Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This herbal American brown ale base balances well with fresh flavors of candied ginger and nutmeg. With a medium light body and dry, nearly tannic brown sugar finish, the spices clean up nicely -- this is not Christmas pudding.
The color is gorgeous with nearly no haze contributed from the starchy, beer-unfriendly pumpkin. In my head, I like to think the gourd is actually adding something to this beer because, though the spices are so wonderfully controlled, there is a long, lingering element of pumpkin pie that goes beyond the spices.
Beer first, Punkin comes to rely on the alcohol as it warms with a growing, Colheita-like emergence of toasted walnuts and almonds as well as dried berries. Though only 7%, the overall dryness of this beer leaves it open the torturesome nuance of truth -- everything that is in this beer is clearly revealed, from the spices and chocolately malt to the grassy 60 Minute IPA-like hops and dry adjunct.
If I take anything away from this beer, it's the nose so fresh of clove you'd think this were a hefe, yet so subtle and elegant that pies and reindeer never come to mind.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2004 02:35:11 | More by ngandhi
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