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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
22 oz. Bottle. Pours a nice golden color. Semlls of ginger, nutmeg and other spices. Great beer. Flavor was complex including cinnamon. HIghly recommended pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Pours honey orange with a strong nutmeg aroma. This tastes just like pumpkin pie in a bottle with a strong nutmeg finish. This is the best pumpkin beer Ive ever had. I usually dont like pumpkin beers because they are usually too watery or the spices just dont quite do it for me but this one is nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Clear deep orangeish amber color. Minimal white head. Medium to thin bodied with a smooth carbonation. Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Begins with a sweetness that becomes tart and tangy. Towards the end and especially in the aftertaste its almost like youve taken a bite of raw pumpkin. This beer certainly accomplishes the pumkiny flavor they were seeking, however, the raw pumpkin aftertaste is a bit odd actually. Kind of tart, a little bitter, and leaves your mouth very dry. Drinking the beer is enjoyable but the aftertaste is borderline unpleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2010 Pours a amber orange color. Has a smell of bready malts with a slight roastiness (almost reminds me of toasted pumpkin seeds) and ginger/nutmeg (pumpkin pie). Taste is very similar to the nose with a bit more emphasis on the pumpkin pie but not nearly as sweet. Definitely in my top 3 for pumpkin ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sharkweek (119) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
I poured this into a tulip glass. It poured a dark Amber with about a finger of creamy white head. The beer has a cinnamon smell to it. The flavor is buttery, pumpkiny, tasty fall melady. This was a great pumpkin beer that I put right at the top of my list in that category.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
ejh8 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Meh not the best. Very thin and light in look and color. Leaves a metallic taste in your mouth. Too spicy and sweet in comparison to other pumpkin ales. Not the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2011
The best pumpkin beer I have ever had and I have not personally ever liked pumpkin beers. However, I love this one! The aroma is like pumpkin seed, candy and heaven!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allendodd (117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
I had this beer on tap at Busters on 28th after I ordered and hated a Liftbridge Farmgirl Saison. The Pumking had a small head that was mostly gone by the time my glass got to my table, but the sweet and spicy pumpkin aroma was still there. Al the stuff you would expect in a pumpkin pie is in this beer and the sweetness doesnt overpower. This was a completely satisfying beer that didnt taste much like a beer or ale. It probably isnt the beer I would have ordered to go with my buffalo burger, but the sweetness was moderated and the spice was not overpowering. I made several calls around town when I got home that evening and it was gone from the shelves in stores. Bummer. Im going to be watching for this one next year, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Pours a clear orange amber with a thick off-white head. Good lacing left on the glass. Smells like refrigerated pumpkin pie. Sweet bready malts with nutmeg and ginger spice. Taste follows the nose. Not as much pumpkin taste or nearly as sweet as I was expecting which makes this quite delicious. It tastes like a beer!!! A bit boozy on the finish. Very nice on the palate. Good carbonation, clean, crisp, and refreshing. By far my favorite pumpkin ale. No wonder this sells out fast at my locally distributor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UkrainPubCrawler (116) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2013
The aroma is invigorating on this, the best pumpkin ale Ive tasted! The delicious pumpkin flavor is strong yet tasteful. Vibrant color and brief foamy head upon pouring. Nice, light, and delightful!

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