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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Reviews: 233
Hads: 909
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 23
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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Photo of rangerman21
3.99/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.11/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into craft pub glass

A - huge foamy khaki head over a transparent body of orange amber filled with floating sediment; low to moderate amount of visible carbonation; nice trail of lace

S - pumpkin, spices, touch of sweetness, notes of grain; weak

T - pumpkin pie spices seem to overpower everything else, light caramel sweetness, pumpkin, slightly bready taste, grassy bitterness in the finish; pretty plain for the style

M - light body, moderate carbonation; far more watery than expected

O - Punk'n is not a horrible beer, but just doesn't measure up as a pumpkin ale. Boring. (596 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Joining in the pumpkin ale craze, Uinta does everything that everyone else does, however does them with impeccable balance, rich taste and a drinkable overall tone.

Hazy honey with an amber veil, the beer pours with a dense blanket of froth. Its aromas push a sweeter scent of caramel and simple syrup with a toasty grain back. With cinnamon, nutmeg and clove wafting about, and graham cracker flavors underneath- the character of pumpkin pie converge on the early palate.

But layering on the middle palate, those caramels and syrups give a praline-type of taste. Lightly buttery, crusty and spicy- its graham cracker crusted taste is even more paramount. Trailing with the allspice medley, the ale's starchy undertow is softly of gourde and squash.

Its long trail of sweetness and spice are never intent on relinquishing the palate as the ale has no real transcendence toward finish- lingering on in dessert-like finish. Warm with both spice and alcohol, neither hinder the ale's supreme drinkability. (1,005 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent pumpkin colored body with a thick, frothy head. Wonderful pumpkin pie-like aroma. Very mild flavors; mostly pumpkin and caramel; root beer. Medium body with a mostly dry finish.

The low-point for this beer is its very diluted pumpkin flavor. You're left with more of a sugary, soft drink like taste. It's not unpleasant per se, but really doesn't deliver much of a wow factor. (387 characters)

Photo of ColdBassHonkey
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours light-copper, but doesn't give off too much aroma. The pumpkin spice Uinta uses isn't sweet like the usual pumpkin beers that use the pumpkin pie spice. It is a balanced beer, though; however, I would have expected much more out of a Uinta brew. Probably not worth another try. (286 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-10-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Orange-amber with a 1-finger off-white head that fades quickly and leave very little lace.

S - Mild pumpkin pie spice, light malt, slight vegetal. Very mild aroma.

T - Pumpkin pie filling, graham cracker. A mild vegetal/gourd flavor. The flavors are restrained and balanced. More flavor than the smell would indicate. A bit of sweetness, but also restrained. A little bit of bitterness in the finish but certainly within bounds.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth

O - Looks like I like this better than most reviewers. Not the greatest pumpkin beer but considering the lowish ABV, good flavor and feel; I'd have it again. (687 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear orange-amber colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells of caramel and bread with with a mild spice scent.

Starts out on the sweet side with a big caramel candy flavor. Mild pumpkin spice flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is just an OK beer. (283 characters)

Photo of kerz_nelson
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Purchased this because i really enjoy Hop Nosh from Uinta. Came in with relatively high expectations (given low price) because of this. Very disappointed.

Pour is orangeish-amber, mild head, similar to other good pumpkins.

Smell is very mild, very subtle pumpkin pie spice aroma. Very worrisome for me.

Taste is just not there. No malt at all. Pumpkin/spice notes are so mild, they feel like they are almost there. Aftertaste is strange, almost like I'd expect from a homebrew lager.

There is very little to this beer, it isn't awful but not enjoyable in any way either. I would have drank the rest if nothing else was around, but ended up leaving it at a BBQ. I won't purchase again.

I should point out that I enjoy a good pumpkin ale in the fall and look forward to sampling new ones. This is far from the worst pumpkin I've had. (837 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep pumpkin color. The color actual looks more like real pumpkin was used than most other pumkin beers. Aroma is light, pumpkin, whipped cream, sweetness and a hint of pumpkin pie spices. Taste is very very light and actually pleasant. It is a little too light and some of the pumpkin flavor is lost, but it is a nice change from the overspiced other seasonal ales. Mouthfeel is nice and not bitter, just overall, a very light punk'n ale !! (449 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into my Deschutes tulip.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a very light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice!

Smell: light and malty, rather like an English bitter. There is pumpkin here, but also an interesting vegetal aroma. Spicing seems very mild for the style -- maybe just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg right at the end.

