In this fall beer blog, we are going to take a look at another pumpkin ale, which is Dogfish Punkin Ale. This is Dogfish most poplar seasonal in their portfolio and every year they increase how much they will make. If you read my earlier blog on their beers, you know a little something about this brewery. If you have not please go back and read the first part of it. Let us get into the beer.
It has a dark golden to a copper head without a head on the beer. The beer drinker can smell the cinnamon, nutmeg, a very little pumpkin, and a little brown sugar. The taste is brown sugar and pumpkin to nutmeg with a nice cinnamon aftertaste to the beer. It is pretty drinkable beer for this beer style.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
A full-bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg 7% Alc. by Vol.
Here is a description from their website (www.dogfish.com):
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic 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
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, this beer is one of their popular seasonal and beer for Dogfish. I just feel over the years that I am liking this beer less and less. The beer has not changed but there are other pumpkin beers on the market that are better. I just feel this beer is not very well balance and has too much cinnamon and nutmeg in it while there is barely any pumpkin taste. Please go try this beer and let me know what your thoughts on it. There are a ton of pumpkin beers on the market, if I was you I would becareful on what you buy. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser