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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bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, 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 don’t like pumpkin....

Slipstream (2625) - 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.

Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2009
22oz bottle 10/5/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a clear orangish golden with a small ring for a head. Aroma of a slice of pumpkin pie. Taste of the same with all of them very well blended. This medium bodied rew has to be the best Pumpkin beer I have tried. The ABV is very well hidden. GREAT brew.

CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2009
RnH: Yes! Is this the promised land?! The holy Grail of pumpkin patches?! honestly tastes like a scoop from the center of a pie, mashed, boiled, fermented into autumnal greatness!

Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
650 ml Bottle. Creamy spicy full bodied sweet pumpkin slap in the face! Great pour with a Carmel head. Let your palate enjoy the season!

joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Tap @ Stanton House, NYC. Between this and the Dogfish Head pumpking ale wins the crown. Real fresh, fleshy pumpkin with strong clove, nutmeg and cinnamon notes. The selection of malts provides a creaminess to provide a "a la mode" effect. Damn good beer.

Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. Appearance: Deep, translucent amber-orange with a very small, foamy, white head. The head is gone pretty quickly. Aroma: Grainy pumpkin bread, earthy, and doughy. Strange stuff indeed. Flavor: Very similar to the nose but heavy on the pumpkin spice, especially the clove. Like a dense, slightly bitter pumpkin pie. Interesting and pretty tasty. Palate: Medium carbonation with a dense, rich, mouthfeel. A long, pumpkin pie spice finish. Overall: A great example of the style that is worth giving a try. This one isn’t going to be for everyone though. My girlfriend though it was like drinking a pumpkin candle.

Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Aroma of pumpkin pie spices, buttery crust, and light on the dough. Flavor is the same as the aroma and powered by the 9% abv. The spices are very prominent and damn’d enjoyable. Easily my favorite pumpkin brew.

petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Jarspag. Pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of fresh baked pie crust, buttery shortbread cookies, and pumpkin pie. Taste is the same as aroma but less prominent. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol.

SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear copperish orange color with a miniscule white head. Nose is pumpkin pie, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, some crust notes as well. Palate is full and filmy with lots of spices gripping the tongue and refusing to let go. Flavors are some dirty malt hints, more pumpkin flavoring, lots of cinnamon and fresh crusty malt notes.

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