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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/20/13.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, a vegetal pumpkin smell, and some nice pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a more earthy pumpkin flavor than others of the style I have tried in the past.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i like this one because its less spice and sugar and more squashy than many other pumpkin ales. it pours a nice seasonal red/orange color with a small white bubbly head. its got a real radiance to it, looks inviting. the smell is a spiced ale, with some cinnamon and nutmeg detectable over a caramel malt base. the flavor is not heavy on the spices at all, and is in fact quite earthy. the pumpkin gives it some fall flavors of sweet squash and brown butter. there is some vanilla and burnt sugar in there too, but they are in the background. the feel is a little undercarboanted i think, and could stand a pick me up in that department. the body though is a nice round medium to full, and the beer is sessionable because of its low abv and lesser sugars than many pumplin ales. overall a good fall seasonal, not epic, but solid for the price.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking amberish orange color. The head fizzles away to just a white film over top of the beer. No laceing here really. The smell of the beer is very minimal, I was strut Leif to get much of any aroma at all actually. The taste of this beer is pretty good I thought. There is a decent amount of spice from start to finish. The mouthfeel of this beer is drinkable, decent carbonation and body. Overall this brew was pretty good, but not the best in it's style.

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Photo of metter98
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of spices in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy and woody spices along with some notes of roasted pumpkin. No sweetness or bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was quite unlike any other pumpkin beers that I’ve had before as it was neither dominated by the typical pumpkin pike spices (such as cinnamon and nutmeg) or sweet pumpkin flavors. It’s more like the smell you get from the dirt in a pumpkin patch mixed in with some pumpkin flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange with a modest head that, like all of the Four + beers I have encounted, fades quickly

Smell: Pumpkin bread aroma, with allspice predominate

Taste: The beer has a sour streak to it that dominates from the get-go and overwhelms the pumpkin and spice flavors; after the swallow, the sourness lingers but, thankfully, moves to the background so that the very subtle pumpkin and spice flavors can emerge

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really a rather sub-par example of the style, unfortunately

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 02/20/13. Acquired at the Cap 'N' Cork in Los Angeles, California. I don't recall the price, but it came in a six pack. I bought it a few hours ago. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery - though I've yet to have a great pumpkin beer. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Paired with Hershey's chocolate.

A: Pours a two finger creamy khaki head of good thickness and pretty good retention - though the low ABV makes this far from impressive. Colour is a transparent copper. Not horribly vibrant, but I wouldn't call it dull. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice. Toasted malts. Brown sugar. An average strength aroma.

T: Pumpkin, spice, and cream over a clean malt foundation. Some caramelization and even metallic notes on the finish. Pretty simple, even a bit bland. Lacks subtlety or layering. The pumpkin taste is very restrained. It's less a pumpkin beer and more a bland malt bomb that happens to have some pumpkin.

Mf: Smooth, wet, thin, uninspired. Not tailored to the flavour. Could use more cream.

Dr: Hides its modest alcohol - but that's to be expected. Drinkable but boring. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Uinta. You can pass on this one. There's nothing unique or special here. Overpriced for the lackluster quality.


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Photo of Thorpe429
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Banks to Amyliz4 for picking this bottle up.

Pours light copper win a thin off white head. Plenty of visible carbonation. A bit if lacing. Smell is really plain. Hint of spice and very mild pumpkin. A bit squashy and really light cinnamon. A bit vegetal. Feel is light and undercarbonated. Quite plain. Cool label and some nice lacing, but that's about all I can say in favor of this beer.

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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 jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Redo now that my taste profile has changed.

Light fizzy head barely covers the beer, semi hazy nectar reddish orange beer.

Nose has pumpkin alright, fresh pumpkin and plenty of pie filling, with light bready malts, some caramel, little toffee, hint of pie spices.

Taste has more pumpkin, a juicy like pumpkin, with some toasted pumpkin pie filling and touch of spices, light pie bready crust, some caramel and toffee, light stringy gourd, some bitterness and light earthy hops. Finish is still a bit sweet but drier, lingering pumpkin juicy, touch of pumpkin pie.

Mouth is med bodied but feels a bit thin somehow, decent carb.

Overall not bad, not too sweet and not overloaded with spices either, fairly tasty and drinkable, but not as good as the oaked jacked.

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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 chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Belgian snifter.

A- slightly hazy dark amber color with a short, light tan head soon becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a very thin, partial surface coat.

S- Usual pumpkin spices of clove and nutmeg with a little vanilla and caramel.

Flavor: more malt forward and less spiced than the aroma suggests. Starts sweet but ends up with a mild bitterness. A suggestion of pumpkin without an unappealing vegetative aspect. Approaches 3.75.

M- Smooth. medium-full body leaning toward the fuller side. Medium carbonation.

O- Tasty; spicy but not over-spiced.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.57/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light golden amber with a finger of fizzy eggshell colored head. This peters down pretty quickly into a thin filmy covering that leaves some equally flimsy lacing behind that readily slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of green floral pumpkin meat, a moderate spice kick, and sticky sweet notes.

The overall taste is tangy and sickly sweet. Sticky malts and pumpkin pie spices that's not offering up much else. Just some very light pumpkin meat and moderate hop bitterness that pull up the back. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a bit of a watery feel towards the back of the swallow and a lower carbonation that just isn't helping out the flavors at all.

Too little pumpkin and too much sweetness and spices, this could have used some more balance and definitely more body. This just didn't hold my interest for very long.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pumpkin, tea, caramelized malts, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with mildly sweet flavors of pumpkin, caramel and spices. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a new category: Pumpkin Mild. Interesting for the high drinkability and flavor in a low-alcohol beer. Nice amber color in the glass. A ginger ale flavor, and more of a cooked pumpkin. Less of the spices, fortunately, to my taste. Slight tartness, like a Saison. This might be good with some Belgian yeast. However, it's a rather light, plain amber beer with some murky but appealing squash flavors. Fragrant nose of unidentified fruit. A touch of earth and mushrooms. Sprightly body. I would try this for a nice out-of-the-fridge gulp, a fall leaf-raker beer..

