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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Hazy amber/orange color; Medium body; Aroma of sweet malt, pumpkin, rich nutmeg, & gingerbread; Flavor of slight sweet malt, pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some hops; Nicely balanced; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; One of the classics (great aroma).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabah (427) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Thanksgiving, so was aged about a year. Pumpkin ales are hit or miss for me, but I enjoyed this one. Not overwhelming on the spices, and the pumpkin stands out through in body and taste. Getting some vanilla or cream in the flavor as well. Has a cloudy medium orange to light brown appearance. Good enough to sample again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbeer (773) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Nice looking orangy brown. Malty and spicy aroma. Medium full body. Not much alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet. Malty flavors, I guess a pumpkin-like background, but mostly the spices predominate. A bit sticky and syrupy. I guess its well made, I just dont get the pumpkin beer thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OrthoDoc (189) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2016 Amazing how you can actually taste the crust. Very sweet and enjoyable but one per season is enough . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wombat23 (976) - Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Shared 22 oz. bottle. Pale copper color. Short-lasting head. Smells and tastes like pumpkin pie, crust included. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Fairly sweet with almost no bitterness. Lacks balance. Interesting, but most likely a one-time purchase. For dessert only.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darbeer75 (707) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Aroma: Genuine pumpkin pie spice and actual crust aroma - not kidding; Appearance: much lighter than expected, a pale straw color with hazy pour and significant carbonation; Taste: it really is like pumpkin pie with a beer backbone; we didnt believe the other reviews but its true; finish is long and sweet; Overall: very surprising flavor; like it in small quantities but it could quickly become too sweet and cloying. Good to have once per year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AaronTDubs (407) - - NOV 11, 2015
2015: Brown color, light carbonation. Smells of fresh baked pumpkin pie. The spices take the forefront of this beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. The pumpkin is not hidden or a background note like in many inferior pumpkin beers. This beer isnt afraid to be pumpkin pie in a glass. So, if you like pumpkin pie: there ya go. If not: Dont even bother with this beer. I love pumpkin pie. :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (2005) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Part of a sampler at Jet Rock at PHL terminal B. Clear golden orange with no head. Spice and whisky aromas dominate. Moderate alcohol burn. Taste is like a shot of whisky and not much else. Tasted barrel aged - but the barkeep confirmed that this was the regular blend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3528) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2015
651 ml. bottle. Pours a minimal, poorly retained ivory head over an effervescent, light amber (SRM 7) body.....nose is heavy with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, mild bread, pie crust, no esters or hops......taste is mildly sweet, with heavy spices including ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla notes, moderate toasted malts with bread and crust notes, mild squash notes finishing with a light herbal hop bitterness......mouth feel, body light of medium, moderate alcohol, light lingering squash astringency. This beer is spice and squash dominated with little from the hops and a light contribution from the malts. It is almost cider like in many of its characteristics. The beer would be greatly improved with more roasted malts. BJCP 7/2/13/4/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (1134) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours orange with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of alcohol, pumpkin, spices and popcorn. Body is medium and crisp. Pumpkin, spices, bready malt, popcorn and herbal hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very dry. Quite unique, not in a good way.

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