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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.
2014 - New label design w/orange/white/green, 8.6% ABV

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (280) - - SEP 28, 2013
Great pumpkin ale. Pours honey color. Nose of pumpkin pie, brown sugar. Taste of spices, vanilla, and pumpkin. Alcohol not apparent at all. Not gimmicky, just good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (560) - - JUL 30, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-23-12- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – Served a orange colored beer with almost no head. A very light film that is rather persistent does eventually fade leaving a light level of lacing. Smell –Mostly of spice and pumpkin aroma. The cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are complemented well with brown sugar, caramel and pumpkin aromas. Overall the spice is balanced by the sweet creating a pleasant liquid pumpkin pie smell. Taste – A sweeter caramel and pumpkin flavor greet the tongue. While light in the spice department initially, soon flavors of all the pie spices that were present in the nose come to fruition. As the taste advances further the pumpkin grows even stronger while the caramel get replaced by some brown sugar and hazelnut flavors. At the end one is left with a satisfying semi-sweet pumpkin flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – A medium and smooth body with a lighter level of carbonation. The creaminess and low carbonation coupled with the sweet pumpkin taste and spice make it very easy to drink. While at 8.6 % there is almost no boozy taste making this very easy to drink. Overall – A sweet delicious brew. Like drinking a smooth liquid pumpkin pie. While not one I would want with great occasion it is a perfect dessert beer for the cooler fall days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zickbeer_ye (240) - Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, and a caramel peanut butter scent.light head and golden orange body. Flavors of Spices mostly cinnamon and dry pumpkin and a little copper. Tad spicy and crisp on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HellesBunny666 (151) - Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Smells like fall and happiness! Sugar, caramel, vanilla, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice. Taste is pretty much the same. Smooth, sweet, velvety. Tastes like desert. Really awesome pumpkin beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (518) - - JUL 27, 2014
Pours a hazy orange. Aroma is spices, malts, and pumpkin. Taste is spices with some pumpkin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1534) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle: Dense & vibrant copper-amber color with a thin layer of bubbles resting softly on top, no enough to be called a "head". Aroma with heavy notes of pumpkin spice, cinnamon bread, toasted malts, nutmeg, & I get a very, very light hint of vanilla. Touch of earthiness from the hops, too. Taste is more of the same; the pumpkin spice explosion you’d expect, nutmeg, cinnamon, a little clove. Perhaps some ginger, too, but nutmeg seems to be the dominant spice in this beer. Yeasty & toasted, baked bread finish, a little astringent at times. A decent pumpkin beer, but I don’t know why people flip their ship over this beer’s release each year. I mean, it’s decent, but not the first pumpkin beer I’d ever reach for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (339) - - JUL 20, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper orange color with a half inch of white foam that settles to a cream edge head. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice profile; cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and mild sweet pumpkin and vanilla. Flavor is pumpkin pie in a glass: same as above with buttery crust throughout. Alcohol is perfectly masked. Thin to medium bodied, spicy carbonation, buttery complex finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (2455) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday Tasting. Pours a clear golden beer with a small white head on top. Aroma of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, old fruits. Flavor is very herbal, lots and lots of cinnamon, some pumpkin flavors. Like most other pumpkin beers, this is very herbal. Kinda like it, long herbal aftertaste. Overall a very herbal forward beer, as expected, quite okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5087) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.. thin white head. Clear golden pour. Typical pumpkin taste. Very smooth. Enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong nutmeg, spice, cinnamon, graham cracker. Medium mouthfeel with pumpkin, graham cracker, cinnamon, nutmeg, abd light spice finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1329) - - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Gold with little head. Aroma and taste are pumpkin pie. Nice bready notes. Excellent for a pumpkin beer.

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