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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with nice creamsickle head. Nose is pumpkin, dough and spice. The flavor of pumpkin in this beer is INCREDIBLE. By far, the best pumpkin beer and the only one with discernable pumpkin. The others are pumpkin pie spice beers. I want more!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5868) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2008
From 22-oz bomber and purchased from Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN, pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates nearly clean with some light spotty lacing. Aroma of pumpkin pie filling, a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, light sugar and caramel malt, Flavor is full bodied, very lightly carbonated with flavors of mostly pumpkin unlike all the other pumpkin ales I’ve tried over the years. More pumpkin flavor than any other flavors of caramel malt, and nutmeg. Finish has a semi-sweet aftertaste of pumpkin, a touch of wintergreen and nutmeg. Awesome. Using this one as a comparison to all other pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2008
(bottle) Pours amber with a lingering white head. Upon first sniffing of this beer, all I smelled was a freshly baked pie crust, and none of the pumpkin or spices I expected. After letting it sit for a couple of minutes, I took another sniff and the crust had been replaced with an amazing pumpkin spice smell of cinnamon and nutmeg, but still none of that baked pumpkin. After letting the beer breathe some more, the third sniff came all together. The baked pumpkin was present, the spices, and the crust scents all coalesced into one big aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie. I even smelled the whipped cream topping as well. Now as amazing as the aroma is, the flavor was not as pronounced to begin with. The components are all there, with a light sweetness (which becomes stronger as the beer warms) to begin things, but it is not until the finish that the baked pumpkin, the crust, whipped cream, and the spices really showed up. The flavors are slightly stronger and begin to be displayed earlier as the beer warms which is a welcome improvement. Medium mouthfeel with a lingering baked pumpkin finish. This beer has definitely reached the pumpkin ale pinnacle for aroma, as I cannot think of another that smells so closely to pumpkin pie. The flavor is its only weakpoint in my opinion, as the boldness displayed in the aroma didn’t directly translate over, but still a very well done beer, and one I will gladly purchase again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (5060) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Copper color with no head. Incredible roasted pumpkin aroma. Wow. Unbelieveable pumpkin taste. Like somebody threw a whole pumpkin in an oven, roasted it, fermented it and bottled it. Light on the nutmeg, nuttiness and dry malt. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (6197) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle. Soft hazed orange-amber pour. Tall, rocky off-white head. Very sticky leaving a delicate lacing on the glass. Aroma is appetizing! This smells exactly like a pumpkin pie. I can smell the crunchy crust, the spices, the whipped cream - everything! Tasty is creamy malts, spices, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, some brown sugar, and light toffee. Very tasty - downright delicious! Body is creamy and smooth but has a bordering on strong carbonation. Lots of burping with this though it’s not as strong, bubble-wise on the palate. Finishes with more brown sugar, sweet malts, stronger spices, soft bittering hops, pumpkin pie, and caramel. This is yummy! I’d rather have one of these than a slice of pumpkin pie. Dessert in a bottle!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Bottle: Clear bronze color with a small white head...immediately upon pouring the aroma hits. Notes of massive cinnamon, nutmeg, PUMPKIN, and creme fresh all noted...I don’t think I’ve ever smelled something like this before, it’s even more rich than a true piece of pumpkin pie. I was expecting this to be very sweet in the taste as well, but I was wrong...fairly crisp start with a very natural pumpkin taste that also has the cinnamon, nutmeg and creme notes their to back it up. Finishes on a dry note that just made me want to pour some more. Great dessert brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle. Tasted during local beer tasting at grocery store. Potent pumpkin aroma. Pours orange without a lot of carbonation Taste: Very little spice and heavy on the pumpkin. Not my style. I prefer more spice and less pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, goblet. Pours a hazy orange, scanty head, but sparkling. Aroma, wow, this really is pumpkin pie in a glass. Pumpkin, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, something earthy evokes walnuts. First impressions on the tongue, much the same, plus more spices, orange zest and ginger. Earthy-sweet. Nice sparkles on the tongue. The alcohol cant be tasted, but it certainly is felt, and fast. I dont know whether the beer gives up its more subtle flavors more quickly than most, or whether the alcohol has just anesthetized my palate, but halfway through the glass, its a much simpler beer, mostly pumpkin and caramel, but its still nice, and still has a nice nose long after most beers aroma would have faded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle. My second "pumpkin" beer, and quite different from the DFH brew that I tried before. This beer focuses much more on the spice side of things, much like pumpkin pie. Spicy aroma and flavor, tastes like liquid pumpkin pie in a glass..with a generous amount of cinnamon. A novelty of a beer for sure, but worth the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle. Clear orange pour with thin head. Aroma and flavor were pure pumpkin pie with some alcohol mixed in. Somewhat light body. Not bad, but not all that impressive either.

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