RATINGS: 1822   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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3
Scopey (14972) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2015
Tap at Worden Hall, Boston. It pours clear golden with a decent white. The nose is sweet, earthy, pumpkin pie, allspice, candy and cardboard. The taste is bitter, earthy, pumpkin, decent amount of spice, alcohol boost, earth, caramel shortbread and pumpkin pie with quite a drying finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Ok for what it is.

3.4
gunnfryd (14956) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin, fruit, cinnamon, ginger. Flavour is ginger, malt, fruit, cinnamon, pumkin, spices. Weird beer.

4.4
Ratman197 (14952) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of pumpkin, pecan, carmel, earthiness and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of pumpkin, pecan, carmel, spice and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering pumpkin finish. Easily the best Pumpkin beer I’ve had!

3.3
DSG (14921) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Clear golden. Lovely aroma of cake, pumpkin, vanilla, speculoos cookies, a bit of chocolate and spicy notes. Sweetish flavor with spices, malt, a bit of pumpkin, cookie notes and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

3.9
Tmoney99 (14605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear copper color with a large off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid doughy pumpkin pie and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy balanced carrot cake flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of long duration. Standout seasonal beer.

3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2007
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head diminishes quickly, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is not especially strong, medium sweet, ginger/allspice, light clove. Taste is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, light allspice. Fair amount of alcohol evident, though its presence becomes more muted as the beer approaches room temperature For that matter, the beer as a whole kept improving as it warmed, peaking at room temperature. Smooth medium-full body. From my perspective, the high alcohol doesn’t enhance pumpkin beers, as I don’t think too highly of Weyerbacher’s either. Final score is a composite of consuming the bottle as it warmed from 52F to room temperature (71F) -- the lower temp would have scored worse, and the higher temp would have rated higher.

2
Drake (13942) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2016 Back on 8/21/2008 I gave this an even 3.0 (broken down as 7/4/5/2/12) finding it very corny and both astringent and cloyingly sweet. I promised a rerate and nearly 3 years later here it is. Bomber from a couple of friends for my birthday. Thanks! A couple of the finest people I know, and I’m not saying that because they gave me beer. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Below average head retention. Aroma of huge pumpkin, spice and gingerbread notes, some corn and buttery notes as well as very faint hops. The taste is huge spice notes, pumpkin, buttered popcorn. Bitter hop finish. Some toastiness. Medium-full bodied. OK, looks like I wasn’t too far off the mark last time. UPDATE: I’ve tried this several times since the rerate, and I freaking hate this beer every time.

2.9
Christian (13679) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Cloudy orange with a small white head. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices in the nose, along with pumpkin and even a little dough. Sweet and spiced with some alcohol showing. I don’t get it. I prefer my spiced beers to be a little spice and primarily beer, but this is just liquid spice.

3.8
kermis (13674) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle sampled at Whole Foods Tyson’s. Pours clear golden with a small off white head. Aroma of Crete brûlée up front, with gingerbread, pumpkin and light spice. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.2
Stuu666 (13616) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Keg at the beer temple. Cereal, biscuity grains on nose, sweet, malty, light fruit, cereal, biscuit. Not overly pumpkin but delicious anyway.


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