Pumpkin Old Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 08-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 8
Photo of BethanyB
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

One of the better pumpkins I've ever had. Wonderful taste and quality but not overpowering with pumpkin

Photo of uvachief
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Outstanding seasonal pumpkin ale. I have this in my top 5 of pumpkin ales. Not quite as good as the top 2 but not far from it and really available. Really good on draft. Excellent blend of spices, aromas and flavors. Tastes like pumpkin pie the way these beers should taste. Not overly sweet. Like a light pumpkin pie. Very much enjoyed it.

Photo of Mavigo
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Pukstopper
4/5  rDev +4.7%

My wife wanted me to post a review. She is working on getting the "app". A little stronger than a pumpkin pie not much head little if any lacing. Poured in a Pint glass with a nice deep Bronze color. Tastes of cinnamon cloves and spices. A nice combo. Very drinkable.

Photo of Number12
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Good seasonal, light head that fades into a light lace.

Photo of Onehumpcamel
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Very smooth finish.

Pumpkin Old Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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