RATINGS: 1924   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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rocbyter (2118) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Robust malt and spice aroma. Clear orange color with a small off white head. Bread and spice flavor fading in the finish.

omhper (24959) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Bottled, thanks PilsnerPeter! Clear deep golden, minimal head. Overpowering gingersnaps aroma. Very sweet with thick, dense mouthfeel. A one flavour beer - fatty gingersnaps and sweet potatoe is the clostes I can relate to. Very sugary, extremely sweet and very powerful. Alcohol and syrup dominates the finish along with this extreme spice flavour. As subtle as an elephant in an antique store and as refreshing as tabasco. A beer for sipping in minimal amounts, but that really has no depth or even any pleasant flavours.

kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Aroma and taste of pumpkin spices. A little over spiced for my liking. I say less pumpkin, more beer.

sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2008
thanks nhorweeen. orange brown, dark pumpkin ale color, white head. very surprising aroma. pumpkin gingerbread, over powering. pretty awesome sweet and spicy. tastes a bit like potpourri. very fall beer, pretty excellent for what it’s supposed to be. huge alcohol, considering i can hardly taste it. great stuff.

incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Holy crap, pumkin pie! Smells of fresh baked pumpkin pie, taste is more of that, liquified pumkin pie, with a lot of spicey goodness to accompany it. Can almost taste the whipped cream on top. Far and away the best pumpkin beer out there.

jgb9348 (6186) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Slightly hazy orange body with copper and bronze highlights and a very thin slightly off-white head - very little carbonation shown from the pour! Aroma is crazy - more nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon than you’d smell in pumpkin pie!!! This aroma is amazing - seriously one of the best and most ’realistic’ [to the object the brewmasters are trying to recreate] beers i’ve smelt! Full-bodied; Super chewy mouthful with a potent alcohol flavour. Good spice throughout with more of the pumpkiny flavours roaming long with a ton of brown sugar and caramalised swetness. Overall, a potent and very festive beer for the season. If you can stomach the whole bottle or pass it around the table, you’ll be a hit for Thanksgiving! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 10-August-2008, sampled on 21-September-2008.

jefcon (1827) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2008
I don’t generally like pumpkin ales, but I found myself a fan of this one. Good pumpkin flavor was, unlike its brethren, not overwhelmed by heavy spicing. With a nice balance and bright alcohol, this beer leaves a sweet finish on the palate.

Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Trade with Swolf3, thanks Steven. Damn, just like pumpkin pie, can even smell the crust in there. Poured a dark gold with a white head. Tastes like pie filling exactly, bizzar. Damn good, glad I have more on the way.

raphael (1239) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
On tap at sharp edge east liberty. aroma is strongly spiced, sweet pumpkin pie, a bit cartoony. Flavor more complex with vanilla & coconut, quite sweet--not pie, but still desert.

rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz. or 650ml. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Appearance: The body has a medium amber color with good clarity. Its head is slightly off white in color, about average in size and quickly settles down to a thin covering of bubbles. Smell: It has a sweet and creamy pumpkin pie-filling aroma with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and malt. Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor of sweet and creamy mashed pumpkin jumps out on the tongue. Nutmeg and cinnamon are noticeable and is in perfect balance for me. Underneath there is a good layer of doughy and sweet malt with some hints of spicy hops in the finish. It has a rich, medium to full body with a creamy smooth texture and soft carbonation. Notes: The flavor is wonderful like a slice of pumpkin pie with cream toping! Outstanding!!!

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