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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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlbeer (663) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle. Orange pour with a cream colored thick head. Smells like walking through a pumpkin farm. Tastes of cinnamon, pumpkin, and cloves. Very strong pumpkin pie flavor and good after taste. The best pumpkin beer I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitwitchik (179) - USA - APR 20, 2014
Poured from a 2013 bomber aged 9 months into a pint glass a light yellow orange with a white head. Have had this brew many times & found its perfectly grand when aged up to a year. Aroma is spicy pumpkin with mild nutmeg cinnamon-yammy. Flavor is exquisite and as for a non "holiday" brew drinker this is the ONLY seasonal brew released October thru December I drink. Everything else is too spicy too artificial flavor for me. The balance is exceptional. Carbonated still quite well & makes me long the cinnamon sugar rim on the glass so many pubs around here do when Pumking is released each fall. Drinking it plain is just fine and just a fine fruit brew I will continue to seek out each fall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ColovianTrader (194) - - MAR 27, 2014
Aroma of mixed spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, grains, malts and hops. But there is no question this is a pumpkin beer. Flavor leans too heavy on the pumpkin side for my liking. The rich pumpkin and burnt pie crust flavors aren’t balanced out by the spices. Bitter hops are present but drowned out by the other flavors. That combined with a thick feel leaves me desiring a more refreshing brew. Clearly I’m in the minority with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (2587) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head that slowly dissipates leaving a ring that laces well. Aroma is malty, pumpkin and spices, allspice, cinnamon. Flavor follows, light plus sweet, quite spiced, but not over the top, malty and fruity with a strong pumpkin body. Medium body. Not bad at all, perhaps a bit of a lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 23, 2014
Very nice but noting special Strong taste of pumpkin and nice smell. Fine features and kinda gassy too.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
coachd (34) - Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2014
I do not understand why this beer is a 98. I had high hopes for this one and it just fell flat. Weak aroma of sweet malt and nothing else - there is no pumpkin or anything like it in the smell. At least it looked good with a deep orange color and off-white head. The taste is way too sweet; just malt like the aroma. Palate was decent, but not particularly notable. It was hard for me to finish this beer. I almost poured it out, for me that’s saying something. Someone tell me why this beer is such a big deal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (2835) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours deep yellow with a nice head, aroma of chocolate, cookies, chocolate cookies, pumpkin, lotus cookies, flavor of chocolate, pumpkin, lotus cookies, sweet, nice, medium bodied

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (278) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: złocista, bursztynowa. Piana na początku obfita, jednak szybko gaśnie. Średnio pęcherzykowa, pozostająca na ściankach. Wysycenie średnie. Aromat: dyniowy, pieczone ciasto, przyprawy korzenne, wanilia. Wyraźnie słodki i przyjemny - aż chce się spróbować. Pozostaje w butelce nawet na drugi dzień. Smak: ciasto, piernik, przyprawy korzenne. Jest także słodowość i suszona skórka pomarańczowa. Oczekiwana dynia prawie niewyczuwalna, chyba, że w cieście. Aromat tego piwa jest na prawdę urzekający i z pewnością zachęca do degustacji. Smak jest nieco inny niż spodziewany, bowiem dynia nie jest w nim prawie obecna. Może to i lepiej bowiem to ciasto smakuje całkiem nieźle. Nie ma tu także aż takiego ataku goździków i spółki, jaki mamy okazję próbować w polskich "pumkinach". To również działa na plus, bowiem krajowe wersje są zwykle męczące. Tutaj dostajemy całkiem harmonijne piwo, które warto spróbować.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gopherfan99 (203) - CROATIA - MAR 16, 2014
Bomber bottle, pours a dark red with a small head. Sweet taste with a hint of spice and bitterness. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (621) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
Backlog. Bottle @ Green Lion Inn 2011, aged for about 12 months in average conditions. For those of you into the seasonals this is one of the better i’ve tried, still though, not quite my cup of tea.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jorn69 (560) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
@ Ölprovning på Havregatan 7 mars 2014. Kryddig (kardemumma), smörig, smörkola, ganska hög sötma, bra beska.

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