Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin AlePunk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sessionable pumpkin ale is brewed with fresh pumpkin and seasonal spices.

10 IBU

Added by Wasatch on 10-25-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
1,052
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.12%
 
 
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27
Gots:
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
4% ABV, Best Before 01/19/13 stamped into label, "For best flavor enjoy in a glass."

A - I begin my fall hayride journey of Punk'n with a full, vigorous pour that's very autumnal; dirty pumpkin orange-to-amber hazed from the sediment and topped with a moderately lasting off-white head. Thin, wispy fingers of lace stick to the pint but I wouldn't call it an overly attractive beer by any means; inviting nonetheless.

S - Punk'n has a rather closed-off aroma from the get-go with mild but fresh pumpkin aromas; like you're in there gutting Jack with you're bare hands - earthy and gourd-like. Pie spices add those sought-after nuances of nutmeg and cinnamon but surrender to the beer's general earthiness; hops, toasted malts, minor Sugar In The Raw sweetness - a good malt backing. Save for the added earthiness, hops are all but absent in Punk'n. Interestingly enough, a hearty swirl brings out much more of the pumpkin which becomes quite pungent and also somewhat off-putting, almost vegetal and acidic at the same time.

T - A very impressive malt base gives pause to draw parallels to the other rather enjoyable beers off the season, brown ales. Light toasted malt continues the earthy trend with a grainy bite and mildly sweet finish like a touch of caramel drizzled over the top. Spice lingers gently while the pumpkin pulls through nicely. Earthy hops remain in play adding much more to the flavor than the aroma suggested.

M - Smooth and medium bodied from start to finish, a trail of moderate carbonation lingers on the tongue aiding the finishing dryness in alleviating the possible strain of malt sweetness. The spice levels, like in the beer's flavor, remain low key offering simple nudges of influence rather than force their way in.

O - Uinta's Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale does a great job of incorporating pumpkin and spice flavors into this nice malty base beer without getting too carried away. It remains earthy and tied to the season with it's characteristics but mild enough to entice someone unsure of a "pumpkin beer" while also maintaining enough pumpkin and spice to keep pumpkin beer veterans coming back for another without the complaint it's too thin or watered down. Nice across the board, this is a good entry into the pumpkin ale season!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of UGADawgGuy
2.18/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of Mac19872
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of kcc
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

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Photo of Afroman
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before date of 2/5/16. Pours honey colored with a large off-white head. Smells of good pumpkin with some spice and malt. The taste follows closely but is weak in intensity; pumpkin, malt, spices, and light hops. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a pretty straightforward Pumpkin Ale, but it needs a stronger flavor intensity and some complexity.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ps6756
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Twifiter
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Billolick
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of burninggoat
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of lostandwandering
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of asuburbanman
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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Photo of Nfiorini513
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gcuneen
4.58/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I bought a singe and loved this beer. It smells and tastes like a good pumpkin ale should...like pumpkin - with a hint of spice. Great malt presence and easy drinking - great mouth feel to me. Brooklyn's Post Road has been my favorite pumpkin ale for years - more dry but similar taste profile. This one is right up there if not better. I was surprised to see so many lesser ratings (around 3.5), but perhaps the people rating aren't big fans of this style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chestnut brown colored with a quarter inch of tan head. Moderate lacing.Faint aroma of pumpkin pie spice but I really have to search it out. I taste just as much dark malt as I do pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg is still a bit more dominant than the other elements. The mouth is thin and yet moderately carbonated.

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