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Krunkin Pumpkin - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: twiggamortis420 on 10-10-2012)
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

BMos, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

goochpunch, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of HoustonZ33
2.5/5  rDev -34%

HoustonZ33, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.51/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Low C-

kojevergas, Today at 02:34 AM
Photo of kevinscott
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

kevinscott, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

dcloeren, May 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

TxUltraRunner, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

wsnich, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Bluestar
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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...

Bluestar, Oct 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Tiernan, Jan 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

dkw0063, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Pro_Magnon, Sep 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

jbeezification, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TheDoctor92
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

very strong in the spices. the aroma is intoxicating.

TheDoctor92, Oct 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

zbooks, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of zander4dawin
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

zander4dawin, Oct 12, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

webrunr, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Premo88
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

Premo88, Nov 16, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Ben_Hodges, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Qabil, Oct 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jheezee, Oct 17, 2012
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Krunkin Pumpkin from Karbach Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.