'Tis my favorite season of all, Fall, primarily for all things Pumpkin. While last week's pint, Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, totally embraces true Pumpkin flavor, this week's pint, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, tricks you with a Nutty Brown attitude.
- spicy, bready, malty, creamy 'n bitter Punkin Ale (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware) 7% ABV
Punkin Ale first made its debut in a recipe contest at the 1994 Punkin Chunkin – a crazy event in which serious Pumpkin throwers hurl the squash 4,000 ft plus to compete for a grand prize.
While the Ale is brewed in Pumpkin Meat, Organic Brown Sugar, and Spices, it doesn't taste as Pumpkiny or sweet as others I've had.
The nose is spicy Nutmeg. The tongue is nutty, malty, and resembles burnt Bread. And only at the finish does the hint of Pumpkin arrive along with bitter Citrus. What I like most about this beer is its creaminess – which you can see displayed in the giant thickness of its pumpkin-size head and cloudy orange amber color. It helps balance out the bitter, soothing your tongue all the way down.
Pair this Nutty Brown Ale with some Roast Duck, Lamb, or Apple Pie a la mode.
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