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RATINGS: 1897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (3423) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Shared bomber at a homebrew club picnic. I believe that this bottle was a little dated. It poured a hazy, orangy amber with a modest, off white foam and lacing, but the aroma was only minimal pumpkin and spice and more of a nutty, almond scent. The flavor presented sort of a graham cracker taste with moderate bitterness and subdued but noticeable alcohol. Highly regarded as the go to pumpkin ale for the season, so I will have to seek out some fresh stock in the future.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle from ÷lbutikken. Pours orange with lots of carbonation and hardly any head. Dry christmas spicy aroma. Pumpkin, paprika and spicy taste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
bottle thanks to zinister which he shared at our October Houston RB Tasting. Pours a clear orange with white bubbles in lieu of head. This was poured too cold. Nose is of nut, spice and grain. Taste is also nut, spice and grain, but a little intense, as always with Southern Tier. Did not like that much. Iíve had several pumpkin beers I liked better.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3581) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
Bomber from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear light amber with a decent orange-light tan head. Aroma: Strong, almost offensively strong nutmeg, with a bit of ginger, really string and aggressive spicing, very pumpkin pie-like, pie crust, malty, almost a cream-like note (whipped cream on top??), so close to pumpkin pie it is ridiculous. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate, yet rounded effervescence. Flav.: A little less aggressive than the nose, still a fair hit of nutmeg, with some ginger and less-than-desired cinnamon and all-spice, quite pumpkin-y, more pumpkin than the nose and less pie, still kinda pie, some pie crust; dry with fair bitterness and a spicy, slightly malty finish.

Different from other pumpkin beers. Not that this is a good thing...

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (11457) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 25, 2011
from erzbierschof.ch - hazy dark orange colour with a little foam left; a solid aroma of pumpkins and cane sugar; sweet and full-bodied, subtle carbonation; some residual sweetness with long notes of carotts and pumpkin - well... why not ?

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (2018) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle. Light clear orange colored pour, light carbonation and a very sweet candy corn/pumpkin aroma. Flavor is hot alcoholic pumpkin, spicy herbs and pumpkin pie spices and peppery on the aftertaste. Not bad for a pumpkin beer, would be better with less alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hivemind (880) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2011
650ml bottle from 9th Ave Vintner shared with Erica. Pours light rust color with medium fluffy head. Soapy lacing. Strong aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Almost overwhelming pumpkin spice on the palate. Earthy and slightly malty. No hops. Bottle says caramel -- where?? Shocking and bold but not great.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Poured out of a 22oz bomber. Appearance is a hazy dark gold with very little head. Smells of burnt sugar, graham crackers with some spice. Taste largely of pie crust with some brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. There is a slight alcohol warmth with the finish. Much like having dessert in a glass. Overall, Iím glad I got to try this but I wasnít blown away. It all just seemed like too much. I do like some pumpkin beers but this one got a bit too sweet and cloying. Not sure Iíll seek out again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap @ Lures, Crownsville Md-Copper pour w/a moderate head. Pumpkin spice aroma. Flavors of Pumpkin, Vanilla, a little nutmeg, some roasted nuts. Decent Pumpkin brew....has a little more flavor than most, solid.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2012
I hate pumpkin beers but Iím trying to be objective. The aroma is very cool... intense smells of pumpkin meet, nutmeg, ginger, and dough. It truly smells like an liquid pumpkin pie. However the palate feels thin in comparison to the huge nose and even though the flavor is tepid, the sweetness is sticky and cloying anyaway. A tale of two senses.


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