RATINGS: 1926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca 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 it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let it’s 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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Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Orange clear pour with a white head. Spiced pumpkin aroma with a caramel and toasted pumpkin seed character. Smooth toffee and pumpkin flavor with nuttiness and a strong bitter resinous finish. Alcohol is pretty apparent on the finish. A very fitting brew for the fall season.

randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Wow!!! 22oz bottle pours aclear orange with a very fluffy white head.Nose is insane!!!Vegetable notes dominate with hints of vanilla,nutmeg and cinnamon.Taste is pumpkin,baking spice,citrus,vanilla and a awesome herbal flavor!!This is way the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever tried.Absolute standout!!

mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
The scent of nutmeg really stood out on first sniff, and it still is a large portion of the aroma for me. What a monster brew. I first thought the spices were a bit overdone, but a few sips remedied that. It’s not as boozy as I thought it would be, and not overly sweet either. There is a lot of pumpkin here, and any more would probably take it over the pumpkin threshold. I have had several pumpkin beers over the years, and this is definitely the best one I had tried yet. Weyerbacher makes a tamer version, if this one is too much. I hate to do another Charlie Brown comment, but tell Linus to go get his blanket, grab Sally, and head out to the pumpkin patch. The Great one lives.

hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Good grief Charlie Brown! I can’t believe the aromas that are creeping out of my glass. If this only has puréed pumpkin in it then I must say kudos because this smells and tastes in part of the finest pumpkin pie spice that I could ever imagine indulging in. It’s almost overwhelming to try to distinguish what else is going on here and I really don’t care! That said, very sweet pumpkin and malty aroma that overshadow whatever hop aromas may be present. Beautiful orange amber color, clear, little carbonation. Taste is pumpkin...go figure...but I can tell there is some medium caramel malt sweetness in there and some nice resiny hop bitterness to balance. Sweet and silky on attack. Medium body. Moderate carbonation, creamy and sticky texture and a lovely lengthy well balanced finish that lets the hops do their job. I’m a big fan of Southern Tier and can’t believe how many great beers they have in their Imperial series alone! This is no exception. Definitely get a few of these and don’t forget to stash one away for Thanksgiving, because you will be the hit of the party and this is one to truly be thankful for!

Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 Pours a amber orange color. Has a smell of bready malts with a slight roastiness (almost reminds me of toasted pumpkin seeds) and ginger/nutmeg (pumpkin pie). Taste is very similar to the nose with a bit more emphasis on the pumpkin pie but not nearly as sweet. Definitely in my top 3 for pumpkin ales.

Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a fine bubbled off-white head. Rich aromas of cookies and pumpkin pie. Taste is light-medium sweet with just a touch of tart, with cookie malt base and complex constantly evolving highlights of spice and earthy hops and a rich long-lasting finish. Light-medium body, relatively soft carbonation, and a slightly sticky texture. Like pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust in a glass - love it.

queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle. Orange/copper color with a quickly diminishing white head. Strong pumpkin pie aroma, but not much else. Vegetable/pumpkin flavor with an unpleasant soapy aftertaste. Medium body. I tried this after trying Michigan Brewing’s pumpkin ale, which I thought was much better.

Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Pours a clear orange amber with a thick off-white head. Good lacing left on the glass. Smells like refrigerated pumpkin pie. Sweet bready malts with nutmeg and ginger spice. Taste follows the nose. Not as much pumpkin taste or nearly as sweet as I was expecting which makes this quite delicious. It tastes like a beer!!! A bit boozy on the finish. Very nice on the palate. Good carbonation, clean, crisp, and refreshing. By far my favorite pumpkin ale. No wonder this sells out fast at my locally distributor.

happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Yum. 2010 22oz. Aroma of those buttered popcorn jellybeans(ringwood yeast?)Pumpkin pie spices. The buttered popcorn dominates. Tasty, a lil sweet,very smooth though I did put this bottle in between about 500 sacred G posters which really does alter the experience of life in general. Great beer. Hard to find because it sells out so quickly. An Imperial example of the style. Best Pumpkin beer I’ve had.

dbcfd (7) - USA - SEP 14, 2010 does not count
Amazing pumpkin beer, although its more pumpkin pie than pumpkin. Lots of spice (nutmeg) up front, with a little bit of pumpkin pie flavor, and finishing with some creaminess. Exceptionally light in mouth feel given its color, it goes down great. The only drawback is that it is a spiced beer, so you probably won’t be inclined to drink more than one.

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