Punkuccino
Elysian Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #7
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,441
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
662
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Elysian Brewing Company
 
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent chestnut with some floaties and thumb of billowy tan head. Alright head retention & lacing

S: Cinnamon in spades, coffee shows up a little as this warms

T: Cinnamon, allspice, a little coffee lurking in the background. Cinnamon dominates as this warms, a little nutmeg & not much else, a little metallic twang, but very faint along with a little coffee & dryness. Finishes with a little roasty coffee & plenty of cinnamon

MF: Medium body, medium carbonation

Decent for a pumpkin beer, but I don't think much of most of them

Nov 06, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark chestnut with minimal off-khaki head that did not hang around
S-subtle pumpkin spice notes, more nutmeg than cinnamon
T-cold brew coffee with nutmeg and vanilla, moderate amount of pumpkin base. Maybe just a bit of mocha along with the vanilla to give it that cappuccino essence as advertised on the label. Above average sweet, below average bitter.
M-Medium (-) body, below average carbonation. Reasonably smooth for the lighter than expected body. Maybe it's the cinnamon that leaves you with a dry finish sensation
O-a nice treat on Halloween weekend. Nothing super special, but quite different.

Oct 30, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Punkuccino from Elysian is the coffee variant of their pumpkin ale series. Not much spice in this one and you get the sense of coffee grounds in the flavor. Varies quite far from pumpkin beer but still a solid coffee ale.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Oct 25, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - First, in terms of appearance this beer’s name is hard to spell. Second, it was black color with some hues of brown and an off-white head.

Smell - Coffee and cinnamon were present in the nose. The cinnamon gave a drying impression.

Taste - The profile began with the sweetness of fresh coffee. This seemed like actual good coffee.

Mouthfeel - The feel was thinner then I anticipated. The carbonation brought to mind a lighter bodied ale.

Overall - This is definitely among the better pumpkin ales I have had. The coffee provides a nice sense of balance. The spice does not burn my esophagus.

Oct 24, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle. Pour has a 1/2" slightly brown foam head that slowly dissolves and a dark brown body with a bit of particulate and a nice red glint on the perimeter when held up. The scent is quite nice, with a surprisingly subdued pumpkin scent that lets the coffee and spices (cinnamon/allspice) breathe. Taste follows the scent, with the coffee and spices mixing well (at times the spices win out). Feel is quite smooth/creamy with a predominantly spiced aftertaste. Quite enjoyable, especially when the coffee wins out but a bit too much spice at times.

Oct 20, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

3.19/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: brown
Smell: malty, lots of oak, cant really get much else.
Taste: some coffee, nutmeg, spice, pumpkin on the end. Starts to show now that it's warming up - straight of out the fridge I got just malt.
Feel: .medium body, low-mid carbonation
Overall: LET THIS BEER WARM UP. If it's too cold, nothing really comes through.
(Honestly, I may have had a bottle that went bad. Everyone else is raving this was very mild and so-so for me sadly)

Oct 11, 2020
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KLHBB from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown, smells of coffee and pumpkin cappuccino. Taste is the same with the addition of roasted nuts and chocolate. Syrupy feel, overall nice.

Oct 10, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never would have thought to mix pumpkin with coffee, but it works...

Though nothing special to look at, this pumpkin "brew" has a perfectly blended smell of pumpkins and coffee, and some malt mixed in, to truly make it a special experience to your olfactory senses. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, got just a tad creamier when it warmed, and had an overall smooth finish. The taste wasn't as special as what meets the nose, but it's the fact that they blended two things I really would have never expected to go together, much more, go well. This is a very nice twist to your normal pumpkin beer experience, very much welcomed.

Oct 09, 2020
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- Pitch dark body with a pleasant foam on top
S- Light notes of coffee
T- Really great, a nice black coffee and pumpkin spice mix to an ale!
M- Pretty smooth and has some weight to it
O- A great beer holiday! A perfect and unique beer in the Elysian halloween mix

Oct 03, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells of nutmeg and allspice. Quite interesting, but not sure I enjoy it as much as a normal non-pumpkin/coffee beer. Strong cinnamon flavor. Pumpkin ale. Like leftover Jameson in a cup of pumpkin spice syrup and coffee.

