RATINGS: 1843   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Wow!! Quite frankly the best pumpkin beer I’ve had so far. Poured a nice orange/amber color with little head. Huge aroma of spices and pumpkin. A very very unique taste of fall floral and pumpkin that lingers for ages. Great fall beer.

4.2
Tanker12 (173) - USA - NOV 19, 2010
Fruit and spices in aroma, maybe some approcot. Light orange hugh. lots of pie crust and some pumpkin on taste. Clean dry finish. Great beer.

4.7
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2011 Huge spice and pumpkin aroma. Pours a beautiful orange haze. Lots of upfront flavor with a subtle booze finish. Flavor is filled with spice and pumpkin. Mouthfeel is fullbodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is heavily spiced. Literally like drinking a pumpkin, the only pumpkin beer worth drinking I’ve had thus far.

3.3
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2011
It’s really buttery, or butterscoth. You can really smell the butter, more butterscotch on the palate. Is it from wheat? Diacytel? Not sure. Also a taste of roasted pumpkin. Spice is minimal but pleasant. In my opinion it’s too sweet, a balance is lacking. There is the butterscotch, booze, and sweet spice. It needs something more.

2.4
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pours orange with thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is burnt cookie and spice. Frankly it smells more like ginger bread than pumpkin. It tastes like ginger bread too. It is spicy but mostly bready malts come through. There’s not much pumpkin spice happening at all. To call this pumpkin is a stretch.

3.7
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2011
On tap at Silky’s. This, my friends, is the essence of autumn. It’s alcoholic pumpkin pie. It’s Thanksgiving without the weird aunts. And the cranberry sauce, and the depression. It’s delicious and I think you should try it.

4.5
Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Hazy, but refractive amber with a thick white head that eventually recedes to form a lasting ring. Aroma of fresh pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie spice. Flavor matches the aroma, and I think (unlike many other reviewers) that the body is creamy and ideal to support the flavor, and I don’t think it’s on the thin side for an imperial. Finish is long and on the dryish side, and it leaves you craving another swallow. My favorite example of the style.

3.7
jmarsh123 (166) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Smells like pumpkin pie. One of the best mix of spices in the nose of any pumpkin brew. A load of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice assault the tongue. Finishes with a little bit of a spicy hop kick. I’d like a bit more pumpkin in the flavor, but at least the spices are balanced unlike a lot I’ve had. Mouthfeel is a touch light with good carbonation levels. I still prefer pumpkin brews that actually have pumpkin flavor, but the spices are very well balanced in this brew and it’s one I go back to every year.

3.7
rayl101 (166) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2011
2011, 22oz bottle. Pours light copper in my tumbler with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma is firm pumpkin pie spice, with a bready malt background. Flavor is a bit different. Very malty with a big pumpkin pulp flavor. Mouthfeel is medium - full. Nice, but I like a more pumpkin pie flavor than actual pumpkin.


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