Krunkin Pumpkin - Karbach Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 10-10-2012

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Photo of goochpunch
2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours out a dark brown with a thick tan head at first. Smells of toast and spices. No Belgian yeast to speak of. Smells a bit boozy. No Belgian yeast in the flavor either. Not much pumpkin either. Slight spices. Lots of sweetness. Obvious toasty malts. I get a graininess that's becoming a signature flavor profile of Karbach. Mouthfeel is decent but could have more smoothness. Not really into this.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a very clear, deep copper color with a blooming tan head. Fades at an average pace and leaves some nice sheets of lace. Pretty good looking brew...

Nose actually lets the Belgian yeast out to play beyond the typical pumpkin pie spices. Malts have a grainy caramel thing going on in the background and it has a rock-candy-esque sweetness.

Taste is interesting...I am really happy the yeast is as prevalent as it is. The malts are dark, yet not overly bold. A toasty aspect comes out along with some tootsie-roll chocolate. It is kind of like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a subtle spice presence, not unlike many BSDA's really. The pumpkin adds a bit of gourdy-ness but does not really give it a whole lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, something Karbach does well. I cant really tell what the ABV is, but if I had to guess…maybe 8.5 or 9? I really like this beer, I wish it was easier to get, there was a limit of 1 at Spec's and was a bitch to hunt down..

Photo of Clonies720
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very limited release and distribution. Packaged only in kegs and 22oz bombers, and poured into my 1 liter Hofbrau stein.

Apperance: Pours a gorgeous ruby color that I've never really seen before. 1 inch foam head dissipates to a thin layer.

Smell: Pumpkin spices (i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, allspice). A very fruity essence.

Taste: Vanilla. All the spices listed above. Pumpkin flavor is implied in the taste.

Mouthfeel: high end on a low scale of carbonation. Very wet, chewy, and smooth, satisfying finish. Medium-bodied, but full flavored.

Overall: Me gustaaa. But could use a medium-high level of carbonation to match the body of the beer, as it is currently too light in my own opinion.

Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything Karbach is good and well worth the money.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep garnet red in color, with large, light tan head and profuse Belgian-style lacing and very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Deep aroma of pumpkin spice, brown sugar, caramel, orange rind, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a deep caramel note, followed by a wave of spices, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. An subdued undercurrent of pumpkin is present throughout the taste. As the taste progresses, there is a wave of warming sweet alcohol. Later in the taste, toasted malts present. As the taste draws to a close, there is a bit of wood.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, over-the-top without being heavy-handed, quite wonderful.

Presentation: Packaged in a 64 ounce growler, purchased at The Growler Room in Austin, Texas, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

Photo of Bluestar
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass...

Colour is a super dark copper, with a tinge of deep ruby red. Thin head with a yellowy tinge. Not much head on the pour, needed to swirl it up to get a a proper look.

Smell is well... dissapointing for a pumpkin beer. When I sniff these beers I expect a full blast of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, and only got hints of it on the nose.

Taste is average. Not great... almost seems more like a brown ale rather than the pumpkin style. Again here I lack the strong flavor notes that usually come with this style of beer.

Mouthfeel, however, is very nice. The right level of carbonation for the beer for sure. Smooth.

Overall, it was nice to try, but there are many other great examples of this style that I would prefer to have. I would add that the alcohol creeps up on you, the beer is not boozy at all, but at the end of the bottle I could certainly tell that it was somewhere above the 6% the beer guy at whole foods claimed it was...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

And here I thought my pumpkin beer experiences were done for the year... Oh well, the first of two Texas-based pumpkins I've got pours a clear ruby-brown topped by a finger or so of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, thick caramel, light mint, cinnamon, brown sugar, and light gingerbread. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more orange character than before and a smidgen of cocoa for the sake of it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly milky feel. Overall, a nice pumpkin beer, though I'm not sure the Belgian yeast really does much for it (and doesn't detract from it, either.). Not bad.

