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Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin AlePunk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
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Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-25-2006

This sessionable pumpkin ale is brewed with fresh pumpkin and seasonal spices.

10 IBU
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Ratings: 907 | Reviews: 241
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Photo of UGADawgGuy
2.18/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

With the weather cooling and a freshly deposited paycheck, I visited my local beer store today and picked up a wide variety of seasonal beers. I'd never seen or heard of this one, and I figured, what the hell?

Big mistake.

Appearance: This beer pours a decent orange-ish amber color. I couldn't generate much head, even with a fairly aggressive pour. What little head it did produce (about a half-finger) disappeared almost immediately.

Smell: I detect a faint pumpkin-ish aroma, and a hint of either nutmeg or cinammon. But it's too faint to pin down.

Taste: What a disappointment! Yeah, I can taste the pumpkin, but it tastes...a little bit burnt, maybe? And I mean that in a bad way; I love nice, toasty malts, but those just aren't there with this beer. The prevailing flavors are of VERY mild pumpkin, a nearly imperceptible hint of spice, and...soapy water. Not good.

Mouthfeel: VERY little carbonation, and an absurdly light body. It's almost a vaguely pumpkin-flavored tonic water, minus most of the bubbles. Except it's oddly slippery, with essentially no body or heft.

Drinkability: I wasted money on a six-pack I'd never heard of. I'm tempted not to finish the first one, and the other five will likely be foisted upon an unsuspecting acquaintance in the near future. I've had worse, but this one's not worth your time.

Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured a light orange shade for a pumpkin ale with a fizzy white head atop.Light sweet pie spice in the nose and that was really all,light and fizzy in the mouth with more spice rather than pumpkin flavors.Iam gonna try the imperial pumpkin that Uinta makes,this gets a failing grade in my opinion.

Photo of Mac19872
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is maybe the 8th pumpkin beer I have had this season, Southern Tier and DFH being favorites. I see this getting a lot of bad reviews and I am inclined to disagree.
From the start the pour is standard into a Sam Adam's glass(I'm from Boston, what can I say) with an orange glow and a good lasting head if poured right. Proper lacing covers the glass as you drink. The smell is very authentic pumpkin, the same as when you cut open one to carve, and that's the best your going to get with my stuffy nose. Taste is very different that you might expect. I did not like this the first few mouthfuls, but after drinking the hole thing its a very real, maybe closest to real pumpkin without many spices added as any pumpkin beer this season. The taste is smooth, nothing sticks out to much besides the real pumpkin flavor. I would suggest folks buy this beer and drink it with the understanding that it is going to be different than most but in its own style it is a very good pumpkin beer. Would I buy again, YES. But I would not mix this with the other pumpkin beers seeing this one is very different. Not your typical review yes, but I'm not your typical person.

Photo of BigMarty1980
3/5  rDev -10.2%

The label says Pumpkin Ale but I think this should be renamed as a "Spiced Fall Ale." Drinking this makes me feel like I should be outside on an overcast low 50 degree day among wind blow'n leaves. The color is a rich amber with slow dissipating head white head. Mouthfeel is moderate. Faint notes of pumpkin but more essence of general spices.

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 2/9/13. Pours clear ruby-amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is mellow pumpkin and spices.

The flavor is vegetal malts with nice spicing - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. There's a bit of a metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. It's a bit mellow, but the spicing is well done.

Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Comes with best before dating (2/06/13)

Pours light and clear pumpkin hued amber. Moderate tan head. Low sheeting, and decent fields of fine lacing.

Next to nothing on the nose, just minor spice.

Lightly flavored, some pumpkin, some spice. But everything is toned down and its a wee bit watery.

Light fall sessioner kinda brew. Would work for a newbie. Would work for a light fall meal. Cheese, chicken, light fare.

Nothing special, nothing terrible. Easy drinkin.

Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: light pumpkin spice and sweet bready malt

Taste: breadiness, big clove, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An enjoyable bready pumpkin beer, nothing mind blowing but above average. I would get this again and could probably do four in a sitting

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poured into a goblet. Caramel copper in colour, thin head, bit of lace.

Nose is sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, biscuit.

Pretty decent pumpkin beer, it has to be said. The flavor is unmistakably that of pumpkin, and there is a good bit of cinnamon and spice to it. Nothing memorable, but it does the trick.

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been searching for the perfect pumpkin ale for over 15 years. This one comes the closest so far. The deep orange color and burnt pumpkin aroma blew me away. Taste is right on with very little spice, sweetness or hops; its all toasted pumpkin. The reality is that pumpkin has a very mild flavor, and this is as close as it gets. Other pumpkin ales seem to try to achieve a pumpkin pie flavor in a beer by adding to much spices. To me this ale strives to complement pumpkin pie instead of mimicry. Even 15 minutes later I can still taste the burnt pumpkin. With the low ABV I could definitely drink a six pack in one session. I'll be looking forward to Punk'n Ale returning next year.

