Punk' In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale | Coronado Brewing Company

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Punk' In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin AlePunk' In Drublic Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here in the land of eternal sunshine, it can be difficult to differentiate between seasons. Palm tree fronds don’t change color and fall to the sand, though the mercury does drop a few degrees, it’s still as paradisiacal as Southern California lore would have you believe. So, from now on, count on this imperial pumpkin ale heralding in the fall season. Brewed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a heaping helping of would be jack-o-lanterns, Punk’In Drublic delivers autumn’s trademark flavors along with a hint of West Coast character, whether enjoyed in a pumpkin patch or on the beach.

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Photo of Tone
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, mahogany color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, strong spices, hint of caramel malt, hint of hop, and slight pumpkin. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, spices, alcohol, slight caramel malt, hint of hops, hint of earthy malt, and slight pumpkin. Overall, well blended, spice is dominant in aroma and body, and quite refreshing for a high alcohol pumpkin.

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Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear and dark amber hued body; thick, creamy, white head. Mild nutmeg and cinnamon aroma; pie crust; baked apple. Many flavors similar to the aroma; boozy and biting metallic bitterness. Medium body; smooth and warm; somewhat sweet initially then ends with a mostly dry finish.

Good looks and a fair aroma do not a great beer make. There is a definite lack of malt balance with the mouthfeel and the flavors and feel seem weak and thin. The alcohol seems to dominate the taste and there is too little balancing offset with the grain character. Fair enough for an imperial styling, but too hot with the alcohol and too skimpy with malt character and balance.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Clear. Cropper to brown. 1.5 fingers high of head.
S: Sweet spices. Moderate cinnamon candy.
T: Cinnamon pie. Sweet. Low bitterness.
M: Full bodied. Pretty thick.
O: I personally dislike it, but can imagine people like apple pie would also like it.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't normally buy Coronado. Enjoyed this one at turkey day. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice. Taste largely follows but less sweet than expected. Spices come out more as it warmed.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear deep copper-ish orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) over the top of light to moderate aromas of pumpkin and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel and toasted malts with a moderate amount of brown sugar sweetness and pumpkin. That is followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in descending order of strength). Light to moderate amounts of bitterness int eh finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: A little more of a spicy pumpkin pie spice blend than some of the others and just a touch hotter than I prefer mine. That being said, still enjoyable and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight pumpkin, nutmeg, cinimmon. The taste is malty, sweet, some pumpkin, nutmeg, and some cinimmon. Medium body, with a nice bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a few specks of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin spices—ginger seems to stand out in particular—are present in the nose, along with some hints of pumpkins.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of pumpkin spices (ginger and allspice) along with hints of honey and pumpkins.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pumpkin ale has more in the way of spices and honey compared to pumpkins. It's not bad if you like spicy ginger.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the few pumpkin beers ive had in quite a long time where you can actually smell and taste the starchy and vegetative character of the pumpkin flesh. This is not just a plain jane amber ale all sauced up with autumn air freshener spices. The alcohol is well integrated and boasts enough malt to counter the pumpkin flesh. Id drink this again.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A slightly hazy copper color with some carbination. The head is very thin but lasts.

Smell: Strong scent of nutmeg, brown sugar, honey, and cinniamon with a finish of a biscuit/pie crust aroma.

Taste: Malty biscuit taste up front then it follows the nose with a mixture of different spices, then the flavor of pumpkin. Finishes nice and balanced.

Feel: Easy to drink and average carbination. Medium bodies with a good finnish.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a tint of amber and excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. Aroma is comprised of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I taste an interesting barrage of pumpkin pie spice, clove, nutmeg, alcohol, and cinnamon. The mouth is aggressive spiced and warm the throat with alcohol.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A basic pumpkin ale hitting all the right spices and subtle pumpkin flavors, but with an extra kick of high abv. Nothing offensive or off about it just solid. As long as it doesn't break your bank give it a try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber orange color and a soapy white ring of lacing.

S - Aroma is a little on the subtle side (then again, my nose is a little stuffy right now ... 'jess sayin') - Pumpkin, pumpkin spice, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

T - Follows the nose: cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and pumpkin throughout with a nice hit of pine/citrus bitterness on the tail end to scrub away any of the sugars. Bitterness lingers and one of the more bitter pumpkin beers which is nice for a change.

M - Light medium body, dry finish, coats the mouth with all spice and bitterness.

O - This is a unique pumpkin beer that's different from the rest of the pack, I'd buy this again.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coronado's Punk'in Drublic, imperial pumpkin ale. 8% ABV.

A: Almost two fingers of cream-colored head. Very nice, clear dark orange/red. Light lacing and sheeting.

S: Very nutmeg forward on the spicing, with a bit of cinnamon candy. Creamy pumpkin aroma, with a touch of waxy shell and stem. A bit of pie crust rounds it out well.

