Dogfish Head Punkin Ale |Milton, Delaware
I want to thank Gravity Growlers for giving me a wonderful birthday present. When I drink a pumpkin brew on a Saturday when Auburn is playing we win.
I got a 32 oz growler of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and I nursed it through the Auburn-LSU game. I thought we lost it in the end but no, we won and Les Miles is stuck without a job and drinking Abita Purple Haze. This great pumpkin brew they’ve got on tap helped win the game.
Hey, this is a better game day superstition that wearing the same old unwashed smelly socks you’ve worn to every game for 10 years.
I love this brew. It is what I look for in a pumpkin brew. Nice and malty with that pumpkin flavor but not so much pie spice that I feel like I’m suckng on a pumpkin muffin or left with cotton mouth.
I love Dogfish’s brews. Dennis and his son Michael actually visited them last year. I’m still waiting for Michael to finish his writeup on the visit. (hint hint Michael). Their Raison d’Etre pairs beautifully with Thanksgiving turkey.
I checked out their website and they describe it as medium amber to copper in color with aromas of cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. The flavor is spicy notes of cinnamon, brown sugar and pumpkin with a mouthfeel that is medium to thin body with lingering spices and cinnamon tingle.
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.
Punkin Ale is named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza Punkin Chunkin (check out some of the Discovery Channel’s videos of Punkin Chunkin, you gotta see it to believe it!). In fact, Punkin Ale made its debut as it claimed first prize in the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest. Yes, that was a full 6 months before we even opened our doors for business!
Punkin Chunkin has grown in size and scale, with pumpkins now being hurled more than 4,000 feet through the air! If you come down to see if for yourself, drop by and visit us.
Since its debut, we’ve brewed Punkin Ale each and every fall. It is released right around Sept. 1 each year. When you find it, grab some extra because it’s usually gone by Thanksgiving.
Beer Brother Brett brought a bottle to our burn pot Saturday night. I wish I had looked at the bottle because I don’t have a clue as to what the label looks like. All I had is a paper label from Gravity Growlers. I’ve seen several different labels from different years on various websites.. including one with a heavily tattoed lady.
I enjoyed this brew in my new Auburn Yeti Tumbler that Mrs. Dan gave me for my birthday. Kept it nice and cold. But I have to admit in those moments when I was too busy screaming at the TV and gave it a chance to warmup the pumpkin started to give way to some of the spices. But the first few sips were paired with shrimp and lobster. Mrs. Dan made lobster tails. I was in heaven. Drinking pumpkin ale and eating lobster tails. A perfect day.
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales
Author Dan Doughtie