Whether we like it or not, the days are quickly becoming shorter. Very soon it’ll be time to trade in the bikinis and swim suits for hoodies and scarves. Most of the summer beers that we’ve been enjoying for the past 3 months have all been drank, and it’s time to start looking forward. Personally, winter is a time that I do not look forward to, and autumn is a constant reminder that snow and frigid temps are on the horizon. Of course.. there’s the beer. Autumn is host to probably some of the best beers that you can get all year. Between the September release of Marzens and Oktoberfests, and the October releases of most Pumpkin Ales; we find refuge. These beers reflect the season better then any other seasonal brew. With only a sip we are reminded of picking pumpkins with our children, jumping into large piles of leaves, and quiet calm evenings relaxing by the fire. Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is NO exception. This Brown Pumpkin is rich and decadent. A beer for the true pumpkin lover. Punkin Ale pours thick; a heavier bodied beer. It releases aromas as you pour the beer, and forms a lovely 1 inch, off-white head. The lovely foam dissipates quickly so get those whiffs in as quickly as possible. You’ll pull most flavors out of the nose.. including most spices, molasses and pumpkin guts. The beer is stunning with a hazy amber ruby color; honestly the prettiest pumpkin ale on the market. Once you put this concoction in your mouth, you’re overwhelmed with nutmeg, brown sugar, orange, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Naturally the entire gulp finishes pumpkin with almost NO hop presence to speak of. At 7% ABV you’ll want to take it slow regardless of how badly your mouth will be begging for more. This beer is September and October in a glass; so stock up, or just enjoy it with your friends at your favorite pub!
Consumed: Dogfish Head Goblet
Verdict: Buy a Keg