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Krunkin Pumpkin, Karbach Brewing Co.

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Karbach was bought by Anheuser Bush (AB Inbev).

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Krunkin Pumpkin

Karbach Brewing Co.

Houston, TX

Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 8.5%

IBUs: 30

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

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Photo courtesy of Opal’s in Austin. Still working on the photos, y’all. Bear with us.

 

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’s pretty good. It starts off with the spiced notes you’d 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 for the aforementioned reluctance. It actually reminds me a bit of Saint Arnold Octoberfest + pumpkin pie notes. It has a similar maltiness, body, and sweetness.

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

It’s a deep reddish brown, appropriately.

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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’s got a drunken smile.

I’m not 100% sure if you can find it on tap around town, but I know you can only find it in stores during September and October. If you like it, stock up. I’ve seen cans and bombers so far. I got mine at HEB.

Overall, Krunkin Pumpkin opened my eyes a bit. It’s a beer I never would’ve tried if I weren’t trying to share all of Houston’s craft beer via this here blog! I know the pumpkin beer advocates are split, so gimme your honest opinion: what’d you think of this Krunkin Pumpkin ale?

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a Creative Strategist at https://ledgeloungers.com/, an adjunct instructor of Visual Communication at Lone Star College, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. Anthony lives to help others and that's found a home helping some of the coolest breweries on earth with creative and marketing projects that can be seen on our Portfolio page. Fueled by hoppy lagers, sessionable IPAs, and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or very patiently rooting for the Rockets.

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