RATINGS: 1926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Aroma of carrot cake, nutmeg, definitely pumpkin, cinnamon. Pours a rich red orange with frothy white head. Taste of sweet yet bitter pumpkin, spices. Best pumpkin beer i’ve ever had.

3.8
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
draft. Aroma is amazing, spicy pie. gingery, overwhelming in a good way. Pours a clear dark copper color with a foamy head that dissipates quickly. Medium palate, nicely balanced body. Taste is spicy with a bitter edge, very drinkable. So many pumpkin beers are either gross or not at all pumpkin or spicy, but this one delivers every fall. Mmm. delicious.

3.7
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to Kevin for sharing this one. Pours a clear orange with a massive nose of real mashed pumpkins. Light on the spices but I get a little nutmeg. Nice to see a pumpkin beer that doesn’t feel spiced up or artificial. Flavor is once again very full of pumpkin and thankfully not overly sweet or overly spiced. Well balanced and quite nice to drink. Well made.

3.8
kellertrumpet (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009 does not count
Huge aroma as soon as tapped. Very strong pumpkin tastes with a little nutmeg and vanilla flavors. Would certainly not want more than one of these at a time but definitely a great tasting beer.

3.1
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Amber color, slight head. Aroma and flavor is pumpkin (obviously) and spices (which really come through in the finish. Not a huge fan of pumpkin flavor or else this would rate much higher for me. Still a damn good beer.

3.5
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. My first of a three bottle Pumpkin Ale tasting...The aroma...GOOD LORD...I agree with a rater below. ST makes some kick ass smelling beers. This one by far had the best pumpkin aroma...The flavor was up front pumpkin. Not a sweet pumpkin either...Devoid of any other spice, the finish was a bit dry and boring for me...Leaving this one my lowest of the three. I can see why some would prefer this though, really, which is actually a compliment to this beer...

3.9
pressboxjoe (464) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2009
22-oz bottle. Thin head disappeared quickly. Aroma is straight pumpkin pie. Wow, I’ve head a lot of pumpkin ales but never one that tasted like this. Fantastic warming and comforting undertone - basically, doesn’t taste just like pie filling, but pie crust as well. I’ve read that pumpkin isn’t important in the flavoring of a pumpkin ale, but I think the pumpkin comes through here. Complex, sweet, uncommon.

4.2
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
bottle courtesy of bmartin08, thanks yet again! i smell pumpkins before the cap is even off the bottle. ST makes the best smeeling beers in the world, and this one doesn’t disappoint. smells of huge sweet pumkin pastry, maybe a pumkin pie clif bar. pours is a light gold color with hues of pale lager and ipa. taste is super spicy pumkins, lots of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg cardamon and even a lil thyme/rosemary. drinks really nice and smooth, dangerous.

3.6
stoutbiiliards (17) - Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2009
bright orange color with almost no head aroma is sweet pumpkin pie spice flavor issome bitterness with spicey pumpkin and a vanilla aftertaste overall a good fall beer ive heard its also good with a year in the cellar.

4.4
drpimento (3628) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Man this is about this about the best pumpkin beer I ever had. Sure, it’s spicy, malty, and rich. But the really good thing is that it has a certain roasty dryness which makes it much less cloying. Poured with a nice off white head and some lace. Color is a medium amber. Aroma is pumpkin pie and spice and definite roastiness. Flavor’s the same. Great body and carbonation. Finish is good too, especially due to the dry roasted character. Alcohol is subtle, but present in the very end of the finish. Super rich. Definitely not a session beer.


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