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Punkin Drinkin’

IMG_2221So, in my continuing celebration of all things (beer) fall, I went with another recommendation by the same BevMo employee who suggested the pumpkin ale from Unita Brewing. This one comes from Delaware brewery Dogfish Head Craft Brew Ales.  This is another one I have not had too often and it’s no wonder why: this beer came in a 4-pack of 12 oz bottles for over twelve bucks! Now, I’ve been around the beer scene long enough to know how this works, but this is just a little too budgetarily (yeah, I made that one up) lofty for me to pick up regularly. But enough about me; on to the beer!

Punkin Ale poured a surprisingly light golden color, with fizzy off white head. I’m no expert in pumpkin ale brewing, but these seem to all resemble soda in the glass, with lots of active carbonation that makes them come alive on the pour. The smell was sour up front, with some fruity notes and a touch of spice. Not much maltiness came through on the taste, but the effervescence gaveIMG_2224 it a nice lively kick. Then came a refreshing sourness that was not at all out-of-place. The vegetable bitterness from the pumpkin didn’t come on until the end, with helped take away the sourness to leave a nice clean finish.

Much like the pumpkin offering from Unita, I liked this beer, as it also avoided the sweetness I have found so often in other pumpkin beers. Despite that, I have to give the edge to Unita and am giving this beer a:

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Punk’n Time!

IMG_2163First 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.

IMG_2166It 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:

5

 

 

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