The leaves are changing in Delaware
A Review of Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Posted on 9/14/2011 by Chops
My fall seasonal beer adventure continues with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's Punkin Ale, described as a ''full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.'' Mmm, sounds delightful. I always like to save Dogfish Head's interpretation of a brew style until after I've had several different versions from several different breweries. In the world of microbrews, Dogfish Head is often the end of the line. Their beers are daring, adventurous and always delicious.

In the glass, Punkin Ale has a clear and rich brown-orange coloration, which looks pretty standard for a pumpkin ale. The aroma is a bit confusing because it splits itself between a spiced ale and a straight amber. The amber piece makes its presence know first with that typical sweetened malt. The spice notes are somewhat muted and take their time to get noticed. If you would have placed this beer in front of me without any introduction, I would have sworn that it was a straight amber.

Luckily the first taste ties everything together. The malt characters come out first, which take the form of a caramel and pumpkin blend. It's quite savory and smooth, creating a lovely easy drinking experience. I would imagine that the brown sugar is guiding the caramel notes, which I think works beautifully with the pumpkin flavor. The spice notes finally make their presence known in the middle ground, wrapping everything up in a zesty bow. The caramel rides all the way through the finish, leaving a pleasant sweetened aftertaste.

Overall, Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale is a very nice seasonal. It's definitely one of the better ones out there, so get your hands on some before the season ends. I can easily recommend this beer to any level of beer fan. Brew enthusiasts will enjoy this beer as a tasty and finely crafted seasonal to enjoy among all those wonderful Oktoberfest selections. Novices will find this beer to be an easy drinking flavor upgrade, definitely a bridge to better beer. So once again, hats off to Dogfish Head for yet another delicious creation.

As a side note, this is one of the beers that prompted Anheuser-Busch to file suit against Dogfish Head because of the beer's obscure name use (for more info, watch the Beer Wars documentary). So even if you don't like pumpkin ales, it's worth drinking simply because those greedy pricks over at Anheuser-Busch don't want you to. Cheers!

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