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RATINGS: 1802   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (1958) - 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11274) - 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 (8981) - 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 (4131) - 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 (3178) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Draft at Quotations in Media, PA. Clear orange color with a medium to large head. Good lacing. Tastes the most like a pumpkin pie of all the pumpkin beers Iíve tried. Itís really too much, in my opinion.
A lot of cinnamon and pumpkin. You can even taste the heavy pie crust. It tastes fattening. Not my favorite, by far.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 11, 2007
22oz bottle - Hazy light orange color with tiny quickly dissapearing off white head. Aroma has lots of pumpkin, spices, candied ginger, honey, faint caramel. Flavor also has lots of pumpkin, bit of cinnamon, ginger, clove, light caramel, touch of nutmeg, with a mildly sweet finish. A bit overwhelming in the pumpkin and spice notes, just too overdone for my tastes.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a nice big off-white head. Overwhelming aroma of pumpkin, sweetness, and spice(a good thing). I enjoy pumpkin beers(to the point of brewing a pumpkin ale myself each autumn), but this one just doesnít quite do it for me. It was too sweet, not enough spice too match the malt and pumpkin. It was so sweet that I couldnít detect any hop presence. It is just too much thick, syrupy, oversweetness, etc. If it were tamed just a bit with some added spice and even a little hoppiness I believe it could be a great example of a pumpkin.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2008
Orange, amber colour with an off white head. malty, spicy aroma with a light cookie note. Malty, cookie sweet flavor. Spicy and sweet finish.


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