Taste: toasty, and rather a lot like an English bitter. Again, there's a very vegetal-tasting pumpkin element which, while perhaps not off-putting, is a little weird. As in the aroma, the spicing is quite mild. It's OK.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a pretty good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. I feel like the pumpkin is very natural and not overdone, but I also feel like it's not very polished. Worth a try if you're a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but otherwise it's merely an OK quaff. (951 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured Punk'n into pint glass.

A - Pours a light brown orangish color with a finger of off white head.

S - The aroma is of allspice, clove and nutmeg.

T - Light pumpkin initially with more clove, allspice and nutmeg . Mid palate getting more clove, and nutmeg with light toasted malts. On the aftertaste smooth pumpkin and spice.

M- Medium mouthfeel medium carbonation.

O - Ho Hum, Good pumpkin but not great. (417 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Punk'n is an exceptionally light and not particularly special pumpkin beer. It does seems to nail the style as it delivers a gourd or yam malt, starchy and dry. It ends with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. I don't find this offensive by any measure just not bold enough to expect another glance. (305 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A fairly mediocre Pumpkin Ale. Most of the beers I don't like in this style have way too much pumpkin spices...potpourri in a glass. THis beer could have used a touch of "over the top". It was very bland for the style.

Poured a nice slightly hazy orange color. The head was slightly off white, fairly small with less than average retention and minimal lacing. Smell was almost non-existent and the taste provided just a hint of pumpkin and very little spicing. Very bland. Mouthfeel is fairly rich and a little crisp but the lack of a more robust flavor is a downer.

There are much better Pumpkin Ales out there. (619 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

RB

12oz picked up at Whole Foods... Enjoyed from my trusty tulip... Thin white head with no real lacing atop a fairly clear orange brew.

Nose shows light pie spices and a decent match from the gourds..

Flavor is again light, but never flimsy.. Everything is there, but light as should be expected for Uinta... I appreciate the light spices and really never enjoy the spice bombs.

This brew is interesting.. simple.. NOTHING is overblown.. the squash element and the warm spices are in tune with each other.

Pretty nice.. maybe a lower ABV is the solution for so many shitty pumpkin brews out there???? Just sayin'... But I am right. (639 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

Punk'n pours a caramel, orangey color with a nice foamy head. The beer is well carbonated with lots of bubbles moving toward the top. The nose is fairly subtle, with notes of earthiness, toastedness, must, and a hint of nuts. The body of this beer is medium-light, quite sessionable.

On the pumpkin beer spectrum that ranges from pumpkin pie to gourd in flavor, Punk'n is certainly more toward the gourd side. The most distinctive taste note is a roasted, almost charred pumpkin flavor, with hints of honey and spices. There was also something that I found to be a little bacony/savory in the taste.

I would argue that Punk'n is a less well rounded version of DFH's Punkin. The roasted/charred pumpkin note is a bit off balanced. (736 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

A pretty good pumpkin beer.
Smells with pumpkin and spices.
Taste is tart and dry with with some spices.
Autumn colored with a thin beige head.
About standard for a pumpkin beer. (180 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Appearance - Poured 2 solid fingers of tan foam, body is a slightly hazy orange amber, leaves lightly webbed lace rings after each sip, and kept a solid cap throughout the entire session.

Smell - Pumkin filling, nutmeg, lite cinnamon, light crust (pie crust?), amd light sweetness, could even get whipped cream from this.

Taste - Light crusts, light pumkin, and light spices, mostly nutmeg. A very light malt sweetness in the back, not enough actually. I'm also getting flavors of white pepper and some minerals longer into the finish. Falls significantly on taste, as everything seems a bit watered down here.Too bad too, has a pretty good nose.

Mouthfeel - Lower side of medium, carb is just short of medium and very smooth. Soft and drinkable, but nothing that stands out here.

Overall - I was pretty interested after the appearance and smell, but the taste was a real let down here. I'm a little surprised, as I've had much better offerings from Uinta. This truly makes me think of something that may have been a better pumkin ale that was watered down with a significant amount of club soda, much like I believe another reviewer said. I can't recommend this, and I won't try it again - there are much better pumkin beers out there. (1,240 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is less than a finger high, with an off-white shade. Retention isn't very good, though the head is trying to form itself from the decent carbonation. Almost no lacing, either. (3)

Smell: More or less, it smells like a typical pumpkin ale. However, it leans closer to the sweeter pumpkin pie-in-a-glass type than the just-an-amber-ale-with-a-bit-of-spice type. There's a nice cinnamon note, along with a subtle kiss of gourd. Some of the other spices (like nutmeg and allspice) come off a bit harshly, though. Still, it smells decent – especially for a smaller gravity pumpkin ale. (3.25)