Photo of timontheroad
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass. Aggressive pour yielded a good inch high thick head. Clear, orange/gold color- nice looking beer. Aroma is pretty weak with some light pumpkin aroma and a bit of spice. Taste is likewise pretty weak, with a slight taste of pumpkin pie filling and a bit of tartness. Very little malty sweetness and no hoppiness. Mouthfeel was pretty thin. Overall, not the greatest verion of a pumpkin ale out there, probably won't be buying this one again.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a thin white head. Can see some visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Pleasant aroma reminiscent of a pumpkin pie. Malts are more full than some pumpkin beers I have had and aren't overpowered by spice. Rich aroma.

T: Mild tempered pumpkin brew that is rounded out nicely by a full malt body. Spice and pumpkin are fairly strong but don't necessarily take center stage.

M: Medium to full body with a nice creaminess. Somewhat low carbonation. Isnt too sticky from the sweetness.

Overall I'm a fan of this beer. A little different than the other pumpkin beers on the market but still is true to pumpkin pie roots. Give it a go.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and bready, like freshly baked gingerbread. Good notes of spices, such as all-spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger and brown sugar. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Pumpkin-y and malty, with some good notes of spices, such as all-spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger and brown sugar. I get notes of freshly baked gingerbread as well as some pronounced hoppy bitterness to finish the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some slight carbonation. With an ABV of 4.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another good pumpkin beer. Good balance between malt, pumpkin, spices, sweetness and hops. I’d certainly get it again.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The beer shows a decent amount of head pouring from the bottle, ultimately settling as a quarter inch layer at the top. Lacing is not present. The color is a deep rust color similar to many pumpkin beers.

The smell begins with a strong spice presence, but then a curious vegetable smell emerges. The smell resembles something canned and is not entirely off-putting, but also not entirely appealing.

The taste is the same as the smell, but perhaps with a bit more pumpkin presence. The beer itself is medium body with light carbonation. It is easy to drink certainly.

Overall, the beer would be much more enjoyable without the canned vegetable aspect, as this beer distracts the senses and seems out of place. Okay but not a favorite.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four + brewing- Punk'n Ale

A- Clear golden orange with a big fluffy head moderate lacing.
S- Sweet pmpkin spice and light caramel malt.
T- Sweet malt, caramel and light brown sugar. Pumpkin spices with a nicce big touch of nutmeg.
M- Mildly sweet and spicy with a dry malty finish.

Overall- Not bad at all. Very mild and sessionable, surprisingly good.

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear amber with a soft, bubbly, white head that has good retention

S - pumkin, caramel, faint cinnamon

T - pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, faint bready malt

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is probably the most balanced pumpkin ale I've had to date. The pumpkin is forward and foremost in the flavor with the spices taking a balanced, supporting role. This is delicious and incredibly drinkable. It's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled on 8/13/09.

Looks like a pale ale and then deep, pumpkin orange blossoms in the glass. Hazy to the point of opacity in the widest point of my glass. A finger of bone white head fades to a ring and thin slick but leaves draping lace.

A wee bit of clove and cinnamon with a sourness that is stealing the focus. Buttery, toasted squash or pumpkin.

Sour pumpkin with the accompanying spices. Mostly cinnamon, clove, with maybe some nutmeg or allspice. A prominent sour note I'm surprised by too. Quite Belgian overall, the yeast is contributing a moderate amount of butter or butterscotch, sour, and spice.

Prickly in a way that is only emphasizing the sour. Not as thin as 4% might suggest. The finish is slightly musty biscuit malt.

Seeing as this six pack cost me $2.99 before good 'ol tax, not bad. I do prefer it to some macro. Obviously sessionable because of the alcohol and not unpleasant.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange, white a slightly burnt head...
Smells of sweet pumpkin pie nuff said. Flavor is some cinnamon and nutmeg. A hint of hops and some brown sugar and squash.
More body than expected, a lovely light carbonation and very little aftertaste.

Good beer. Still in search of an "A" worthy pumpkin ale.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me say that I like the packaging on this beer. The way the neck label is orange, and the cap is plain orange with no other graphic made it stand out. Also, the brown body label and the graphic pumpkins give it a very modern look. Not that that sells me on the beer, but it did catch my eye.

Freshness dated, this is two weeks old.

Clear copper body. Bone-white head. Fair head retention. Some nice craggy and claw-like lacing surrounded by tiny spots and splotches.

Spice in the nose. A touch of perfumey something-or-other as well. Sweetness? Yeasty fruitiness? A combination with the spice? Some distinct grainy maltiness. Surprisingly unique for a style that's very cookie-cutter. Kudos.

In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it smooth and lets the spice act without being amped up by carbonic acid.

