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Pumpkin Old Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Pumpkin Old Ale
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%


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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 08-05-2012)
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was unaware this was a limited release. I bought this cause I thought it was cheap but it looks like I misread the price tag. Hope for the best. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a clear, crisp, golden-amber-orange color, initially there is a short off white head present but it dissipates quickly, leaving small patches of lacing.

S: Wonderful aroma, pumpkins, spices, cinnamon, brown sugars, malts, wheat, oranges

T: Tastes sweet. Hints of pumpkin, oranges, cinnamon, brown sugar, tinge of hops, malts

M: Full bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, rich and robust

O: Overall, this was pretty good but I probably would not pay $3 for another bottle. It was not that great but still I was pretty good and it's a cold fall day in central Michigan so thus this made me feel a bit better. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 15:54:30 | More by Mavigo
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, muddy amber with a bit of haze, and a fizzy white film for a head. Not the most attractive beer, but since it's a specialty ale, I have a more forgiving, "anything goes" artitude that keeps my expectations for this one positive.

Smell: Just a little lighter on the nose than I expected. The "pumpkin" comes in the form of holiday spices--cinnamon, cloves, but most of all, nutmeg. Some spicy and floral hop aromas make the bouquet less inviting, in that they replace some of the sweetness with more of a scented candle effect.

Taste: Rich, Munich-like malt and earthy hops battle it out against holiday spices and a paltry amount of fruity esters. As a result, this unbalanced beer seems both too bitter, and too spicy. Maybe some more sweet specialty malts, less bittering hops, or even a paler base malt would have done the trick. There's something too dark about this ale for me. Not bad at all, just not fitting the bill.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium-light carbonation help brighten things up a bit. The finish is slightly dry due to the hop bitterness.

Overall: Reminds me more of a Christmas ale than a pumpkin ale. A nice enough effort, but one that gives a darker, more woodsy impression than the toasted pumpkin bread I was hoping for.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2013 22:31:12 | More by BethanyB
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange/amber body with almost no head, just some white bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Pumpkin, oak, vanilla, some faint boozy sweetness.

T- Up front tastes like a malty pumpkin ale, but the finish is vanilla, sweet bourbon, with a dash of nutmeg.

M- High carbonation, medium bodied, good sipper.

O- A nice one-off change of pace pumpkin beer. Could use a little more balance, but was enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

08-05-2012 16:29:35 | More by stephenjmoore
Pumpkin Old Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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