I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 1/29/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Pumpkin-skin orange hue. Hazy, but translucent. Pours to an
average-sized, off-white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves
some lacing on the glass.
Smell: An odd combination of rustic spices with authentic pumpkin flesh. Not sweet or pie-like.
Taste: Uinta is a brewery I’ve enjoyed exploring over the last year or
two, and I’ve liked all of their beers that I’ve had. That is until I
tried the Punk’n. This is not your average pumpkin beer - if it were,
it’d be much better. This beer has an unusual spice palette that opts
for sheer rusticness over sweetness or familiar liquid pie flavor.
It’s actually a bit difficult to describe what’s going on here. The
spices are likely nutmeg and cinnamon, but they don’t have the familiar
sweet combination you get in most other brews of the style. It’s like
liquefied potpourri - bitter, astringent and earthy. The label indicates
the beer is made with organic pumpkin, and it’s possible that what I’m
tasting actually is the pumpkin itself rather than sweetened puree used
in so many other beers. That’s fine, but the result is a bad-tasting
beer. These flavors just don’t work together. I even get a salty, almost
bile-like flavor on the finish, which is quite off-putting after each
swig. Finishing the serving was a challenge.
Drinkability: Supposedly, this beer is only 4% ABV, though I can’t get
confirmation on that as it’s not listed on the brewery’s website or the
bottle itself. If it is that light in weight, it’s definitely impressive
since there’s a lot of body here. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp and
while I don’t particularly care for the taste, the drinking process is
at least easy.
P.S. I'm trying to change up the way I take the picture. Do you like the backlighting better?