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.