Pumpkin Old Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.91/5 rDev +4.3%
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
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
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
Pumpkin Old Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.