Tansey’s Blind Rating – 88 Points
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1
The color of this beer is really quite pretty, a shiny and bright amber/bronze. It’s like a shiny copper penny. Moderate aromas of allspice and cinnamon. The beer has a four finger, off white, very fluffy head. On the palate the beer has a medium body mouth feel with allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. On the mid-palate the beer has a little brown sugar and a very tiny hint of clove on the finish. Very easy going pumpkin beer that is not over the top and has just enough spice to get you in the mood. Good for those moderately cool fall days as the leaves are turning to that yellow and red color that is so lovely–just like the color of this beer. Yes, this beer looks amazing and tastes just how it looks. Cheers!
Producer – Dogfish Head
Region – Delaware, USA
Style – Pumpkin Ale
IBU (International bittering units) – 28
Suggested Glassware – Pint Glass
Alcohol – 7%
Food Pairing – Pumpkin chili, herb roasted chicken, turkey and mashed potatoes
From Dogfish Head
Every Beer Has A Story… here’s Punkin Ale
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.
What is a pumpkin beer? This is the most widely expected and anticipated seasonal beer, loved by so many but also hated by those who are notorious for not dancing at weddings. Seriously, people who hate pumpkin beers are stereotypically the same people who think anything awesome is overrated. Ignore these folks and come jump into this pile of fall leaves with the cool crowd. Pumpkin beers are to fall as Corona is to summer. They are an alarm clock that informs you when fall has arrived. Like that groundhog in PA that sees his shadow or whatever. Pumpkin beers come in every style, from crisp and dry with lighter alcohol and subtle holiday spices, to straight pumpkin pie in a pint glass, full bodied and higher in alcohol content. They can be a lager, ale, porter, or stout so whatever your style is…there is a pumpkin beer out there for ya. They typically have characteristics of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, and clove. These beers are great for seeing how creative a brewery can get, and each beer has its own unique recipe so be sure to read the back of the bottle or Google the beer to get the full story of how the beer artist went about painting their masterpieces. Pairing food with these beers takes a bit of an imagination but there are a lot of awesome recipes out there. We will have some posted on the site soon so stay tuned to our Foodie Friday blogs. Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1