The flavor is sweetish upfront, quickly settled by spice, and then malty before it even crosses the middle of the tongue. There seems to be a real pumpkin flavor, although I'd imagine that might just be 'suggestion', and the wide bed of gently caramelish malt that supports the spice. Lots of all-spice, some nutmeg, and a judicious use of cinnamon that doesn't really hit you until you swallow (and it makes a quick trip from the back of your mouth to the tip of your tongue, and then back again). This would be great with some buttery or cheesy pasta with walnuts and chunks of butternut squash! It's not bitter, but there is a balance to it. Spice handles a lot of that anyway.

Overall, I'm impressed. This is a very hard style to pull off with such finesse, and there aren't many that i can give a 4.5 to for drinkability. Worth trying.

Photo of scootpolute
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 OZS bottle poured into a cone, pint glass...

A: Slightly hazy tawny color. Lacing surpasses our expectations with a good amount of clinging action.

S: Smells heavy bread/malts and fermented pumpkin, a little starchy and melon-like, with a tartness that meshes very well with the subtle yet savory spicing.

T: Kicks off with a mild tartness of fermented pumpkin. Malt follows right behind with a mellow bread and faint caramel mix. Spicing slowly strolls hand in hand with the balancing hop bitterness. Nutmeg and clove seem to be the more dominant spices in their small world until the ginger comes along and plays king through the aftertaste. A little bready and toasty in the slightly dry finish.

M: Incredibly smooth, sturdy medium body.

O: This was a very decent Pumpkin Ale. Is it as good as 'Night Owl' (from Elysian?)...No, but still pretty good. Chasin' Cheers :~)

Photo of rangerman21
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- hazy amber with a decent head
S- Cinnamon, nutmeg, a little sweet
T- Slightly sweet, nice amount of spice and pumpkin taste
F- Bright, not overly carbonated
O- Nice and pumpkin-y, but still knows it's a beer. Enjoyable.

Photo of DerekP
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/28/12

Punk'n (Harvest Pumpkin Ale), 12 fl oz "Ale brewed with pumpkin & spices." Oddly enough, the left side of the label says "3% organic ingredients." That said, I don't expect the green movement to recommend this on the merits of organic ingredients.

Pours brown amber with a fluffy, egg-white head. Damn near opaque for the color.

Pumpkin spices are pleasant in the nose and not over the top. Floral; toasted squash; dark bread; cinnamon and brown sugar.

Ghord/pumpkin taste hits the buds subtly (autumn vegetable hint). Not too spicy; pretty reserved, including the bittering hops.

Good choice if looking for a pumpkin beer beyond the mediocre, ubiquitous options.

Photo of russpowell
2.39/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rolled the dice & bought a sixer of this, what do I have??? bottled on Aug 15 08

Pours amber/copper with 1 finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Vegtal & metallic odors, not good, plus a bit of pumpkin pie spice

T: Pumpkin, metallic hops, dryness & astringency up front. More metal & apple skins as this warms, along with slight pumpkin taste. Finishes wet & fruitty

MF: Fizzy with light body & wet

I have 2 questions why did the brewer bother? & What the hell am gonna do with other five beers?, disappointing

Photo of jurgenhadley
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up to try a pumpkin beer. Smell upon opening and first taste had a hint of pumpkin. Very mellow, smooth beer, but not much different than a regular beer. Seems to have just a hint of pumpkin to it. Did taste the slight tartness noted in other reviews, but it wasn't too much different than the first half of the beer.

Photo of Kegatron
2.57/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light golden amber with a finger of fizzy eggshell colored head. This peters down pretty quickly into a thin filmy covering that leaves some equally flimsy lacing behind that readily slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of green floral pumpkin meat, a moderate spice kick, and sticky sweet notes.

The overall taste is tangy and sickly sweet. Sticky malts and pumpkin pie spices that's not offering up much else. Just some very light pumpkin meat and moderate hop bitterness that pull up the back. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a bit of a watery feel towards the back of the swallow and a lower carbonation that just isn't helping out the flavors at all.

Too little pumpkin and too much sweetness and spices, this could have used some more balance and definitely more body. This just didn't hold my interest for very long.

Photo of glass_house
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Punk'n is a light, clean pumpkin ale, and a decent one at that. The aroma and overall flavor profile are noticeably tame relative to the slew of big bad pumpkin ales on the market, but that's alright with me.

The taste is mostly soft natural pumpkin with a bit of earthy hops. Almost none of the nutmeg and other spices typically associated with pumpkin ales. To me, that makes it a more authentic pumpkin beer, even if it's a bit less exciting than some. The light body and medium-high carbonation give it a crisp, refreshing feel.

Overall, it's very good at being what it's supposed to be, and I can appreciate that. However, I will admit I am also a fan of the bolder pumpkin ales, and I find Punk'n to be a perfect mixer to smooth out the likes of Pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial, Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel, etc. Either way, for the price, there's nothing to complain about here.

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Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.