Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by eclaycamp:
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle poured into my dimpled mug. Punkin pours a relatively clear orange fading to amber, with a small head made up of very tiny bubbles that rise maybe a quarter of an inch above the liquid. The aroma is at once arresting and intoxicating; liquid pumpkin pie. Spices hit the nose first, with nutmeg, clove, and spice arriving simultaneously. Pumpkin follows, though there’s also this candied yams type character as well. From the moment the beer hits your lips you know you’re in for a treat, as a crusty malt backbone holds all of the pumpkin pie flavors in place. This beer is roughly a month old; and the taste is somewhat faded. My previous experience with this beer was near euphoric; the age on the beer hasn’t done it any favors, and dropped it into the echelon of very good. That’s not to say this beer is no longer worth your time, as it remains one of the shining examples of this style. The malt in this beer acts as a framing, much as a pie crust does in a pie. There are no hops here, and why should there be … this is a unique beer and hops would just get in the way of the flavor profile of the spices and pumpkin. Too often brewers get heavy handed with spicing beers of this type, luckily the folks at Dogfish have not fallen prey to this mistake. A very enjoyable take on the pumpkin beer style and one I wish that I could sample more often.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2011 22:53:17 | More by eclaycamp
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4.31/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A - tea, copper, dark burnt orange, carbonation bubbles to the top, white head, mild lacing
S - pumpkin pie and spices, dark sugars, some alcohol, hints or cinnamon
T - can definitely taste the pumpkin and spices, dark sugars, finishes malty
M - creamy, mild carbonation
O - the best pumpkin beer I have had to date, very rich flavors that blend excellently together and are greatly complimented by the smell and creaminess in the mouth feel.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 00:40:09 | More by mthomp081
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 4,740 ratings.