Friday, September 5, 2014

Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale (8/10)

Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale is brewed by Uinta Brewing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah.  It’s brewed from August through October each year.

The aroma is malty with a strong hit of pumpkin (not spice).

The head is a tan color and about finger thick.  It lasts for several seconds after pouring.  A thin, spotty lacing is left in the glass as you drink it.

The flavor profile is more beer than pumpkin and spice.  The spice element is very subdued, if present at all.  I get some ginger, but that’s about it.  The pumpkin flavor comes through clearly and adds a kind of thickness and body to the beer.  The pumpkin also lends a kind of “funk” to the flavor which adds to the complexity.  The finish is slightly dry and bitter.

On balance, it’s a very nice, very drinkable pumpkin ale.  In fact, it’s one of the better ones in terms of smoothness, body, and drinkability.

Beer Advocate rates this a 76/100.  Ratebeer is less kind, giving it a 50 overall.  I’m leaning with Beer Advocate on this one, giving Uinta Punk’n a solid 8/10.  It’s a good beer on its own, and one which would make a good introduction to pumpkin ales for someone who’s never tried one, since its flavor profile is closer to a “normal” ale.  It’s not my favorite pumpkin ale, though. I prefer those which are sweeter and dial up the spice element.

I purchased this particular bottle at Kenny Road Market, but I've seen it available at other local retailers.

Pumpkin Beer Flavor Profile:

More standard beer flavor or more spiced ale:  Beer
Pumpkin intensity:  Moderate
Spice intensity:  Low
Malty or hoppy:  Malty
Sweet, balanced, or dry:  Balanced
Dominant flavor:  Pumpkin

ABV: 4%
IBU: 10
My Rating:  8/10

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