RATINGS: 1829   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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wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
This beer really exceeded my expectations. Thought it the beer flavors would be significantly masked but that is not the case. Strong spice aroma with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and all things that make up pumpkin spice. Pumpking flavor stong on the front of the beer, followed by brown ale characteristics, and finally spice flavors. Beer clarity is perfect. Overall this beer makes you dream of the fall.

cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Grabbed this for a beer tasting just for something different. Was pretty amazed. Tall glass of pumpkin pie. I even got the hint of whipped cream at the end. I couldn’t drink these in multiples, but great to share.

hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Good grief Charlie Brown! I can’t believe the aromas that are creeping out of my glass. If this only has puréed pumpkin in it then I must say kudos because this smells and tastes in part of the finest pumpkin pie spice that I could ever imagine indulging in. It’s almost overwhelming to try to distinguish what else is going on here and I really don’t care! That said, very sweet pumpkin and malty aroma that overshadow whatever hop aromas may be present. Beautiful orange amber color, clear, little carbonation. Taste is pumpkin...go figure...but I can tell there is some medium caramel malt sweetness in there and some nice resiny hop bitterness to balance. Sweet and silky on attack. Medium body. Moderate carbonation, creamy and sticky texture and a lovely lengthy well balanced finish that lets the hops do their job. I’m a big fan of Southern Tier and can’t believe how many great beers they have in their Imperial series alone! This is no exception. Definitely get a few of these and don’t forget to stash one away for Thanksgiving, because you will be the hit of the party and this is one to truly be thankful for!

cwill (99) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2017 22oz bottle poured into my Movie Tavern tanker. Color is an amber orange with minimal head and lacing. It smells delicious; caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. The taste is primarily nutmeg, but the fresh pumpkin comes bursting through with slight cinnamon notes. Mouthfeel is rich, but smooth with medium carbonation. Very quaffable for an imperial ale, so beware of the 8.6% ABV

DearBeer2013 (94) - - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Immediate taste of pumpkin then alcohol. It was alright, but maybe a little too sweet for me. Kind of wheatish.

rlpeeler (93) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2014
On tap it is mostly clear with small off white head. Taste is malt with spices and yes pumpkin. A bit sweet but it is a good counter to the alcohol. Very rich and smooth without being thick. A very nice beer.

G_Ram9 (93) - - SEP 13, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into glass. Amazing sweet pumpkin aroma tickles the senses but I found this beer to be much better on the nose than palate. Flavor is so dominated by big pumpkin that not much else can shine through. First couple sips were tasty but then I'd had enough and wished for this beer to become something more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - OCT 1, 2008
The name says it all. Beautiful orange pour with almost no head. Low carbonation, very silky on the palate. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Excellent.

sheep (93) - FINLAND - DEC 18, 2012
650ml bottle, bottled 06/06/12. Reviewed from notes. Clear orange pour with a small off-white head. A real interesting sweet nose with notes of oreos, mint, slightly herbal, hints of grain and some finnish bundt cake. Taste follows the nose with earthy hoppiness balancing the sweetness nicely. Low to medium carbonation, smooth palate. My first pumpkin ale and I’m glad I shared the bottle - no way I could drink a lot of this on my own. Interesting.

Cassius (93) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2013
wow. Erg lekker en pompoenig. Sterker van smaak ook met kruiden maar anders dan de mashing pumpin. Top3 bij pumpkinbeer event @Beer Temple 24-10-2013

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