Punkin Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4/5 rDev +1.3%
We pour a rusty orange brew. It holds a two finger head of creamy tannish bubbles, showing nice retention. The bubbles slowly recede, leaving clumps of big bubbles atop the liquid, along with sticky, spidery lacing sticking to the glass. Haze is moderate due to finite chunks of sediment suspended throughout the drink, and carbonation appears slow, yet active. The nose is fresh, with big pumpkin spice, light clove, metallic vanilla bean, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, and baker’s yeast. The malts are pale, with caramel and a light toast. Our first impression is that this is one of the best pumpkin beers we’ve ever had, with bold, serious flavoring. The flavoring opens with sweet malts and raw pumpkin flesh. There is a bitterness of a menagerie of autumnal spice, along with yeast, and a light phenolic back. To the peak comes more bittering malt, with a white sugar flash to cut, along with more of that serious pumpkin flavoring. Smooth nuttiness adds depth, as does a light caramel, to the malts. This marks the transition to the finish, with enhancing sweetness by sugary pumpkin cream, orangey citrus, more pumpkin spice, and a souring pale malt. The aftertaste breathes of metallics, syrupy pumpkin sugars, toasty malts, bittering yeast, booze, and a light citric hop. The body is medium, and the carbonation is lighter. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with a mild astringency down the throat. The light coating left is metallic, and adds to the dryness. The abv is appropriate, and this beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this was how serious the flavoring was. The “realness” of the flavoring really adds to the experience, as it can be easy with the style to use extracts and other additive flavoring. Here we are presented with a full flavor brew brimming with spice and fruit, making this a top competitor for the style.
11-05-2012 23:54:02 | More by TheBrewo
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured into a "pint" glass from the bottle.
A: Very nice golden amber color with not even a finger of light colored head (from a bottle).
S: Appealing spice laced scent with more than a hint of yeasty aroma. No overpowering pumpkin smell or even much sweetness to the smell.
T: Tastes like a fall pumpkin beer should, rich almost maple syrup like depth of flavor not too bitter and above all not too sweet. Tastes like pumpkin but not so much that it is overwhelming.
M: Light carbonation, very smooth but a bit heavy (as its ABV belies) just shy of dangerously drinkable really.
O: I'd say this is the best "pumpkin beer" I've ever had but this is in a real class of its own. Whereas nearly everything else we are assaulted with in fall that claims to be "pumpkin" often bears little resemblance to the actual gourd; this beer packs all of that earthy vegetal flavor of the real deal into a beer that is eminently drinkable and a real treat on a cold fall day.
11-04-2012 02:27:12 | More by ilkelma
Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 4,878 ratings.