I've kinda been nuts with the beer reviews lately, but after I went nuts buying them all, I might as well write them up for your benefit.
Tonight, I return to what is easily one of the best breweries in America, Dogfish Head. Allegedly Three Floyds and Alesmith are also in the running, but I can't seem to get their beer out here. Regardless, the beer of the night was the DFH "Punkin" pumpkin ale. They billed this beer as a brown ale made with pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon, but it doesn't look all that brown. It's distinctly orange in color. It smells mostly of malt, with hints of pumpkin, nutmeg, and hops. I don't quite catch the cinnamon. The head is very modest, but it does hang around to the bottom of the glass. Taking a sip, I'm instantly impressed with how many different things I taste. This beer is not just about tasting like pumpkin pie, it's got a great balance of malt, pumpkin, spice, and even just a little bit of hops in the finish. The spices, in particular, are nicely subtle without overpowering the malt. This beer is not at all sweet, which was surprising, but it works well. Having been enjoying many extreme beers lately, the balance here is a nice change. My initial impression was 3.5, but I'm going to give this beer
. All in all, this is an excellent beer from a brewery from which I'd expect nothing less.
Edit: I forgot to add that this beer was 7% ABV, and I paid $2.59 for a 12 oz bottle. That's a little more than the baseline DFH beers, but for a 7% beer, it's pretty reasonable. I'd say it was worth the price.
Edit #2, well after the fact: I'm thinking now that my 4 heart rating of this beer was a little generous. It's good, but I think it's really more of a
and a half