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RATINGS: 1908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thorongil2 (2355) - , Ontario, - OCT 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2013 (2012) (bottle) clear warm amber colour with a small light brown head; aromas of pumpkin, bread, grain; balanced flavour with long light bitter finish; creamy palate; best pumpkin beer to date (2013) (tap) bright orange amber colour with a tall tan head; aromas of pumpkin pie, biscuit; rich balanced flavour; creamy palate, excellent


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer (base style: ?)

AROMA: Strong sweet aroma of cinnamon graham crackers, brown sugar, pumpkin and nutmeg. Spices and flavorings are great, but obscure the malts and hops. Slight alcohol presence with a touch of vanilla. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pale orange/copper hue. Slightly hazy but otherwise clear. Large beige soapy foam when first poured, but it evaporates. Slow, sporadic CO2 bubbles. 2/3

FLAVOR: Some vanilla and alcohol up front with mild sugar and spice in the background. Flavor akin to brown sugar or molasses but not nearly as sweet. Finishes with strong cinnamon graham cracker taste. Gentle spicy bite lingers momentarily before finishing clean. Malt base is simple pale/amber malt and doesnít impart much distinctive character. Hops are mostly indistinguishable, imparting dry bitterness. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; slightly slick texture. Carbonation is low. Alcohol presence is subtle, but becomes stronger as it warms. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not nearly as good as previous years, though the familiar palette is still very enjoyable. Needs a bit more complexity and body. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2895) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Pour is a bright amber/orange with a very minimal head of small white spots. Aroma is rich with spices, especially allspice and nutmeg. I can see how others donít enjoy it, but I find it very enticing. The flavor is pretty much the same thing. Pretty nice spicy pumpkin beer with some pleasant doughy malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (884) - Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2016
After trying and enjoying Warlock, I thought it possible that my palate is changing and maybe Iíll enjoy Pumking more now. I checked for my review at ratebeer.com and I was surprised to see that Iíd never reviewed Pumking before. To be honest, I havenít tried it in years, so I decided to get a bottle. I donít remember enjoying it much in the past, but I think itís pretty good now. It pours amber with average head and carbonation, the aroma is pumpkin spice and rich, sweet malt. The flavor is malty, rich, and warm. The pumpkin and spices are all over the finish. I donít think Iíll wait another four or five years before I have this again.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (531) - - SEP 15, 2016
12oz bottle. Clear orange Amber color with a white head. Sweet pumpkin spice aroma. Pumpkin spice smokey earth slight hops flavor. Medium heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2236) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2016
Rating #2110- 2015.10.08. Bottle from BevMo,Clear dark-amber pour, that produces a bubbly foam. Aroma is potent, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, hint of allspice. Taste is malty, lots of sweet and grainy notes, moderate alcohol warmth. Balanced at 8.6%

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryrpat (325) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2016
I am not a huge pumpkin beer fan but I can appreciate what this beer is. Right in flavor but not too overpowering. Had it on draft so that made it easier to Deno for me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2452) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Winton! Big pumpkin pie nose with some chocolate and vanilla quietly sitting in the background. Hides the booze so well. Decadent piece of liquid pumpkin pie.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1175) - ESTONIA - SEP 3, 2016
Nice golden pour. Aroma has loads of pumpkin, spices, cinnamon and some vegetable feel to it - which actually feels also nice and complements the bouquet well. Taste is full on pumpkin, cinnamon, not too sweet nor cloying. Sort of perfect pumpkin beer, heavy but still drinkable.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4744) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
22 ounce bottle from Woodmanís in Rockford, IL, consumed a bit below cellar temp in a Konig Pils glass. Hazy bright orange, little head, fully diminishing...sweet pie-spice aroma, more spice than pumpkin probably - basically pumpkin cookies...on the tongue itís booze immediately, and it doesnít let up; this is one of the more overtly alcohol-dominant beers of itís strength Iíve ever had, and itís sort of a raw alcohol not all that well mixed with light vegetable/fruity notes and a bit of sharp hops towards the end (just a bit), with very little malt evident; touches of dark chocolate roastiness do appear eventually with some warmth, but itís not enough. Rather thin - yet syrupy from the alcohol - low carbonation. I loved this beer when I first had it, probably 2009-10 or so, in part because it was a lot more "pumpkiny" than most other beers of itís type that I could get then - Smuttynose was the only other one I remember liking at the time. And I usually bought it a couple of times every fall and still enjoyed it, but last year things started to change, possibly in me or possibly in the beer - or both as they have changed the recipe over the years - and this yearís model I find pretty hard to choke down, and probably wonít finish the bottle. Sigh.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlatAffect (1) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2016 does not count
Usually I jump along for the ride with all of the fanfair surrounding the annual pumpkin beer craze. Pumking always stands the tallest as the best and most remarkable. First tast this year, 2016, was from a four pack of 12 oz. bottles. Not sure if there has been a recipe change or if there is a freshness issue with my local purchase. It does not tast skunked, however, it has an umistakable bitterness of hasty handling. Maybe the smaller bottling is not an ideal delivery of the stuff. If it tastes like this again, it will be my last sampling of southern tierís pumkin beer till next year. If it keeps tasting like this? Iíll move on to the other exploding variety of seasonal fall beers and leave this one in the past as a "has been."


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