RATINGS: 1827   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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3.7
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Caramel pour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet pumpkin pie, perhaps with the whipped cream included. There’s some nice ginger spice in there too. The flavor is sweet, which you’d expect from Southern Tier, but there’s plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg spice in there too. It’s not too overly sweet though, which is a bonus. Finish is with some pumpkin spice. A little thin is the biggest shortcoming. Otherwise, a good beer.

4.4
obxdude10 (2357) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
The Pumking is absoutely THE best pumpkin beer I have ever sampled! From start to finish, this beer provides it all. It tastes just like a slice of pumpkin pie. The beer pours a dark amber color with a very small white head. The sample that I had left no lacing around the glass. The nose was full of pumpkin and spices. The flavor was absoutely delicious, like I said, tasting just like a pumpkin pie. A lot of brewers use the pumpkin as a seasonal speciality, but none have come close to capturing the flavor and the character like Southern Tier did with beer. This was literally like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. Absoutely outstanding!

4
Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2009
On tap at Mahars. This is liquid carrot cake, there’s no way to say it’s anything else. No hops or malt, just carrots and spice, alcohol is well hidden.

3.7
j12601 (12973) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear tanned orange with a medium to large white head. Aromas of warm pie crust, pecans, pie spices – ginger, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon Flavors follow the nose, but lean a little more towards the spices, picking up a little meaty pumpkin flavor and heavy on the nuttiness and nutmeg. Finishes with a bit of a spicy feel on the gums, and some lingering pie spice. ABV is really well hidden.

3.9
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Call me crazy, but after breathing this in for a good 2-3 minutes, I figured out the strange twist in the aroma...it’s butternut squash! Fresh bomber pours a light orange with a thick, creamy off-white head that lasts and laces well. The requisite pumpkin rind and nutmeg aromas are there, with cinnamon taking a very distant back seat. The caramel malt is quite obvious in the flavor, as is the roasted pumpkin (a bit different than the pumpkin in most brews). Hops make an appearance, but are blended in with nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and that crazy squash flavor! This was my fourth and final pumpkin of the night, and it takes the cake as expected. Paired the "angel’s share" of the bomber with a fudge brownie, and it got even better! After "Pumpkin Night" at the homestead, it’s obvious that this style really fits the weather in Kansas City right now, and you can officially call me a fan.

4.8
dzzz333 (35) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2009
The pumking is the perfect beer for this fall! or for that matter anytime (although its a seasonal) it had a very small head and the color of the beer was perfect! the smell was great...it pays off when u smell most of ur beers but when u smell the pumking ur in for a real treat....this was definatly a beer that also has a punch 2 it as well...Enjoy.

3.3
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bomber. Pours a hazy orange with thin white head which goes quickly. Pumpkin pie with cinnamon in the nose, almost candy like. Flavor is an explosion of pumpkin and cinnamon with other spice and a touch of caramel, slightly malty base, could not really realize the hops at all. Very thin on the palate, but still needs to be taken slowly. Decent

3.2
deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle. Poured amber with an orangish tint an a thin off-white head. Aroma smells just like pumpkin pie with a combination of spices (especially cinnamon) and pumpkin. Flavor is dominated by pumpkin flavor and spices, a little overpowering. Finished pleasantly.

3.9
KyotoLefty (10523) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Draught at MacGregors in Henrietta. Glowing orange color with lace. Spicy pumpkin pie aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, cereals: luscious! Huge spice and pumkin attack up front, turning slightly bitter, then huge alcohol. Grainy, bitter finish with something a bit unpleasant going on. A fun, over-the-top dessert beer with an imperfect finish.

4.3
HugoStiglitz (2) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2009 does not count
Pours an orange opaque. Immediately you have the smell of ginger cookies. Flavor is the same with a little vanilla sweetness. Most likely the best of the pumpkin brews!


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