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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TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2008
11 oz. draft on tap at The Galway Tribes (Frankfort, IL). Pure heaven! Poured a decent amber with small offwhite head with some amazing aroma action. Aromas of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and cinnamon, with some nice sweet notes on the backend, reminding me of caramel and light creaminess. Taste is the same, medium bodied and not over bearing, with a wonderful taste profile and a touch of hoppy bitter finish that I really enjoyed. This beer was top notch. A warmer for sure, but not remarkably boozy. Cheers!

MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2008
650ml bottle poured into an English pint. STP pours orange with a small thin head. The aroma is heavy with cinnamon and brown sugar. The first taste is like a punch on the throat! A huge, over-bearing wallop of cinnamon completely dominates the flavor. The second taste shows no mercy either. I’ll say that this is the most aggressive pumpkin(g) beer I’ve had. The body is medium and the finish is warm and sugary. It’s rare to say it but this would be a better beer if it was more balanced.

cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Draft @ Sierra. Amazing bright orange color with aromas of rich spice, nutmeg and pumpkin... almost creamy nose. The palate follows perfectly with those notes and is the best pumpkin I’ve had yet.

FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
A standard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a light amber / dark copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Lots of clean caramelized, sweet malt notes add an almost butterscotch note. This is nicely lacking in the typically lame over-spiced pumpkin-pie spice blend. Aromas similar to vanilla, toasted cotton candy, . The aroma is incredibly distinct and quite sweet I would not have guessed that pumpkin would add these butterscotch / caramelized notes, but they are quite different from anything I have ever gotten from malt. While this does smell fairly sweet there is a significant, equally competing, toasted malt note that adds a ton of biscuit malt character.

Lightly sweet compared to what the aroma might have suggested, though this still ends up being quite sweet and at times a touch cloying. This does have a medium fullness to it that coats the palate a bit after each sip. The finish has a touch of hot alcohol to it as well as a lingering toasted cotton candy like note that gets more like toasted grain as the finish lingers on in the palate. An interesting, sort of fruity, butterscotch-sort-of flavor plays a significant role here and has a soft vanilla like edge to it. As the beer warms, the significant, toasty grain notes starts to take on a nutty flavor.

This is a very interesting take on the style, I really, really like that the spices seem to have been left out of this beer entirely (or at least used differently than typical); the pumpkin character though is quite a bit different than I was expecting and not in a bad way. This definitely comes off as a bit cloying (which is typical of this brewery), though I now expect to get dessert when I crack one of this breweries beer open.

blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 22 oz bottle poured a copper amber color with a thin off white head that faded quickly. aroma has pumpkin, spices, a certain creamyness, light nutmg bread, sweetness, and vanilla frosty. mouth feel is medium with lighter carbonation. flavor has loads of pumpkin pie, lighter not overdone spices, milkshake lactic like pumpkin icecream, and graham cracker is right on. by far the beat pumpkin i have tried, totally fall time here.

502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - SEP 13, 2008
Bomber into a wineglass for lack of a goblet, which they suggest - ever so fittingly - that it be served in. I have been looking forward to this one for a few weeks now. Nice clear amber pour with a great (not overly building) off-white head that holds well and left some nice lace - nice density to it too. Smells great if you like pumpkins and spice - nice mellow but full pumpkin flavor with some great cinnamon and doughy bready notes - smells like fall and thanksgiving. Wow, the taste is just as good, this thing is delicious and exactly what I would want a pumpkin beer to taste like - rich thought not overwhelming or syrupy; not overly sweet but some nice sweetness to compliment the pumpkin and dough characters; no funky bitterness or any flaws on the finish. This thing is smooth on the palate with subtle carbonation and a medium to heavy body. I usually only give 5s on my palate rating to super thick and heavy and coating brews with soft silky carbonation, but this mouth feel is so perfectly suited to the flavor that it is literally perfect. Overall: this thing is unbelievable if the idea of a pumpkin beer appeals to you. It tastes like an amazing dessert. This far surpassed all I was hoping for. My only real discrepancy is that a bomber might be too much, maybe just a 12 ounce or a pint because it is so rich.

HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
22oz bomber served in a chalice. Copper colored pour with a quickly dissipating head. Fantastic aroma of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg even some bready pie crust. Taste is more spice with fruit. There is a bit of hop bitterness in the middle. The finish of spice lingers long. There is a little bit of alcohol as it warms. One bottle is plenty. Like the Creme Brulee, the aroma alone is worth the price of admission.

thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a nice white head that produces a reasonable amount of lacing and decent head retention. The aroma is almost exactly like pumpkin pie filling. There is a hint of graham cracker hidden in there. Lots of cinnamon, all spice, ginger, all the typical seasoning you would think of when thinking of pumpkin pie. Smells wonderful! OH MY GOD! I figured this beer would taste a bit different than the aroma but no! It tastes exactly how it smells. All the typical pumpkin pie flavors you are used to with just a very slight hint of bitterness. This tastes wonderful!!! The palate is a touch too thick for me, but it fits the beer well. This is amazing!! Well done! Tops for fall seasonals!

avalonchimney (1) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2008 does not count
I promise I’m not trying to be the annoying contrarion, but I wasn’t impressed with this one. After the umpteen different pumpkin ales I’ve tried over the years, this is so far the worst. The pour was fine, though initially I’ll admit, I swigged a few swallows from the bottle. Once I did pour some: lightish amber, dark yellow in color, decent whitish head. Aroma was *mildly* of pumpkin, (pumpkin-esque?) and a lot of some hard to place spice, sort of perfumy. Overall flavor ... ugh, is that cardamom? Hand soap? Tasting revealed such an utter lack of any true pumpkin taste I had to double check the bottle. Zero taste of any cinnamon, allspice or ginger whatsoever. Sweetness was marred by an almost overpowering, perfumed, spiced-but-not-pumpkin-spiced flavor. Double checked the bottle again, yep. Awful.

Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Pours a rich amber color with thin off white head. Aroma is pumpkin, sweet malt, cinnamon, allspice, and graham cracker. Taste is much the same with a toasted grain taste giving it a nice graham cracker taste in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but overall the spice is too much for anyone drinking more then 6oz of this stuff.

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