Beer: Punkin Ale
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Serving Style: Draft
Drinking Establishment: World of Beer, Savannah, GA
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Clear orange/amber coloration with little-to-no head when served, but a ring of creaminess lingered around the rim of the glass.
Smell: Spiced–cinnamon and cloves, particularly. The malts come across as a slight burnt note (this might be from the brown sugar that’s in the mix as well), and there’s a bit of yeastiness in there, too.
Flavor: Like a sweet brown ale with the perfect balance of pumpkin and spice thrown in. It’s autumn in a pint glass.
Feel: A solid mouthfeel, with medium-to-high carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Named after a ridiculous Delaware festival called Punkin Chunkin, Dogfish Head’s seasonal pumpkin offering is, too, ridiculous–ridiculously AWESOME. Seriously, this is a classic in the pumpkin beer line-up, in that it’s exactly what you’d expect from a pumpkin beer: malty goodness, a bit of sweetness from the brown sugar, spices, and, of course, pumpkin. All of these flavors in balance make for a pretty substantial drink, perfect for chilly fall nights–but it’s not so bold as to taste like the 7.0% ABV it contains. Dare I say it’s fun to drink? I do. I dare. It is one of the best amalgamations of beer & delicious pie to cross my palate. There’s a reason why it’s usually sold out everywhere by Thanksgiving–so if you find a store that has it, stock up; or better yet, find a bar that serves it on tap, and settle in for a fine autumn evening.