Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head
Milton, Delaware

Grade: A
ABV: 7%
Style: Fruit/vegetable beer
Serve in: Lager glass/pint glass

This is less a pumpkin beer and more a spicy brown ale with a 7% alc/vol kick. It pours a rich and hazy orange with a thin, bubbly head. The aroma is heavy pumpkin pie spice with alcohol esters.

Biscuit-y and sweet, a perfect relationship between hops and malt help balance out the sweetness, creating a smooth and even flavor. The autumn spices are incredibly fresh-tasting, reminding me of a batch of homemade apple cider.

With some bitter hops before the finish and a spiciness that briefly lingers, everything about this beer comes together in such an ideal way. The smooth finish even masks much of the alcohol.

Minus all of the spices, it still has a ton of great characteristics on its own; a solid beer through and through.

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