had!


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