Dogfish Head Punkin Ale | Milton, Delaware
I wanted to continue my sampling a pumpkin brew each Saturday during football season. It’s my new lucky charm. With Auburn kicking off at noon I decided to wait and sip one in celebration after we beat Tennessee. I picked up the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale at the Vineyard. So far most of the pumpkin brews I’ve had this season the cinnamon just slaps you in the face. If you’ve ever sampled ground cinnamon without a bunch of sugar it kind of dries out your mouth. Several of the brews were like that.

This brew is nice and smooth. Much smoother than all of the others so far. I think it’s the brown sugar. The All-spice and nutmeg add a nice touch… the nutmeg I think shows up in the finish. They call it a full-bodied but if you serve it really cold, which I did, it seems a bit more effervescent and seems more medium-bodied. But as it warm up it starts to smooth out and I could see it as being described as being full-bodied.

It was nice and dark but the head wasn’t super brown as others. It probably had the largest foamy head so far as well. This is a sweet brew but not a super sweet brew. At 7% ABV you probably wouldn’t drink too many. But the flavors are on top of a nice smooth brown ale not a bunch of strong flavors with some ale tastes. I could drink this brew year around.

I drank it with some nice beef burgandy recipe Mrs. Dan made in her new Le Crousset dutch oven.

Here’s what they say in their website about this brew.

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.

I just remembered that when me and Mrs. Dan had the great Thanksgiving Throwdown I had Dogfish’s Raison D’Etre with my Thanksgiving turkey. This brew might just make a nice Thanksgiving brew. Takes the place of the pumpkin pie.


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