RATINGS: 1843   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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AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Is this one over hyped?? YES! Pours a burnt orange with a medium white head. Aroma is earthy, spice and pumpkin notes. The taste is pretty decent, not overly spicy. More authentic pumpkin. Very earthy and VERY pumpkin. One glass of it is fine but I didn’t find myself wanting another. I wouldn’t call it the king. I rated others higher.

thehinge (297) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
A new take on the pumpkin ale. Cinnamon aroma of the pie and taste of the pie throughout. It’s an unusual flavor for an ale. I would buy it again next fall.

vikasdesai (18) - USA - SEP 25, 2010
only good thing about colder weather after a nice summer is the influx of seasonal brews, and this is the crown jewel, is there anything that smells better than this? Adrianna Lima? i digress..., hides the 9% about as good as you can, touches of cinnamon and nutmeg and sugar with hops, with a wonderful amber color signifying the onset of fall.

drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Poured golden with nice head smelled great like pumpkin pie tastesnnot so good pumpkin overpowering and bread aftertaste

Hangover (1153) - oxford, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is all pumpkin pie with no detectable artificial additives. Flavor is actually pretty realistic with a good bit of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and a good measure of autumness in for good measure. Very few get this style right and this one does. Pretty high abv and it’s pretty well hidden although the warming effect is there and appreciated. Nice to finally drink a good version in the spice/herb/vegetable category.

jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Draft at Brass Tap (Wesley Chapel, FL). Pours an amber orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is a pleasant combination of pumpkin and spices. The flavor has a richness to it that makes the beer almost feel like desert. Noticeable nutmeg and pumpkin with a long lasting aftertaste.

Jow (4170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
On tap at Stags Head. After years of shunning pumpkin beers for no outright reason this season I have embraced them. Thissmells amazing like creamy pumpkin pie. Taste is of plenty of pumpkin and creme brulee. Some spice and bittnerss as well. Pretty awesome.

hankchinaski (14) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
One of the few Pumkin beers I’ve had that taste like real pumpkin and not just pumkin spice. The nose is full of cinnamon and vanilla as well as fresh roasted pumkin. The flavor is actually a bit subdued compaired to the nose, layered and subtle which makes it easy to drink more than one. The slightly bitter finish was a pleasant surprise.

ben4321 (6840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 9/22/10

Aroma: Nose has lots of spice (pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg), and sweetness (vanilla, candied sugar)
Appearance: It pours a clear golden-orange color with a small white head that leaves light lace
Flavor: The taste is somewhat sweet, balanced by a nice spice feel, and a little bit of bitterness
Palate: It has a medium body, a nice balanced and drinkable feel, and a smooth spicy finish
Overall Impression: A pumpkin beer from Southern Tier, one of my favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries, and some how I’ve never rated it. Quite a surprise. Anyway, I was expecting it to be pretty good, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is some quality stuff, it is well-balanced and highly drinkable. I’m a fan, but I’ll admit, I’m a bit bias.

steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Pours a burnt orange with a medium white head. Aroma is earthy, grassy, spice and pumpkin notes. The taste is pretty decent, if not overly spicy. Very earthy and pumpkiny. Palate is good, heavy mouthfeel with a biy of stickiness. Overall a decent but not the most drinkable beer.

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