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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Orange, thin white head. Aroma is sweet and vegetable-y, better than most pumpkins. Mild taste, much better balance than most, sweet, light on the spices and has distinct vegetable (I guess pumpkin) flavor, and finishes with a nice hoppyness. Smooth, and alcohol is very hidden. Maybe just a bit thin though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 I am always looking for a good pumpkin ale to try.... PumkIng is by far my fav... The aroma is the most distinct I have smelled, it truly tastes like the perfect slice of pumpkin pie topped with fresh whipped cream

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gpekar (496) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2008
This was a very interesting and complex beer!!! It poured a clear orange color with some carbonation bubbles rising in glass. There was only a thin tan head that disappeard to just a film rather quickly. I would have rated appearance higher if it had a nice head. The aroma was very complex. I detected nutmeg, cloves, caramel and what I thought was kettle corn as well as spice cake. There was a slighly creamy texture to the beer and a combination of a spice cake/kettle corn flavor. This was a excellent beer and my favorite pumpkin beer so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Bottle acquired via beastiefan2k...Eugene, you ROCK!!! This is definitely the most authentic pumpkin-flavored beer I’ve ever had. The pumpkin pie spices are a bit more subtle (cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, sugar) than in other examples I’ve had. It does taste as if this one is actually brewed with pumpkin. Can actually taste the buttery, flakey crust...incredible spicy, genuine pumpkin flavor, and invisible alcohol. A great beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2008
slightly cloudy amber brew with fair amount of carbonation present on the side of the glass. Extremely pumpkin pie aroma, solid all-spice and nutmeg in the forefront. Light to medium bodied. strong alcohol burn initially then overwelming pumpkin and all-spice, nutmeg flavor...Outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomatohead (3) - , Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2008 does not count
I actually like this more than any pumpkin beer I’ve ever had, but that’s not saying much for me. It’s kind of like pumpkin taffy without the sugar. It’s smooth, and it’s spicy- but the spicy is more cinnamon and clove rather than cinnamon and nutmeg. I’m sure I’m gonna buy it again before this season is over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10920) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle. Sparkling orange/amber color with a small head. Aroma smells of roasted pumpkin and nice smooth malt. Flavor actually tastes like my mom’s homemade pumpkin pie and not like pumpkin pie spices. Wow, well done and this is the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle: Pour is medium clear golden with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is strong of real pumkin and a ton of nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Very well blended brew right away but after 10 seconds, the spice took over and it became a bit over-spiced. Damn good effort by Southern Tier and a damn good brew but just a little tweaking could do a ton for this brew. Alcohol was well hidden and Flavor overall was not lacking even the slightest. Good brew and I would definitely go out of my way to buy this brew for Thanksgiving to share with my family and friends. Damn good Holiday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Pours a clear honey amber with white head. Smells of cloves pumpkin and caramel. Flavor reminds me of a starbuck’s pumpkin latte. Body is light with little carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Absolutely the best pumkin beer I have ever tasted. Don’t pass this one up. Tasted like liquid pumkin pie. Score one for Phin and the crew! Can’t wait till next year to get some more.

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