RATINGS: 1926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Okay, I like this beer, but it tastes like a scented candle. It smells like a scented candle too, but not as much as the flavor. Vanilla, cinnamon, some clove. Alcohol incredibly well hidden. Taste is all pumpkin, without very litttle bready beer flavors underneath. Mildly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle via trade thanks to truehumand on BA. Pours clear pumpkin orange with a dissipating off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin, pumpkin spices, gingerbread, corn, and biscuit. Flavor is sweet and very pumpkin pie like with loads of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, butternut squash, and some bready pale malt. Palate is smooth and creamy and slightly warming. Finish is long. Nice pumpkin beer overall, but maybe not quite the king of pumps (or pums I guess - what happened to the other P?).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Best pumpkin beer that I have ever had. While many like to brag that their brew is pumpkin pie in a bottle...this beer is one of two that actually delivers.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6843) - rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2009
It tasted very sweet like liquid cockies and spounge cake, lots of sugar and sweets. Very odd but also very interesting. Not sure how I would have liked this in a full glass but as a sample it was quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2803) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
If any pumpkin beer would get me over the hump on this style, it would be this one, but alas it was not to be. Bright amber color. Rich cooked pumpkin aroma, like a can of pumpkin pie filling. No spice, which was good. Flavor was just a little pumpkin, more graham cracker and light malt. Semi-dry finish, where it could have used a little more residual sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Pours a brown/orange. Aroma is intense pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, pie filling, some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery, flavor is explosively vegetable, pumpkin pulp, spice. Depth of flavor blows away all other pumpkin beers Ive had. That being said I dont really like pumpkin beers.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (872) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Rerate: Bright orange color with nice off-white head and moderate lacing. Aroma and flavor still have strong notes of butter and corn, but I think it has gotten better. The pumpkin is definitely evident, with a nice mix of spices and sweetness. Its very smooth and creamy with a medium, oily mouthfeel.

9/19/2010: (2, 3, 7, 3, 15 = 3) Oh I wanted to like this so bad, but the aroma. OHH the aroma is so bad. It smells like corn on the cob. Not that thats a bad smell, but it shouldnt be the smell of a beer. Its so corny and buttery, I dont know what its about. The flavor was okay, and spicy, but it still tasted like buttered corn to me. Just really strange.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
vikasdesai (18) - USA - SEP 25, 2010
only good thing about colder weather after a nice summer is the influx of seasonal brews, and this is the crown jewel, is there anything that smells better than this? Adrianna Lima? i digress..., hides the 9% about as good as you can, touches of cinnamon and nutmeg and sugar with hops, with a wonderful amber color signifying the onset of fall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Pours a deep copper/Orange, with a thick lasting head, It took several "sniffs" before I could come up with the Aroma, It has the Spice, but also the smell of pumpkin, like when I carve them at Halloween. And the smell I couldnt figure out was Graham Crackers. I told my friends that and they thought I was nuts. But I looked at some other reviews, and they said the same thing. Nice Balance of Pumpkin and Spice, and unlike other Pumpkin beers, this really stays good all the way through to the end, I think I like a more Spiced beer, but this was a top 5 Pumpkin Beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (827) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
My first pumpkin ale. I can see why this would be an acquired taste. Very unusual. Aroma of pumpkin pie and an amazing (albeit, not sure yet if its for me....) pumpkin pie taste mixed in with the very moderate hop bitterness. Not much of an aftertaste - that lasts anyway. The mouthfeel is very interesting relatively thick and runny pumpkin pie filling. I will probably try some other pumpkin ales just to see what I think, but I have a feeling I might try a pumpkin ale once each fall and thats about it.


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