RATINGS: 1843   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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otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Clear orange, her body is aglow with amber highlights, free to shine in anticipatory brilliance as there is neither head nor lace to interfere. I don’t even need to raise the glass to my nose to find myself enveloped in the richest pumpkin nose I have ever encountered. Creamy pumpkin pulp. Warm gooey pie dough. Ginger, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla mingle in a perfect blend of spices. Rich condensed milk and coconut milk sop it all up in a sweet, spiced, pumpkin delight. I could smell this beer for minutes on end and be fully content doing so, but where is the fun in that. Savoring my first quaff, her mouthfeel is clean and balanced with a medium weight which lightly coats my tastebuds. Fresh pumpkin and spice lingers on top of my tongue while soft pie crust gives her some chewy meatiness. A light, dry, herbal finish lingers in my breath with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and all-spice. The sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk which pervaded her nose also pervades her palate, though in a more subdued manner. Milky, creamy, lightly sweet with hints of tropical esters, she cradles all within her beery depths. Each savory quaff sends chills up and down my spine, and far too quickly my glass is exhausted. A lingering warmth whispers of pumpkin and spice while a creamy coating lingers atop my tastebuds.

Hands down, the best pumpkin beer available today. I haven’t had previous years, but from what I have heard amongst my fellow beer geeks, each year Pumking reigns on high atop his throne of Pumpkin Beerdom. I am definitely going to make a point of tracking down this beer when fall comes to pass once more.

emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - APR 18, 2009
This harvest fall brew is excellent in all aspects. It does a good job making the nose smell like fresh floral hops, sweet buttered popcorn, and hints of bubblegum. As you drink it you can taste the fall spice and it is nector from the PumpKing. It is full of hops and malt with that same popcorn and bubblegum flavor stuck in your nose and palate for the entier duration of the beer. Overall it has a great flavor balance and great amount of carbonation.

Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2009
If you like pumpkin pie than this is for you. Thick liquid pie in a bottle. Aroma of pumpkins and cinnamon. Thick chewy pumpkin and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla.

bloodybabboon (2) - USA - APR 4, 2009 does not count
Singly, the one brew which I look forward to the release of every single year. A must try.

MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 4, 2009
11/29/07 fluffy/dimply very light tan creamy head and very light clear amber body. golden at edges. aroma is pumpkin pie and crust. not too sweet as I was afraid of, and also smells like the inside of a jack-o-lantern. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, then goes tingly and spicy with the carbonation. more aroma of allspice and cardomon. flavor is spicy and malty, with lots of canned pumpkin. a little bit of caramel malt in the background, and a hint of sour grassyness, but not too much. finish is a little dry and raw pumpkin. very good but I still like the Weyerbacher better. more sweetness kicks in as the beer gets warmer. good with sharp cheddar.

esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2009
Pumpkin orange with a thin white head that’s gone. Aroma of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, this thing smells like pumpkin pie. Taste of pumpkin, spices, whip cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and mild alcohol. Finishes up pretty spicy. Pretty good for a pumpkin beer.

JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Very golden color with minimal head. Smells like a sliver of pumpkin pie with fresh nutmeg grated on top. Very sweet with a whipped cream finish taste. Best pumpkin beer I have had yet!

madvike (3306) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle - Pours a golden amber with a very little head. I thought this would look sexier, but the smell makes up for it a bit. I get a bit of hops on the first whiff, but then the pumpkin and spice hit--pretty much exactly like pumpkin pie, with crust and all. I get a lot of nutmeg with a little mandarin orange in the background. no clue where that came from. Anyways, the taste is pretty much the same pumpkin pie taste that finishes with a stale hops taste. A sweet, malty backbone lingers after it’s all swallowed, along with some cinnamon. It’s silky, medium-bodied with mild carbonation. This was about what I expected, but the stale hops on the end really turned me off. Had they tasted fresher, or if this had just bypassed the hops and finished smoothly into the sweet maltyness, this would have been much better. Still impressed, however.

mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle at DuffmanSWs beer tasting. Pours a clear golden with a half inch white head. Holy hell, this smells exactly like a big chunk of pumpkin pie with a scoop of whipped cream on top. EXACTLY. There is no other way to describe it. Flavor is Not as intense as the aroma. very malty and bready, not alot of bitterness, somewhat mild for such a big beer. Does not seem like 9%. Mouthfeel is chewy and carbonation is generous.

terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 750ml bottle from Ryans Party Store In Port Huron Pours a hazy orange with a hugh frothy long lasting white head The aroma is wait for it Pumpkin and spice The taste is sweet pumpkin Really good

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