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Former editor in chief of an award winning publication, avid outdoorsman, love hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, visiting state parks, published writer, avid drinker, certified bartender, beer rater and I ran a bar tending school, and blogger writing under title of the Man Can Critic 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11/13 Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Its been a little time since the last time I got to write. I haven't been feeling that great but I started feeling a little better so I figured it was time to start writing again. As for trivia at Dorko's this week it was just two of us from the RZA so we joined the team of O'Brien which worked really well for the team last time. Sadly however it did not work so well for us and we fell short and suffered another loss. But I tossed back some Leinenkugel Summer Shadys and enjoyed my time out. A friend of mine picked up a case of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and I really wanted to try this one. It had a real nice pour with a large 1 1/2" head with a foamy off white appearance that dissipated slowly. The head lacing was good and the carbonation was little. The color was gold with a flat clarity and a light flavor. The aroma had a grainy quality to it with a light allspice and pumpkin flavor. The finish was average with a dry mouth feel and a back tongue hit with excellent body lacing. Overall I thought it was pretty good but with how much I was anticipating drinking this beer I was a little disappointed. Its not that it isn't a really good beer I guess that I was just expecting more. It wasn't really boozy and it wasn't really spicy. I would say its how a pumpkin beer is supposed to taste when its not overdone and when let to warm up more of the flavors do come out. For me though I was expecting something over the top for the style. So I would place it on my upper middle of the road as far as the pumpkin beers I have drank. Still I would recommend drinking this beer and judging all others from this standard. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

Cost: $2.00 each (4 pack purchased off a friend who got a case for $45 at Brewer's Outlet in Pottsville(by the way they have a great selection of pumpkin right now))

ABV: 7.0

IBU: 28

Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com

Dogfish Head Brewery - Punkin Ale Beer

Calories230Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Inofrmation from Dogfish Head web site

A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.
Punkin Ale is named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza Punkin Chunkin (check out some of these Discovery Channel videos of Punkin Chunkin, you gotta see it to believe it!). In fact, Punkin Ale made its debut as it claimed first prize in the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest. Yes, that was a full 6 months before we even opened our doors for business!
Punkin Chunkin has grown in size and scale, with pumpkins now being hurled more than 4,000 feet through the air! If you come down to see if for yourself, drop by and visit us.
Since its debut, we've brewed Punkin Ale each and every fall. It is released right around Sept. 1 each year. When you find it, grab some extra because it's usually gone by Thanksgiving.
Every Beer Has A Story... here's Punkin Ale:
We currently send Punkin (in season) to our wholesale partners in the following states:
To find where our wholesalers have delivered this beer in the past 60 days, check out the Fish Finder (you can search by beer and by zip). As a reminder, it is always best to call and confirm a retailer still has the beer before making any treks!
Food Pairing Recommendations: 
Turkey, roasted duck, lamb, stuffing, dessert dumplings, sharp cheddar
Glassware Recommendation: 
Tasting Notes: 
Malty, pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar
Wine Comparable: 
Mulled burgundy
- See more at: http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/seasonal-brews/punkin-ale.htm#sthash.spbt0ndI.dpuf

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