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RATINGS: 1825   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


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (3743) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Clear amber color with a lasting little cream colored head. The nose has a little pumpkin pie spice to it, but Iím getting more hazelnut than anything else, both in the nose and the taste. Caramel sweetness, cinnamon, nutmeg but I just canít get past the nuttiness. It has that artificial hazelnut taste I donít like from the Rogue hazelnut. I have another bottle at home I will have to drink to see if this is an aberation.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (2177) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
(From radiomgb - Thanks, Jeff.) Translucent copper-orange with a small white head that reduces to a thick film. The aroma is large, full of sharp, almost pungent pumpkin pie spice. A little vegetal. Thereís some fresh bread in there as well, and a little underlying malt. The taste is as big as the smell. Lots of pumpkin and spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc). They even got the pie crust in there somehow. Some malty sweetness. Alcohol is not apparent in the mouth. Softens as it warms. Some bitterness in the finish. Full body, medium carbonation. A bit much.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-12-08 bottle
Beautiful IPA head over a clear orange amber color. Strange yeasty pumpkin spice clove smell. Sweet funky taste. Creamy nice palate. Taste is strong and not subtle - alcohol is not very well masked. Overly sweet flavor. I just donít think I will ever really like pumpkin beers.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Cloudy orange with a small white head. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices in the nose, along with pumpkin and even a little dough. Sweet and spiced with some alcohol showing. I donít get it. I prefer my spiced beers to be a little spice and primarily beer, but this is just liquid spice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (10526) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 Back on 8/21/2008 I gave this an even 3.0 (broken down as 7/4/5/2/12) finding it very corny and both astringent and cloyingly sweet. I promised a rerate and nearly 3 years later here it is. Bomber from a couple of friends for my birthday. Thanks! A couple of the finest people I know, and Iím not saying that because they gave me beer. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Below average head retention. Aroma of huge pumpkin, spice and gingerbread notes, some corn and buttery notes as well as very faint hops. The taste is huge spice notes, pumpkin, buttered popcorn. Bitter hop finish. Some toastiness. Medium-full bodied. OK, looks like I wasnít too far off the mark last time.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2008
22oz. Bomber. Color is light amber with virtually no head. Aroma is simply pumpkin seed, fresh bread and clove. Flavor is really more of the same with a hint of nutmeg. Finish shows some bitterness, but the memorable note is really just long lasting pumpkin on the tongue. The body is well balanced and showcases the pumpkin nicely if thats your thing. Alcohol kick is deceptive and well hidden. If you like being pummeled by pumpkin in your beer, you’ll love this one. The quality is there, but this beer is just overwhelming with a flavor that I don’t care for.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Pours clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma has lots of biscuity cereal, graham crackers, vegetal, some pumpkin that’s dry without any sweetness. It is missing the spice that helps make most pumpkin ales more palatable. Medium crisp bone dry body with some minor semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts crazy dry with dry crackers and unsweetened pie crust, very veggie and medicinal. The flavors work okay on the aroma, but is a complete failure on the taste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 29, 2009
On tap at Track 84 - Warwick, RI. Aroma gives a very strong, pungent and crisp nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Bold and spicy. Nearing potpourri. Pours a chill-hazed orange with little to no head. Flavor is dense and pie-like. Doughy, but nearing potpourri levels of spice. Lots of residuals sugars are somehow fended off by spice blend dryness. A decent Pumkin beer, but it was even hard to finish a four ounce sample.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bomber. Hazy amber body with a fizzy, off-white head, mostly diminishing. Pumpkin and spice aroma along with some earthy vegetative notes, like fresh green beans. Nutmeg, cinamon, vanilla, candy caramel and alcohol are all in there. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes much the same as it started with the sweetness and spice dominating. Medium to full body with a velvety texture, moderate carbonation. I like pumpkin and pumpkin pie. But I didnít like this. Too heavily sweet, too spicy.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Cletus. Clear orange appearance. Aroma is dry spices and a large element of kettle corn. Quite the autumn smell. Kettle corn and candy corn dominate the taste. Taste is way too dry though and the spices stand unbalanced. Few flavors stand with you past the finish and they are not outstanding flavors.


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