Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin AlePunk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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Reviews: 281 | Ratings: 1,085
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 naomiyaki
4.41/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I try to get Uinta's Punk'n every year, and, were there not so many other pumpkin beers to try in the fall, I would try to get a lot of them. This years offering is more floral and less spicy/warm than I remember from other years, but in a way I think that might make it more drinkable. The smell has a pleasant almost nutty/yeastiness that really pulls me in this year. The texture is a little more watery than I prefer for a beer with this flavor profile. Also to be noted is the labeling, which has been updated and is always ahead of the design curve.

Pumpkin Rating:
Great, and the color and smells do a lot to help, but not as magical as previous years (though maybe I am looking back with Pumpkin colored glasses).
Would drink again:
Oh yes! This years offering is especially good for multiple drinks in one evening.

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Photo of gbarbee
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Clear, mildly carbonated, amber head, and inviting. Light amber to orange appearing ale.

Smell - Spicy pumpkin bread scent with a clean aroma.

Taste - Heavy pumpkin flavor, delicious and refreshing. Well balanced and not overpowering with sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Nice on the palate, crisp flavor and smooth

Overall - Enjoyed this beer with Bison Meatloaf and Broccoli which seemed a good fit. Very enjoyable beer and would drink again without hesitation.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.31/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

appearance; reddish amber with a off white head. Maintains head quite well if poured properly.

smell; mild pumpkin spice and toasty pumkin. A bit of old bay like spice odor too.

taste; very gentle spice and mild pumpkin. Dull malt flavors in the aftertaste. Well balanced of subtle flavors that blend to make a very tasty brew.

mouthfeel; not at all thick but has creamy substance. Goes down smooth, carbonation is light.

drinkability; very smooth and light but not without flavor. Demands session drinking for sure.

This was a pretty good pumpkin beer compared to others I've had, which tasted like cinnamon soda.

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Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Uinta does not disappoint with this delicious fall seasonal. Nose is pumpkin all the way but mouthfeel and finish are not overwhelmed despite "Punk'n" moniker. Bought a single but will go back for more before the season ends

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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 tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my new favorite of the category. While I enjoy the extremes of the over-the-top flavors of Southern Tier to the very subtle Dogfish offering, this really nails the essence of the style. Pours orangish amber. with think white skim and some lace. Aroma are not just standard pumpkin pie spices, but also actual pumpkin and a nice bready malt. I can tell this is beer - unusual in the punkin crowd these days. The flavors only reinforce the aroma, with a very smooth malty backbone, real pumpkin taste, and only mild accompaniment of spices. Finish is clean. Very drinkable. Most of the style I can only have one. This is good.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of CAP1868
4.16/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Wasabi 88 pint glass.

A-Pours a darkish copper color, with minimal head and no lacing.

S-Smells like pumpkin, very strong notes of cinnamon maybe as well.

T-Tastes like it smells, has some malt up from,maybe some carmel. Full of pumpkin and spice. Very Impressed.

M-Light bodied very smooth and full of flavor

D-Low carbonation, excellent taste. I will drink the whole six pack and want some more.

Overall a pretty good Pumpkin Ale offering. Not sure why the ratings are so low, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.16/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque mahogany with a thin mocha head.

S: Pumpkin, toasty notes, malt, and a bit of mild fruit in the nose.

T: Nice toasty pumpkin, malts, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: If you like the style, I recommend it. It's a very good beer to me, but I'm a fan of the style, especially when the flavor of pumpkin and spices are well represented. Also, the toasty malty notes make a great addition.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin-orange in color. Good clarity. Weakish head retreats to a ring around the glass but adds some attractive lace patches.

Mild grainy aroma, herbal hop, subtle pumpkin.

Malty biscuit flavor, light and buttery. Hint of pumpkin. Hop flavor of herbs, grass and spinach leaves. Well balanced and I really enjoy how the pumpkin flavor is not overpowering.

Light bodied, well carbonated. Crisp, clean finish.

I actually like this beer quite a bit. It doesn't claim to be anything it's not. It's a sessionable ale with pumpkin added. Descent flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uinita Punk'n pours a stoic tawny color with a slight haze to it. There's somewhat vigorous carbonation going on, and the beverage has got a quarter-inch sticky, frothy cream head. With a good whiff I can definitely state that I detect actual, natural pumpkin here. Like the inside of a real raw pumpkin. Authentic! Also, taking a back seat, the slew of usual spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is quite close to the aroma, and in this case, it's a beautiful thing. This is a clean tasting real pumpkin beer. Not too over the top and also it still tastes like a beer, with light hops and biscuity malt identifiable in the taste. This tastes remarkably full and coats the mouth great for only a 4% alcohol beer. The flavor lingers nicely in the finish as well. I would buy this again, which is a phrase not thrown around lightly with pumpkin ales, unfortunately.

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Photo of tony223366
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is absolutely beautiful. Deep amber, red, perfect clarity. It's really a sight to behold. Head is less exciting, 1 finger of lightly lasting head. Tan color, nice lacing.