T/MF: Slightly creamy mouthfeel. The taste is more earthy, with more of that stem quality and a lot of the waxiness, and more hops shining through. More of an IPA fans pumpkin beer, but not bad.

Should be interesting seeing how this comes out from barrel aging.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, it has a nice sweetness at the front, but it quickly dies down with a big feel of alcohol. I wanted something different, but got a boozy imperial pumpkin beer. I wanted something different following the sweet front end of this beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep amber color with a creamy off-white two-finger head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lace behind

S- malt-forward aroma with notes of brown sugar and brown bread, spice notes of cinnamon & nutmeg, some vegetal notes close it out

T- malt forward taste follows the aroma up front with some sweet caramel notes, along with some bready flavor. Notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg & some earthy notes, before finishing with some vegetal notes

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to foamy mouthfeel hefty finish

O- one of the more malt forward pumpkin ales that hides the abv pretty well

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is a tad below average and a finger ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The smell of real pumpkin is a wonderful thing. Pumpkin, a plethora of spices - cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and perhaps a touch of clove. Gingerbread, caramel maltiness, toastiness. Mild-moderate sweetness. Very nice.

4.5 T: Smells like the nose. Pumpkin, spices mentioned. Again plenty of gingerbread and caramel. Toasty malts. Everything works very well together.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.5 D: This is a really good beer. I love pumpkin beers, but good ones seem to be hard to find. This is definitely a good one.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, honey, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, honey, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, and herbal/spice earthiness. Some light earthy herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, honey, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial pumpkin ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of pumpkin
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare island of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins with brown sugar and nutmeg which stays slightly sweet throughout. The spice is not overpowering and it actually pretty well balanced. Fortunately, can’t taste any honey. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, somewhat syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of ccrida
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

On draught at The Beer Mongers, Punk'in Dublin is one of the better pumpkin brews to my palate. The gourd is noticeable and not mask by the malt, which is strong amber base, and clean. The spices are subtle and we'll intergrated. Overall it's very clean, yet still very seasonally appropriate.
There is some sweetness and intensity of the adjuncts, but most of it is in the nose, which is like a fall potpourri. No palate fatigue over the course of the 12 oz. glass. Digestible. Well done!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate amber in color with good clarity. Offers a light hint of pumpkin on the nose yet coupled with a fairly complex blend of malts and some spicy hops. Bit of caramel belies. Aroma expands with warming and is pretty well balanced actually.

Pumpkin reveals itself on the tongue and a bit unexpected actually given aroma. Starts softly but then builds to a mini crescendo of sorts, and then fades away in a similar fashion, yet in a good way. Pumpkinesque through the palate yet pleasant and agreeable. ABV is invisible and an easy drinking brew.

Pleasant and appropriately coarse feel. Pretty solid and nicely done. And thank you for the lack of 'fake pumpkin' in the profile.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent pumpkin-skin orange with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Pie spice, fall squash, caramel and malt
T: Matches the nose, somewhat sweet but nothing is integrated
F: Medium-bodied, fairly sweet, a touch of cream
O: Not a huge fan. Decent fall flavors just disjointed

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Had this on tap and the more I sat with it, the more I liked it. The alcohol is noticeable. It tastes like a strong pumpkin ale with cinnamon, earth, slight wood, and other pumpkin spices. A pleasant surprise that is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, gingerbread, earth, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toasted malt, earth, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a more earthy take on the pumpkin qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of srandycarter
3/5  rDev -20.4%

A - Clear, cognac look, virtually no head nor lace.

S - Close to room temp, but not much smell.

T - Cloves, malt pumkin, some hops.

M - Medium body, low carb, ok balance.

D - Fun to try.

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Photo of Tdizzle
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

A - An aggressive pour yields a clear golden amber with a couple fingers of off-white foam. Settles to a nice cap atop the beer with a few webs of lacing that all stick around for the duration of the beer.

S - Aroma is heavy on the pie spices. The 8% alcohol is somewhat phenolic upon a deep sniff, but it provides some nice heat along with the spice character; very holiday-esque. Big crystal malt. A little bit of pumpkin-flesh tannin far in the background.

T - Flavor is initially heavy on the spices, but a candy-like sweetness provides some immediate contrast. The finish is astringent; showcasing the harsher aspects of heavy spicing and a high alcohol content.

M - Medium body and slightly creamy texture. Good carbonation. A tad syrupy as it moves over the palate.

O - A perfectly serviceable pumpkin ale, and another welcome addition to California; a land once devoid of pumpkin ale options. However, this beer falls into the category of "liquid candle." I won't be revisiting this one, but well worth a try and a worthwhile participant in a pumpkin beer tasting.

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