Yunkin' Punkin' | Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

Yunkin' Punkin'Yunkin' Punkin'
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Yunkin' Punkin'Yunkin' Punkin'

Brewed by:
Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Kegatron on 10-18-2010

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by wattoclone:
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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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Photo of ccapurso
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Soonami
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Manayunk's Yunkin' Punkin' was a beer I've never seen, but since it was local and I was going to a pumpkin carving party, I thought I'd give it a try. I picked up a growler of this at the pub at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting. The pumpkin spice was restrained, but noticeable with cinnamon and nutmeg. The color was a nice orange-amber like pumpkin pie filling. There wasn't much pumpkin flavor that I could discern but it seemed to have the body that I associate with it. The bitterness was only faintly present to make it beer-like. I liked this a lot and drank at least half the growler.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KenC
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14%

Manayunk Brewing Company, "Yunkin' Punkin' Ale"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating.

It smells like a pumpkin pie, meaning that I get the pumpkin pie spices and a little touch of background sweetness, but it's not too much. The first sip then totally tastes of pumpkin pie: the pumpkin pie spices are in balance, and there's just a bit of sweetness to it. That sweetness lingers gently for a short moment, and then fades while the spices stick around for a little bit longer, just dulled in their appearance. In a pleasant twist, even after a full serving the spices don't really build on the palate - very nice! And if you like pumpkin spice, it's almost compelling in a way, giving you just enough to make you want more, which, I think, is something that I've never said about a pumpkin beer before!

I mainly appreciate the balance that it has. The spices and pumpkin flavor are not overdone, as is often the case, nor is the malt. It's easy to make a bombastic beer that's sweet and spicy (and usually has too much cinnamon), but that's not the case here. Instead it's remarkably drinkable, or at least as drinkable as any spiced beer can be.

Normally when I review a pumpkin or spiced holiday ale I note how I think it might pair with a meal (for example, this would be great with a baked ham, it's true!), but what I thought of when I drank this was that I'd enjoy one of these just hanging out with the guys; in fact, I'd pretty much drink one of these at any time of the year. Why not?

The new rating system has thrown me off a bit here, but I definitely feel it's better than a 3.75

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the Cold Point Pub in the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods for $3. It appeared a clear amber with a short white head. The aroma is a standard mix of spiced pumpkin pie with a little extra candy character - maybe from the cinnamon and close. The body is smooth and balanced and while the aftertaste is pretty light, there are pleasant toffee and pumpkin roll (the baked good). The flavor is a little spice heavy, but the malts come through. And that's certainly not to say that this is a heavy beer. There's a slight kick of bitterness, but this is a subtle and sessionable pumpkin ale overall. Definitely worth a try. It has a good pumpkin character without going overboard.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rigid off-white foamy head. This has a nice rich looking retention to it, hanging around with a sturdy ½ finger cap that leaves some strong spotty lacing behind. The pumpkin flavors are quite flavorful here in the aroma but are not coming off as overly sharp as its cut by the sweetness of the malts, which is then in turn balanced out by some green and earthy hops. Just a real nice evenness to the nose here, with that hop character in particular being very welcome.

The great balance is evidenced in the taste as well, with spice, roasted pumpkin, sweetness, and those green hops all working in harmony. There isn't necessarily a ton of bitterness from the hops here but those green and earthy flavors are more than enough to help balance this. Thankfully, the pumpkin flavors and spice are what the linger the most, giving this a satisfying festive finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and crisp feel throughout but still staying generally smooth overall in the mouth and I'm actually finding this to be quite easy drinking for a Pumpkin Ale.

Wow, this one took me a bit by surprise and I have to thank sholland119 and vickster529 for the recommendation on this. I really have to credit the hop profile here, as it balanced and fit in perfectly with the other flavors, and gave this a refreshing quality that you usually don't find in the style. I'm usually one and done after a glass of a Pumpkin Ale but in this case, I found myself going back to the growler again and again. This is definitely one of the highlights of the season so far for me.

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Photo of JT99125
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can to nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a decent looking orange color with a slight murkiness to it. Quickly sliding finger's worth of white foamy head. No lace.
The aroma had some pumpkin sweetness (not necessarily flesh), more like puree with some ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Light brown sugar and some caramel malt base at the very end.
The flavor was moderately sweet trying to pull in the spices fairly nice. Aftertaste leaned towards the sweetness of the puree', less spices here.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied. Spices don't impart much harshness along my tongue. Seemed to equal out with the malts and pumpkin sweetness - good balance. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty good as a pumpkin ale, but not necessarily one I'd want to seek every Autumn. Glad I got the opportunity to try, though.

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Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of KTCamm
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11/9...pours mostly clear orange copper with a scant amount of foam. Pumpkin nose, autumn spices. Light clean pumpkin lager like taste. Watery. Crisp finish. Some cinnamon.

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Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another can courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, a bit of spice. Taste is kind of mild, some pumpkin, light spices, a bit of malts, kind of subdued for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Gmartin75
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jdorazio624
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: No real head, small ring of lacing. Hazy brownish orange color.
S: Some pumpkin spice - mostly nutmeg - but not overpowering.
T: Nice! Pumpkin spice and actual pumpkin flavors come though with a little bit of bitterness.
F: Thin and smooth

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BaconManic
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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