Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by rdrummer:
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Without a doubt, the best pumpkin ale that I have tried. This is a kick. It pours a rather ordinary, weak tea color with a nice head. The ordinariness ends there. The aroma is of an uncooked pumpkin pie. There is a definite pumpkin smell but there are hints of rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and malt all blended in a real pie-like blend.
At this point, I was almost ready to stop without tasting it, figuring that it couldn't be as good to taste as to smell. I was wrong. This a well-blended pumpkin pie in a glass but without the cloying sweetness. In fact, there was considerably more hops bitterness than I expected. With the first sip, the spices described above come through but from the first they are balanced by the presence of a decent amount of hops. The malt accentuates the pumpkin flavor and balances the hops.
This is a full-bodied ale that is very pleasant, and before I knew it the second bottle was gone.
Pours a deep beautiful orange into the glass with a note of spice in the nose. I kind of smell a slight pumpkin aroma, but don't really know if I'm reading into the beer or if it is really there. The taste is spicy. Good and strong, with the spices being mellowed out by the malt backbone. The funny thing is that I think I taste pumpkin, which I haven't been able to in other pumpkin ales I've had in the past. Consider this, the spices are reminiscent of Thanksgiving, mixed in with the hops, and the malt backbone has that pumpkin roundness so that it is like being transplanted from IPA land to the dessert table on your favorite November holiday. The aftertaste is of banana peel and cloves, but not in that Hefeweizen way, more in that bitter way that hoplovers would find interesting.
The funny thing is that it is very drinkable, actually superb, but the pumpkin thing just brings you back to that one time of year. Perhaps if it were different, then it would be different. But alas and alack.... Mouthfeel is nice. The aftertaste leaves that umami sensation in your mouth, o you really can't complain. Though some may call this a novelty beer, it could gain acceptance if people would shake their associations with Thanksgiving. All in all, another superb offering from DFH.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2004 22:30:27 | More by rdrummer
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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 4,741 ratings.