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Beer review: Karbach’s Krunkin Pumpkin

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Karbach Brewing Co.

Krunkin Pumpkin

Houston, TX

Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 8.5%

IBUs: 30

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Packaging: Seasonal, September through October, Draft, 12oz. Cans and Bombers

Krunkin Pumpkin took me by surprise. I’ve read all the pumpkin beer hate, and I gotta admit, it was hard going into this with an open mind. But for the sake of an unbiased review, I went for it.

That said, Krunkin Pumpkin is pretty good. It starts off with the spiced notes you would expect when you think of a pumpkin pie. It continues to grow in maltiness and sweetness. Then it finishes with a mild bitterness accompanied again by the pumpkin pie spice flavors. There’s also a lingering alcohol flavor that accompanies the pumpkin pie. The pumpkin-ness was also pretty well balanced all the way through.

This is my first pumpkin beer due to the aforementioned reluctance. It actually reminds me a bit of Saint Arnold Octoberfest with pumpkin pie notes. It has a similar maltiness, body, and sweetness.

I expected a good beer because it is Karbach. At the same time I expected garbage because I’ve heard so much hate for the pumpkin beers. Krunkin Pumpkin met expectations in the very best way.

This is one of the first beers I’ve seen from Karbach that didn’t have the can split into two different colors. Instead, Krunkin Pumpkin features a brown tattered frame.  The frame houses an orange background with an illustration of a pumpkin top that has a drunken smile.

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