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RATINGS: 1669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
12 oz draft served in a tulip glass. Pour was a light orange/copper with a good 2.5 fingers of whipped looking head. Nose was pumpkin pie, very heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste was the same, with the spices overpowering the pumpkin. Not much to say on this one, if the spices had been toned down a bit, I think I would have enjoyed this much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarrettB (988) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Pumpkin beers are reason #3646 to love the Fall. Itís not hard to market a beer that tastes like a drinkable pumpkin pie. But the flipside of this seasonal treat is that there are a lot of pumpkin beers out there that donít taste like pumpkin at all. And sadly, Southern Tierís Imperial Pumking is one of them. And whatís more, this beer came as a recommendation from my local Whole Foods beer monger as a complement to a bottle of Elysian Night Own (my favorite pumpkin beer of all). Like others, the Imperial Pumking develops a thin, white head, and the body is a plain, unadorned orange, with a semi-transparency that does little to hint at the particularly and iconically orange ingredients involved. And from this unassuming orange puddle comes an intensely sweet, perfume-of-candy-shop and creamy aroma. Clove, pumpkin spices, and, in something of a trailblazing move in pumpkin beers, a heavy scent of whipped cream. I also detect heavy caramelized aromas, most especially the distinct smell of baked pie crust. But when the Pumkingís flavor tries to imitate the aroma, it becomes a disaster. Immediately the flavor is pronounced cloying - far, far too sweet, like a cream soda with pumpkin and vegetal notes, but the pumpkin is faint, its decrees a tinny echo in overcrowded room. Thick, sweet flavors like yam repeat their mantra, again and again, muting the pumpkin and covering my palate with the flavor of that ubiquitous Thanksgiving treat: marshmallow and yam casserole.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Bomber courtesy of Eithcubes. Pours an average, off-white head. Hazy orange body. Pumpkin pie spice and holiday pastry aroma. More of the same in the palate with mild alcohol. Medium bodied, slightly alcoholic palate. Overall an enjoyable beer, but nothing that really blows my socks off.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle 65cl. @ home.
Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting - diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy spicy, cloves, moderate pumpkin, christmas spice, cinnamon, cardamom, wood. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090926]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nike (950) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Iím not a fan of the "pumkin" beers, but this one was not bad. Iím thinking it may taste a bit light for this style, but the 9%abv made up for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2011
The version I tried was the 2011 edition of Pumking. Aroma is sickly sweet and heavily spiced. First spices that come to mind are store-bought pumpkin pie, a spice that I want to say is cloves (I canít put my finger on the actual smell) and an extreme smell of fermentation. The taste is a lot of the same. The beer itself is very, very sweet and is balanced well by bitterness and salitness. This feels more like a fruit beer than a traditional ale. The flavors and sweetness are just so overpowering for me. There is just so much body and so much sweetness that I canít handle it. Normally I love beers with lots of body, but Pumking tastes like what you would get if you put a pumpkin pie into a blender and let it sit for a few weeks until it started to ferment. I was expecting a much more subdued pumpkin flavor so clearly this brew was not made with palates like mine in mind.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 Orange pour...looks kinda fake. Poor head retention...could be the glass though. Subtle pumpkin and spice aroma. Smells vaguely of circus peanut candy. Aggressive spice profile but it is balanced nicely by malty sweetness. Good body with a clean finish. One of the better pumpkin beers hindered only by its odd color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2011
Small offwhite head. Clear yellow body with light small-bubbled carbonation. Strong spicy cake aroma with notes of spices I canít really name. Dry-sweet spicy cake taste with mealy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Intense dryish spicy cake taste with perfumy lavender notes. Itís not bad, but the spicy flavours are very strong, and rather artificial. If you like these spices this must be amazing, as it is itís interesting and nice in small doses. (0.65l bottle, wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours a small offwhite head with a yellow/orange body. Aroma of spicy bread with candied sweetness. Flavor was a little too overpowering for me; reminded me a lot of candy corn type taste. A fun beer to try but the flavors were too much for me; recommend trying this with a group or in small doses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
22oz bomber. 2011 vintage. Pours a clear bright orange color with a small off-white head. The little amount of foam vanishes quickly, leaving only small bubbles on the surface. Aroma is quite sweet with tons of spices: cloves, cinnamon and cumin. Taste is quite similar, very spicy, but the sweetness is balanced by some bittering hops maybe, or maybe the bitter coming from spices. Little fruity presence as this is well past its prime. Medium body and soft carbonation. All in all, I think I just found out I donít like pumpkin ales. Actually, I donít like the smell of Indian food - Basmati rice coming from this one. Interesting but not worth effort next time.

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