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RATINGS: 1916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Pķca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pķca 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 itís alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let itís 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pours a brown/orange. Aroma is intense pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, pie filling, some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery, flavor is explosively vegetable, pumpkin pulp, spice. Depth of flavor blows away all other pumpkin beers Iíve had. That being said I donít really like pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (859) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Rerate: Bright orange color with nice off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma and flavor still have strong notes of butter and corn, but I think it has gotten better. The pumpkin is definitely evident, with a nice mix of spices and sweetness. Itís very smooth and creamy with a medium, oily mouthfeel.

9/19/2010: (2, 3, 7, 3, 15 = 3) Oh I wanted to like this so bad, but the aroma. OHH the aroma is so bad. It smells like corn on the cob. Not that thatís a bad smell, but it shouldnít be the smell of a beer. Itís so corny and buttery, I donít know what itís about. The flavor was okay, and spicy, but it still tasted like buttered corn to me. Just really strange.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
vikasdesai (18) - USA - SEP 25, 2010
only good thing about colder weather after a nice summer is the influx of seasonal brews, and this is the crown jewel, is there anything that smells better than this? Adrianna Lima? i digress..., hides the 9% about as good as you can, touches of cinnamon and nutmeg and sugar with hops, with a wonderful amber color signifying the onset of fall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Pours a deep copper/Orange, with a thick lasting head, It took several "sniffs" before I could come up with the Aroma, It has the Spice, but also the smell of pumpkin, like when I carve them at Halloween. And the smell I couldnít figure out was Graham Crackers. I told my friends that and they thought I was nutís. But I looked at some other reviews, and they said the same thing. Nice Balance of Pumpkin and Spice, and unlike other Pumpkin beers, this really stays good all the way through to the end, I think I like a more Spiced beer, but this was a top 5 Pumpkin Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (795) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
My first pumpkin ale. I can see why this would be an acquired taste. Very unusual. Aroma of pumpkin pie and an amazing (albeit, not sure yet if itís for me....) pumpkin pie taste mixed in with the very moderate hop bitterness. Not much of an aftertaste - that lasts anyway. The mouthfeel is very interesting relatively thick and runny pumpkin pie filling. I will probably try some other pumpkin ales just to see what I think, but I have a feeling I might try a pumpkin ale once each fall and thatís about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3168) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2010
the beer actually looks like pumpkin range with a touch of copper. the malts are light and hops are secondary. the taste is definitely pumpkin like with a touch of candy corn. highly fizzy and constant all the way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kestral (506) - Ňrnes, NORWAY - APR 15, 2011
Tap at Schouskjelleren mikrobryggeri. Golden orange with a large, creamy offwhite head. Not a lot of aroma to begin with, when the heavy creamy suds are on top. A sort of scented candle vanilla/cinnamon mix. Very sweet when sipped. Cardamom? Tastes a bit like gingerbread cookies. Or some other christmas time cookie. A bit of a spicy bitterness in the finish. I havenít got a lot to compare this to, pretty different from anything else Iíve tasted. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. This was a wierd one. Still, a good and interesting drink. A pint was more than enough though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1748) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
An interesting beer. Had this on draft at a local place. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a pretty decent off white head. Aroma is pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, yada yada. The taste, however, was unlike any other pumpkin ale Iíve ever had. The pumpkin pie was there, but it was accompanied by a buttered bisquit and rice pudding flavor. Smooth, easily drinkable, and not as spicy busy as some. Well balanced; good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Draft at Tylers. Hazy bronze/orange color with a razor thin head. Nose is loads of fresh pumpkin pie just coming out of the oven. The full, robust flavor is far more "pumpkin" than many pumpkin ales, meaning itís all about the vegetable and earthy notes than the more common pie spices concept. I enjoyed a smaller sample much more than the full pint, though...by the last third of the full pint I found the root flavors had overwhelmed my palate, leaving me begging for a cleaner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flatmatt (1487) - Northville, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours golden amber with a white head. Lots of nutmeg in the aroma, cinnamon, graham cracker. Same strong nutmeg component in the flavor, still tasting of graham crackers, cinnamon, a little cocoa, cloves, and orange zest. Pretty tasty, but I donít know if itís actually that special.

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