Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Uinta Punk'n

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (990) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2013
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. 
Grade: 3/10
P.S. I'm trying to change up the way I take the picture. Do you like the backlighting better?