RATINGS: 1926   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle shared by durhambeer. Thanks Bob! Had this one a few times over the past year. Nose is straight up pumpkin pie with an emaphasis on the crust. Flavor is equally pumpkin-y with more spices and a good helping of cream. This is a great pumpkin beer but that doesn’t mean I want a whole bottle of it. Like many of the special southern tier beer, 3-4 ounces is about all I can handle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredword1 (5) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2008 does not count
I love this beer. It’s expensive, but worth it. They weren’t afraid to be generous on the pumpkin, and they hopped it up nicely. Good job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2008
A pumpkin ale that actually has the taste of pumpkin instead of just over the top cinnamon and clove. This is new! I really love this beer, a great fall treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrP00tz (17) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2008
P00tz sez....It wasn’t long before I grew weary of my employment with the postal service. Long hours of perusing around neighborhoods barely leaving the interior of my transport. P00tz needs more excitement in his day to day. It is with great pleasure that P00tz has taken apprentice with a mercenary and is learning his craft. This beer pours a soft copper orange with a nose and flavor reminiscent of eating raw pumpkin meat covered in nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and vanilla. P00tz likes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rib Eye (148) - USA - OCT 28, 2008
Finally a pumpkin beer that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN. The surprise is its much weirder and not necessarily as good as you might guess. You know how a pumpkin smells when you are carving a jack-o-lantern? Thats how this beer tastes. It also has some strong bready notes and light pumpkin spice. The overall sense though is vegetal. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy thick and oily. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a better beer, but doesnt taste nearly of pumpkin the way this does. Buffalo Bills Pumpkin ale might be a nice compromise between something that tastes something of pumpkin and isnt too far off from a traditional bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Suttree (6290) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 As soon as I opened this, The Bride says I want a candle that smells like that. The aroma is truly amazing, with spicy pumpkin notes mixed with graham cracker. hints of cinnamon and ginger and clove. I was actually a bit scared to drink it fo fear that the flavor wouldnt match the flavor, but I shouldnt have worried. Nicely rich palate, with pumkin, and cinnamon and graham cracker and ginger and vanilla clove and - just trust me, its really, really good. Thanks to theisti for the trade!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jpiper (6) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008 does not count
On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. I’m not much of a fan of pumpkin ales, but at least they’re generally drinkable. This one lacked balance, in my book. Too much malty sweetness with not enough backbone for my tastes Aroma was nice, though. This was a 3-4 sipper. Couldn’t make it through the rest of the pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 Bottle pours a crystal clear light amber with a decent clingy head and residual lace. The aroma is rather nutty, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spices, and cookies. The flavor is quite like a slice of pumpkin pie, in an almost disturbing sort of way. There is no mistaking, this is not subtle, it is quite pumpkin forward. The ABV is well hidden. The palate is quite rich and lively. Overall, this is great if you like pumpkin pie - and I do, but man, this is the real thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Pours a clear orange colour with a sudsy white head with decent retention. The nose offers an explosion of pumpkin pie, with butter, brown sugar, all spice, nutmeg and an assault of pumpkin essence. The flavour is spicy, vegetal (pumpkin) and root-like. The mouthfeel is slick and amply carbonated and easy drinking considering the abv. This is very fresh tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
This is one of those kinds of beers you can rate from memory because there is just so much memorable about the flavor of it. Definitely one of my favorites. You know how they have those bed-in-a-bag things, where you can get basically the entire sheet set, shams (whatever those are), pillowcases, comforter, etc.? That’s like this beer for pumpkin pie. It’s like the Willy Wonka everlasting gobstopper of pumpkin pie. You can taste the crust, then you work your way to sweet pumpkin pie filling, the palate acknowledges the spiciness of the nutmeg and cinnamon, then you are left with the creamy airy flavor of whipped topping. NOM NOM NOM. Best fresh, for certain.

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