RATINGS: 1924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Pumking is an ode to Pca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Pca 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 its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Light orange like a pumpkin that needs some ripening. Smell just like a pumpkin pie. Taste like a pumpkin pie with a lot of spices. Nutmeg is the strongest spice with some other maybe vanilla and cinnamon included. Sounds like it would be heavy and thick tasting but it has a light to medium mouth feel. Just kept waffling from liking it to not sure if I wanted to take another taste and next thing I knew the bomber was gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a thing slightly creamy, soap-like off-white head. Leaves a light ring of lasting lacing. Not a particularly potent, but rich sweet creamy pumpkin aroma with some obvious spicy character. Flavor is potently spicy and pumpkiny than developping a full herbal and aromatic spice bitterness. Medium bodied. Seems a bit astringent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Courtesy of dchmela. Very earthy nose, lots of fresh pumpkin. Smells like a fermented pumpkin patch. The flavor is fresh pumpkin without the overwhelming spices that ruin so many pumpkin beers. This is an excellent beer and this is coming from someone who doesnt like many pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (7027) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Bottle thanks to Rciesla for sharing. Orange pour with some off white head. Best pumpkin beer Ive had. Nice body, flavor is smooth and full but not overbearing, spices dont over shadow the rest of the beer. Tastes like fall would taste like if turned into a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Picked up in a trade with Cletus. Thanks John, youre awesome! 22 oz. bottle. Nice fluffy head that slowly fades away to a thin head. Transparent copper color. Looks pretty good, but nothing spectacular. Wow, this beer has an unmatched pumpkin pie aroma. I can really smell the pumpkin. This reminds me of the day after Thanksgiving when I go to the fridge and just eat a cold piece of pumpkin pie. Just a very nice pumpkin aroma. Wow, nice pumpkin pie flavor. I can taste the pumpkin pie. Holy shit, this beer is very good. The best spice/herb/vegetable beer that I have ever had. Just a very distinct pumpkin flavor. The alcohol is nice as well. Spice flavor is amazing. Overall, damn good beer. Must say I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
22oz of happiness. Aroma is fresh out of the oven pie. Pours a nice subdued golden bronze. Flavor is like having a full slice, crust, gooey pumpkin pie. Palate is good, medium bodied tails off nicely. Overall, Im just speechless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11612) - Sborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottled. Orange/golden coloured. Light brown head. Aroma is spiced and full of pumpkin. A touch marzipan and sugar. Flavour again is full of spice and pumpkin. Is a bit fruity and to some extend reminds me of Danish brown cookies. Wierd. Medium bodied. Has a dry and spicy end. As said very weird beer, and not really one I would go back to.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rreichen (1) - USA - OCT 6, 2009 does not count
Best beer Ive ever tasted. It was sweet and malty with intense full body pumkin flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Tap at Barleys Smokehouse Columbus OH. Sweet, sugary, with lots of pumpkin flavor. OK for a pumpkin beer but I really dont like pumpkin....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2523) - USA - OCT 6, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 On tap at RnH, and I have also had it bottled. Was this made from Belgian pumpkins? I taste clove, pumpkin, malty sweetness, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Full flavored, and not like a typical brown ale plus a few spices, which is the way some brewers seem to do it. When it is fresh, you can really taste the vegetal pumpkin flavor, but after a couple of months the flavor smooths out some. This is excellent - Is it the highest rated pumpkin ale? Adrian thinks it should be, and I concur. Hats off to Puca! Pumking is a worthy way to toast in the Halloween season.

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