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RATINGS: 1811   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6201) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle and served in pint glass: Clean deep golden hue with a small frothy head and very good lace. The aroma is a wonderful combination of meaty pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, allspice, clove, pie crust, maple syrup, and butter. The taste has pumpkin up front and it stays there and ends up overpowering. Spicy, bready, nutty and herbal are things also found on the palate. The mouth feel is aggressive due to the spice but smooth with the carbonation. While good and flavorful, it got to be too much. I think this is one beer that would be better served colder.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a thing slightly creamy, soap-like off-white head. Leaves a light ring of lasting lacing. Not a particularly potent, but rich sweet creamy pumpkin aroma with some obvious spicy character. Flavor is potently spicy and pumpkiny than developping a full herbal and aromatic spice bitterness. Medium bodied. Seems a bit astringent.

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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GarrettB (1117) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kuphish (381) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (36563) - 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]

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Picked up this beer in October, just found it in the back of the fridge. The pour is clear, light orange, little to no bubbles on top for a head. The aroma is pretty much pumpkin. The flavor is dominated by the pumpkin through out. The hops are nice and crisp and the malts are more subtle than the pumpkin. The carbonation is kind-a high. But probably my favorite pumpkin beer to date.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
I shared a bottle of this with Beerbaron617 on Christmas Eve. I have to say that the beer is quite tasty, but on the same hand quite gimmicky. It has wonderful color and flavor, lotís of spice, reminds me of eating pumpkin pie...however, it tastes just too much like pumpkin pie. There are so few hops in this, and well, itís malty, but I just canít put my finger on it. Itís just maybe a bit too artificial.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AwecksWuvsBeow (1) - USA - AUG 30, 2010 does not count
Very excited for the fall seasonals, This is the first Ive had so far this year. Really like the color, aroma is a bit weak. Taste develops from an immediate booze taste and evolves into a nutty flavor with a slight hint of the "true" pumpkin flavor, very easy to taste the caramel malts.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheWife (20) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2010
From a bottle, pours golden orange with no head and is lightly carbonated. The smell has hints of graham cracker crust and the taste is very strong, with spice that intensifies and becomes hot and sort of burning in the back of the throat leaving a very bitter after taste that is not pleasant - like an aspirin stuck in my throat. Overall, pumpkin beers are very beloved by me and I like this one but wish the after taste was not so bitter.


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