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Pumpkin Old Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Pumpkin Old Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 08-05-2012)
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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.

BethanyB, Sep 20, 2013
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Pumpkin Old Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.