Pumpkin Old Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.63%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
86
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  13
Gots
  31
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Jessay from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%

Sep 29, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Personally I would put more into pumpkin beer style than Old Ale, but alas as an old ale it is still enjoyable. The spices really lead the way on the nose, perfect for a brisk autumn day. Where the taste is more rounded out by the pumpkin and slight citrus on the finish.

Oct 08, 2013
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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.

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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.

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Pumpkin Old Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 86 ratings