S: It smells exactly like pumpkin pie! Squashy pumpkin, sweet... nutmeg, cinnamon. Brown sugar. Some malt, that's about it.

T: Now this is a pumpkin beer that doesn't taste just like mulling spices. Squashy, vegetal pumpkin, sweet caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg. The finish is more caramel and a light graininess. Some bitterness too.

M: Slick medium bodied with just a little fluffiness. Perfect amount of carbonation. Just enough to scrub it off.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Not hugely balanced, but neither is an IPA right? Tasty throughout but only if you like pumpkin. I love it!

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Photo of Luddy37
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This a very good take on a pumpkin ale when the calender flips from September to October. The appearance is like everyone else has said is a dark copper color where the head dissipates quickly. The smell is quite pleasant. I caught a distinct smell of pumpkin with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste of this one is one of the better pumpkin beers I have had in a long time. It does have a sweeter taste than most from the spices incorporated through out the brewing process. This is definitely not a sour ale. The beer does feel smooth and the bitters do not really come out hence 10 IBUs. I personally like beers with higher IBUs, but for a good seasonal change of pace beer this is a good one to try.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Don't really understand why the beer has such a a low score. It's a great pumpkin beer and one of the very few that are session-able. This years version is 4% ABV. Also love that there using real pumpkin in this one. I'm a fan of this one, great easy drinking and fun beer for being only 4%, great stuff.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Tis the season indeed for Pumpin ales, unlike a few months ago when some breweries, stupidly at that, already started releasing their pumpkin beers. Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a clear, medium deep amber color with a fluffy looking, slightly off-white head that is about an inch thick when first poured and that settles too quickly IMO to a medium surface coating film layer of foam along with a medium ring lining the inside of the glass and not a whole lot of lacing. Aromas of toasted, bready malt with hints of brown sugar and molasses that gives way to nutmeg and clove and of course some pumpkin. Has a bready, just slightly toasted, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to the aforementioned hints of molasses and brown sugar followed by clove and nutmeg and then of course the pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor is not overly strong, but it is nicely there. I like that this is real, actual pumpkin and not pumpkin pie spice. Rounded out with a slight touch of hops. Has a slightly crisp, yet also smooth and frothy, light to medium bodied mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. Easy to drink in a good way. Pretty solid take on a pumpkin ale here!


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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS tulip. Pours a nice dark orange/amber color, little to no haze, and a good finger of head that dies in about a minute. The lacing is better than average. Very sticky. On the nose, straight up the meat of a pumpkin pie. Not the browned top, caramely part, but the middle of the pie, the moist part. Cinnamon, nutmeg and gord smell are prevalent. A light sweetness. On the palate, it's Thanksgiving, with bubbles. Light pumpkin flavor up front, spices round out the middle (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg like the nose) and a mild hop bitterness to round things out. Maybe a little thin on the mouth, and overly carbonated, but you gotta work around the 4% abv. Lots of flavor packed into this little guy. In the upper tier of pumpkin beers for me.

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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon coupled with a rind-like pumpkin aroma.

The taste was very clean and consisted of a spirited, yet not overwhelming pumpkin pie spice as well as a vegetable-like pumpkin flesh flavor.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style and a touch thin in the malt department, but what do you expect for 4%.

Overall a tasty, light and sessionable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice opaque caramel color with a frothy, white 1 finger head.

Smells of fall spices and bicuitty yeast.

Taste of the same spices and biscuit... But no pumpkin really. Just spices.

Nothing on the back end either, just spice up front.

An ok beer in a field of better ones. Good to buy once just to say you tried it.

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Photo of jbriggs7036
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well everybody here is hating on this one. I liked it. Appearence is right for the style.
Smell is more pumpkin than DFH (and I love DFH). Not as much other spices as a lot of the others I tried.
Taste is the closest to pumpkin I've had yet, including DFH and Smuttynose (Still wating to try southern tier)
Mouth feel is a little above average with good spice tickling the tounge and almost no burn, just a little pumpkin in the aftertaste....pretty delightful if you ask me.
Drinkability: Good enough....prob take in two then switch over to a 90-minute IPA. Don't let the rating on this one sway you...its a good one

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Photo of bennetj17
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper color, almost amber. Head is thin leaving a decent ring. Smell has a nice spiced character, and a little pumpkin sweetness with cinnamon mixed in. It smells like autumn and I like it.

The taste is dominant with the spices, leaving a dry breadiness in the finish, and just enough sweetness to get by. It's nice that this beer is not very strong (4% ABV), but has rather intense flavor. The body is a bit thin though, but that is to be expected. Adequate carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking pumpkin ale. I've had many that were disappointing but I think this one is quite underrated. Any session strength ale that is not boring is usually a winner in my opinion. I bought this 6-pack for my wife, however I might end up drinking most of it myself...

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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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Photo of ipaloveit
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picking up a lot of similarity to Dogfish Head Punkn Ale. Overall, a very drinkable pumpkin beer. Mouthfeel is a lot heavier than the 4.00% ABV leads you to believe. I have no regrets picking this one up. Good job Uinta, haven't had a bad one from you yet!

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