all baby. State fair, kickball championship, leaves falling, and pumpkins in my beer. Dogfish Head, an experimental and sadly overpriced brewer from Delaware, has cooked up this falls top Pumpkin Beer. I’ve been around the pumpkin brew block. I’ve tasted the weak, the bitter, the strong, the poor, and the ugly. After my extensive research I could probably hail 6 or 7 worthy PB’s, but Dogfish’s Punkin take’s the cake (or should I say pie).Here we go:
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Product Details: Brewed in Milton, DE. Established 1995. 7.0% Alcohol.
Appearance: Bright amber orange with a light orange, frothy head.
Aroma: Not as pungent as a slice of pumpkin pie, but it’s easy to detect cinnamon, cloves, malt, and caramel. Similar to a warm mug of cider.
Taste: Oooo, the good part. The first sip is brash, but after the second and third you start to realize just how complex butyet balanced this beer is. The first sip is just your tastebuds waking up to the sensation of roasted malts, cookie spices, and sweet brown sugar. That may make this beer sound more like dessert than a craft brew, but it’s incredibly light and crisp like biting into an ice-cold apple. Again, it really reminds me of a great cup of cider more than a beer (and that’s not a bad thing at all). Another note of craftsmanship is the lack of a bitter or clawing aftertaste often found in rich, spiced ales. This brewmaster knows his stuff.
Food Pairings: I’m going to have to side with nothing on this one. Dessert seems like the obvious choice, and I hope someone can prove me wrong, but it’s sweet on sweet and that’s too much of a good thing. Have this solo dolo at the end of a long day while you work away in the kitchen, on the computer, watching the Rangers get manhandled by SF or just lounging in the 90 degree NC fall. Maybe a pretzel, actually.
Price: Here’s the sad part: $9 for 4! That’s just mean. The disappointment is like someone giving you an entire pillow case full of candy only to find out it’s full of Necco Wafers. Nooo! I have trouble bringing myself to purchase a 6 pack over $8 let alone a 4 pack, c’mon!
Overall: I’ve said my peace, this ish is good and you should really try it while it’s still in season. All you have to do is rent out your room, sell a kidney, maybe toss out a few of your moral principles and you’ll be swimming in punkins. Happy Halloween!
p.s. If you happen to observe a sailor cursing like he’s on shore leave being followed by an obviously embarrassed penguin make sure you say hi.