Review: Uinta Punk’n Harvest Ale

Uinta Punk'nCheck out the first Pumpkin Beer review of 2013 here.

Uinta (which is awkward to say) makes a pumpkin ale called Punk’n Harvest Ale.  Uinta Brewing is out of Salt Lake City, Utah and they make various styles of beers.  Everything from easy sessionables to the more potent and big beers.

I was very anxious to try their pumpkin ale and see what they were bringing to the table.

Smell: 3/5 :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin:

Has a great spicy aroma.  Not over powering but enough to let you know this is a beer for the fall season.

Head: 5/5 :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin:

The head is a glorious off white color and very creamy.  It sticks around for a long time as well.  I ended up having to spoon some off so that I could get to the beer.

Color: 5/5 :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin:

As you can see, this is a gorgeous beer.  Creamy white head and perfect orange color.  Very pretty to look at.

Uinta Punk'n

Taste: 1/5 :pumpkin:

Sadly, looks aren’t everything and most of us like a little more substance.  I had really high hopes for this beer because it was so pretty and because it smelled awesome.  But the aroma in this situation isn’t an indicator of taste.  The spice flavor sits very dry on the tongue at first.  Almost like toasted cinnamon that you licked off a plate.  You know what it is, but it’s kinda weird.  The spice leaves quickly after that and the beer has a bit of a watery mouthfeel to it.  Considering the great head on this beer I definitely thought it would be a little more complex and have a bit more umph to it.

Checking Untappd, it seems I had this beer last year as well and thought the same thing.  So that does mean that Uinta is being consistent with their brews! Sadly that also means that I don’t dig it.

This beer does come in a regular 12oz size bottle so if you see it out, I say still give it a shot.  It might be right up your alley and it’s always nice to try new beers.

But for us, this one won’t be making a return visit.

Check back next week to see what new pumpkin beer we’ll be talking about! :pumpkin:


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