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RATINGS: 1825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
bottle. pours a slightly hazy orange with a medium white head that fades to the edges and leaves a bit of lacing. the smell is wow-inducing. it smells, as others have noted, pretty much exactly like pumpkin pie. you can even tell the crust from the gelatin. if pumpkin pie came in liquid form, this is what it would taste like. the alcohol is scarily well-hidden. iím not a huge fan of the style (nor pumpkin pie), but this is by far the best iíve had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a clear amber orange color with a tan head. Aroma is pumpkin and some nutmeg. Flavor is pumpkin, a hint of cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
22 oz bottle, via jsquire. Pours a clear orangish body under a one finger fizzy beige head that faded fairly quickly to a wispy film. My first though on the nose was that it smelled exactly like Old Bay. Itís really a mix of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon I suppose, but once Old Bay hit me, I couldnít smell anything but. Funny, the label lists the ingredients, but doesnít mention any spices at all. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness from the malt. The flavor is really different for a pumpkin beer. Iím getting lots of sweet malt and a toasted marshmallow middle fading to a vanilla laced pumpkin meat finish. Just a little bit of citrusy hops peeking past all the spice. Thankfully itís not just pie spice overload. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and chewy but not sticky or cloyingly sweet. The carbonation is a little too overactive for me, but that just seems to be a Southern Tier thing Iíve noticed. A pretty decent pumpkin beer, probably in my top 5, but nowhere near Selins Grove Brewing or even the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin as far as favorites go.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
22oz. pours a golden with a slight orange ting. aroma is huge spice... clove nutmeg cinnamon, and sweetness... like a pumpkin pie with too much spice. mouthful is more of the same... i bit heavy on the clove... an interesting take on pumpkin beer... more pumpkin than beer...

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours orange with a thin white head. Aroma is pumpkin and light spices. Flavor is sweet, lots of pumpkin, the flavor is over the top.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (558) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Nose is creamed corn, very unusual. Smells great though. Orange brassy color, light this head. A little spiced, caramel, pumpkin, and cream.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 8, 2008
22oz. bomber, pours a clear orange with a two finger white head that drifts to a whispy covering, minimal lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie filling, fresh carved pumpkin guts, nutmeg, and other fall spices. Flavor is more of the same, with the nutmeg and other spice coming out a bit more; can’t find that 9% anywhere. The spice got to be a bit much, but overall this is an interesting beer, especially on a cool fall night. Not a favorite style, but can appreciate what’s going on here.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Pours a rich amber color with thin off white head. Aroma is pumpkin, sweet malt, cinnamon, allspice, and graham cracker. Taste is much the same with a toasted grain taste giving it a nice graham cracker taste in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but overall the spice is too much for anyone drinking more then 6oz of this stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
A standard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a light amber / dark copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Lots of clean caramelized, sweet malt notes add an almost butterscotch note. This is nicely lacking in the typically lame over-spiced pumpkin-pie spice blend. Aromas similar to vanilla, toasted cotton candy, . The aroma is incredibly distinct and quite sweet I would not have guessed that pumpkin would add these butterscotch / caramelized notes, but they are quite different from anything I have ever gotten from malt. While this does smell fairly sweet there is a significant, equally competing, toasted malt note that adds a ton of biscuit malt character.

Lightly sweet compared to what the aroma might have suggested, though this still ends up being quite sweet and at times a touch cloying. This does have a medium fullness to it that coats the palate a bit after each sip. The finish has a touch of hot alcohol to it as well as a lingering toasted cotton candy like note that gets more like toasted grain as the finish lingers on in the palate. An interesting, sort of fruity, butterscotch-sort-of flavor plays a significant role here and has a soft vanilla like edge to it. As the beer warms, the significant, toasty grain notes starts to take on a nutty flavor.

This is a very interesting take on the style, I really, really like that the spices seem to have been left out of this beer entirely (or at least used differently than typical); the pumpkin character though is quite a bit different than I was expecting and not in a bad way. This definitely comes off as a bit cloying (which is typical of this brewery), though I now expect to get dessert when I crack one of this breweries beer open.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle. Orange color, some carbonation, minimal head. Flavor is roasted malt, pumpkin seed, pumpkin pie spice, ripe fruit. Medium-light bodied. Lingering sweetness, just looked at the ABV, hot damn! Yeah, this is some pretty good stuff.


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