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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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.

Rib Eye (148) - USA - OCT 28, 2008
Finally a pumpkin beer that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN. The surprise is it’s 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? That’s 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 doesn’t taste nearly of pumpkin the way this does. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin ale might be a nice compromise between something that tastes something of pumpkin and isn’t too far off from a traditional bitter.

Suttree (6541) - 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 wouldn’t match the flavor, but I shouldn’t 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2008
Pours a lightly hazy orange with a thin creamy white head with great retention. Aroma is something else... there’s an aroma here I can’t quite place, custard, vanilla and sweet coriander, really one of the most amazing aspects of this beer - so much going on! What a treat - tastes like a pumpkin-malt beverage more than a beer, certainly compared to other pumpkin beers. SO spicy, very light herbal hops, plenty of sweet malt and vanilla, light alcohol presence. Creamy body with excellent carbonation. I’m blown away! Many thanks to jjpm74 for the trade!

timpala11 (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2008 does not count
Nice surprise after trying other pumpkin ales, this one has a pumpkin pie taste that I have yet to find in its overly spiced competition. I found the finish to taste like a fresh pie crust, perfect for the season, and a beer that I will save a bottle or two for Thanksgiving.

rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2008
22 oz bottle at a local sports bar. Amazing. Pours a clear orangy-golden color with little head. Aroma is very strong and spicy and has a strong character of sweet potatoes. No surprises in the taste- spicy and sweet just like the aroma. Palate is smooth and crisp. Really nice twist on the pumpkin ale theme and very enjoyable. Would be good at a thanksgiving dinner.

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