Taste: More watery than the nose indicated. It opens up with that classic combo of pumpkin and spicing, with a touch of toasted caramel malts in the midtaste. The finish...I don't know, it just seems generically carbonic and nondescript. All in all, pretty weak. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Very light for a pumpkin ale, and also pretty fizzy. Still, it goes down very easily. Uinta *did* succeed in making a light pumpkin ale that wasn't as hopelessly soda-like as Pumpkinhead, so minor kudos. (3)

Overall: It seems like 80% of all pumpkin ales are painfully mediocre - and yet, I keep trying them year after year. Anyhoo, this is another one of them. The subtlety of everything makes it less harsh than some of the spice bombs out there, at least. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if you want a pumpkin ale, Schlafly's pumpkin ale is the way to go. Period. (2.75)

2.89/5: Not Uinta's best showing (1,574 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%

Good starting head. Some streaky lace. Orange amber color and a bit hazy.

Strong raw pumpkin aroma. Quite vegetable-like in the taste, i.e. no sweetness, no pumpkin pie spices--just

First impression is that this is a little flat. The flavor matches the nose. (265 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +20.8%

I'm impressed with this offering of a season of pumpkin brew. I poured into a pint glass and was happy to see an impressive head, with distinct lacing that lasted throughout my entire session. Colour was pure and deep, essembling whiskey in the glass. Nose was subdued, but with subtle spice and lots of roasty pumpkin. The taste is surprisingly dry! Not sweet at all. A nice twist for a genre: a bruise that are often overly sweet and overly spiced. This one is all pumpkin, with a more subtle spice profile than many competitors. It's a bit one dimensional, slightly flat, but with such a nice head and with such a reserved interpretation on pumpkin beer, this is one to try again and a beer to recommend for those who are not fans of the over-the-top examples of this style. (777 characters)

Photo of ElegantRose
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Like the previous reviewer, I thought this beer would be a different, wonderful taste on the bevy of pumpkin beers out there.

It's super one-note, and I don't get why a number of pumpkin beers out there, of course including this one, don't just go very straightforward and try to faithfully mimic what pumpkins taste like-- perhaps I'm looking for a light, creamy, foamy, sweet, pumpkin beer, or a darker, more robust, spiced pumpkin. Either would have fixed this tepid problem. A well-balanced pumpkin beer, with appropriate experimentation (and test audiences) and batches that come out consistent shouldn't be hard for a brewery that has nationwide distribution.

I'm a little disappointed and it's difficult not to show that in this review. It's hoppy, with a smell like pumpkins, but comes off like an amber with almost zero remarkable qualities. Hooray. (861 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%

I've heard people either love this beer or hate it. Let's see if it causes me to vomit like so many BA'ers have implied.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into glass

Appearance (3.5) : Wow, it's the color of pumpkin alright. Dark pumpkin flesh, with a tinge of dark amber. Head is about 2 fingers and looks marshmallowy. Leaves very faint broken rings of lace around the glass.

Smell (4) : It's interesting that I said "marshmallow" because that's what I'm getting here. With some warm, sun-drenched pumpkin, dark spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. A pretty good smell. The bottle gives off a stiff pumpkin smell, overpowering everything else.

Taste (3) : A little sour, a bit bitter, sickly even, but ends like pumpkin pie. I like the aftertaste, but to get to it, I have to endure the ripe bitterness that is the woeful forerunner. Out of the bottle I could argue it tastes like Busch beer with pumpkin spice added. Heck, if Busch made a pumpkin lager (despite that this is an ale) that's what it would taste like. The flavor out of the glass is a little more classy, if only a little. Belches are like fresh carrot. ...Interesting.

Mouthfeel (3) : Pretty carbonated, medium bodied, spiced, ends dry.

Overall (3.09) : I don't quite know what to think of this brew. I think I'd lean more towards the "hate" category, but it's not entirely terrible. I'd say it's a notch above Shock Top's offering which isn't saying much. The taste is mawkish in every sense of the word, until you get to the end where you taste fresh pumpkin pie. I don't think the first part is worth agonizing through just for a pleasant three second aftertaste. It's actually giving me a little heartburn too. Ah, I wouldn't drink this again. (1,713 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Canned version.

A: 4.0 Dark walnut color, clear, with a goodly head and decent lacing.
S: 3.5 Restrained spiciness, to the degree actual pumpkin can be smelled, and light caramel malt.
T: 3.75 Like the nose, this contains a lot less spice than many examples of the style, but there's still a little bit of nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon. And, yeah, there's actual sweet pumpkin flavor (personally, it doesn't do much for me. I drink PA's for the spiciness). Malt adds a little caramel sweetness but it isn't heavy.
M: 4.0 Low strength, but still has plenty of body, and a good soft mouthfeel.
O: 3.75 Well-enough made, but a little boring.

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.76 (693 characters)

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Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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