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some hints of garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall tan head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a few small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), and hints of sweetness.

T: Light amounts of malts upfront without a lot of sweetness with some earthy spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg and a light woodiness. There is a light to moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Enjoyable but a very different take on a pumpkin ale - the smell is very similar to other pumpkin beers but the taste is unique with the earthiness. Definitely an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sports an amber body with a small, though lasting, fizzy, white head. Appropriate spiderweb lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweet, honeyish aroma with light notes of toast and pumpkin.

Taste: Sweet, toasty maltiness with flavors of honey and light caramel. Pumpkin and spice character remains light. Spicy hops give off only a lighter bitterness. Finishes crisp and drying with a lingering toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, somewhat tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, rather drinkable pumpkin ale with a respectably low ABV.

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Photo of russpowell
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rolled the dice & bought a sixer of this, what do I have??? bottled on Aug 15 08

Pours amber/copper with 1 finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Vegtal & metallic odors, not good, plus a bit of pumpkin pie spice

T: Pumpkin, metallic hops, dryness & astringency up front. More metal & apple skins as this warms, along with slight pumpkin taste. Finishes wet & fruitty

MF: Fizzy with light body & wet

I have 2 questions why did the brewer bother? & What the hell am gonna do with other five beers?, disappointing

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange color was an absolute treat to look at. Some light haze and cloudiness to it, enough to make it look a bit thicker then I thought it would. A nice one inch head of white and fizzy foam came up over the top and settled down nicely into the glass leaving a good amount of side glass lace to mix around with the carbonation that could be seen streaking up.

The aroma was about as rich in pumpkin spice as you could possibly get. Huge notes of spices that just come whiffing up to the surface. This was an enormously good smelling beer. I swear if you could bottle the fall season, it would come close to this I am sure. The flavor was more of the same, rich in every sense of the word. Huge notes here of all spice, pumpkin, and hints of earthy grains.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled from a teku out of the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is deep bronze with mild hazed look with ample frothy creamy looking head with average bead, lace sticks with good retention. The smell is fragrant with both spice and some fruity yeast esters there is also a good amount of sweet malt in the aroma like dark caramel. The feel is good pretty quaffable and a little on the lighter side, but not overly spice and a nice residual sugar is there with good balance of malt and semi dry finish.

The flavor has some green hops with mild herbal flavor and gentle malt taste upfront which leads to a spiced and caramel sweetness in the middle. The malt gives a dry nutty toasted grain foundation to the mild alcohol and light spice in the semi-dry finish. Overall I found this to be a tasty lower abv pumpkin with nice subdued spicing nad a good foundation of malt I would drink this again

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bukowski's (Cambridge)

A: The pour is a lightly hazed dark amber/copper color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Pretty much what you would expect. Heavy on the pie spices such as all-spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There might be a little bit of vanilla in there, but minimal pumpkin. Plenty of toasted malt and caramel, too.

T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma with plenty of spice character. Heavy on the pie spice flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and all-spice. Creamy caramel and toasted bread add a nice sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A rather well done pumpkin beer, I thought, at least. Certainly better than a lot of the other ones out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Part one of two of my Utahn pumpkin beer back-to-back mini-fete. This one pours a clear tawny-copper topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, very light cocoa, mandarin orange syrup, and light rye crust. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some buttery toffee and toasted pumpkin seeds. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty solid pumpkin beer, one that manages to balance nicely between spice and pumpkin. Now on to the oak-aged cousin...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I netted a whole buncha pumpkin beers when they hit the market in late-August (!) and set them aside, awiting the arrival of October. This one strikes me as being from Pixburgh, by way of Utah. I'm drinking a Punk 'n' 'at, yinz jagovs! Git away from my birr. Yinz want some, yinz ga dahn ta Dawnie's cause a he's got a whole bunch, 'n' 'at. Jeez O man, it's tough around iss jernt.

From the bottle: "Earth, Wind and Beer Harvested by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah"; "For best flavor enjoy in a glass"; "3 % Organic Ingredients"; "Ale Brewed with Pumpkin & Spices".

I went with an aggro pour as there had better not be any lees to get stirred up. The result was two thick fingers of tawny head that slowly fell like an aging heavyweight who just got tagged on the chin by an up and coming opponent. What remained was soft and creamy, like soft serve ice cream. Nose was maltier than the other two offerings this evening, making for a nice change of pace. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium and this one struck a nice balance between the "organic pumpkin", the "organic spices" and the "barley malt", giving it a light spiciness, but not overwhelming the malty sweetness that acted as the beer's backbone. I get it. I am an American and we like things that are overamped, but this was a striking contrast to the spice rack receptacles from earlier in the evening. With them, one each was plenty. In this one, the finish was pleasantly semi-dry and not harsh in terms of its inherent spiciness. I would not want a full day of it, but at least I felt like I could drink more than just one. I may lay in a couple/few more for the upcoming holidays.

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3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, cloudy orange brown. White head is thin with ok lace and poor retention.

S - Bright, fruity pumpkin and green apples backed with a nutmeg spice and a honey and sugar cookie sweetness.

T - The profile is lighter and brighter than I expected. Crisp pumpkin, cinnamon, and gingerbread into a quick, dry finish.

M - Light body. Prickly carbonation.

O - I liked the crispness of the flavor profile, but still would have liked a bit more body behind it. Nice drinkability though.

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