RATINGS: 1924   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2009
bomber from a local private order. pours bright orange with little head or carbonation. huge gigerbread and pumpkin flesh aromas. fresh pumpkin pie. the flavour has tons of real pumpkin and the spice plays a secondary role. a touch to sweet and this takes away from its drinkability. i wouldnt change anything about this brew and would love to have it whenever i feel like an imperial pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5309) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Got this one from a trade, and wow. Pours a yellow gold with a nose that jerked my head away from the glass. Dang! Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, graham cracker, butter, spices, and lots of pumpkin goodness. Flavor is very similar with hints of sugar, spices, and all that is nice. Excellent pumpkin beer. Blows the rest away, except Cigar City Good Gourd, that beer can hang with the Pumking. Great job on this one, with well hidden alcohol presence, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 finally scored one of these from moelikebeer! many thanks.

pours a hazy coppery amber with a small creamy white head. drippy rings of lace form as the beer retreats.

the aroma packs a mean punch of real cooked pumpkin... im talkin relevent, real deal holyfield, MF pumpkin!... earthy cinnamon, wood, caramel, vanilla, flowers and real effen fresh ground nutmeg.

the palate is surprisingly NOT sweet. holy mother of gambrinus!...it contains the MOST real pumpkin flavor ive had outside of eating a pumpkin... earthy gourd sweetness, vanilla woodiness, caramel/brown sugar/highly toasted almost burnt sugar, buttery short dough, a touch of umami and a floral hoppy finish with tons of cinnamon and spice.

smooth texture and soft carbonation make it luscious on the tongue. medium to full body which is not thick or syrupy... highly enjoyable. dare i say, sessionable?10/4/10/5/19/4.8

bottles from 2011 seem off...cooked, oxidized and generally meh 6/4/6/3/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2009
22oz Bomber 99 Bottles Federal Way, WA Huge aroma with this beer. The flavor was not too far off. Lots of spices that made this beer very much like drinking a liquid pumpkin pie. Almost too much flavor for this beer. Could have been toned down so it was not so overpowering for the pumpkin spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abeersnob (16) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2009
AWESOME!! I ordered 5 cases of this stuff and went through everyone.I had one guy that was coming back months later for it.Strong at first seems like all your going to taste is alcohol but not even half way through the pint it smoothed out and was just so easy to finish.My favorite PumKING ale of all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Such a total pumpkin pie aroma, the vegetal pumpkin as well as the bready crust. A lot of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, all pumpkin pie smells. Taste mirrors the very vegetal pumpkin with a lot of spices too. Some sweetness, but really just an overall dazzling blast of pumpkin pie. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (6494) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bright orange with a creamy but thin white head. The aroma is pretty timid, but this pours on a huge gourdy flavor like pumpkin pie filling and brings along an almost creamy feel. Definitely a fall beer and for those who enjoy unusual beers. (#3474, 11/2008)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Tulip on tap. Great aroma with buttery nutmeg, cinnamon, fresh dough, pumpkin, with some autumn crispness. Thin head, dark brown-orange color, like pumpkin pie filling. Taste is better than even the aroma advertises, with huge quantities of the aroma spices, lots of pumpkin, very very buttery with the boozy warmth. Great autumn beer, and one of the reasons I look forward to fall every year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Aromas of pumpkin bread, nutmeg, cinnamon and peaches with a hint of cookie. Light orangish and amber colors with a a bubbly head and good lacing. Pumpkin and spice flavors, with a bitter balance. Finishes with bread and sweet vanilla. Mild to medium creamy palate. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle: Poured an orange color with not much head. The aroma was strange, sweet, hazelnut and caramel. The flavor was also strange. Had some nutty characteristics, some sweet malts and a strong ’real’ pumpkin flavor. None of that imitation pie filling taste. It was a little too much real pumpkin for me.

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