Uinta “Punk’n” Harvest Pumpkin Ale (2012)

Uinta “Punk’n” Harvest Pumpkin Ale is 4% ABV.

I poured all of a 12 oz bottle into a “craft beer glass”.

Appearance: A vigorous pour left over a finger of off-white head that did hang on for a few minutes, settling in to about an 1/8 of an inch of frothy foam with thin but determined lacing hanging on. The color is a dark red orange/amber. The beer is fairly clear, with just a slight haziness, and what appears to be heavy carbonation.

Smell: For the aroma, I get soft spices: some (stronger) ginger, and then nutmeg and cinnamon.There is also some vegetal pumpkin hanging around, with a bit of subdued malt. To round this out, there is some breadiness and yeastiness that is mellow. Really, the whole aroma is both soft and mellow, though it isn’t boring or lacking smell.

Taste: The flavor of the pumpkin is stronger than the smell gave on, though it isn’t actually strong. I would like some more pumpkin flavor, really. The spices complement, but don’t overwhelm. For the spices, I get cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. There is also a light brown sugar sweetness that seems to be mixed with some rock sugar. There is some subdued malt flavor, that has some toasted wheat to it. The finish lets some of this toasted wheat hang on and adds just a small touch of citrus and some slight bitterness towards the end. The aftertaste is mellow with some hint that I may have just had some spices. Really the whole flavor profile is mellow. This can be nice.

Feel: This is medium bodied, with heavy carbonation. I can feel this beer just fizzing off of my tongue as I first sip it. Outside of (and after the initial burst from) the carbonation, the beer turns interestingly creamy. This is pretty smooth and mellow. Nothing real dynamic or stand-out in terms of feel.

Drinkability: This beer is certainly drinkable. Nothing really jumps out at you. With this low ABV, and the creaminess, one could go through a number of these without realizing it.

Overall:  I like this beer alright. The flavors are OK, and the feel is soft. Sometimes one may want a creamy and not too robust in flavor beer to go down smooth. I am rarely that someone, but these people exist. This beer reminds me of the couple times I just wanted a small pour of a fresh and low in ABV stout to just sip on. All this said, the same point can be put in quite an unenthusiastic way by saying: there is not a whole lot going on here. Sure, this is not bad for flavor or feel. It is also not unbalanced, such that one thing doesn’t pop out and leave everything else behind. It is, however, too mellow and chill for what I think of as a paradigm pumpkin beer. The pumpkin flavor was certainly weak. This beer won’t warm you up on a chilly fall evening.

Overall Rating*3/4

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