Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle ($8.99/4-pack) purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. I'm on the side of the fence with the folks who look forward to Fall Pumpkin seasonals. This hit the shelves late out here and I wasn't sure if I'd get my hands on any Punkin this year. Expeditions pulled through again! "Bottled in 2011" is clearly printed on the neck of the bottle, followed by a cryptic series of numbers. I popped the top and poured into a nonic pint glass.
A standard bottle pour (horizontal bottle, 45 degree glass) yields a finger of ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing slides down the glass as the head disappears. The beer is burnt orange in color and extremely translucent. A small quantity of fine bubbles lazily ascends the interior of the glass. The hue is enticing, though the overall visual lands in the middle.
One does not have to get too close to the glass to smell the goods. Pumpkin is forward in the nose. The label indicates that this has been brewed with brown sugar, and that is also noted in the nostrils. Allspice is recognizable, but this beer appears to be more about the pumpkin than the spice. Props for that. Traces of alcohol and diacetyl do much to add complexity to the aroma. It's may be the best smelling pumpkin ale I've bought this fall.
The flavor is a nice change of pace from most other commercially available pumpkin ales. I've come to expect a very plain base beer from this style with a lot of spice added for a pumpkin pie effect. Punkin Ale starts with a more robust base brew that brings to mind a mild brown ale that has had its gravity jacked up through the use of molasses. Even without the pumpkin and spice, Punkin's foundation has something to offer. Speaking of the pumpkin, it floats atop this assertively strong beer, delicately caressing the palate. Spices are much less aggressive than I've come to expect from the style, but still noted. Sweet sticky alcohol becomes a complimentary flavor rather than something that needs to be hidden for the enjoyment of the imbiber. The flavors are beautifully balanced with a depth and sophistication that I have found in no other pumpkin ale.
The beer is medium bodied with a nice velvety finish, likely from the moderately high alcohol content. Prickly carbonation feels fresh and lively and is mildly bittering in itself. The feel compliments the flavors well, adding up to what could be the easiest drinking 7% ABV beer you will drink this year. It's also the most modestly priced 4-pack I've seen on shelves in a while. Regardless of your feelings on pumpkin ale as a style, I promise that Punkin is nothing to scoff at.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz all fall for this excellent pumpkin ale. Yum.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2011 02:34:42 | More by weizenbob
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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 4,742 ratings.