Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Single 12oz bottle from Brawley's in Charlotte, 2010 vintage.
A. Cloudy and unfiltered musty dull orange. Attractive, full finger head that falls gently. Pretty.
S. Evident festive pumpkin, fine blend of cinnamon and nutmeg without being overwhelming. Peppy, bright and pleasing - synergistic. Some actual hops peek through - unusual for the style. Starch from the pumpkin wraps into what may be a base Red ale, there's some pie crust and just a hint of vegetal gourd.
T. A lot drier than I expected, the spice and Punkin' are in full force here. A little booze, a starchy, highly (but not overly) spiced brew full of Autumn cheer. Reminds me of an Imperial Wit for some reason... no coriander here, but something about this... I dunno. It's pretty good. No flabby flavor here, this lays it all out. Falls somewhere between Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin and your local generic 5.5% pumpkin brew.
M / D. Not much I'd change here, medium body, mid-full carbonation that knows when to back off. Finish is starchy and allspice with a little hop bitterness on the back-end.
Surprised by how dry this beer is; I recalled it being sweeter and malt-forward. Maybe that's part of it's charm. Nevertheless, this is a solid pumpkin beer and I can see buying a 4 pack a year.... maybe more.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2010 20:22:29 | More by kkipple
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