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Brew Review: Punkin Ale

26 Jan

Brew: Punkin Ale

Brewed by: Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales (Milton, DE)

Style: Pumpkin Ale (7.0% ABV)

This is Dogfish Head’s take on a pumpkin ale, of which I am usually not a fan, which doesn’t give this beer a good head start in general. However, knowing Dogfish Head and how they like to push the envelope with creative styles and ingredients, this beer still peaked some interest in the fact that they could probably pull off something so weird with this style that it would become a favorite of mine. Granted, most of the ‘crazy’ styles I have had in the past are either usually right on the money or duds, its hard to find a middle ground in a beer that isn’t a traditional take on a style or conforms to a specific style on purpose. Its usually a hit or miss type of situation.

Punkin poured out a reddish murky amber color. I was expecting more of an orange hue to the brew since it is a pumpkin beer but it didn’t really show up that way. Not too disappointed but was kind of hoping for it. There really was no head to speak of at all. I didn’t pour this cautiously either, it was a normal pour and still didn’t get anything out of it.

The aroma was not as robust as I had hoped. There was a light pumpkin aroma with the necessary spices in there for this style. Also it was sugary sweet sort of like not-from-scratch pumpkin pie. Processed sugar. There was also a ‘funk’ in there as well. Sort of a lager skunk smell but not that discernible.

The taste was sort of like the smell, sort of bland with not much to get really excited about. There was once again some pumpkin tastes but it was sort of hollow tasting, which is sort of what I get from most pumpkin beer I try. I am hoping/expecting/wishing for a robust pumpkin flavor that rushes out at me since the beer is in fact a pumpkin ale in the end. But this one didn’t have it much like most of the others I have tried in this style in the past.

I guess if you enjoy this style of beer, this one could be a solid staple in your fall repertoire but for me this was just another notch on the old lame pumpkin beer list. I just don’t appreciate a pumpkin ale I guess like some others do.

Final Grade: C


Brew Review: Pumking

23 Jan

Brew: Pumking

Brewed by: Southern Tier Brewing Co. (Lakewood NY)

Style: Pumpkin Ale (8.6% ABV)

Now I am not usually a fan of pumpkin beers, but I am not against trying things that I have not enjoyed all that much in the past just to see if I was in a bad mood that day or something. Thankfully I did try this brew as it turned out much better than any other pumpkin beer that I have had to date. Glad I worked up the courage to pick it off the shelf and go for it.

The Pumking poured out a clear reddish-orange color. Golden orange maybe? There was a loose, big bubbles, head that was quick to dissipate leaving just a white cap to the brew. A good looking brew, kind of looked like the color of a pumpkin, maybe a bit more red/ruby.

The smell was full of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin flavorings. I think they used pureed pumpkin in the making of this brew so that doesn’t surprise me. This aroma is more like what I would expect/want from a pumpkin ale. Smells like pumpkin and spices. I did think the smell was strangely sweet and somewhat unbalanced however. I think it was more like smelling a pumpkin pie, which I do like but was not expecting and therefor didn’t know how to react to it. Overall, I liked the aroma quite a lot.

The taste was sweet and sugary, like a pie topped with whipped cream. It was lighter than I was thinking it was going to be as well, I figured since this was a pumpkin ale it was going to have some body to it but it was fairly light and airy on the tongue. The sweetness was pleasant after I got used to it and there wasn’t any funky soured/skunked lager taste that I have gotten in other pumpkin ales. There was just a good full rich pumpkin taste which was great.

This beer was unlike other pumpkin ales I have tried, it actually captured the essence of the pumpkin in it which I guess is a lot harder to do for some other breweries. Southern Tier did a darn good job at it.

Final Grade: A-

Brew Review: Post Road Pumpkin

15 Dec

Brew: Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by: Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)

Style: Pumpkin Ale (5.0% ABV)


I came into this brew with a little apprehension, I am usually not a fan of pumpkin ales as I see the spices as being present but then taking away from the beer itself. Pumpkin ales try to hard I think in my eyes. I usually don’t bother with them but I needed to fill out a mix and match 6-pack and this one was pretty cheap, so I went for it.

The beer poured out a dark orange, a little amber color with some red and brown swirled in there as well. It was definitely a pumpkin brew by how orange it came out, that was pretty close to the real deal. There was also a small off-white head that showed up, nothing to impressive by any means.

The smell was typical of most pumpkin beers, the spices and sweetness that you would expect to smell when making a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Although this one isn’t the fresh out of the oven good smell that a pumpkin pie usually warrants, its more like an uncooked mess that needs to cooked for 2 hours before its edible.

The taste was in one word, bad. Let me start off by saying I might have gotten a bad bottle, I am hoping I got a bad bottle. Right off the start, it was a little bitter, then those pumpkin spices came back into play but they only sort of floated on by and didn’t leave much of an impression. The beer itself was a little hollow. Then came the weird funky taste that I don’t want to have again. This is the part where I think I got a bad bottle, there was something that was just flat out gross about this beer lurking in the depths. I was also tempted to dump it out but being the recent college grad that I am, I couldn’t go through with that sort of blasphemy.

The weird off-taste was not good. This beer overall was not good. There was nothing about it that I really had any good things to say. On the parts that didn’t taste offensive from the get go, they were just hollow tasting parts to a bland beer. The only problem with knowing if I got a bad bottle is that I will probably never pick this one up again since this one bottle was so bad I don’t want to try another.


Final Grade: D