RATINGS: 1924   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
22 oz bottle, Jimmack Invitational 2007. Amber in color. Aroma has a huge amount of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and caramel. Taste is very spicy, with alot of nutmeg, cinnamon, and is sweet with caramel and pumpkin. Tastes and smells like fresh pumpkin pie, but it is very overwhelming. A bit too sweet for my tastes- I can see how people would get into this though.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 6, 2007
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a clear, light orange color, with a minimal tan head. Aromas are of pumpkin pie spices, with some phenolics as well. Sharp band-aid aroma to it. Flavors are of pie spice, Vienna malts, spicy hops. Phenolic taste is prevelant. Brown sugar finish to it. Medium mouthfeel, decent body. Too phenolic for my liking.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McGarnigle (631) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bomber, chilled as suggested on bottle (40 degrees, though it warmed after pouring). Coppery-orange color with off white head. Smells like pumpkin pie or pumpkin ice cream, with some bubble gum. Very sweet. Body is medium-to-full and pretty fizzy. Really does taste like pumpkin pie, with an extra dose of vanilla. Plenty of spices, particularly nutmeg. Finish is needed to remind me its beer. Good, but a bit much.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
22 oz bottle-pours a dissipating white head and gold color. Aroma is earthy, pumpkin, medium malt. Taste is earthy, pumpkin, medium malt-caramel, vanilla extract, spices, some hops bite. Nice. OK carbonation.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle. Orange-copper body with a small white sudsy head diminishing to a light ring. Aroma is interesting - quite spicy and ginger biscuity essence, some burnt/toasty hints as well. Thick resiny body with orange and gingerbread pumpkin type flavours along with some light caramel. Has a strange dimension that is difficult to really pinpoint. I don’t know, i have mixed feelings about it. I’ll have to revisit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3577) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle; poured a clear, caramel orange. Small to medium, white head. Aroma of caramel and spices. A lot of nutmeg. Some vanilla and toasted malt. The flavor was somewha distinct for the style, despite the familiar presence of spice and pumpkin. To me it tasted like vanilla, although not quite. Cant put my finger on it. Liked it about as much as Weyerbachers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2008
bomber courtesy of Iowaherkeye, thanks Joey. great looking pour! bright orangey copper with an orangey off-white head. very fragrant nose with nutmeg, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and clove. flavor was quite sweet with toasted malt, pumpkin, cinnamon and an odd lingering bitterness. Im always up for trying a pumpkin beer, this one just seemed too sweet and over the top.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Smell is strongly pumpkin, the maltiness is pleasant, the flavor is pretty smooth but different than what you would expect from the smell. Toasted malt is the primary taste with a strong cinnamon presence I didnt get at all in the smell.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Bomber shared with illini08 and Duane. Poured a bright copper with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was composed of 95% pumpkin and the rest yeast, hops, and some cinnamon. The taste was similar except for a bitter aftertaste that I cant really attribute to hops. This was decent, but Id like to try a better balanced pumpkin ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Golden pour. Aroma is pure pumpkin with some spiciness and bread. Flavor is pumkiny with some odd sourness, spice, and an odd tartness. Decent mouthfeel. Good, but not nearly as good as hoped.


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