Oct 03, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/6/21

Oddly enough, out of the 4 beers in the Elysian pumpkin pack, this beer has a best by date of 3 months after the others, odd especially for a beer brewed with coffee. I already had the other 2 of this beer that were in the mixed pack and just now getting around to reviewing it

Pours an opaque chestnut brown with glowing red edges and 2 fingers of tan head that quickly reduces to a cap and leaves rings of lacing

The aroma here is interesting, filled with nutmeg and pie spice but counterbalanced by smooth medium roast coffee and vanilla. The interplay of coffee and spice lends nutty notes to the nose

Starting things off, the pumpkin dominates, but feels authentic and lightly spicy. Coffee develops on the mid palate before the swallow where spices return, mostly cinnamon, with vanilla to balance it out

For the abv this is rather full bodied and that works in its' favor. The carbonation is very subtle, but this still finishes mostly dry and lightly spicy

This is a pretty good pumpkin beer, though different than many. I'll have to compare this to the coffee Pumking variant that I just picked up, but I feel like I might have a slight bias to the OG Pumpking

Sep 30, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark ruby-red to brown on the pour but looks jet black in the glass. Light tan head recedes to a thin layer, leaving good lacing
Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, pumpkin, some roast, a little sweetness present, and warm bread
Taste: Coffee up front and joined quickly by the pumpkin and spices. Bready malt, roast, and pumpkin highlight the middle before another jolt of coffee with some sweetness closes things out
Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky but with good carbonation that keeps it from feeling ‘tongue-coating.’ Some light dryness on the finish from the coffee/roast
Overall: I dig it. When done well, I love coffee in beer and this one to me, has always pulled it off well. The pumpkin adds a nice touch and again, works well in this beer. It’s almost a Mexican-style mocha with less chocolate and with pumpkin instead. My favorite of their expanded pumpkin beer lineup beyond Night Owl. Tasty stuff

Sep 29, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-deep brown bottle pour with a slight haze and a 1 cm tan foam cap.
The aroma is of espresso and allspice.
The flavor is primarily toasted malt, coffee and cinnamon.
The body is light and could benefit oats of sometimes to provide a smoother finish.
-tasty and pleasant.

Sep 26, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with some faint golden edges. Very stilted, slim, light beige head. Held aloft to the light, some stray particles are discernible.

Smell: Pungent, earthy spiciness of fragrant cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight roast, toast aided by the slightly acrid coffee character, though it's got a hint of implied sweetness, there. Minimal pumpkin showing after all that.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with powderized breadcrusts, flourishes of caramel, milk chocolate candy. It houses a less-than-appealing coffee character, but it's a coffee quality none-the-less. It's got noted sweetness, peppery spiciness and coffee character. The pumpkin seems present, or, at least, is perceived, but feels like a background player to those punchier elements.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: So-so; I liked it okay enough for the few bottles in the Elysian Pumpkin Patch Good Times pack. Bless them for trying to give a few new twists and turns to the ole Pumpkin Ale style.

Sep 20, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very dark brown. One finger of thick khaki head with good retention.

Smell: Deep, dark roasted coffee and pumpkin spice. No sweetness.

Taste: Strong roast coffee, with a little bit of brown malt and earthiness. Pumpkin spice flavor is very muted and hard to identify.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation.

Overall: While not the strongest pumpkin ale from Elysian, this is a deep and powerful flavor to be savored.

Sep 20, 2020
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Seanjohnhunt from California

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a solid coffee/pumpkin beer. The color is brown. Everytime I drink it I always wish it had alittle more pumpkin flesh/seeds boost to it like there other great pumpkin beers.

Sep 20, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of a variety 12-pack $21.99 Safeway
140 days before best by date
Dark black-brownish color. A little lighter than coffee
Smell of coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, basically pumpkin spices
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of coffee with cream and sugar, cinnamon,
Overall a great beer for the season. Would buy every year.

Sep 20, 2020
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a variety pack poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown with a reddish hue. Minimal head, but decent lacing. The aroma is more coffee than pumpkin pie, with some bready malt. Taste is more balanced between the coffee, malt, and spices. Reminds me of a coffee porter with cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Overall a good malty pumpkin beer for those who also like coffee.

