First of all, I have to say that I know this is not an Oktoberfest brew, but it is a seasonal pumpkin ale from a brewery that was relatively unknown to me, Salt Lake City-based Unita Brewing Co. They are focused on showcasing local Utah landmarks with beers such as Cutthroat Pale Ale and King’s Peak Porter. I found out about them by asking my local BevMo if there is in existence a pumpkin beer that is not flavored like pumpkin pie. To me, pumpkin- the squash (it is a squash; I looked it up) not the dessert made from it- should not be sweet. A particularly enthusiastic employee at BevMo knew exactly what I was talking about and recommended Unita’s Punk’n ale. I was equally as excited, so I went right home to try it.
It pours a very fizzy, clear amber with large bubbles and off white head that dissipates very quickly. The aromas were not particularly strong, but included earthiness, bitterness and a slight spiciness. The taste was somewhat creamy and mild, with almost no sweetness, much to my gleeful surprise. It was mostly bitter, not big on malts, but still gave the impression of a maltiness from both how mild it was and the overall smooth, somewhat starchy mouthfeel. This was broken up by the heavy-ish carbonation and a lingering bitterness.
Overall, I was very happy with this beer, as it avoided the overly-sweetened dessert drink I have typically had. Because of this, I am giving this beer a: