RATINGS: 1923   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebudzjoe (672) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 isnt going to be for everyone though. My girlfriend though it was like drinking a pumpkin candle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2861) - 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 damnd enjoyable. Easily my favorite pumpkin brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4826) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep orange body with a tall-standing, frothy, white head. Smell: All rights, friends, so, it smells greatly of oven-fresh pumpkin pie. Whos with me? Who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN is with me? Taste: Sweet caramel malts plunged deep into fresh pumpkin puree and liberally coated in a pumpkin pie spice blend and smoothed over with a touch of vanilla creme. Im sure its been said dozens of times over, but its rather pumpkin pie-like, with the malts even mimicking a flavor of rich, crisp graham cracker crust garnished with candy corn. Subtle hop presence and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiced pumpkin taste and some slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Excellent for a pumpkin ale! Look, whoever is giving you advice like, "dont bother with Pumking" is no friend of yours. Take your vengeful fists and clock that mofo in the mouth and spit on their prone, beaten body, because they arent helping you at all. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighlanderOne (1248) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Poured from big bottle. What an aroma - like those orange and white halloween candies with a touch of brownie crust. True amber color, thin tan head. The candy/brownie comes through in the flavor as well, along with pumpkin pie, spice and hop notes. Alcohol is barely noticed in the back. Great finish. What a beer!

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
22oz bottle. Whoa! Smells like Thanksgiving Dinner. The whole spread. Fresh baked pies, fresh rolled crush cooked to perfection. Wheres the turkey, wheres the mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing. Oh man! Flavor has all of the spices youd look for in a pumpkin beer. Loads of nutmeg. Huge flavor. Tastes better than the best baked winter squash Ive ever eaten. Mellow spice, nice brown sugar complexity hidden in there, a bit of banana bread or carrot cake in there too. Not too sweet, smooth and creamy. Very nice fresh pumpkin character and loads of nutmeg. Awesome.


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