Special Ingredients: Brewed with pumpkin and spices
Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Description: "This sessionable pumpkin ale is brewed with fresh pumpkin and seasonal spices. 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.” — Uinta Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: This is the third of nine beers I'm profiling as part of my my Great Pumpkin Beer Roundup. It's also the first Uinta beer I've tasted.
The tasting: Copper in color, hazy, with an off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of clove, nutmeg, and bready malt. Flavor of toasted malts, roasted pumpkin, with an earthy hop bitterness in the middle. The spices take a backseat to the malts—a nice change from the other pumpkin beers I've tasted. Also, the pumpkin flavor was noticeable—perhaps due to the lighter dosing of spice. Punk'n is light to medium bodied and has a prickly carbonated mouth feel. If finishes with toasted malt and light hop bitterness.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Punk'n has the nice spicy aroma I expect of the style, but I appreciated how the light spice touch in flavor allowed the malts to come through. Overall it's a nicely balanced pumpkin beer.