Uinta Brewing Company just started showing up in my area last summer. There labels are always simple, but noticeable, with their overall aesthetic going for consistency and not flashiness. Their autumn seasonal, PUNK’N, is part of their organic line.
This “Harvest Pumpkin ale” has a 4% ABV, 11 IBUs and is available August-October.
Malt and hops accented with roasted pumpkin and spices of the season. A subtle hint of vanilla and honey. Punk’n is a wonderful compliment to foods with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove flavors. Try it with roasted turkey, squash or pumpkin ravioli, peach cobbler, or pumpkin cheesecake.
Punk’n pours a deep amber with a cascading burnt sienna hue. The head starts off as an inch and a half of foam before fading. Some carbonation is present but isn’t that noticeable.
Just like with 90% of the other beers in this style the nose is big on pumpkin. Unlike most others I also picked up carrot cake and an odd grain/seed smell that I thought smelled like fennel. Faint hints of cake donuts appearing adding to an already sweet smelling beer.
The taste starts off with a graininess/spiciness that fades into pumpkin seeds before ending with a carrot cake/gingerbread backbone. The grains at the front are slightly off-putting, but thankfully is doesn’t last long before the sweet pumpkin and carrot cake flavors take over.
Punk’n has a light creaminess and drying that comes from the mixture of sweet and spice. My mouth was dried out, with a bit of residue staying behind.
Punk’n is a relatively non-abrasive fall beer. It’s not as big as some of it’s brethren, but it’s more flavorful than others. The spices are a little meh at first, but the carrot cake comes around at the end to save the day. If you’re in Utah this autumn you might just want to pick up a sixer.
Overall: 7 out of 10
As a PUMPKIN ALE: 6 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Howe Sound PUMPKINEATER, Blue Moon HARVEST MOON, Smuttynose PUMPKIN ALE