Sep 13, 2020
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izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with thick foam. Nice sweet aroma. This one is excellent. Great flavor. Pumpkin spice, brown sugar and coffee. Well balanced and not too sweet. Delightful.

Sep 11, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the newly-released seasonal pack.

A: Very dark brown/nearly black with light showing through the ruby edges; minimal off-khaki head and lacing.

S: Sweet impressions of bready malt, caramel; pumpkin; coffee; and spices.

T: Malty, bready sweet body with notes of coffee, cinnamon, ginger, chocolate malt, hints of roasted nuts in the malty base.

MF: Creamy, smooth, medium-ish body.

O: Pumpkin spice is right on; would have liked more coffee.

Sep 06, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Punkuccino has a thin, bone-colored head, and a clear, bubbly, lighter-brown appearance, with little lacing. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spices, some coffee, and pie crust. The taste is of those elements, with some pumpkin pulp, acrid coffee bitterness, and cream. Punkuccino has a low-medium body and a moderately-dry finish.

RJT

Aug 25, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Initial gut reaction to my first bottle:

The coffee varietal isn't horribly interesting...seems like a slightly earthy slightly roasty blend, not an expressive or delicate single origin varietal. Pumpkin gourd is present, but only moderately so...it's actually the chocolate specialty malt sweetness and dark malts that take centre stage in this robust porter-like brew. Tastes more like a porter with coffee and pumpkin elements than a pumpkin ale with coffee, to be honest. Cassia spice, a hint of anise, maybe some nutmeg, maybe some allspice.

I don't taste any true cinnamon. Could use some carafa/roasted barley...it's not roasty enough for my tastes and the Kiln-Coffee malt isn't bringing much to the table even in tandem with the actual coffee. Lacks any overt hop flavour, but some pine might help liven it up.

Some faint biscuit malt gives it a fleeting English ale character that quickly vanishes. I have to assume American yeast was used, but I'd be curious to taste an English ale hybridized with a pumpkin ale...that sounds more interesting to me than this beer.

Looking it up, apparently Stumptown coffee was used...this doesn't seem to showcase their coffee well, though admittedly I've never tried their coffee (just heard it was good). In any case, I have to presume any one of Stumptown's coffees are bolder in flavour than this.

It's balanced but it could go bigger on the pumpkin, bigger and better with the coffee (pick a single origin varietal and use more of it to really up the roast, the earth, the delicate fruits, and the character of it), pinier on the hop profile, and roastier across the board. It's a drinkable pumpkin beer as-is, but I find it a bit thin for its porter-like flavour profile and a bit underwhelming in terms of depth of flavour.

B- / WORTHY

Aug 22, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In general I am not very much into Pumpkin beer but Punkiccino from Elysian was among the best I've had.

Look: dark brown, almost black, with a finger thick off-white head

Aroma: pumpkin, cinnamon.

Taste: There's some Porter influence with some roasted malts and coffee, and then Pumpkin, sweetness and cinnamon to make it a liquid pumpkin pie.

Body/Overall: Not too much of anything, fairly light body, easy drinking.

Nov 10, 2019
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dkoehler42 from New York

4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic offering from Elysian. Pawn opening it and pouring you catch the not so subtle notes of coffee. That initial taste it's a gorgeous blend of pumpkin and coffee. While it does not offend the flavor disappears too quickly for my liking, and would love for it to stay a while longer.

Nov 08, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Man, what a bummer (cuz your boy is into coffee and pumpkins). But this one is a letdown like any playoff decision made by Dave Roberts. The coffee is kind of there like a water’d down Starbucks latte; while the pumpkin... maybe a little? If the majority was coffee flavor and good, I could let that fly. Likewise, if the majority was Pumpkin, I’d be cool with that too. But what we have here is a weak attempt at both. This dang sucker is like your cold brew that sat around all day and got watered down - maybe with a few sprinkles of nutmeg and cinnamon added.

Man, a 92 rating? It doesn’t happen often, but BA led me astray today. Now what to do with the entire bomber?

Oct 20, 2019
Punkuccino from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 662 ratings