Microbrew Mondays: Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Posted: October 10, 2011 in Beer and Wine Reviews, Uncategorized
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Dogfish Head generally makes amazing beer and this seasonal ale did not disappoint. I ordered a pint at my 30th birthday dinner at The Gage – a gastropub in downtown Chicago. As a general rule, I tend not to enjoy pumpkin ales, but Dogfish Head has produced a sophisticated flavor profile that utilizes the delicious spices found in pumpkin pie blended together into a perfect balance.

The pour is a medium orange color topped with a light foam. The head begins to fade quickly leaving a nice lace on the glass. The initial taste reveals hints of nutmeg and cinnamon supported by a foundation of brown sugar, ginger, and pumpkin flavors. This is a phenomenal seasonal ale that unfortunately is pretty hard to find for most non-metropolitan areas. Punkin ale comes as a 4 pack for around $9 and on draft at your favorite beer bar. The 7% ABV doesn’t overwhelm your palette, but provides a little more punch than most pumpkin beers.

This is by far my favorite fall seasonal beer and I’ll be hard pressed to find anything I enjoy more.

Grade: A

  1. Paul says:

    The dogfish head pumpkin is one of the best out there…
    I would also recommend the Elysian brewing company’s “Night Owl” It is one of the only ones that is better.

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