Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

I thought I'd stick with the October beers while they are still available. I'll be doing Thirsty Dog's Pumpkin Ale and Great Lakes Nosferatu & Oktoberfest in the near future.

First off is the Punkin (yes that is how they spell it) Ale from Dogfish Head. Dogfish Head is located out in Milton, Delaware for those who care.

Brewery: Dogfish Head
Beer: Punkin Ale
Style: Field Beer or Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: ?
Price: ~$8.99 for a six pack of 12oz bottles

Opening the bottle unleashed some notes of pumpkin and a hint of spices and malt. Nothing thrilling compared to the last couple pumpkin ales I reviewed, but still pleasant. Once poured in a glass the light orange color is evident along with a very small off-white head. The first sip contains nice earthy pumpkin tones, along with a hint of molasses, some cinnamon, and a hint of allspice. Body is medium, though this one seems to cling to my tongue longer than the others. Like all of the pumpkin ales I've tried so far, this beer gets icky when it warms up. Serve it under 45F. This pumpkin ale is leaning towards the pumpkin pie flavor more so than the crust, though it doesn't have a bold flavor like the Hoppin' Frog.

Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

Final Score: 33/50