PUMPKIN BREW REVIEW – Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Punkin

BEER BEING REVIEWED
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
“A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon & nutmeg”
7% ABV

LABEL
Plain. Almost boring.
AROMA
Like beer… maybe a little spice in there too. Pumpkin, where are you?
PUMPKIN
Fake out with the aroma… I tasted pumpkin! Squashy up front. After-taste that I do not love. Just kind of bitter.
SPICE
The spice isn’t really there, for as much as the label is telling you about. I was not finding brown sugar and cinnamon on my tongue, that’s for sure. I wanted a little balance with the spicing. The hoppiness of this beer was breaking through any other flavoring.
THOUGHTS
This is definitely full-bodied as the label states, but not very balanced in its flavoring. I think this would be fairly fantastic with some fall foods, and it makes me want to be sitting on a porch in a sweater. Listening to football on the radio. But back to the beer.. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. The taste was great if I kept up with my sipping, but if I let up, the finish was really not making me happy.
RATING
2.75/5 pumpkins.