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RATINGS: 1833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2451) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Large off-white head of rather fine bubbles. Kind of sloppy on top. Big spicy aroma with some nutmeg, and corn. I am getting a big corn aroma from this. Dry and very bready. Actually, just like cornbread. Color is a dark golden orange. As it warms, distinct gingerbread aroma comes through. Wow, extreamly soft malty flavor with loads of gingerbread, cinnamon and soft fresh bread. Kind of strange. Donít think that I have ever had a beer that tasted quite like this before. Noticable alcohol presence. Finishes spicy, soft and malty. A very strange brew. Decent though but not really wining with me though..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LearninBeer (424) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2007
The aroma is a little yeast, pie dough with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg unique. The color is clear light brown/orange. The head pours big creamy of orange in color, fully diminishing. The initial flavor is back of the mouth, pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
2007-11-30, bottle at PapsÝís Blind Tasting, 7-4-6-3-13=33
Hazy golden color. Very strong aroma of cookies, spiced with a lot of sweet cinnamon. Medium malty body and sweetness, again with the very strong (sweet cinnamon) cookie character. Odd but pleasant.

2007-10-05, draught at Brickseller, Washington DC, 6-3-6-3-13=31
Golden color. Crispy cookie aroma, surprising (with delicate cinnamon). Good body, malty, with a cookie flavor (speculoos, Joris would say). As a beer itís a bit off the track, but itís quite good. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
A Sim rate (bottle at ChrisOís): Cinnamon graham cracker aroma. The next sniff is like broken chips of wood, then some bizarre spices and a bit of sweet potato. The head looks like washing-up liquid was involved. Tastes like graham crackers (again) and banana. So spicy, woody and wheaty. Despite what all the boys said, I quite liked this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2008
pours a coppery orange with full flluffy white head. sweet spicy buttery pumpkin aroma. full mouthfeel with spicy buttery full dry slightly bitter finish. spicy hidden backgrounds and a mild hop presence, very full beer, maybe a little too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Bomber from kramer17801; Nose of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cloves; hazy copper with a medium off-white head; flavor of pumpkin, light hop bitterness, cinnamon, and nutmeg;decent but too much spices!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Thanks for the bottle, iowaherkeye. The body is an opaque bright orange bronze color. This poured with a huge light peach head after a loud pop of the cap. The aroma is massive pumpkin pie with some nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also some rich tobacco character. The taste has some obvious canned pumpkin character and a long lasting nutmeg spice. The body is sticky and fairly thick. I would like something to balance out the strong nutmeg spice. Basically, this beer is tasted in only two dimensions. I would like something else in the flavor, but I guess it is as advertised. Decent, but did this need to be a 9% beer?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Pours Texas orange with a little bit of off white head. Nice aroma. Smell like pumpkin pie filling, but on a graham cracker crust. Interesting. I don’t enjoy the flavor nearly as well as the aroma. Its tastey, but just not something that I need 22 ounces of. It starts of with the same character as the flavor, but the linger is odd flavor is a killer. Its kind of medicinal. Medium body, dancing carbonation are great. Again, the aftertaste is a killer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle. My second "pumpkin" beer, and quite different from the DFH brew that I tried before. This beer focuses much more on the spice side of things, much like pumpkin pie. Spicy aroma and flavor, tastes like liquid pumpkin pie in a glass..with a generous amount of cinnamon. A novelty of a beer for sure, but worth the experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Holy hell I did not think the aroma of spicy pumpkin would be this awesome. Just like a fresh baked pumpkin pie. Appearance is clear orange and peach color with a minimal off white head. Flavor...ok that is too strange for a beer. It tastes like pumpkin pie...Its not bad but shouldn’t be made for beers...Palate is medium bodied with an aftertaste of pumpkin. Weird stuff. Very hard to rate...

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