Graphic from their website
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Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
I try not to drink a bunch of beer before an Auburn football game unless I’m in Auburn for a game and killing time in a local watering-hole. I stopped by Gravity Growlers and sampled the Dogfish Punkin Ale. It was great. I said filler up. Unfortunately the key died about 10 ozs. into the pour. So I got the last pull probably in Augusta. The bad news I only got a little more than half a glass of this really nice brew.
I would have enjoyed this brew during the game once especially if Auburn is getting their ass kicked by Alabama. With such a small amount I decided to drink it before kick off since it was sitting in a 32 oz growler.
What I like about this pumpkin ale is that it has some nice pumpkin flavors but doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie. I like some of the pumpkin pie brews but so many of them this year went so over the top this year that I got bored with them.
Nice malty flavors. Smooth to a point but down the center of my mouth it was slightly dry on the second sip. Nice golden brown color similar to Kiillian’s.
I checked out their website and it said:
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 these Discovery Channel 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.
Every Beer Has A Story… here’s Punkin Ale:

Food Pairing Recommendations:
Turkey, roasted duck, lamb, stuffing, dessert dumplings, sharp cheddar
As for the pairing I don’t think I will be having roasted duck anytime soon. I hope the taste in my mouth after the Auburn game is over is as nice as this brew.
Milton, Delaware
Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales


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