Happy Turkey Day! Pumpkin ales are one of my all time favorite seasonal brews, so I’ve decided to do a special 8-part Thanksgiving weekend review of some pumpkin ales. First up is my all time favorite, Dogfish Head Brewing’s Punkin Ale. It’s the closest you can get (that I’ve tasted, anyway) to pumpkin pie in a glass. It’s brewed with pumpkin, (of course!) as well as brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and all of them shine through. The nose is bready and spicy, like you’ve walked into a bakery. It’s got a medium to heavy body, and the pumpkin and brown sugar are predominant in the middle, fading back to a spicy finish with a hint of bitterness. I really love this beer.
This is part 1 of a 8 part Thanksgiving weekend series.