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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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 I liked this the first time I tried it. I must have drank it after having a few other beers. The next two times I tried it, I thought it was very artificial tasting and didnít taste much like pumpkin pie or even pumpkin beer. Maybe this is because no one uses vanilla butternut extract in their pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pours orange with thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is burnt cookie and spice. Frankly it smells more like ginger bread than pumpkin. It tastes like ginger bread too. It is spicy but mostly bready malts come through. Thereís not much pumpkin spice happening at all. To call this pumpkin is a stretch.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnBruns (100) - Cissna Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Draft at Old Chicago; served with medium head; aroma of pumpkin spices; off flavor not the pumpkin flavor I was after.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
badwhale (352) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle to pint glass. Pours an orange yellow hazy color. I guess Iím just not a SHV fan. I sense itís nicely done, and full of flavor, I just canít get over thinking I just drank some household air freshener.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mithrilbalrog (24) - Ithaca, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Had the 2012. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, roasted pumpkin. Copper coloration with no head. Sweet taste with slight umami due to pumpkin. I think this could be better with a lower alcohol content, as it overwhelms the other flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden with almost no head. Aroma is of spices, pumpkins. Taste is of pumpkins, spices. Overall: Iím not fond of pumpkins ales. This proves to be hard to drink, but no too bad either. I see nothing interesting in this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours rather light in color with a thin head. Not much mouthfeel for an "imperial" pumpkin ale. Sort of a funky aftertaste. I was somewhat disappointedas I expected better from this brand which has some really good beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TimsRatings (402) - - JUL 24, 2013
From 22oz bottle. Pumpkin aroma with strong nutmeg hints. Taste follows suit. Aftertaste is tart even though flavor is sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TxDrewski (8) - - OCT 5, 2013 does not count
This tastes like a Brachs cream pumpkin candy... Or a pumpkin cream soda... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mandylee (44) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2013
I heard a lot of hype for this, so I am disappointed. Very strong on the cinnamon with a baked "flavor" at the end. Definitely have had pumpkin beers I like more...

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