Photo of Ford
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A great pumpkin beer. Not overpowering in the spice department. Stands up to DFH's and Saint Arnold's pumpkin beers, though not as good in my opinion. I liked it a bit more than Sam Adams Fat Jack.

I look forward to having this every fall season in the Houston area. Great job again Karbach.

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston TX.

A: Pours a dark, brick red color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Vanilla, nutmeg, allspice. The kitchen cabinet of spices thrown in. Bready malts. Lingering sweetness.
T: Again, the kitchen cabinet of spices. Vanilla, nutmeg, and allspice are big up front. Though quickly fades. A big bready, malty flavor comes next. Finishes with a caramel malt/brown sugar sweetness that lingers on.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really sweet, I wish there was some dryness to counter that. Not hard to drink one. Though not something I am coming to again and again.

This reminds me of DFH Pumpkin. Which, when I first tried loved it. Though after time, I got really tiered of the allspice sweetness. The same here. The spices are just to much for me.

Photo of kojevergas
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

64 oz brown glass screw-top Karbach GROWLER purchased at the Growler Room in Austin, TX, a few days ago. Served into a pilsner glass. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Poured straight into the glass with extra vigor; the growler necessitated a hard pour given its weight. Served cold.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Soft and full, with a nice complexion and an even consistency. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is quite good - about 7-8 minutes - impressive for an 8.5% beer coming from a growler.

BODY: Dark amber-brown of below average vibrance. Translucent. Transparent. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a decent looking pumpkin ale with no unique or special characteristics. Nothing stands out.

AROMA: Pumpkin gourd, amber malts, caramel, sticky candied orange peel, brown sugar, and gingerbread. It's surprisingly light on the spices; I'm not finding cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc. Kind of disappointing in a pumpkin ale. And the pumpkin gourd isn't all that prominent.

It's a mellow pleasant aroma of average strength. Strangely subdued for a pumpkin ale; it doesn't commit to the pumpkin flavour enough, and the absence of spices is a letdown.

No overt alcohol, off-notes, hop profile, or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE: Subdued pumpkin gourd, cough syrup (especially on the finish), caramel, amber malts, the signature plum note of Belgian abbey yeast, and a bit of nutmeg. On the sweeter side, to its detriment. The pumpkin is shallow, and I crave more spices. Caramalt dominates, which isn't very interesting. I do like the subtle gingerbread. Christmasy spices evoke the wrong vibe for this autumn ale.

Fairly imbalanced; it's too sweet and lacks a balancing hop bitterness or spiciness. The medicinal cough syrup character is quite bothersome, and ruins the plum notes of the yeast. Brief duration of flavour. Average flavour intensity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overly thick, adequately carbonated, and noticeably warm from the alcohol.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture isn't particularly well-suited to the taste. Subpar execution.

OVERALL: Drinkable but underwhelming. Not enough pumpkin for a pumpkin ale. The absence of spices doesn't do it any favors. I wouldn't get this again, and I'm a bit bummed I threw down $20 for a growler fill, but it's not an awful beer. Just a boring pedestrian one. Another mediocre brew from Karbach.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a kindof nutty brown color with a reasonable head.

Smells like fresh fruity pumpkin...very sweet, maybe a hint of spices or nuts, mostly fresh pumpkin.

Taste has a lot of authentic pumpkin too, but more spices than in the nose, kindof nutty, almost cloyingly sweet, good though.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, rich but good carb, fair drinkability.

Good pumpkin beer! Pumpkin flavor is very authentic, I like that the spices are toned down, could be less sweet though.

