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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
7% ABV
Purchased at 99 Bottles

Aroma: Prominent nutmeg will hit the nose first with an underlying aroma of pumpkin pie. The label says cinnamon but I get a lot more clove than cinnamon. No notable hop aroma or malt texture.

Appearance: Polished copper with brilliant clarity. The head pours a low layer of white frosting on top of the beer and sticks lightly to the edge of the glass.

Flavor: A delicate balance of malt sweetness blended with candy sugar and light nutmeg. These flavors hit the tongue right away, but as the palate gets used to the sugar and spice the malt sweetness becomes more prominent overall. It's reasonably lightly spiced, which pleasantly allows some hop bitterness through. Finish is dry with traces of sugar sweetness left behind.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with light carbonation. The body starts out slightly watery but there is the presence of light syrup in the middle which fills things out. Finish leaves some stickiness behind. Little to no alcohol warmth.

Overall: This is a surprisingly easy drinking pumpkin ale that doesn't try to go over the top on the pumpkin aspect. Though on that note I would say they could push the pumpkin in a little more. If you were handed this beer without knowing what it was you'd probably call it an Amber Ale with nutmeg added. Not necessarily a Pumpkin Ale. Definitely a nice drinking beer with an even blend of spices, sugar, and malt sweetness. I'd buy it again. But it could use a little more pumpkin.

I rated this beer a "B+" on BeerAdvocate.

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