RATINGS: 1827   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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revolution2718 (379) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Pours amber with minimal head. Nose is a lot like banana bread. Pumpkin, banana, spices. Taste is pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, banana bready, nutty. Alcohol slickness in the mouth. Don't love it.

ryrpat (378) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2016
I am not a huge pumpkin beer fan but I can appreciate what this beer is. Right in flavor but not too overpowering. Had it on draft so that made it easier to Deno for me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2011 bottle pour from Jeff. Thanks! Clear caramel pour, not much head to speak of, not a ton of lacing. Aroma is huge sticky sweet malt, lots of nutmeg, light vegetable backing. Taste is a huge hit of pumpkin up front, in a vegetal way that is pretty nice, followed by a slug of sticky spice sweetness that really destroys this. Also getting some odd burnt malts on the end that completely go against the color of the beer and the aroma. Sweet and slick mouthfeel. I liked this beer alright, but the sweetness really needs to be dialed back.

happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Yum. 2010 22oz. Aroma of those buttered popcorn jellybeans(ringwood yeast?)Pumpkin pie spices. The buttered popcorn dominates. Tasty, a lil sweet,very smooth though I did put this bottle in between about 500 sacred G posters which really does alter the experience of life in general. Great beer. Hard to find because it sells out so quickly. An Imperial example of the style. Best Pumpkin beer I’ve had.

Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Courtesy of dchmela. Very earthy nose, lots of fresh pumpkin. Smells like a fermented pumpkin patch. The flavor is fresh pumpkin without the overwhelming spices that ruin so many pumpkin beers. This is an excellent beer and this is coming from someone who doesn’t like many pumpkin beers.

pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2014
I love ST beers. I’m lukewarm on pumpkin beers. I’m not sure what all the fuss is about with this on. Taste is very artificial with overwhelming spice and alcohol. Lingering burn upon finish. Very average beer. Very average pumpkin seasonal.

coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2010
delicious..aroma of gingerbread man mixed with xmas fruitcake very unusual and appealing..appearance is light orange with quarter inch head lacing nice..tastes of xmas spice and pumpkin again very unusual,roasty malts are the icing on the pie..drinkable? disappeared fast..nice warmth and aftertaste again delicious a must try

bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
This 8.6% seasonal Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a sweet, almost buttery/creamy, gingerbready desert of a beer. It is the quintessential pumpkin pie beer. It’s pretty much a love it or hate it kind of beer. And while it’s not what I’d reach for on a hot summer afternoon, I’m happy to drink it from October through November!

RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2010
wow, an imperial from Southern Tier that isn’t SUPER UBER WAY TOO FUCKING SWEET! success! pretty good beer. pumpkin was pretty sublte in this.

Splitenz (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2014
As I am Norwegian, my knowledge of pumpkin beer or any other pumpkin product is rather lacking. I was warned by fellow beer drinkers about this being a vile product. But I knew Southern Tier makes top notch beers so I gave it a go. Right away I knew I had a winner. It was starting to close in on Christmas, so my tastebuds were ready for this. It is like a liquid desert with spicy cookies,mixed with copious amounts of alcohol for cozy nights when you watch a cultured movie and just relax every fiber of your body. I love the spicy aromas and the cheeky style of the whole beer.

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