October 1, 2013 by kylelecl
Hey guys, it’s time again for another Fall harvest special, a time when beer makers rejoice in the fruits of their labors, as well as all the beer lovers out there drinking said fruits, or in this case pumpkins. Tonight I made the bold decision to purchase a growler, yes, a 64oz glass bottle to store craft beer in. This was a big step for me, as I have never actually owned a bottle of beer or wine for that matter that was 640z, especially one that you can bring to the local beer store and have refilled off the tap! Anyway I shot for the Dogfish Head Punkin ale, to reign in the season, while I was at Consumers beverage palace this weekend. Trying to pour this beast one handed was actually pretty hard to do, but boy was it worth it.
This Punkin ale showed a dark orange color, with a thick white head in my drinking jar. The aroma that permeated from the growler as I popped the top, was a mix of dark malt, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and pumpkin. This beer smells really great, not as sweet as a pumpkin pie, but more like a pumpkin bread.
On my first sip I got a blast of brown malts, complex and dark, toasty flavors, brown sugar and slight bitterness. There was a great kick of spices, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon on the back-end. The pumpkin flavor comes through from the pumpkin mash malt, which is a darker flavor, like a brown ale maltiness, sweet and heavy. What I really loved about this ale, was that most pumpkin beers tend to go heavy handed on the spices, sugar and sweet stuff, but this beer had a nice blend between the pumpkin mash flavors, spices and hops, a perfect toasty, sweet, spicy and pumpkiny mix. I think the fact that this beer was poured from my first growler made it that more tasty. Also the alcohol here is not very noticeable as the pumpkin mash flavor does well to mask it, which is a good thing for a 7%ABV ale.
Out of all the pumpkin beers I’ve sample so far this season, including Shipyard, UFO, Sam Adams, and Smuttynose, this one is definitely the best. The medium body of this beer matches the dark and spicy flavors, a mellow carbonation for toasted malts. I highly suggest picking up a bottle, or Growler for that matter of this great Punkin’ ale!
Thanks for reading guys, more reviews are on the way, as always,