6.9/10

Photo of Premo88
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(lots of stuff printed on bottom of bottle, but hard to read)

L: mahogany -- deep dark amber/brown, no old-ale purple but very dark with loads of red in it; 1- to 1 1/2-inch head of thick brown/tan head that sticks hard and appears to be lacing; the liquid is about 95% clear ... it's not cloudy and you can see through it, but it has a slight mistiness to it; no lace as it turns out, but it does keep a nice collar

S: sweet pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon ... christmasy; a hint of grain; a sweet malt I can't place -- not bready, nutty or dark (coffee, chocolate, prune, raisin) but close enough to those notes that it definitely is malted barley; fruity; smells sweeter than it tastes

T: loads of pumpkin for sure, has that numbing/mediciny note that tastes more like pumpkin rind than pumpkin pie; it has a taste note i've only encountered in scottish ales (wee heavies) that's really hard for me to describe ... it's almost like beef liver ... prunes? pumpkin permeates everything

F: quite solid ... a good midweight feel with plenty of carbonation

O: better than other pumpkin ales I've tried, but it's not a showcase brew for me. no offense to the pumpkin ale, but it's not my jams. with that said, Karbach made another good beer here, and it's super drinkable. worth a bomber's investment at least.

Photo of joeyfeets
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark amber color with a malty, toffee aroma that has a hint of pumpkin. Upon tasting it, the pumpkin pie spices become apparent. Cinnamon & caramel permeate throughout your palette with a touch of clove. It's not sweet like pumpkin pie but I like that its not a "dessert" beer. Despite its higher ABV, its very sessionable & the alcohol isn't apparent in the flavor. Great ale for those that lean toward porters/stouts.

Photo of kennymule
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and had a really dark copper color with nice but thin head which left quickly. The nose was of expected pumpkin spices. Mouth feel was smooth. Taste was up front bread with caramel sweetness, Middle had a decent hop presence and the finish lingered with the vanilla, allspice, pumpkin pie spices. This was by far the best pumpkin ale I've tasted this season. Although pumpkin beers done as well as this one are enjoyable, probably one will do you.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pouring to a nice mahogany color, Krunkin Pumpkin emits a nose of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and of course pumpkin. The foam on this beer looks good but it holds its own for only a few minutes after pouring, leaving no lace on your glass.

This seasonal brew has a complex taste of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices, plus the finish of alcohol. The bready malts help to balance out the taste, but the mixture of spices continues to get your palate’s attention. There are also some other flavors present if you search for them, like prunes and a touch of vanilla.

Krunkin Pumpkin is a complex beer for certain and the more I tasted it, the more different flavors I noticed. It’s easy to tell that this is a pumpkin beer, but the pumpkin is actually not as predominate as it is in other pumpkin brews. It takes front stage, but it has a great and strong supporting cast from the other spices.

If you like your pumpkin beer to taste like pumpkin pie and nothing else, then you may not prefer Krunkin Pumpkin. But if you love a complex spicy brew, then this is one not to miss. It’s a little pricey, but it’s a good choice for those who love a complex beer and like to pick out all of the different and delicious flavors.

Photo of Huskador
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I await the arrival of this beer like some people do for the new air jordans. I stalk the liquor store managers and store personnel hoping to get insights on when this beer would arrive. After waterboarding a few I got one to crack and he finally took be to the back and showed me the 5 cases they had available. I bought one case and I'm doing my best to make it last even though the beer comes in 22 oz bottles.

Pros: outstanding flavor that isn't too pumpkin/spice heavy but enough to know you've got a fall specialty brew on your hands. Alcohol content is stout but you don't taste it when you are drinking it. As dark as it is, it doesn't have a stout consistency, its a very easy to drink dark beer.

Cons: price ($8 for a 22 oz bottle) and it's only available in late September, early October. It's so good you don't want to share it, but since it's in a big bottle you feel obligated. Limited production, so once it's gone, it's gone. Only available in Texas...for now.

Photo of TheDoctor92
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

very strong in the spices. the aroma is intoxicating.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep copper that looks very appalling with a thin soapy head. Wasn't very impressed with the lacing as I drank. The smell isnt overwhelming, with faint pumpkin pie notes. The taste is a little more aggressive with a snappy hop back bone. The most disappointing aspect was the mouthfeel which I found watery and a little unpleasant. Overall decent but not an awe inspiring effort.

Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Smooth, not a lot of spice, not too sweet

Krunkin Pumpkin from Karbach Brewing Co.
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